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 emerged in the early 80’s as part of the burgeoning Orange County metal scene, playing shows with contemporaries such as Metallica, Slayer, 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.