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Long before British metal legends Iron Maiden picked up on the concept, a pack of Huntington Beach, CA-based teenagers, collectively known as LEATHERWOLF, pioneered and perfected the heavy metal three guitar assault, nicknamed the Triple Axe Attack, while sharing the bill with Orange County contemporaries Metallica and Slayer at long since defunct venues such as the Concert Factory, Radio City, and the Woodstock. Their much-lauded eponymous 1984 debut EP for Tropical Records, expanded to a full-length LP, titled ‘Endangered Species’ for international release, and a pair of stunning albums for Island Records, ‘Leatherwolf’ (’87) and ‘Street Ready’ (’89), which yielded the MTV videos ‘The Calling’ and ‘Hideaway’, respectively, saw LEATHERWOLF fly the flag for decidedly European rooted metal amidst a sea of formulaic L.A. glam and sleaze.

Fast forward to 2022 and 'Kill the Hunted', the first new LEATHERWOLF studio album since 2006's 'World Asylum', a record as uncompromising and deadly as the title suggests. It marks the latest chapter in the band's often turbulent history as original drummer and main driving force, Dean Roberts, and long-time guitarist, Rob Math, are joined by fierce new vocalist, Keith Adamiak, young shredder, Luke Man, who had previously toured with the band, and a pair of veterans, Barry Sparks (b) and Wayne Findlay (k/g), both alumni of the storied Michael Schenker Group. 'Kill the Hunted', with vocal production by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest, Helloween), is an 11-course metal feast for the senses that runs the gamut from visceral daggers such as the in-your-face opener 'Hit the Dirt' and shin kicker 'Madhouse', to the anthemic 'Only the Wicked', the Wolves' prog minded multi-tier gem, 'The Henchman' (featuring guest lead guitars by Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake), and the tense and brooding '(Evil) Empires Fall' whose vibe recalls the crushing 'Kill and Kill Again' off their eponymous 1984 debut EP.

In a classic full circle moment, Leatherwolf re-connected with engineer Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Possessed) who had manned the boards for said EP at the time. Burns was eager to jump aboard and apply his mixing expertise to 'Kill the Hunted' before the files were put into the hands of L.A. mastering legend, Tom Baker (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Pantera), for the final polish. The eye catching 'Kill the Hunted' artwork was created by noted artist, Marc Sasso, whose credits include Dio, Halford, and Rob Rock.