"If this group makes it, I'll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don't want to hear any more.
Uriah is watered down, tenth-rate Jethro Tull, only even more boring and inane.
UH is composed of five members: vocals, organ, guitar, bass, and Drums.
They fail to create a distinctive sound tonally; the other factor in their uninteresting style is that everything they play is based
on repetitive chord riffs.
According to the enclosed promo information, Uriah Heep spent the past year in the studio, rehearsing and writing songs.
No doubt their lack of performing experience contributed to the quality of the record;
if they had played live in clubs they would have been thrown off the stage and we'd have been saved
the waste of time, money, and vinyl". Melissa Mills (Rolling Stone 67 - 1970-10-01)
Uriah Heep  

Before Uriah Heep ... Stalkers and then Spice 1967-1969

Spice was founded by vocalist David Garrick (Byron) and Mick Box in 1967 after their previous band Stalkers had split up.
Various line-ups included Drumsmer Nigel Pegrum and bass players Barry Green and Alf before Paul Newton joined in 1968.
With this line-up they recorded almost an album's worth of material for United Artists but the 7" single What About The Music / In Love was all that was released from these sessions.
In 1969 Alex Napier replaced Pegrum on Drums, Gerry Bron became their manager and they started to record their first album, with adding keyboards to the line-up.
Colin Wood was brought in as a session player and it worked out so well that it was decided to look for a permanent organist and that's how Ken Hensley was contacted and the band evolved into Uriah Heep.

Uriah Heep debut album, Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble (Uriah Heep US), introduced a heavy organ and guitar-driven sound, with David Byron's theatrical, dynamic vocals soaring above thunderous sonic backgrounds, although acoustic and jazz elements also featured in the mix. The album's title references the signature phrase of the Dickens character Uriah Heep ("very 'umble") from the novel David Copperfield from which the band took its name.
Second album, Salisbury, was more squarely in the progressive rock genre, with its 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra. The third album, Look at Yourself, released at the end of 1971, included the song "July Morning".
On December 8, 1975, New Zealand-born former bassist, Gary Thain, was found dead in his Norwood Green home, aged 27, having overdosed on heroin.

Following the 1976 replacement of vocalist David Byron (with John Lawton - formerly of bands Lucifer's Friend and The Les Humphries Singers), Uriah Heep turned away from fantasy-oriented lyrics and multi-part compositions back toward a more straightforward hard rock sound typical of the era.
In 1977 they scored a top 40 chart hit in Australia with "Free Me" which went all the way to #1 in New Zealand. The replacement of Lawton with vocalist John Sloman for the 1980 album Conquest was not well received by most fans and Ken Hensley's acrimonious departure in September of that year left the group in a state of collapse.
It fell to guitarist Mick Box to pick up the pieces and soldier on with a new singer Pete Goalby of Trapeze fame.
Two early 1980s releases, Abominog and Head First, updated the band's sound and generated a brief, newfound interest in Uriah Heep among younger heavy metal fans.

David Byron died of liver disease on February 28, 1985, at the age of 38.

Uriah Heep continued to tour and release studio and live albums.
The lineup was unchanged from 1986 until early 2007, being veteran Mick Box at the helm, Trevor Bolder on bass, Lee Kerslake on Drums, vocalist Bernie Shaw and Phil Lanzon on keyboards.
Their principal tour circuit is in Germany, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian Peninsula, Japan, and Russia, although they returned to Britain for a tour or a showcase concert most years. For several years this was The Magician's Birthday Party (named for one of their most popular albums), in London. Mick Box also acted as manager until, on April 5, 2005, the band retained Simon Porter as their manager.
In early 2007 Drummer Lee Kerslake had to leave the group due to ill health. In March 2007, the band recruited Russell Gilbrook as their new Drumsmer, and immediately started recording a new studio album entitled Wake the Sleeper. Originally slated for a Summer 2007 release, Universal Music finally released Wake the Sleeper on June 2, 2008.

Mick Box Russell Gilbrook Bernie Shaw Phil Lanzon Trevor Bolder