Leviathan are a band from Colorado that plays a progressive form of power metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Behold To Nothing, Braver Since Then" which was released by Stonefellowship Recordings.
"Ephermal Cathexis" which is the intro for the album opens up with dark sound effects and spoken word parts as well as some synths to start off the album. before adding in heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and guitar leads.
"A Shephards Work" which is also the first real song on the album begins up with heavy, melodic and progressive sounding guitar riffs as well as some drums before adding in bass guitars and melodic vocals which also leads up to some guitar leads coming in and out of the music and the song closes with spoken word parts.
"Intristic Contemptment" opens up with drum programming and clean guitars and you can hear guitar leads in the background which get even more powerful once the heavy guitar riffs and real drums kick in in along with some bass guitars before adding in vocals.
"Overture of Exasperation" which is an instrumental starts up with synths and violins and is under 2 minutes and you can also hear a small amount of bass which also leads to drum beats kicking in.
"Creatures Of Habit" begins with synths, heavy and melodic guitar riffs as well as some drums before adding in vocals and getting a little heavier along with bass guitars, a couple of minutes later there is a brief use of classical guitars being added into the music along with some spoken word parts for a couple of minutes before getting heavy again.
"Solitude Begets Ignorance" starts up with dark sounding synths and spoken word parts a s well as elements of electronic music and drum beats which also leads up to guitar solos and leads kicking in.
"A Testament For Non Believers" kicks in with heavy guitar and bass riffs as well as some drums which also leads up to violins coming in before adding in vocals and a couple of minutes later acoustic guitars are added into the music along with guitar solos and leads.
"If the Devil Does'nt Exist" comes in with heavy and melodic sounding guitar and bass riffs as well as some drums and you can hear some sound effects and a couple of minutes later spoken word samples and acoustic guitars are added in as well as some guitar leads, halfway through the song melodic vocals finally start to kick in.
"Magical Pills Provided" breaks in with heavy guitar riffs and drums as well as some bass guitars and violins and a minute later avant garde sounds and spoken word samples are added in along with some acoustic guitars shortly after that and towards the end guitar solos and leads make their presence known.
"Thumbing Your Nose At Those Who Oppose" hits it off with soft acoustic guitar playing and bass as well as some drums before adding in spoken word parts and melodic vocals and a minute later bass guitars and guitar leads are added in.
"Empty Vessel Of Faith" is introduced with sound effects and spoken word samples before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums as well as some bass which also leads to the guitar riffing getting more melodic along with some solos and leads, halfway through the song clean guitars become a part of the music.
"Words Borrowed Wings" is brought in with violins and heavy and melodic guitar riffs as well as some drums before adding in melodic vocals and a few seconds alter guitar solos and leads start to come in and out.
"Bettering Darklighter" makes its way in with sound effects and samples as well as some spoken word parts and the song is very short and under 2 minutes.
"Misanthrope Exhumed" brings its way in with acoustic guitars and tribal drum beats and a few seconds alter melodic vocals start to kick in along with some heavy guitar riffs that also utilize some melody.
"Beholden To Nothing" which is also the last song on the album kicks in with tribal style drum beats and electronic music elements before adding in heavy and melodic guitar riffs and a minute alter vocals and acoustic guitars become a part of the song while also remaining heavy at the same time and as time goes on by guitar solos and leads are finally added in before adding in spoken word parts later on.
Song lyrics cover social, religion and moral issues, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Leviathan are a very great sounding progressive/power metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Shephards Work" "Creatures Of Habit" "Magical Pills Provided" and "Beholden To Nothing". RECOMMENDED BUY.