LEATHERWOLF – Leatherwolf [Japan HR/HM 1000 Vol.4 series] (2022) HQ *0dayrox Exclusive*

LEATHERWOLF - Leatherwolf [Japan HR/HM 1000 Vol.4 series] (2022) HQ *0dayrox Exclusive* full

Universal Music Japan has started this year another campaign of their ‘HR/HM 1000‘ series, that meaning the reissue of long time out of print albums from their Hard Rock / Heavy Metal catalog at the price of 1000 Yen = about USD 9.
As part of the 2022 HR-HM 1000 Vol.4 series we find LEATHERWOLF self-titled album from 1987, their first album on major label Island Records, and for many the band’s finest moment. Unlike a lot of California-based hair metal bands, Leatherwolf actually qualified as a real US metal band. They put a melodic, polished L.A. style on the traditional sound of the genre.
Think a mix of Crimson Glory and Armored Saint, with the commercial appeal of Dokken or Skid Row. “Leatherwolf” kick some serious ass.
The sound quality on this Japanese CD is great.

Keeping parts of their metallic roots and adding equal amounts of elaborated instrumentation and Hard Rock songwriting sensibilities, they crafted what would be an excellent yet often forgotten album.
On “Leatherwolf” the band perfected their unique sound: a triple axe attack – yes, there’s 3 guitar players here – handled by Carey Howe, Jeff Gayer and also lead vocalist Michael Olivieri.
Vocally, Olivieri owns a great register with a glam metal approach to it, but he nails enough notes to make sure you know that he can belt it out with the best of the metal crowd.

The songs are hard hitting, but are also quite melodic. There’s a great mid-80s sense of energy and drama on this album that I totally dig. Listing standout tracks is almost pointless, since nearly every song on this album is a killer.
Ranging anywhere from Dokken-esque riffs to the very glam influenced cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic “Bad Moon Rising”, there’s a lot to love here.

We find an excellent keyboard line into in “Princess Of Love”, and a terrific meaty ballad in “Share a Dream”. “The Calling” was the single released to promote the record and it’s one of the highlights driven by huge riff swirling solos and a massive shout along chorus.

Like Fifth Angel and Crimson Glory, Leatherwolf remains as one of the ’80s US metal scene best kept secrets.
There are a ton of acts from the era that were mostly forgotten for decades. With a distinct blend of traditional metal, glammy hard rock and a unique three guitar attack Leatherwolf were unique.
Highly Recommended

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H R / H M 1000 SERIES

01 – Rise Or Fall
02 – The Calling
03 – Share A Dream
04 – Cry Out
05 – Gypsies And Thieves
06 – Bad Moon Rising (CCR cover)
07 – Princess Of Love
08 – Magical Eyes
09 – Rule The Night

Michael Olivieri: vocals, guitar
Paul Carmen: bass
Carey Howe: guitar
Geoffrey Gayer: guitar
Dean Roberts: drums



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1 Response

  1. xmenfan says:

    Great CD…wore this tape out back in the day! God I’m old! =D

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