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Leverage

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Leverage (Jyväskylä/Helsinki, Finland) hits many of you right out of the bushes, but in a flashy way. Finnish Heavy Rock has long traditions and tough merits, but this type of old school melodic heavy rock with a shade of progressive flavour hasn’t been heard from Finnish bands before. It all started with a heavy dose of Rainbow, but how did we get here, and where has Leverage been hiding all these years? Songwriter-guitarist Tuomas Heikkinen has a few words on the subject:

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‘As little kids, me and Lampinen used to sit in a pile of snow on the schoolyard reading comics, besides that I spent most of my free time at home sitting with my headphones on listening to Stargazer by Rainbow a hundred times over. Lampinen said he wanted to get to play the bass in Budokan, I wanted to be Ritchie Blackmore. In a way that still hasn’t changed.

A bit later I used to teach heavy rock guitar to kids, I was about 17 or so, and then this kid by the name of Torsti walked in. He picked up all my licks in no time wanting to play faster than anyone else. He still does.

I heard Heino sing for the first time through a friend’s cell phone recording. He sang like a superstar while the others tried to keep up with acoustic guitars. I knew immediately that here’s the man that I had been looking ever since moving to Helsinki to find a great singer.

Valtteri and Niskala dig all kinds of prog-metal, other than that they are good guys…

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  • ikd-sj

    'LEGIONS OF INVISIBLE' RESPECT. \(^o^)/

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Jason_Kountou

    I'll be forever in love with Stormchild, Shadow in the rain, Mr. Universe and Rockethead.

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Sonata89

    What would I give to get a new record of this band...damn..hopefully 2013 will bring something new..

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Flamerol

    lolwut ? it's indeed POWER METAL with heavy metal influences

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • umosay

    This is a bloody long hiatus they are on, are they even still a band?

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Cynical_Man

    Чёткая команда.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rushang

    Power. Not progressive. Good. Not bad.

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Last_Dawn

    YEAH! ^^ Nr.1 listener! You can't get tired of listening. Amazing! ^^

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Vggamegod

    this band is stellar :D

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • CoenVen

    I want more of this amazing band and I want it now!

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Not power metal? o.O Well, half of the scene draws from hard rock bands of the past now, so what? Doesn't make them less power metal 'cause all the basics and melodies are 90% of power metal. But no, you claim it's... progressive! :D That's a bit too much. Don't know if there's a single progressive element in Blind Fire let's say. It's straightforward as hell.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TheOnlyMetallia

    Any band that has roots in Rainbow . has my votes ! nice sound

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Harmaa_Griffin

    Well, prog/power, like Masterplan.

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Lumikuukkeli

    Leverage haven't even seen power, it's progressive... -.-'

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Harmaa_Griffin

    "Circus Colossus" is almost pure power. Only "Tides" is heavy.

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Lumikuukkeli

    Who idiot have tagged that power metal there... Leverage don't even sounds power any, so... -.-'

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Gayana_the_Ist

    Hidden treasure

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Don't know why people still listen to new records of old 'heroes' which kindda stink and skip such bands as Leverage. All three albums are superb, sounds like these guys have been playing together for eternity. Pekka is an excellent singer and Tuomas is both an excellent composer and player. Wish them more attention from the people and Spinefarm.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • pjun

    Leverage is definitely the most underrated band I can think of.[2]

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • umosay

    Yup, and not many bands get better with time... I think CC was their strongest yet, but all albums are good and have their strong points. Pekka is also a phenomenal (also underrated) vocalist.

    11 May 2011 Reply
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