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Thu
01
Feb

LEVERAGE Announce New Lineup, New Vocalist, New Single

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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

 

 

 
Wed
21
Oct

STREET TALK Reissues OUT NOW

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Categories: 
 
SHIPPING NOW - LAST CALL FOR COMBO PRICE DEAL!
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
 
Limited to just 500 units each, MRR has reissued the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
 
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive ALL NEW artwork and each album designed by Carl-Andre at BLEKKMARK Design StudioS.
 
      
 
 
FULL TRACK LISTING AND SEQUENCE:
 
 
TRANSITION
01. Someday (I'll Get Over You)
02. Need Someone
03. If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
04. Let Me Be The One
05. Always Stand By You
06. Ye Gods And Little Fishes
07. Everything I Do Is Just For You
08. Energizer Bunny
09. Don't Give Up On This Love
10. When You Lose The One You Love
 
Bonus Tracks:
11. I'll Always Remember (Japanese bonus track)
12. Always Stand By You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
13. Someday (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
14. Anytime, Anywhere (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
15. I Will Be There (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
16. Don't Give Up On This Love (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
17. Let Me Be The One (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
 
RESTORATION
01. Give Me A Reason
02. Hare And Hounds
03. Language Of Love
04. Tables Turning
05. Dancer In The Rain
06. A Place In The Sun
07. My Heart Beats For You
08. Forever By Your Side
09. In The Arms Of Love
10. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
 
Bonus Tracks:
11. After The Tears (Japanese bonus track)
12. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Demo Kimmo Blom vocals)
13. Forever By Your Side (Demo Kimmo Blom vocals)
14. Till The End Of Time (Original ‘Dancer In The Rain’; Peter Broman Vocals)
15. Language Of Love (Rough Mix)
16. Dancer In The Rain (Rough Mix)
17. Tables Turning (Rough Mix)
18. A Place In The Sun (Instrumental)
19. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Instrumental)
 
V
01. Responsible
02. Don't Believe
03. If I Could
04. At The End Of The Day
05. Family Business
06. Just A Little Appetizer
07. Something's Gotta Give
08. Groundhog Day
09. Sniper
10. Oh Maddy
11. Brother Sun And Sister Moon
 
Bonus Tracks:
12. Astray (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
13. Made For Paradise (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
14. Family Business (Instrumental)
15. Responsible (Instrumental)
16. If I Could (Instrumental)
17. Oh Maddy (Instrumental)
 
 

SPECIAL DEAL ON OFFER FOR ALL THREE TITLES

Each title is $15 + $5 shipping worldwide. Buy ALL 3 and shipping is FREE. 
 
 
OUT NOW! ($45 + FREE Shipping) -
 
 
 
Order 'Transition' -
 
 
Order 'Restoration' - 
 
 
Order 'V' - 
 
 
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
 
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
 
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album 'Restoration'. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
 
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
 
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
 
 

 

 
Sat
12
Sep

STREET TALK Reissues - Artwork & Track Listings Revealed

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Categories: 
 
SHIPPING STARTS NEXT WEEK (14/9) - LAST CALL FOR FIRST CHANCE DELIVERY!
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
 
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
 
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive ALL NEW artwork and each album designed by Carl-Andre at BLEKKMARK Design Studios and revealed now:
 
      
 
 
FULL TRACK LISTING AND SEQUENCE:
 
 
TRANSITION
01. Someday (I'll Get Over You)
02. Need Someone
03. If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
04. Let Me Be The One
05. Always Stand By You
06. Ye Gods And Little Fishes
07. Everything I Do Is Just For You
08. Energizer Bunny
09. Don't Give Up On This Love
10. When You Lose The One You Love
 
Bonus Tracks:
11. I'll Always Remember (Japanese bonus track)
12. Always Stand By You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
13. Someday (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
14. Anytime, Anywhere (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
15. I Will Be There (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
16. Don't Give Up On This Love (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
17. Let Me Be The One (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
 
RESTORATION
01. Give Me A Reason
02. Hare And Hounds
03. Language Of Love
04. Tables Turning
05. Dancer In The Rain
06. A Place In The Sun
07. My Heart Beats For You
08. Forever By Your Side
09. In The Arms Of Love
10. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
 
