Uriah Heep were perhaps a little traumatized back in 1985. They had endured the commercial disappointment of Head First and the subsequent loss of their recording contract. Fortunately, CBS imprint Portrait Records offered the free agents another chance that was sadly squandered with the release of Equator. The Def Leppard knockoff "Rockarama" is a desperate opener that sets a contrived tone for what's to follow on this pop-metal mistake. Some formulaic lyrics ("Bad Blood") and inane power balladry ("Lost One Love") follow, essentially choking the life out of Equator before the fourth track even begins. Listeners brave enough to venture more deeply into this set are not rewarded for their effort, as numbers like "Skool's Burnin'" and "Party Time" do nothing to lower this record's high-schmaltz rating. Another lackluster '80s outing from Uriah Heep, Equator tightly circles the commercial rock format of its day: a treacherous territory that the band had no chance to successfully navigate.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Jason Anderson