California Triple-Axe-Attack metal masters, LEATHERWOLF, have launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign today in support of their current ”Unchained” touring activities, which includes a fall tour of the U.S. with VICIOUS RUMORS and SEVEN WITCHES.
Jun. 20 – The Dead Horse Cantina & Music Hall – McKees Rocks, PA
Jun. 21 – House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
Southern California’s vaunted heavy metal Triple Axe Attack, LEATHERWOLF, have scheduled a headline show at the Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main Street, Ramona, CA http://www.ramonamainstage.com/ on Saturday, January 28 where the band will be filming for an upcoming live DVD.
Featuring original members Michael Olivieri (vocals, guitar), Carey Howe (guitar), and Dean Roberts (drums) along with bassist Patrick Guyton and new guitarist Rob Math, LEATHERWOLF are celebrating both their 30th band anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of their highly acclaimed major label debut album for Island Records which spawned the MTV single ‘The Calling.’
“We had originally planned to release the ‘Live at the Galaxy’ DVD but with Rob in the fold we’ve decided to re-shoot everything. Rob is a killer player who has brought a lot of new energy to the band and we wanted to capture the new and improved LEATHERWOLF for prosperity”, states drummer Dean Roberts. “We’ve already talked to Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON) about mixing and should have everything completed in another couple of months in time for a tentative summer release.”
LEATHERWOLF first emerged in the early 80’s as part of the burgeoning Orange County metal scene, playing shows with contemporaries such as METALLICA, SLAYER and STRYPER before signing with local indie label, Tropical/Enigma, for the release of their Randy Burns (MEGADETH, KREATOR) produced eponymous debut in 1984. The band soon caught the attention of Island Records resulting in two further, highly acclaimed releases, ‘Leatherwolf’ (1987) and ‘Street Ready’ (1989). After a lenghty hiatus, LEATHERWOLF re-grouped for a number of shows and issued the ‘Wide Open’ live album in 1999. A new studio album, ‘World Asylum’, followed in 2006, re-issued in 2008 as ‘New World Asylum’ with returning frontman Michael Oliveri re-cutting all lead vocals.
Rocklahoma’s metal night last Thursday night inspired me to find some classic videos, from the bands performing.
Check out the clips below!
Leatherwolf’s “The Calling”
Saxon’s “Just Let Me Rock”
Leatherwolf have released a new edit of their video “Dr. Wicked”. I am not sure why they decided to redo the video. I thought the original one was fine. You can watch both of the them below.
MARCH 20TH in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Leatherwolf, The Triple Axe Attack, are joining hard-rock band Y&T for a night of monster shredding at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA. With the band once again reunited and shredding metal in near classic formation you are in for a night of ultimate metal.
Long before British metal legends Iron Maiden picked up on the concept, a pack of hungry Huntington Beach, CA-based teenagers, collectively known as Leatherwolf, pioneered and perfected the heavy metal Triple Axe Attack – documented via a tri-fecta of critically acclaimed and much worshipped ’80’s scorchers. The eponymous debut EP, expanded to a full-length LP, entitled Endangered Species for international release, and a pair of stunning albums for Island Records, Leatherwolf and Street Ready (yielding the MTV videos ‘The Calling’ and ‘Hideaway’, respectively), saw the band flying the flag of decidedly European-styled metal amidst a sea of formulaic L.A. and OC contemporaries.
New World Asylum (NIL8, 2008)
World Asylum (NIL8 / Massacre / King / Dynamo Prod., 2006)
Wide Open (Leatherwolf Music / King, 1999)
Street Ready (Island, 1989)
Leatherwolf (Island, 1987)
Leatherwolf, aka Endangered Species (Enigma / SPV / HM America, 1985)
Leatherwolf EP (Tropical/Enigma, 1984)
Leatherwolf is back with the Triple Axe Attack! For more information and to buy NEW WORLD ASYLUM got to www.myspace.com/leatherwolfmusic. Check out Leatherwofl’s video,”Dr. Wicked” below.
In 1985, Leatherwolf unleashed their three axe attack with their self titled debut.
If you are a metal fan that loves to hear a lot of heavy guitar work, you are going to love Leatherwolf.