Bonus Tracks:
11. After The Tears (Japanese bonus track)
12. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Demo Kimmo Blom vocals)
13. Forever By Your Side (Demo Kimmo Blom vocals)
14. Till The End Of Time (Original ‘Dancer In The Rain’; Peter Broman Vocals)
15. Language Of Love (Rough Mix)
16. Dancer In The Rain (Rough Mix)
17. Tables Turning (Rough Mix)
18. A Place In The Sun (Instrumental)
19. Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Instrumental)
 
V
01. Responsible
02. Don't Believe
03. If I Could
04. At The End Of The Day
05. Family Business
06. Just A Little Appetizer
07. Something's Gotta Give
08. Groundhog Day
09. Sniper
10. Oh Maddy
11. Brother Sun And Sister Moon
 
Bonus Tracks:
12. Astray (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
13. Made For Paradise (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
14. Family Business (Instrumental)
15. Responsible (Instrumental)
16. If I Could (Instrumental)
17. Oh Maddy (Instrumental)
 
 

PRE-ORDERS ARE OPEN NOW, WITH A SPECIAL DEAL ON OFFER FOR ALL THREE TITLES.

Each title is $15 + $5 shipping worldwide. Buy ALL 3 and shipping is FREE. 
 
 
Pre-Order All 3 (Out August 30)($45 + FREE Shipping) -
 
 
 
Pre-Order 'Transition' -
 
 
Pre-Order 'Restoration' - 
 
 
Pre-Order 'V' - 
 
 
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
 
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
 
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album 'Restoration'. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
 
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
 
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
 
Further details of the reissues will be available soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy one song from each of the albums:
 
From ‘V’ – Responsible
 
 
From ‘Restoration’ – Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
 
 
From ‘Transition’ – If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
 
 

 

 
Wed
29
Jul

STREET TALK Reissues - Bonus Tracks Announced

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
 
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
All three albums are long out of print, highly sought after and when listed, fetch tidy sums on Ebay.
 
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive ALL NEW artwork and each album will feature several bonus tracks.
 
 
'TRANSITION' - 7 Bonus Tracks
 
I'll Always Remember (Japanese Bonus Track)
Don't Give Up On This Love (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Everything I Do Is Just For You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
If Anybody Breaks Your Heart (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Let Me Be The One (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Always Stand By You (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
Someday (Original 1999 Writers Demo; Fredrik Vocals)
 
'RESTORATION' - 9 bonus Tracks
 
After The Tears (Japanese Bonus Track)
Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Original Demo; Kimmo Blom Vocals)
Forever By Your Side (Original Demo; Kimmo Blom Vocals)
Language Of Love (Rough Mix)
Till The End Of Time (Original ‘Dancer In The Rain’; Peter Broman Vocals)
Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight (Instrumental)
Dancer In The Rain (Instrumental)
Tables Turning (Instrumental)
A Place In The Sun (Instrumental)
 
'V' - 6 Bonus Tracks
 
Astray (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
Made For Paradise (New Track that appeared on the 'Destination' Compilation; Japanese 'V' Bonus Track Mix)
Responsible (Instrumental)
If I Could (Instrumental)
Family Business (Instrumental)
Oh Maddy (Instrumental)
 
 
Soundbytes of the bonus tracks and unveiling of the new artwork will be announced soon.

 

PRE-ORDERS ARE OPEN NOW, WITH A SPECIAL DEAL ON OFFER FOR ALL THREE TITLES.

Each title is $15 + $5 shipping worldwide. Buy ALL 3 and shipping is FREE. 
 
 
Pre-Order All 3 (Out August 30)($45 + FREE Shipping) -
 
 
 
Pre-Order 'Transition' -
 
 
Pre-Order 'Restoration' - 
 
 
Pre-Order 'V' - 
 
 
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
 
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
 
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album 'Restoration'. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
 
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
 
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
 
Further details of the reissues will be available soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy one song from each of the albums:
 
From ‘V’ – Responsible
 
 
From ‘Restoration’ – Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
 
 
From ‘Transition’ – If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
 
 

 

 
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