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July 14, 2006

LOS ANGELES — California metal warriors Leatherwolf have returnedwith WORLD ASYLUM, their first studio album in over 15 years.

WORLD ASYLUM was recorded with the new lineup of original members DeanRoberts (drums) and Geoff Gayer (guitar) with new additions Wade Black(vocals), Eric Halpern (guitar), and Patric Guyton (bass).

Leatherwolf, which had two major label releases, LEATHERWOLF andSTREET READY, in the late ’80s regrouped several years ago for somelive dates and re-ignited the Leatherwolf flame. A live album wasreleased in 1999 but due to financial constraints, several of thegroup’s original members were unable to continue on, so a new lineupwas recruited.

Since the original reunion, Roberts and Gayer have kept a low profile,working on new material and finding new members to join the fold.WORLD ASYLUM shows a harder and meaner side of Leatherwolf than its’80s releases and when looking for a new voice to front the band,Black, known for his work with Crimson Glory and Seven Witches, hadthe pipes to fill the position.

“Wade has a heavier side than our original singer, Mike Olivieri,”said Roberts. “When it came to replacing singers, Geoff and I decidedto go with more of a metal singer, and out of all of the singers thatauditioned, Wade killed them all.”

Olivieri, however, still remains a part of the Leatherwolf family,adding backing vocals on WORLD ASYLUM.

Initial response to WORLD ASYLUM in Europe has blown the band away.”Geoff and I wanted to make a great record after we got back fromWacken concert,” Roberts said. “We are #2, #4 and #6 in the top threemetal magazines in Europe and people were surprised by how great thealbum is. But, more importantly, I love this record. I think it’s thebest record Leatherwolf has ever done.”

The band plans to tour as much as possible in support of WORLD ASYLUM,giving fans who never had the chance to see them an opportunity.Leatherwolf is currently scheduled to kick off ProgPower USA inAtlanta in September with a performance at the festival pre-party.

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