Welcome to part one of our Heavy Metal America Spotlight! Today we are showing some love to Huntington Beach Power Metallers, Leatherwolf! Over the coming weeks we will be posting about various bands who have previously gaced the Heavy Metal America, Heavy Metal Records Canada and Heavy Metal Worldwide labels, so stay tuned for the next part!
Nicknamed the 'Triple Axe Attack' for their pioneering use of a three guitar line-up within Heavy Metal Music, Leatherwolf formed in 1981 in California.
Heavy Metal America gained the rights to the release in the UK titling it 'Endangered Species' - the name of one of the albums tracks. And the rest was history. Their debut appearence in Europe came in 1989 at Aardschokdag in Holland with an extensive UK Tour following. This tour was with Japanese rockers Vow Wow with the band being heralded as being from the "Led Zepellin and Purple school of rock" and reviewers noting Rush, Dio and Thrashy musical influences.
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Leatherwolf underwent various line-up changes as the band ditched their trademark style in favour of a much more bluesy sound complete with
Guns N Roses-esq visuals. With the Grunge Revolution taking over, and the band failing to achieve significant ratings, Leatherwolf split up.
Frontman Michael Oliveri departed the band in 2003 and after undergoing further line-up changes the band released World As ylum in 2006 to rave reviews appearing at Bang Your Head Festival! (Germany) and Prog-Power Festival (USA).It was not until 1999 that the band reformed with their orginial line-up for a reunion show - documented on their live album 'Wide Open'. The band were also invited to appear at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. One of the biggest highlights of the Metal Festival Calender year on year.
Original Leatherwolf members Carey and Oliveiri rejoined the band in 2007 and Leatherwolf reissued 'World Asylum' with Oliveri's vocals before embarking on a European tour including a headliner spot at the 9th edition of Keep It True festival. Back together and writing new material the future looks bright for Leatherwolf.
And here is their awesome, awesom. awesome self titled song, 'Leatherwolf' from their 'Endangered Species' album! Crank it up loud! \m/
Stay tuned for Part 2 in our Heavy Metal AmericaSpotlight Series!