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Below is our complete Leverage news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Leverage Posts Summer Tour Video

Leverage has posted a road report video online detailing the band's time on the road in the Summer of 2010. The footage can be viewed below.

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Circus Maximus, Leverage Members Form New Band

CIRCUS MAXIMUS singer Michael Eriksen and finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (LEVERAGE) have decided to join forces together in a new band project under The Magnificent moniker. Other musicians scheduled to appear on the album include Kalle Torniainen of Brother Firetribe on drums and Pekka Lampinen of Leverage on bass.

Songwriting is well underway and sees contributions also from Pekka Heino (BROTHER FIRETRIBE, LEVERAGE), Tomppa Nikulainen (BROTHER FIRETRIBE), Tuomas Heikkinen (LEVERAGE) and Sami Hyde and others. Soundwise the album will sound like a cross between the heavier approach of Leverage with the hooks and melodies of Brother Firetribe. The recording will be completed during the winter, with Frontiers looking to release the debut album after the summer 2010.

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Leverage Posts Circus Colossus Tour Video Blog

Leverage has posted a video blog online from their "Circus Colossus" Finnish tour, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the video:

"Hey you! Check out some sights & sounds from our Circus Colossus Finnish tour 2009 here. We would like to thank each and everyone of you who came to see us play during our November and December 2009 gigs. We had a blast and we hope you did, too! See you in 2010!!"

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Leverage Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish metal band LEVERAGE has posted their new music video for "Wolf and the Moon" online. The video was directed by Mr Petri Siikanen. Watch it here:

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Leverage Recruits New Bassist

Finnish metallers Leverage have issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist:

"Sami Norrbacka is the new member of Leverage. The original bass player Pekka Lampinen has stepped aside for private reasons. Norrbacka has been Leverage's live bass player for all of '09, and is now an official member of the band. Pekka Lampinen is an awesome musician, and we've been lucky to have him in this band. A big thank you for that, bro. We wish you all the best and good health. Sami has practically been in the band band for some time already filling in for Pekka live. He's proven he's a rock solid player and a great guy to work with. So when this situation emerged, it was a given that we'd ask him to become a permanent member of Leverage. Welcome aboard!"

Comments Pekka Lampinen: "Many friendly fans have asked on several forums about the whereabouts of Pekka Lampinen. I announce now, that I am no longer a member of Leverage. The reasons are a personal matter. I've been with the band all the way from the beginning, but now it is time to take some distance. This doesn't mean that I will abandon making music all together, but that now there is time to heal and gather strength for the future. I want to thank the whole band for the times together, and especially the loyal fans that have year in year out come to the gigs and supported this great band. It is good to continue on from here. Rock on!" More...

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Leverage Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

Finnish metallers Leverage are set to release their new album "Circus Colossus" on November 4th via Universal/Spinefarm Records and in Japan October 26th via Marquee/Avalon. The cover artwork for the album can be found at this location. Leverage are also streaming the new song "Legions of Invisible" on the Spinefarm Records MySpace page.

The track listing for the album will be as follows:

01. Rise
02. Wolf And The Moon
03. Movie Gods
04. Worldbeater
05. Rider Of Storm
06. Legions Of Invisible
07. Revelation
08. Don’t Keep Me Waiting
09. Prisoners
10. Broken Wings

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Leverage Streaming New Song Online

Finnish metallers Leverage are currently streaming the new song "Legions of Invisible" from their upcoming album "Circus Colossus." The track can be heard on the Spinefarm Records MySpace page. "Circus Colossus" is set for a November 4th release date.

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Leverage Posts New In-Studio Footage

Finnish metallers Leverage has posted a new studio video diary online, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:

"Enjoy our final studio-diary video clip! It includes material from mixing-sessions and from photo shoot. More detailed news about the upcoming album will be available in the near future...

"ps. In this particular videoclip you will hear the first official sample from the upcoming album!"

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Leverage Issues Recording Update

Finnish metallers Leverage have issued the following update about recording new material:

"Howdy hoo!

