A lyric video for “Wheels From Hell” available now!
Leverage landed on the scene in 2006 with the release of their debut album, “Tides”. With their blend of symphonic and progressive metal and melodic hard rock, Leverage generated a buzz amongst rock and metal fans and were signed by Frontiers for the release of their second album, “Blind Fire” in 2008. The band’s third album, “Circus Colossus” was released via Spinefarm in 2009, but the band became inactive not too long afterward.
Now, after a near decade of hibernation, Leverage is back with an amazing new singer, Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale, Raskasta Joulua) and a new guitar player, Mikko Salovaara. The forthcoming digital EP, “The Devil’s Turn” will serve as an introduction to the new Leverage line-up as well as an appetizer for the band’s forthcoming fourth album.
In producer and main songwriter Tuomas Heikkinen words, “[t]he songs on the EP were written over a period of several years, with ‘Dead Man’s Hand’ being the oldest song and ‘Children Of Skyfall’ the most recent. With those two and ‘The Unicorn’ plus ‘Wheels From Hell’, the EP covers a pretty wide range musically, but were chiseled into a sound and form we feel good about. It’s all heavy rock, not any form of power metal. Not that there’s anything wrong with prog metal or power metal or whatever, but right now we feel that we want to capture something that is recorded with a live feel, with no exaggerated choirs or orchestrations all over the place, etc., so that we can deliver the stuff live also without using background tapes, etc. and to be able to have some freedom too.”
On “Wheels From Hell”, Tuomas says the “way we’ve been writing with new guitarist Mikko (Salovaara) is that we’ll come up with a ”theme”, like let’s write a song about this or that. With this one we aimed to write a fast paced rock song about a herd that steamrolls over anything in its way. And also, we wanted it to be an old school band thing with double guitar solos and all that. It just started taking shape pretty fast. We had a great time with this one right from the get go, the thing’s got a great drive, and Kimmo nailed the vibe perfectly with the aggressive and somewhat over the top (in a good way) vocals. This song will be great live too.”
Leverage’s new line-up will make their live debut on July 21st at John Smith Festival in Laukaa, Finland.
Tracklisting of “The Devil’s Turn”:
Dead Man’s Hand
Wheels From Hell
Children Of Skyfall
PRODUCED BY: Tuomas Heikkinen
Kimmo Blom – vocals
Mikko Salovaara – guitars
Tuomas Heikkinen – guitars
Sami Norrbacka – bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi – drums
Marko Niskala – keyboards