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PostSubject: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 09, 2021 4:48 pm

It looks like Girder is wanting more of my money as they're going to be re-releasing all studio albums from Leviticus. 

https://girdermusic.com/blogs/music-news/leviticus-remastered-cds-and-vinyl

LEVITICUS ON CD & VINYL
I SHALL CONQUER (1984) CD & Vinyl
THE STRONGEST POWER (1985) CD & Vinyl
SETTING FIRE TO THE EARTH (1987) CD & Vinyl
KNIGHTS OF HEAVEN (1989) CD & Vinyl
LIVE AT BOBFEST (2003) CD

5 full length albums from Leviticus have been completely remastered and are available on CD with LTD Trading Cards, 8 page booklet in a jewel case. 4 of them are also on heavy weight random colored vinyl for the first time and come with lyrics and historical photo. 

  • CD Limited to 500 Pressed

  • 8 Page Booklet in Jewel Case, w/ Lyrics & Photos

  • CD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2021

  • Vinyl Release Date Dec 31, 2021

  • Limited Run Vinyl™ 200 Pressed

  • Color (Random) Heavy Weight Vinyl

  • Black Poly-lined Inner Sleeve

  • 2-Sided Full Color Printed Insert

  • Vinyl Ships in Bufferzone Mailer




ABOUT LEVITICUS
Leviticus could sure school the current generation of metal fans a few things, starting with the longevity that goes hand in hand with creating quality art that has stood the test of time.  Leviticus interweaved a foundation of melodic metal with tendencies towards power metal with I Shall Conquer, The Strongest Power and Setting Fire to the Earth along with some brilliant AOR moments with Knights of Heaven, thanks to John and Dino Elefante, to only be topped off with one of the best live performances ever (yeah, I just said that) Live at BobFest, which has none of what we all hated about live albums. More on that later.
 Let's back up a moment!
 
Unlike the USA, not a lot of Christian Heavy Metal came out of Sweden. There have been a few bands, most notably Blindside, Crimson Moonlight, Divinefire, Jerusalem, Narnia, Pantokrator, Veni Domine, XT and of course Leviticus founded by Björn Stigsson, Håkan Andersson and Kjell Andersson in the early 80′s. 
LEVITICUS amassed a huge following in Europe but attracted a much smaller following among Christian headbangers in America who had to scramble to find their products pre-internet. Thankfully, their albums were released in the United States on labels such as Pure Metal, Refuge, Spectra, and Solid Rock. 
The band’s first EP was released in 1982, called Stå och titta på, with all lyrics in Swedish and later in 1983 Jag Skall Segra!, which Google translates as "I'll Win.” I'm not sure how accurate Google translations are because in 1983 Leviticus released an English version of that album titled I Shall Conquer (1984), which was most of America's first experience of the band. It'll also might help you understand why many of the lyrics didn't rhyme.  I remember shaking my head as a 15-year-old confused as to why musically it sounded so good but the lyrics felt a bit out of place.  Upon reflection, we understand all these years later that the album was written in Swedish and then transposed to English later on.  In any case, the album is raw, unpolished, and sometimes uneven, but I love the unpretentious sound and feel of it. The album has a dynamic range that extends from mid-tempo rockers to an almost peaceful, Pink Floyd kind of style on some songs. The vocals by original singer/bassist Håkan Andersson really make this a work of art.  Loaded with keyboards and guitars yet somehow not too flashy.  It's a solid mid-tempo hard rocker, but the real show-stoppers are the quieter, more reflective tracks "Psalm 23" and "All Is Calm." Both build to a crescendo in a grandeur way.  If you haven't experienced Leviticus before, start here with I Shall Conquer.
In 1985, Leviticus released a real powerhouse album called The Strongest Power (1985).  According to the metal magazine, Kerrang, the album was ”one of the best records of the year”... which incidentally came from one of the most respected music magazines.  It also had two different covers or alternate covers, which we have made available on the CD. Just flip it over. 
In 1987, Håkan Andersson left the band and was replaced by Ez Gomér, and Terry Haw became the band’s lead singer. (Both, left and later former Jet Circus.) 
Leviticus released their third album Setting Fire To the Earth (1987), which became a best-seller around the world, and included many great reviews in multiple different music magazines. The album finally got the group noticed in North America during their 1988 US Tour opening for Larry Norman and serving as his backing band. “Flames of Fire” and “Saved” are standout metal songs on that release, with “The Suffering Servant” being a particularly strong ballad (based on Isaiah 41 and 53).
In 1989, Leviticus released their fourth album Knights of Heaven (1989), which was the band’s fourth release (unless you count their Swedish debut Jag Skull) and was produced by John and Dino Elefante and exhibits a AOR rock sound remarkably like Petra, The Brave, Guardian and other Pakaderm bands. It received great reviews in a lot of magazines worldwide. The Swedish newspaper, ”Göteborgs-Posten” wrote ”Leviticus takes the top position in Swedish hardrock, together with Europe. On this album, Peo Pettersson replaced Terry H. on lead vocals and Niklas Franklin replaced Ez Gomér on the bass guitar. 
In 2003, 13 years later, the band released the album, Live at Bobfest. Thankfully Live at Bobfest gives you all the things you want in a live performance and none of the things you don't and just might be one of the best live albums you have ever set your ears to.  Live albums are not popular for three main reasons.  The audio quality is nowhere near the level and quality of studio albums, the singer often goes off into different vocal arrangements or lack thereof, which is not what the fans wanna hear, they want to sing along to the same song that they've been singing along to in their car.  The other reason would be all the ad lib and talking between songs and chiding with the crowd.  Without context it's impossible to feel like you were a part of it.  
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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 10, 2021 7:12 am

I'm interested in SFTTE and KoH, still enjoy those.
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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 10, 2021 12:38 pm

I bought the box set of remasters from the band a few years ago.  I won't buy them again despite the multi-page booklet.

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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 10, 2021 8:24 pm

alldatndensum wrote:
I bought the box set of remasters from the band a few years ago.  I won't buy them again despite the multi-page booklet.

Same here, even though I really wouldn't mind having some new crisp copies of the LPs... just can't afford it now
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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 11, 2021 4:53 am

alldatndensum wrote:
I bought the box set of remasters from the band a few years ago.  I won't buy them again despite the multi-page booklet.
Ditto.
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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 12, 2021 9:53 pm

I didn't buy the box set from a few years ago because I really didn't want those first two albums.  I really like the last two (with the different singers) as well as the live Bobfest album, but not sure I want to shell out for replacements since I have the originals on cd.

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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 13, 2021 4:38 pm

I'm used to the originals and these aren't must haves.

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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeTue Sep 14, 2021 9:51 am

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I didn't buy the box set from a few years ago because I really didn't want those first two albums.  I really like the last two (with the different singers) as well as the live Bobfest album, but not sure I want to shell out for replacements since I have the originals on cd.

I couldn't help myself.  I went ahead and ordered "Setting Fire..." and "Knights of Heaven".

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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 15, 2021 3:59 pm

I ordered the colored/coloured vinyl re-issues.

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PostSubject: Re: Leviticus Re-Issues   Leviticus Re-Issues I_icon_minitimeYesterday at 9:31 am

alldatndensum wrote:
I bought the box set of remasters from the band a few years ago.  I won't buy them again despite the multi-page booklet.


The one thing missing was the CD version of Live From Bobfest.  The box set (which I bought also) had the DVD but not a CD... I bought the CD....

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