Nicknamed the "Triple Axe Attack" for pioneering the use of a 3-guitar-line-up in heavy metal (BEFORE Iron Maiden jumped on the bandwagon), Leatherwolf formed in 1981 in California. Armed with a European sound in a rather formulaic L.A they instantly stood out from the crowd. Their style was heavily influenced by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M) Movement which unfortunately for the band, was not particularly popular in the States where Glam Metal reigned supreme. However, this did not deter Leatherwolf who even graced the stages alongside the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Witch at big name venues like Woodstock and Radio City!
Needless to say, their efforts certainly did not go un-noticed and the band were quickly signed to Indie Label, Tropical Records who released and financed the bands 1984 EP 'Leatherwolf' which consisted of 5 songs. In Mainland Europe, STP/Steamhammer upgraded the released to an album in 1985.
Heavy Metal America gained the rights to the release in the UK titling it 'Endangered Species' - the name of one of the albums tracks.
Present Day -
The band went through different line-ups before deciding to go on a self-imposed break. After a lengthy break, the band regrouped in 1999 with the original line-up for a reunion show at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA, which was documented on their live album "Wide Open" which featured 14 of the bands best songs as well as a cover of the Doors' "Break on Through". In the same year, they also made their way back to Europe with an invitation to do an exclusive, one-off gig at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.
Michael Olivieri (Lead vocals, Guitar)
Carey Howe (Guitar, backing vocals)
Rob Math (Guitar)
Patrick Guyton (Bass, backing vocals)
Dean Roberts (Drums)
No current shows/events.