Leatherwolf part ways once again with lead vocalist Michael Olivieri and announce new singer
Leatherwolf have parted ways once again with their long-time lead vocalist Michael Olivieri and have announced that they are forging ahead with new singer Keith Adamiak. Olivieri fronted Leatherwolf from 1981 until the band split up in 1992, and again from 1999 when they reformed to 2004, and one more time from 2007 to 2019. Jeff Martin (2004 to 2006) and Wade Black (2006 to 2007) were the band’s other lead vocalists.
The following message was posted on Leatherwolf‘s Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):
“Hey all, as most of you already know from an earlier Facebook post, we have parted ways with our vocalist Michael Olivieri for a second time. This move became inevitable due to disagreements over the band’s musical direction, as well as business and personal issues. Fortunately, we were able to find a promising young vocal talent in Keith Adamiak (pictured) right in our own OC backyard. Keith has a great metal voice, is 100% dedicated to the cause and full of enthusiasm, and has shown us that he has what it takes for Leatherwolf to move into the future with confidence.
As we move forward, the new incarnation of Leatherwolf will feature the twin guitar duo of Geoff Gayer and Rob Math, along with a third guitar player we will announce when the time comes. The Triple Axe Attack lives on! Paul Carman, who is out in Colorado these days, has also re-joined the fold and will provide rhythm section duties alongside Dean Roberts on the new album. Right now, our main focus is on writing and recording new material. We’ve had Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest), who’s been a fan of the band going back to our backyard party days, in the studio with us helping to dial things in. Everybody has been contributing riffs, lyrics, arrangements, melody lines, with 4 songs completed so far. Check out “The Henchmen” to give you an idea what we’ve been up to. Classic early Leatherwolf with a twist.
Leatherwolf online: http://www.leatherwolfmetal.com http://www.facebook.com/leatherwolfmetal http://twitter.com/TripleAxeAttack http://www.youtube.com/user/LeatherwolfTV Merch & music: …
Last but not least, we are stoked to announce that we will be back in Europe next year to play the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany, the first 2020 show to be officially confirmed. We plan on stringing together a bunch of summer shows around BYH to promote the new album and introduce the new line-up. We can’t wait to see you all again. Until then – onward and upward, metal soldiers!”
Adamiak posted the following message on Facebook today:
“I am beyond stoked to (officially) announce that I’ve taken on the role of lead singer for the legendary band Leatherwolf! Working with these guys has been a blessing and I thank god every day for the opportunity to be in such a killer band. Over the last year or so I’ve been working with some big names in the music industry such as Al Bane, Ronnie Lyon and Roy Z Ramirez to record a new record with Leatherwolf. We’ve completed 4 songs (one of them in a link below) and we’re still writing. Thank you to all my close friends and family who knew about this from the start for supporting me and my dreams. I know that this will be a hard position to fill as Michael Olivieri (former singer) is a legend and an awesome guy, but I hope I make y’all proud! Cheers!”
Leatherwolf‘s “The Calling” video (from Leatherwolf album):
Music video by Leatherwolf performing The Calling. (C) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group