Wake the Sleeper
|Wake the Sleeper|
|Studio album by Uriah Heep|
|Released||2 June 2008|
|Recorded||2007 at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, UK|
|Genre||Heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock|
|Label||Sanctuary Records/Universal Music|
|Uriah Heep chronology|
|World of Music|||
Wake the Sleeper is the 21st studio album by the progressive rock band Uriah Heep. It is their first studio album since 1998's Sonic Origami. It is also their first album since 1980's "Conquest" without long-time drummer Lee Kerslake, who had to withdraw from the band due to ill health in 2007, putting an end to the band's longest-lasting lineup (which existed for 21 years).
The album was released on 2 June 2008 in Europe, after having the September 2007 release rescheduled (initially to March 2008) as a result of the purchase of Sanctuary Records by Universal Music. This was to allow proper promotion of the album, rather than it be 'lost' during the changeover and, although frustrating for them, was something the band members supported.
Wake the Sleeper was released in the U.S.A. on 26 August 2008.
This album will also be released as a 12" vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve.
Wake the Sleeper was nominated by Classic Rock Magazine as the Album of the Year.
On the supporting tour the band would generally play all songs from the album, interspersed with songs from their past releases.
- "Wake the Sleeper" - 3:33
- "Overload" - 5:58
- "Tears of the World" - 4:45
- "Light of a Thousand Stars" - 3:57
- "Heaven's Rain" - 4:16
- "Book of Lies" - 4:05
- "What Kind of God" - 6:37
- "Ghost of the Ocean" - 3:22
- "Angels Walk With You" (Trevor Bolder) - 5:24
- "Shadow" (Lanzon) - 3:35
- "War Child" (Bolder, Tony Gallagher) - 5:07
|Swiss Albums Top 100||55|
|Sweden Albums Top 60||55|
|UK Albums Chart||172|
- Trevor Bolder - bass, vocals
- Mick Box - guitars, vocals
- Russell Gilbrook - drums, vocals
- Phil Lanzon - keyboards, vocals
- Bernie Shaw - vocals
- Additional personnel
- Chris West - recording assistant
- Mark "Tufty" Evans - mixing at Wispington Studios in Berkshire, UK
- Denis Blackham - mastering
- Skye Mastering - masterer
- Ioannis - art direction, design, cover artwork, and digital art
- CCPHOTOART - photography