New single and video out now! Album coming in October!Aug 5th, 2020
Our next album is called ABOVE THE BEYOND and it will come out via Frontiers Music on October 15, 2021
The first single "Emperor" is out NOW on digital platforms. Check out the video and press release below:
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Leverage's new album, "Above The Beyond" on October 15, 2021. Today, fans can get their first taste of the new album with the release of the new single and music video, 'Emperor'.
Leverage continue to showcase their contemporary heavy rock sound on their new album, “Above The Beyond”, which takes influence from the golden past while still offering their own unique personality. Plenty of ear-catching melodies delivered skillfully with pristine production on the band’s latest album.
"We’re a heavy rock band. Our music has echoes dating back all the way to the '70s, like it always has. On the new album, that heritage is heard louder and clearer than ever before. It has tons of guitars, riffs, choruses, choirs, and solos. All the goods," says guitaris Tuomas Heikkinen of the band's upcoming release. "What makes our trademark sound is the mix of shadow and light, simple and complex, old and modern. And I trust we have now polished that approach with the Leverage MK 2 line-up."
"I am happy and proud of everything we’ve ever done. Yet somehow this new album is very special. Musically, I feel we have gone full circle. I sense a lot of the ”Tides” vibes on it, only almost 20 years later. It's all about the music, not trying to fit in a box, not purposely cover some ground, or take steps away from something," he continues.
Leverage first landed on the scene in 2006 with the independent release of their debut album, “Tides”. With their blend of symphonic metal and melodic hard rock, with some progressive metal twists, they created a buzz on the scene and were signed by Frontiers for the release of their second album, “Blind Fire” in 2008, before moving to Universal/Spinefarm for their next album, “Circus Colossus” (2009). The band became inactive not too long after the release of that third album though, sadly leaving fans craving more music from the band.
In 2018, Leverage returned with a new lineup featuring an amazing new singer Kimmo Blom (ex-Urban Tale, Raskasta Joulua) and a new guitar player Mikko Salovaara. They first released an EP, “The Devil’s Turn” and then a full-length, “Determinus”. The band showcased that they are still able to cover a pretty wide ground musically. Again, not power metal, not AOR, not thrash. Just great heavy rock with stunning melodies. That same result is also evident on their new record, "Above The Beyond".
Next album in the making!Sep 12th, 2020
Today we will begin the recordings for our 5th album with drum sessions in Sonic Pump Studios, Helsinki.
First of May in good company!Feb 5th, 2020
On May 1st we’ll be playing at MegaWappu in Hyvinkää together with Amorphis, Lost Society and Lost in Grey. Fun times!
Watch live performance from Tuska Festival 2019!Jul 30th, 2019
Tuska 2019 confirmed!Apr 29th, 2019
Leverage will be playing at Tuska 2019 on Sunday June 30th. Hope to see you all there! More info and tickets at tuska.fi
New album Determinus out now via Frontiers Records. Buy and stream it here.
Determinus out now!Apr 26th, 2019
”So, today is the day Determinus is finally released. The months between finishing an album and the release date are always long, this time they’ve felt even longer than in the past. It almost feels like we’re a new band coming out with the debut, while on the other hand it feels great to make a comeback, to get back to and continue with the journey in music that got started all those years ago.
After we released the first single with the new line-up in January of ’18, we didn’t know what to expect. We were not signed, had not done anything in ages and all that.
Less than 48 hrs later we were in a situation that many striving musicians and bands never get to; we had options in how to proceed with legit record companies. Personally, I took a long hard look in the mirror, do I still have the passion for music that making a new Leverage album with everything that goes with it requires? It’s easy to keep saying ”yeah we’ll make some new music sooner or later” and just leave it there. But once you sign, commit to deadlines and book the studio dates you’d better be ready to roll up your sleeves and get on with it. We talked this through with everyone in the band, and it became pretty damn obvious that the fire was there. We made The Devil’s Turn EP to get up to speed with recording, and hit the studio again in late September to record Determinus. We gave it absolutely everything we had, and we are very proud of the way Determinus came about.
Like with everything else, it’s all about the people you get to meet, work with etc. And the people that support & encourage you to keep making music in this day and age.
