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Leverage
Blind Fire
February 2008
Released: 2008, Self-released
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Finland´s Leverage made a huge impression on me with their debut album (TIDES) last year which introduced the band´s powerful muscle for some really catchy hard/heavy rock that was also spiced up with some more progressive elements á la Dream Theater. The band´s second album continues Levarage´s predilection for some really well-executed, strong and melodic metal - and at the same time, also making some distance with their somewhat Rainbow-ish hard rock and adding an even more modern edge into their sound.



To be honest, Leverage don´t fail to impress me this time either. The band continues to churn out a high calibre, modern sounding, hardrock-ish heavy/power metal that has this tendency to easily rock one´s socks off and makes most of us very comfortable with their stuff right away. They are certainly on flame on BLIND FIRE... well, metaphorically speaking at least. ;o)



As said earlier, on BLIND FIRE Leverage have sort of ´modernized´, or at least updated their sound a bit - venturing toward the current sounds of the century, and probably losing tiny doses of that ´old evergreen magic´ that made their debut album such an appealing listening experience for me personally. However, don´t read me wrong though as BLIND FIRE is still a very good follow-up album from these guys. The songs are overall catchy in the same way as they were on their debut; lots of great melodies and well-delivered riffs are still present there in their hardrocking yet power metal-ish sound. The songs tend to catch the listener´s attention immediately which is important, of course, and should matter in a long run. Pekka Heino, Leverage´s absolutely skilled vocalist, adds his own signature sound to their music in a fine way - having this soft spot in his voice, which is still very powerful and adds that sweet cream to the top of this well-constructed cake.



Whenever talking about the album´s so-called stand-out tracks off this album, I would throw an ever-beautiful, Rainbow-flavored "Sentenced" on the very top of the pile - as well as "Stormchild" which has a sinfully catchy chorus part, but also "Hellhorn", which cannot completely get away from being compared to those Rainbow-ish elements either. There´s a fair dose of epicness in this tune, making it one of my favorite tunes on BLIND FIRE, too.



Just like I told you... Leverage cannot do wrong. It´s quite unfair that relatively unknown bands (like Leverage definitely is) that are full of sheer talent, are somehow ignored by more established labels. Marketing and promotion are of course two important yet vital keywords in the music business, so hopefully their path will be full of professionals who work for this particular area of music business. Levarage truly deserve to be heard by each of you.
Track Listing

01. Shadow in the Rain
02. King of the Night
03. Stormchild
04. Sentenced
05. Hellhorn
06. Mister Universe
07. Don't Touch the Sun
08. Run Down the Hill
09. Heart of Darkness
10. Learn to Live

Lineup

Pekka Heino - Vocals
Tuomas Heikkinen - Guitar
Torsti Spoof - Guitar
Marko Niskala - Keyboards
Pekka Lampinen - Bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi - Drums

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Leverage
Blind Fire
February 2008
Released: 2008, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This Finnish act came from out of nowhere and delivered a debut album, TIDES, which became a huge hit amongst both the media and all lovers of melodic metal. The debut was only released in Finland and in Japan and no one thought that the debut was going to be as huge a success as it was.



The band has continued writing songs ever since the release of the debut and finally their second album is here. The guys have apparently been sounding tighter and fitter after all the touring and they have also worked on developing their own sound. Guitar player Heikkinen says “We worked hard to make the most of the relatively short time between TIDES and the new one, and we feel we accomplished what we set out to do”. They have used lots of old school influences in the vein of Rainbow, Deep Purple and Magnum in their songs as well as adding certain progressive elements.



All of the material is great and even though Leverage plays extremely radio friendly music, I cannot help but love it. It is impressive that the band has managed to write new material in such an old school kind of way and it is something that really makes them stand out. My favorite songs are the more energetic songs like “Shadow in the Rain”, “King of the Night”, “Stormchild”, “Mister Universe”, “Run Down the Hill” and “Heart of Darkness”. Some of the other songs are not that great but the amount of great songs is over represented so in the long run that doesn’t matter so much. There’s not much to complain about and if you’re into bands like House of Lords, Dare and Masterplan I think you’re gonna love Leverage.



http://www.zinkmusic.com
Track Listing

Shadow in the Rain
King of the Night
Stormchild
Sentenced
Hellhorn
Mister Universe
Don’t Touch the Sun
Run Down the Hill
Heart of Darkness
Learn to Live

Lineup

Tuomas Heikkinen – guitar
Pekka Lampinen – bass
Pekka Heino – lead vocals
Marko Niskala- keyboards
Torsti Spoof – guitar, b-vox
Valtteri Revonkorpi – drums

Other reviews

» Tides
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Blind Fire
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Blind Fire
by Anders Sandvall


Next review: » Leverage - Tides
Previous review: » Lethargy - Purification





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