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LEVITICUS

The Strongest Power

(Ektro)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 7.0

Man, warms the ol' cockles to see a press release reference TOKYO BLADE in 2013, but that's just the kinda terrain ya travel when you bother to read bios that accompany reissues of trad metal albums originally released in 1985 by obscure Christian metal bands like LEVITICUS. I guess they made a minor splash back in the day, but my eight-year-old fingers were too busy caressing the Banzai Axe compilation to shift focus over to this. So, thanks to the good folks at Ektro Records (does any of this mean anything to anyone out there? If so, I'm buying you a beer later!) this one is now being unleashed to 40 new paying customers and a few curious journalists who eat up anything originally released in '85 with pencil crayon artwork. The opening cut, 'The Winner', delivers the goods pretty much exactly as I was hoping, with even a bit of an old-school doom feel o'er top the classic trad metal, laid down with a surprising amount of confidence and majesty, like SAVATAGE. Then 'Deborah And Barak' (no idea) confounds with a dripping doom approach (flat vocals and all), which quickly goes to a double-time shuffle because, hey, why not? There's just no hope for a band like this to be appreciated outside of white metal scholars, even though the album's flirtations with a more radio-friendly '80s metal/hard rock sound (hey, there's that Tokyo Blade feel coming in 'On The Rock', and hey, here's them trying and failing for a hit single on 'Kings Of Kings') are fun (I'm pretty sure that on 'I Got Power' the singer even declares he's going to "dance all night," which is completely awesome!) and pretty well executed for a band who ended up being not even a footnote but just completely forgotten in the metal history books.



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