We are happy to be with one of the most established players in the business with Frontiers srl, and I would like to take the opportunity here to thank mr Mario DeRiso and Mr Serafino Perugino along with everyone else at Frontiers for the very seamless co-operation.
Thanks also to Eero of Content Union Studios for baring with me through the process of producing and mixing. It was hectic, to say the least.
The thank you list would go on forever, from people who did any actual work to families and loved ones who stood with us through the months of being absent or half present while focusing on the album.
But the big thank you belongs to all you out there now listening to what we’ve come up with. Rock On!”
IT'S A DEAL - We just got signed with Frontiers Music!A STATUS UPDATE // Mar 29, 2018
Things got rolling pretty fast after we released ”Red Moon”, actually faster than we had expected considering how long it had been silent with Leverage and how much the whole scene has changed, it took a month or so to get everything set up contract, schedule etc. wise. We’re glad to be back with Frontiers who are a solid record company and who made it very clear that they want us.
We’re hitting the studio, the mighty Sonic Pump, starting with Valtteri's drums on the 13th of April and will have the EP of 4 new songs released in the summer.
From there we’ll keep working towards a full new album that is due to be released in the spring of ’19. We locked the EP songs early, and right now there’s a lot going on with a bunch of new songs in the different stages of making. The EP will be a really heavy rocking thing and a great way for us to introduce Mikko and Kimmo, who are both AWESOME!
It’s a new era for the band Leverage and all of us involved. It’s now all about the new group and the music we’re working on. It’ll also be a thrill to finally get to play the Leverage songs from the past live again, along with the new stuff. We’ll play at the John Smith festival on July 21st, which also marks the first live performance with the new line-up. With the album in the making, it remains to be seen how many other live gigs we can fit into ’18.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the music, heavy rock. Writing it, putting it together with the band, recording it and then getting out to play to the people. Been like that since day one and still is.
Feels good to be back,
Leverage paints the red moon upon sky of SonoraPRESS RELEASE // JAN 31, 2018
Finnish melodic heavyrocker’s Leverage breaks the silence and comes back on track with new single and new line-up!
"Somewhere during the lengthy Leverage-hiatus I started writing heavy rock songs with guitarist, extraordinare Mikko Salovaara (Kiuas etc.) for Kimmo Blom to sing. This was at first more like ’therapy’, making music just to make music. I’ve been writing with Kimmo on and off for different purposes for a long time, and we hit it off really well between three of us right from the get go writing and demoing what I’d call pure heavy rock", tells Leverage’s founder, guitarist and songwriter Tuomas ”Tuoppi” Heikkinen and continues:
"Later, on another sidenote, having played some really cool Rainbow Dio-era tribute gigs under the Wolf Moon Rising-moniker (Leverage minus Pekka and Torsti and with Kimmo on the vocals) we started feeling that we must move on. One way or the other. Of original Leverage members, Torsti had already changed his career towards writing film score, and Pekka was busy singing for a living in coverbands and also working with Brother Firetribe who are great at what they do. There’s never been any issues or nothing but brother-like friendship between any of us, it was just becoming obvious that we couldn’t continue Leverage as a heavy rock band with the same line-up."
"In ways, this is a circle closing. Kimmo was meant to be the vocalist on the first pre-production demos of what became Leverage’s debut full length-album ’Tides’. Back in the day, Kimmo was too busy at that time with Urban Tale for it to really happen."
"I still have early very rough demos of what became ’Superstition’ and ’Gone’ for ’Tides’, with him singing", Heikkinen replies.
"And it was sheer luck and coincidence that I met Pekka and we got on the way. Pekka is a fantastic singer and a friend for life. Anyway, now it’s 2018, Leverage is back with new music and aim to put out more & get out to play this year", Heikkinen promises.
"On ’Red Moon Over Sonora’ we wrote the basic chords and some of the ’indian hum’-melody together with Mikko, and I took it on from there. This was already some time ago. Going through demos, from last few years, some very recent, some a few years old, this song popped out as something to finish now and put out as our first new song. It’s got a great fresh vibe to it, while still being very much what Leverage has always been, old school heavy rock with intense vocals and a ’story’. Something old, something new", Heikkinen says.
Hear the music and watch the brand new lyricvideo of Red Moon Over Sonora from: www.leverageofficial.com