This record starts off with the heavy tune Spiter, that immediately shows the prowess of their three pronged metal music. Michael Olivieri is quite a good metal singer, and he proves to be quite a solid axeman as well. Carey Howe, Matt Hurich and Michael Olivieri’s musicianship is ultra tight, and their guitar work plays off of each other well.
Leatherwolf is a hard band to compare to other acts from the era, but Iron Maiden would likely be the closes act they resemble, although their style is somewhat different. This is hard driving metal that simply kicks ass from beginning to end.
This disc has been out of print for quite some time and recently reissued by the band in 2007. The re-released version has a bonus track, Alone In the Night, which was originally recorded for the movie, Return of the Living Dead Part II. It is a nice addition to this cool disc.
Leatherwolf is still going strong with their 2007 release New World Asylum, you should definitely check out this record, as well as their latest work. If you are a heavy metal fan, buy this, you wont be disappointed. This album rocks!
For more information on Leatherwolf, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Endangered Species
3. Tonight’s the Night
4. The Hook
5. Season Of the Witch
6. Off The Track
7. Kill And Kill Again
10. Alone In The Night* (Bonus Track)
Mike Olivieri – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Carey Howe – Lead Guitar and backing vocals
Matt Hurich – Lead Guitar and backing vocals
Geoff Gayer – Bass Guitar and backing vocals
Leatherwolf has released a new video in support of their CD, New World Asylum. Check out the video for Dr. Wicked below!
In 2006, Leatherwolf released a new CD, World Asylum, that featured a new singer for the band, Wade Black. The CD didn’t take off as they expected it to, and Wade Black left the band, in November of 2006.
Fast forward to 2007, and original singer Michael Oliveri rejoined Leatherwolf. The band re-recorded World Asylum, with Oliveri on vocals and re-released the record via Nil8 Records.
I have the original version of the CD, and for whatever reason, I could not get used to Wade Black (Crimson Glory) on vocals. His style was somewhat different from Oliveri’s, and I didn’t get into that disc very much.
I have been a fan of Leatherwolf for years. Their three axe attack was always something to draw me in. The lineup of the band has changed, but the great metal music has not. In fact, New World Asylum is nothing short of killer!!!
Oliveri’s vocals on this record are damn near perfect, and the guitar work is excellent. Whatever tweaks the band made to this new version of World Asylum seems to work, as I like this version much better.
The Best cuts are I Am The Law, Live or Die, Behind The Gun, and Dr. Wicked. I don’t think their is a bad cut on this disc.
If you are a fan of heavy metal music, in the vein of bands like Judas Priest and Accept, you ought to check out New World Asylum. You will be glad you did. You can hear more tunes from New World Asylum, at the Leatherwolf myspace page here. American heavy metal doesn’t get much better than this! The CD is available for purchase through CD Baby.com.
Michael Oliveri – Vocals
Geoff Gayer – Guitars
Cary Howe – Guitars
Pete Perez – Bass
Dean Roberts – Drums
Its been a long time since there has been any new material by Leatherwolf. 1989 to be exact.
This lineup is missing original vocalist Mike Olivieri who decided to leave the band in 2000.
The vocals on World Asylum were filled by former Crimson Glory and Seven Witches singer, Wade Black. Drummer, Dean Roberts and Guitarist, Geoff Gayer are the lone holdouts from original Leatherwolf lineup. Rounding out this quintet are Riot bassist, Pete Perez and former Helstar guitarist, Eric Halpern.
There are a few quality metal tracks on World Asylum that are worth hearing. I Am the Law, King of the Ward, Behind the Gun. At this point in the record, the songs start sounding the same to me. It is solid well sung and well played Power Metal, but I keep looking for a track or two to grab me the way several tracks did on Dream Evil’s United release, and it never seems to happen.
I have given this disc multiple listens over the last 3 weeks, and each time I find that I have a hard time making it through the whole disc in the same sitting.
I liked the initial releases by Leatherwolf, but I just couldn’t get into this disc. Some hardcore metal fans may find this disc more enjoyable than I did. I would suggesting listening to some tracks first before picking this one up.
Singer Wade Black has left the band since this disc has come out, so maybe he didn’t get into it either.
Rating: Out of 10
- I Am the Law
- King of the Ward
- Behind the Gun
- Live or Die
- Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)
- The Grail
- Never Again