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Leverage: Determinus
Leverage - Determinus Music Review

Leverage: Determinus

Melodic Metal Rock
5.0/5.0

Some 12 years ago, when Dangerdog Music Reviews was only wishful thinking on my part and fledgling review site, a Finnish band was the first to send me an actual CD to review. That band was Leverage, and the CD was their four song EP, Follow Down That River. Inside was a thank you and autograph! To this day and when DMR is retired, I will always remember Leverage and how they gave my first efforts a much needed boost.

But what about Leverage? After the EP, they dropped a few more albums, only to drop off the radar. Now, after a 10 year absence, the band is back with their fourth album, Determinus, featuring new lead singer Kimmo Blom.

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To refresh our collective memories, Leverage plays classic rock. Basically, their sound is Scandi melodic heavy metal rock, featuring twin guitars, a robust rhythm section, a layer of synths, and melodic clean vocals. But those traits are only the fundamental foundation of their sound. With songs such as Burn Love Bun and the heavier Tiger, you'll the presence and strength of symphonic synths. Lighter symphonic synths blend with lighter guitar within Red Moon Over Sonora, eventually rising to melodic heavy metal. With Wind Of Morrigan, Leverage adds some pleasant folk nuances to the arrangement.

Alternatively, the band can push the envelope to some straight melodic heavy metal with Mephistocrate or Afterworld's Disciple, yet with a strong measure of rock groove. Heavy metal rock also informs Hand Of God and Rollerball. The former offers a quickened pace, the latter twisted with a mellow vocal breakdown leading to a fine guitar solo. But guitar solos are impressive throughout with some ripping good lines within the ballad When We Were Young and the metal rocker Heaven's No Place For Us. The bottom line is simple. Leverage's Determinus is a welcome and fine return to form for the Finnish band, an album filled with entertaining melodic metal rock. Easily recommended.



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Leverage's Determinus is a welcome and fine return to form for the Finnish band, an album filled with entertaining melodic metal rock. Easily recommended.

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