WOW!! what a disc,the last 3 studio discs(discounting Celebration which was mostly rerecordings) have been superb but this is the business,for the first time in a long time the band have harnessed that undeniable Heep 70's sound,Sonic Origami had a crisp clean modern feel,while Sea Of Light & Wake The Sleeper hinted at the past while focusing on the modern sound,this is different it smoulders with 70's heep sound, be it Mick's ferocious guitar runs or Phil's Hammond organ,while the solid rythmn section underpins everything,best compliment i can pay Russell is that Lee Kerslake isnt missed(i dont say that lightly) while the icing on the cake is the superb vocal performance of Bernie's,possibly his finest on record.
Highlights are the fantastic 'Nail On The Head',which evokes memories of the 'Demons and Wizards/Magicians Birthday/Sweet Freedom' days,while tracks such as 'I Can See You' and 'Believe' are simple but effective rockers
The title track is thunder rock pure and simple while 'Southern Star' is carried along on a monster riff,Bolder's bass propels 'Money Talks to great heights while 'Lost' grinds out another heavy riff,absolute class.
This disc more than any other reinforces Heep's credentials as a top heavy rock band,the emphasis on the ROCK, the softer side of the band has been put in the shade with this disc,although it wouldnt be Heep without a superb ballad and 'Trial of Diamonds is quite magnificent(you can just see the dry ice billowing across the stage).
Which just leaves my favourite track,the acoustic led class of 'Kiss of freedom' which eventually evolves into epic keyboard outro while including some stun guitar from Mr Box,essentially the perfect track.
Easily Heep's best disc in decades,a touchstone to the past and a major pointer to the future.