Label: Stanley & Andrew Music - SAMLP 5209 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: Sweden • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Establishing itself along with Jerusalem and Charizma as a pioneering force in the Swedish Christian hard rock movement, Leviticus ultimately helped to pave the way for other Swedish acts to follow such as Veni Domine, Narnia, Laudamus and Never Can Say Goodbye - Various - So This Is Love, The Love Collection Vol.
3. Bjorn Stigsson is the driving force behind the project, handling all rhythm and lead guitar duties in addition to making a major contribution to the albums songwriting.
Bassist Hakan Andersson and drummer Kjell Andersson form a rhythm section defined by substantial bass lines and precise drumming check out the double bass on the tracks "He's My Life" and "Doubt". Hakan Andersson also fills in on lead vocals but, with a flat sounding mid-octave ranged voice, proves the only area of weakness in the bands performance.
I Shall Conquer is held back by a weak and muddy sounding production job. The rhythm guitar sounds thin and transparent. Except for a few moments when the double bass rises above the instrumentation, the drums sound lost and buried. The lead guitar and bass would both improve with a cleaner sounding mix. Jumping out of the gate with a ton of up-tempo energy, the albums hard rocking title tracks quickly moves through its first verse before slowing upon reaching its strong bass guitar driven chorus.
Stigsson punctuates the song with several seconds of sharp sounding lead guitar work. As its title suggests, "I Shall Conquer" talks about spiritual warfare:. Beginning to a drum solo, a hard hitting riff drives "Let Me Fight" in aggressive fashion to a catchy chorus backed by just the right amount of keyboards and vocal harmonies.
Thirty seconds of high-octane lead guitar work brings out the best in a song continuing the album with its theme of spiritual warfare:. Oh, Lord, let me fight, and win the battle for Your name You have equipped me and I go to the front Yes, the truth is my Jag Skall Segra - Leviticus - Jag Skall Segra! , and faith is Jag Skall Segra - Leviticus - Jag Skall Segra! shield And the sword is your Word, that I hold. A bass guitar solo opens an instrumental passage in which Stigsson cuts loose with a blazing guitar solo carried over pounding double bass.
The wonderful groove influenced hard rock of "Doubt" ranks among the albums strongest tracks. Advancing through its first verse in an acoustic laced manner as the rhythm guitar fades in and out of the mix, "Doubt" reaches a double bass driven chorus with a catchy refuse to go away hook.
Several seconds of bluesy lead guitar work only add to the songs appeal. After "Action More Than Words" takes off at an upbeat tempo, it slows to the muffled sounding blend of rhythm guitar and keyboards that conveys its first verse. The song regains its momentum as the rhythm guitar moves to the front of the mix to reinforce a good hard hitting chorus. I wish the band had expanded upon an instrumental passage limited to a few brief seconds of rhythm guitar. An acoustic guitar slowly impels "All Is Calm" through its first verse until it picks up in pace as keyboards interweave with the acoustic guitar, the two taking the song to an infectious chorus that would have dominated FM radio if given the chance.
An emotional setting is created as the rhythm guitar fades into the mix before "All Is Calm" reaches its third verse. Stigsson's fiery lead guitar work shores up the last minute of a song talking about the second coming:.
Then the Lord will come, then the Lord will come As a thief in the night, as a thief in the night That's how the Lord will come No one has promised, no promise is given About a day tomorrow, We plan, we spend But everyone says: all is calm A blend of rhythm guitar and keyboards carries the no frills straightforward hard rocker "Day By Day" forward, the song gaining further impetus as it attains an even sounding guitar driven chorus.
An edgy rhythm guitar backed by pounding drums closes out a song Jag Skall Segra - Leviticus - Jag Skall Segra! on victory in the life of a Christian:.
Stigsson steps forward with thirty seconds of blistering lead guitar work. Once it moves past two minutes, however, "Psalm 23" shifts gears and picks up in pace as Stigsson's well executed lead guitar work closes out its last several minutes. While I Shall Conquer is held back by a low budget production job and a shaky lead vocal performance, the album does a good job highlighting the bands top notch musicianship and well rounded songwriting skills.
While the three songs in question are a Lou Donaldson - The Time Is Right rough around the edges Lonely Vagabond - Lone Pigeon - Concubine Rice wise — I might describe the music as keyboard driven hard rock — they are certainly very nostalgic and worth hearing.
Videos: " Let Me Fight ". Interviews s. Faceboo k. Release Dates. Children Of God. Jesus Christ - The Exorcist. Weapons Of God. The Collected Works. Musical Style: Hard Rock. Record Label: Talking Music. Artist Website: Leviticus.
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