LEVERAGE Announce New Lineup, New Vocalist, New Single

Finland's power melodic hard rockers LEVERAGE are back!
Leverage 2018:
Kimmo Blom - vocals
Tuomas Heikkinen - guitar
Mikko Salovaara -- guitar
Marko Niskala - keyboards
Sami Norrbacka - bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi - drums
Somewhere during the lengthy Leverage hiatus we’ve had I started writing heavy rock songs with Mikko Salovaara for Kimmo Blom to sing. This was at first more like ’therapy’, making music just to make music. 

However, writing with Mikko and especially later, getting to play some fantastic Rainbow tribute gigs under the Wolf Moon Rising-moniker, 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 pro and also working BFT. There’s never been any issues or nothing but brother-like friendship between any of us, it was just 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 ’Tides’, back in the day,  he was too busy at that time with Urban Tale for it to happen. it was sheer luck and coincidence that I met Pekka and we got on the way.

Anyway, now it’s 2018, Leverage is back with new music and aim to put out more & get out to play this year.

On ’Red Moon Over Sonora’

We wrote the basic chords and some of the ’Indian Hum’ melody together with Mikko, and I took it 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. 

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. The story could date back to before the ’Fifteen Years’-story, or can be read that way. Kimmo shines on vocals, and Mikko kills with his solo. 

Music: Tuomas Heikkinen and Mikko Salovaara
Lyrics: Tuomas Heikkinen
Arranged by Leverage

Recorded October 2017 at Electric Fox Studios, Jyväskylä Finland and Studio Tauko Espoo Finland
Mixed October 2017 by Eero Kaukomies at Sonic Pump Studios, Helsinki Finland
Mastered November 2017 at Chartmakers West by Svante Forsbäck, Espoo Finland
Produced by Tuomas Heikkinen