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World Asylum

by Leatherwolf

LEATHERWOLF's first new studio album in some 17 years, 'World Asylum' harkens back to the eponymous 1984 debut and marks the band's heaviest release yet; featuring former Crimson Glory vocal siren Wade Black!
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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1. I Am the Law
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2. King of the Ward
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3. Behind the Gun
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4. Live or Die
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5. Disconnect
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6. Dr. Wicked ( Rx O.D.)
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7. Institutions
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8. Derailed
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9. The Grail
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10. Never Again
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Scorching 2006 comeback release that combines the classic Triple Axe Attack trademarks with a contemporary edge; features lead vocals by former Crimson Glory frontman Wade Black.

Mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Destruction); artwork by Richard Villa III (Black Veil Brides, Sebastian Bach).

Line-up:
Wade Black - vocals
Geoff Gayer - guitars, bass
Eric Halpern, Mark Smith - add. lead guitars
Pete Perez - bass
Dean Roberts - drums

Review:
We have had to wait a very long time, but the legendary "triple axe attack is back, and in great shape! After being absent for a decade they released a live album in 1999 entitled 'Wide Open' and after another seven long years finally the new studio album of Leatherwolf named 'World Asylum' has seen the light of day.

There have been some line-up changes compared to seven years ago though. So has singer/guitarist Michael Olivieri been replaced by ex-Crimson Glory vocalist Wade Black and they have found new members in Eric Halpern (ex-Destiny's End) and Pete Perez (ex-Riot) to replace Carey Howe and Paul Carmen respectively. Those of you who have been paying attention have noted that only guitarist Geoff Gayer and drummer Dean Roberts have remained in the band. The typical Leatherwolf sound however has not changed and that's of course very good news!

Leatherwolf was in the mid eighties responsible for releasing a truly magnificent debut album followed by two slightly more melodic records, of which I still think 'Street Ready' is fantastic as well. The new record 'World Asylum' is stylistically more in the vein of the debut record and has proven to be a lot heavier than I expected beforehand. Opening track 'I Am The Law' is the perfect starter, in which Wade Black's vocals remind me very much of the voice of Michael Olivieri and which is traditionally dominated by the many guitar solos. Also the next songs 'King Of The Ward' and (especially) 'Behind The Gun' are just outstanding and that accounts for more or less the complete album. The only song which I think is not as good is the more experimental 'Institutions'. In the eighties I saw Leatherwolf as a band who had everything to really make it in the music business. Unfortunately due to several circumstances this didn't quite happen. Maybe that they are granted a second chance with this 'World Asylum' record. For me personally this record has proven to be the best album I listened to this month. Welcome back, guys! - Sjak Roks, Lords of Metal


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Admit it, you have a soft spot somewhere inside of you that enjoys 80's style power metal. Lucky for you, this collection of headbangers will easily quench your thirst for heavy riffage, songs involving demons, and vocals that scream so loud you can feel the wind in your face. This authentic sound is no coincidence, as these gents have been stalwarts in the Cali metal scene since the mid 80's. The band has recently enlisted a new lead singer in Wade Black, and his vocal range is one of the main reasons these songs come across so well. The other standout performance comes from the dueling lead guitars, which both echo and feed off each other, at times matching the vocals note for note, forming a sound nothing short of gigantic. These guys have paid their dues to the metal machine, and it shows in the flawless execution on each and every one of these tough as nails tracks.

HOBBS

I LOVE IT < BEHIND THE GUN
MY oh MY , I just love it . Behind the GUN , this can be a cross over . for us who love rock . just plan rock ,it can be play on Star98.7 .. I was in to heavy rock in the 80 , but anyway this whole CD ,is rocking ,

Dan


This is excellent and a breath of fresh air to hear real music!!

Boo

this cd kicks major ass
the cd is amazing and as i lost my other leatherwolf cds dean (god bless him ) dropped off one of the other cds i was loning to hear for about the last 2 years keep kickin ass

Rob Snyder

Inmates running the Asylum!
Great production on this CD music is heavy, kind of laid back in the middle before it gets back to the way you want it to be. BUY IT...it's METAL like no other.

Steve Sorensen, OC

Everything you could ever want from a heavy metal album!
Holy Batman, Robin! Who'd have thunk it that 80's stalwarts would deliver a ripping molten monster metal 17 years after their last studio disc. 'World Asylum' has everything you could ever want from a heavy metal album - killer songs (not a dud in the bunch), stellar guitar work (Geoff Gayer is a riff and shred god!), pounding rhythms, and searing vocals that recall The Metal God, Rob Halford, at times (listen to that insane scream in 'The Grail'!). This will be in my Top 5 of 2006 when all is said and done. Thank you, Leatherwolf!

Dave Lemon - fan


The "wicked ways" have not changed. The new Leatherwolf cd is wicked to the 10th power! And the new voice of Leatherwolf rises in the mix like smoke burning off ripping riffs! Welcome back to the insanity.

robby


thank you leatherwolf for saving me from rap-metal and bands that can't write songs or play their instruments! this along with metal church's latest release is one of the best if not the best metal cd's of 2006!! this album shreds!! buy it!!!