Oft-championed alongside Wendy O. Williams, Betsy Bitch, and Doro Pesch as a leading torchbearer for high-power heavy metal frontwomen, Leather Leone is perhaps best known for her outstanding work alongside legendary guitar shredder David T. Chastain—having performed on four of Chastain's full-length albums prior to releasing her solo debut, Shock Waves, in 1989. Subsequent albums with Chastain followed in Surrender to No One (2013) and We Bleed Metal (2015).
Leather and her current lineup of Vinnie Tex and Daemon Ross (guitars), Thiago Velasquez (bass), and Braulio Drummond (drums) have released this 11-song outing titled simply 'II'. Produced by guitarist Tex alongside Rodrigo Scelza at studios in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Bialystok, Poland.
Pushing the envelope into even heavier compositions
19 years later, we finally have Leather's second solo effort and follow-up to 1989's 'Shock Waves'. This time around, the stellar frontwoman surrounds herself with quality Brazilian musicians, pushing the envelope into even heavier compositions. Opener "Juggernaut" makes an immediate statement--Leather is as resilient as ever, showcasing leather lungs and an unbridled passion for traditional metal. "Black Smoke" has a doomy feel, "Hidden in the Dark" is freewheel burning while "Annabelle" is the poignant ballad. In love and Dio, Leather is back and better than ever.
Recommended for fans of: Chastain, Dio, Judas Priest