FEBRUARY 27th 2015
LEVEL 10

Review by: YouFO

Tracklisting:

Cry No More
Soul Of A Warrior
When The Nighttime Comes
One Way Street; Blasphemy
Last Man On Earth
In For The Kill
Voice Of The Wilderness
All Hope Is Gone
Demonized
The Soul Is Eternal
Forevermore

Never heard of Level 10 before, and it’s hard to find information about them, but this is what I could find, Level 10 is a new Trans-Atlantic Metallic alliance between powerhouse vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and bassist, vocalist, and record producer Mat Sinner from Stuttgart, Germany.

The two met a few times over the years and said to each other to find the time and work together. The occasion came about when Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino managed to connect the two and have them committed to create a new Metal album which would blend the more contemporary and aggressive sound of Adrenaline Mob with the  traditional European Power Metal assault from Primal Fear.

Sinner put together a solid line-up for it, Russell Allen (lead/backing vocals), Mat Sinner (bass/backing vocals)including Primal Fear cohorts Randy Black (drums), Alex Beyrodt (guitar), also called upon Roland Grapow(guitars) (ex Helloween), and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline/Voodoo Circle) to round out the band with lead guitar and keyboards. What a line-up right.  The album also sees contributions from the likes of Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Ralf Scheeprs, Fohann Fiegl, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville. Mat Sinner produced the release and Achim Koehler did the mixing, creating a powerful strong album.  

The recording obviously took some time with each having other commitments. But the wait is worth it, exceptional, super heavy but still melodic. Extraordinary vocals, put all this together with such talented musicians and you are going to get a powerful album. It feels more like back to the 80’s, but wait, don’t leave, it’s a good thing, basically hard rock done a little more with heavy guitars and a punch. You’ll also get an edge, whether it’s metal or the darker side, you can’t help but enjoy. This might inspire younger bands. I really enjoyed this album, and I am really a dark, heavier death metal fan. But when you have such members with such capability, you have something that catches your attention and it doesn’t let go.

Don’t neglect this one because you think it might not be in your realm of listening, it has something for everyone. Give it a try.

Blasphemy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pZfEOmBuDQ