Southern California’s vaunted heavy metal “triple axe attack” LEATHERWOLF will have its January 28 headlining concert at the Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California professionally filmed for an upcoming 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 is celebrating both its 30th band anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of its 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 emerged in the early ’80s 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-produced (MEGADETH, KREATOR) 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, reissued in 2008 as “New World Asylum” with returning frontman Michael Oliveri re-cutting all lead vocals.