"A few words on the keyboard sessions...

"Once again I played and recorded things in the basement of our home. There's a place which I call "studio"/personal playground of mine...in other words 'RyhäPaja'.

"Just like with the Blind Fire-sessions, a huge thanks to Jari Mikkola who spent 'some' time to extract recorded audio files from Studio Audio's ProTools-sessions, one track for each instrument...including vocs and backing vocs. Once you have those files, it's quite easy to "search and find" a pleasant balance to work with. And for me, this is pretty important because it's not just about recording stuff, but also about arranging things at the same time. More...

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Leverage Issues Studio Recording Update

Finnish metallers Leverage have posted a new studio video clip online, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following recording update:

"Well, finally we got around to record my bass parts. Originally, I was supposed to record those at the beginning of June, but my I broke my back recently and it just wasn´t healed enough to play bass then. This time we recorded straight to line which meant that my Ampeg-mountain was not needed. I played all the bass parts with my trusted and excellent G&L 2500-bass.

"This time (as usual) bass parts were recorded under the supervision of Tuomas Heikkinen while Jari Mikkola took care of engineering and additional guidance. Torsti took care of vacationing... :)

"On the first day I played 4 songs composed by Tuomas. He orchestrated those sessions with Zappa-like toughness giving helpful tips and guidelines about my playing regarding some nyances etc. Jari also was another helpful pair of ears during those sessions. More...

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Leverage Posts Studio Recording Update

Finnish metallers Leverage have issued the following recording update:

"We spent two fun days recording the majority of the rhythm guitar tracks + a few extra lines. We've got some kick-ass stuff on the way, and we really had a blast bashing away with the new riffs. We both played at the same time, like we've done before, and our friend Jari 'The tyrant engineer' was also there again hitting Rec and then either passing or failing us both at the end of a take. This time we both played our ESP 7-strings for most of the time, Torsti had his precious Bogner and I had the trusty Engl Invader for the amps, they sure know how to capture a big guitar sound at Studio Audio, the guitars really growl. We'll do a couple more songs next week, they need their drums recorded first. 'Til then. "

A video of the band recording rhythm guitars can also be viewed below. More...

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Leverage Signs With Spinefarm Records

Finnish melodic metal band Leverage has announced their signing with Spinefarm Records. The band's third album is due to be released in the Fall of 2009. In the meantime, you can check out Leverage on their MySpace page.

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Leverage Post Two Unreleased Live Tracks

You can now listen two previously unreleased live tracks at Leverage's bandpage at Facebook, here. Tracks are "Superstition" and "Twilight Symphony". Recorded at Tavastia, Helsinki Feb. 15th 2007

New album "Blind Fire" is getting a massive critical response from the specialized Hard Rock and Metal press. MelodicRock.com gave the album 93% saying " the band has taken the blueprint of the debut and reproduced it again here". Read the review here.

Some of the other comments gathered for Blind Fire:
Rock Hard (Italy): Dynamit 8/10
Metal Maniac (Italy): Maniac Album 8/10
Metal Hammer (Italy): Top Album of the Month 8/10
Flash (Italy): Top Album of the Month 90/100
Rafabasa (Spain): 8/10
Strutter (Holland): 9.2/10
Hardhearderheavy (Germany) 5.5/7

Blind Fire will be released on January 16th in Finland and on January 25th for the rest of the Europe and Japan. Order your copy here.

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Leverage Complete Production On Second Album

Frontiers Records report that Finish melodic metallers LEVERAGE have finished the production of their yet-untitled second album.

"We're very proud of the new album” states band’s guitarist and main composer Tuomas Heikkinen. “We've grown tighter as a band, we're more in touch with what Leverage really is for us, and we sure pushed ourselves writing, rehearsing and recording. The album has 10 melodic songs that include the heaviest, most intense and on the other hand the most intimate moments we've been able to capture so far. We feel Tides was the best thing we could come up with at that time, we believe the second album came out as good as we hoped it would now". More...

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