Without the shadow of a doubt Leather Leone is one of the most legendary female heavy metal vocalists of all time. She began her singing career by joining up with guitar wunderkind David T. Chastain. CHASTAIN‘s 1985 album “Mystery Of Illusion” is an all-time metal classic. Not least thanks to Leather’s outstanding vocal performance on the record.
In 1989, Leather released her first solo effort called “Shock Waves” through David Chastain’s own Leviathan Records label. 29 years later she is now presenting her follow up album simply enough called “Leather II”.
I would put it simple. Leone still rocks. Not only she still carries that gorgeous magnificent voice, she is still able to handle it perfectly, delivering some massive songs.
The album consists mostly of classic Heavy Metal stuff. There are also many Power Metal elements here and there. Do you want to listen some killer lead parts as well? They are here. Do you want the outstanding sound of a rhythm section that drives the massive riffing found on all of the songs? It is here. Yes there is some really inspired music included in this album and yes everything is blessed by this Leone touch that we simply loved. Just listen her singing the chorus of “Hidden In The Dark” and you would understand my point.
I love those type of comebacks. Straight, passionate, driven by the power of music and the need of expression. Leather Leone is definitely under this background. And you know? Her new album is worth checking.