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LIVIT - Progressive rock, progressive metal, neo-prog, symphonic prog
Formed: 1989 in Braunschweig, Germany
Retired: 1999
Founding members: Andreas SCHEIL (G), Juergen SCHUELER (D)
Line-up: Thomas GROVE (V), Andreas SCHEIL (G), Tom LACHEMUND (K), Juergen WINTERMEYER (B), Juergen SCHUELER (D)
Releases: "Just In Time" (1992), "Unspoken" (1996)

The band's name LIVIT is an artificial name comprising the words "Live it" and "livid".

LIVIT were founded by guitarist Andreas SCHEIL and drummer Juergen SCHUELER as they were University students. They learned to know each other while jointly flipping through the vinyl records on a rather boring party and the dream to form a band came up. Soon they were joined by Thomas GROVE (V), Tom LACHEMUND (K) and Juergen WINTERMEYER (B), a fellow student of Juergen SCHUELER, completing the band.

After playing live for about 2 years with own songs LIVIT won a local band contest, the first price was 3 days in a recording studio in Hanover. The 3 days became 14 days and ended up in the debut record release "Just In Time" (1992). The songs on "Just In Time" were quite melodic and not all were much progressive, the ballad songs "Get Off My Back" and "What I love" even got airplay in the radio stations. LIVIT continued playing live to promote "Just In Time" and got a chance to be support act of MOTHER'S FINEST.

The band started writing songs for a concept album with a very personal and authentic story. It was about the life of a fellow person tragically ending by suicide due to increasing Schizophrenia. LIVIT transformed this difficult topic into complex songs moving seamlessly between heavy neo-prog and classic symphonic prog, which sound much different and more mature compared to "Just In Time". In 1995 LIVIT signed a deal with the German Progressive Rock label WMMS and recorded the songs in the ROXANNE Studio near Stuttgart. The concept album was named "Unspoken" and was released in 1996. The cover art was painted by the mother of the person the tragic story is about. "Unspoken" was received well by the critics and since the name LIVIT is dropped often when talking about German Progressive Rock.

In 1999 the band retired, as the challenge of working with LIVIT and keeping the member's main jobs for earning their living became too big.

Biography provided by Juergen Schueler

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 Just in Time by LIVIT album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.05 | 3 ratings

Just in Time
Livit Progressive Metal

Review by apps79
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3 stars Livit had their own 10-year journey into the progressive world, starting from 1989, when they were formed in Braunschweig, Germany.Guitarist Andreas Scheil, drummer Juegen Schueler, singer Thomas Grove, bassist Juergen Wintermeyer and keyboardist Thomas Lachemund were the original and consistent members of the band.First album ''Just in time'' was released in 1992 on Remember Records.

While Livit never managed to come out of the mass of 90's prog bands, they had an attractive style, regarding the year of the allbum's release, drawing influences from 80's Prog and the emerging Progressive Metal scene.So ''Just in time'' is actually good period Heavy/Neo Prog, somewhat split between the flashy sounds of MARILLION and the more lyrical, more technical side of QUEENSRYCHE.First half of the album is closer to the classic progressive sound with expressive, slightly theatrical vocals and dense keyboard lines, supported by a number of impressive guitar moves.Music is very tight and the performances are solid with both down- and up-tempo rhythmic parts and plenty of artistic exercises with some symphonic keys, smooth piano lines and complex guitar tricks.Second half is a bit harder with a couple in-your-face Heavy Rock/Heavy Metal tracks and Grove singing in high pitch.The sound is reminiscent of Empire-era QUEENSRYCHE, focusing on atmospheric textures, deep lyricism and occasional hard-sounding runs with a few trully angular guitar solos and an always orchestral keyboard background.No matter the style performed, Livit proposed a very compact songwriting with both catchy and grandiose moments.

An album, which should appeal to all fans of the sharp side of Progressive Rock.Great guitar work, fiery rhythms, symphonic references, not very original but certainly warmly recommended material.

Thanks to aapatsos for the artist addition.

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