Levl - _Controlled by Time_
(Punctured Records, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
For a record that was produced by a talented musician (guitarist Jeff Waters of Annihilator fame), the debut disc of Levl sounds a little weak. It is quite obvious that Levl is a band full of heavy metal / thrash power and might, but with the way things have ended up via the production, the momentum of the band seems a little restrained. I could easily see songs like "Don't Leave Me", "Chronic Pain" and "Mesmerized" ripping my face off with the solid groove and face-peeling guitar solos, but it doesn't. Instead I am left with a disc that downplays the intense vibe, keeping it controlled and below par when it should be raging like a bull. Levl are good, but I think their disc needs some re-working. I like to see bands emerging from Canada (they hail from Victoria, B.C.), but if they want to make a mark they need to have stronger produced material to back it up.

Contact: Punctured Records, 110-174 Wilson Street,

(article published 19/10/2001)

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