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Ken Hensley

Perhaps still best known as the organist and songwriter for British prog legends Uriah Heep during the 70s, Hensley has had several projects since. Live Fire are a Norwegian band Hensley has been working with and give him the opportunity to work in a band setting, augmenting Hensley’s own keyboards, guitars and vocals.

The opening track 'Set Me Free (From Yesterday)' is a heavy number, with rich keyboards boosting the metal guitar, while 'The Curse' is classic Hensley, straight from the 70s. 'I Cry Alone' is a heartfelt number with strong vocals, solid song writing, a hint of AOR with feeling.

'Katrine' is another heavy Heep-esque classic with a hint of Deep Purple too. Tracks like this are worth getting the whole album for, it really is classic Kensley.

Contrast that with the title track of the album, which is just a strong heads down rocker.

'Slippin’ Away' is a gentler number, an acoustic rocker, with electric AOR overtones.

If pub rock ever went metal you might get 'The End Of Never', another strong number. Overall a strong album. From AOR to Metal and back again, and a huge slice of classic Heep-esque Hensley in the middle, it’s worth checking out.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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