URIAH HEEP – Chaos & Colour

URIAH HEEP - Chaos & Colour album cover
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Label: Silver Lining Music
Release date: January 27, 2023

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Few bands from the 70s are still around, and even less are still putting out solid albums. Uriah Heep is one of those bands, and with original guitarist Mick Box still at the helm, they seem to still have lots of fuel in the tank. The release of Chaos & Colour on Silver Lining Music marks their 25th studio release, and still has that classic Uriah Heep sound and feel.

Chaos & Creation

Chaos & Colour is an album which bristles with explosive classic rock guitars, supreme harmonies, and Heep’s famously generous keyboard foundation. It is, unsurprisingly, an album that found its extra thrust during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was as bizarre for Uriah Heep as it was for humanity in general.

“The album title reflects that we were in chaotic times with being locked down, tours being cancelled, businesses folding, and all the chaos that was thrown into the world,” explains Box, “and as far as I could see it, the only color people had was through music. It helped so many people get through those difficult years, using that strength and power which music has, to make those bad times not quite so bad.”

Final Notes

Chaos & Colour has a lot to offer, from the opening track “Save Me Tonight” written by bassist Dave Rimmer and Jeff Scott Soto, to the hard driving “Hurricane” that oozes with a groovy Hammond B3 ( a trademark of their sound), catchy vocals and as always great guitar work. Vocalist Bernie Shaw sounds as strong as ever, and the production by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Corey Taylor, Black Star Riders) captures the essence of Uriah Heep to the bone. Eleven new songs from this still awesome band to add to your collection, and another great effort created during the chaos of the pandemic shows that Uriah Heep still have a lot to offer, and a lot to give.

URIAH HEEP (Live at The Sage, Gateshead, U.K., October 8, 2022)
Photo: Mick Burgess


Mick Box – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Phil Lanzon – Keyboards / Vocals
Bernie Shaw – Lead Vocals
Dave Rimmer – Bass Guitar / Vocals
Russell Gilbrook – Drums & Percussion

Chaos & Colour – Tracklist

  1. Save Me Tonight
  2. Silver Sunlight
  3. Hail the Sunrise
  4. Age of Changes
  5. Hurricane
  6. One Nation, One Sun
  7. Golden Light
  8. You’ll Never Be Alone
  9. Fly Like an Eagle
  10. Freedom to Be Free
  11. Closer to Your Dreams


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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