Leather Heart : Comeback-2015.

Leather Heart:Heavy Metal from Spain.

Discography:

Leather HeartEP2014 
ComebackFull-length2015

Members:

ManuDrums, Vocals (backing) (2008-present)
See also: Madsher, Rey Märtyr
JorgeGuitars (2008-present)
AlexGuitars (2008-present)
See also: ex-Frenzy
AdriánVocals (2009-present)
SergyBass, Vocals (backing) (2010-present)

Past Members:

ManuelBass (2009-2010)
PotterBass (2013)

One thought on “Leather Heart : Comeback-2015.

  1. CHAIRTHROWER, November 4th, 2016
    Written based on this version: 2015, CD, The Fish Factory
    It appears Spain’s a growing hotbed for promising traditional heavy metal bands to flourish from these days. So far, I’ve checked out and enjoyed a handful of these: Hitten, Iron Curtain, Steel Horse and the all female Lizzies, who’ve proven they’re no mere novelty. However, I’ve recently come across a particularly talented outfit which towers above the rest. The band in question is Madrid’s Leather Heart, formed in 2008. Seven long years of practice sessions, studio time and hard work has duly paid off, as can be heard on their shockingly stellar debut, Comeback, released by The Fish Factory label.

    Well, there’s nothing fishy about these guys. The level of maturity and musical know-how on display is astounding. The ten tracks featured here sound like classic metal gold, a throwback to 80s Sabbath, Rhodes/ Lee era Ozzy, Priest, Riot and UFO. It’s imperative I write this as it’d be a crime to hoard this treasure of a find and not give it the praise it deserves. That said, I’ll do my best to keep it together despite the goose bumps.

    While their respectable and less polished EP amply provides a promising glimpse into the band’s enormous potential, Comeback’s a quantum leap ahead of the game, mixing beautiful and soulful harmonies with hot rocking licks and sizzling solos at risk of setting off an unprecedented epidemic of air guitar mania. The lot’s solidly backed up by a tight and engaging rhythm section made up of versatile, in-your-face bass lines and full throttle drumming that will not only rock your soul but rattle it as well. These belated newcomers also do a great job of mixing melody with verve without sounding corny or taking ideas too far. Initially, “The Crow” begins with the album’s sole mournful progression before exploding into a high octane riff fest charging forward alongside the frontman’s epic and comprehensive Dio/Halford sounding vocals. The bassist, Sergy, makes his presence known from the get-go, coming to life with the same flowing energy as Rudy Sarzo and Bob Daisley.

    As for the drummer, Manu, he never ceases to amaze with elaborate patterns and fills. On “The Crow”, it’s a real challenge to keep up with him as he raises the bar hands down in terms of innovation and spontaneity. Plowing away like a demented puppet whose strings are pulled by an even more demented puppet master, his drumming also appears to take on a life of its own. Regardless of their skill level or experience, drummers everywhere are in for a hell of treat with this release. Meanwhile, the next track, “Destiny”, will surely delight Dio (RIP) fans because that’s exactly what Adrian’s vocals sound like here (and especially on “The Crow” and “Rock And Roll Soul” as well). On top of a killer lead break, worthy of note is the track’s late warp drive sound effect, which never fails to bring back memories of Judas Priest as I’ve always been fond of their electronic sci-fi embellishments, excluding anything off the turgid “Turbo” LP of course.

    Without a doubt, the track placement from start to finish is right on the money. Between “The Crow” unfolding at the start and the closing, title track (the two longest at over six minutes), each song smoothly makes the transition from one to the next while a sick cover of Black Sabbath’s compelling “Danger Zone” proudly holds court in the middle. Man, do they ever do justice to this golden oldie! It blends in so inconspicuously I took it for an original composition at first…

    While most of Comeback is in the mid-tempo range, not much more than a notch above what’s considered heavy rock, this song switches gears in the second half of the song when the already energetic guitar riff accelerates into a blissful head banging/foot stomping romp which ends too soon. The bass and drums don’t miss a beat either, keeping time with the faster pace and providing a sturdy backbone to yet more searing leads on behalf of Alex and Jorge. The two work in excellent tandem, whether it’s complimenting each other’s solos or backing each other up during harmonies, like they do on “For You”, an incredible Sade meets metal ballad I’m not afraid to admit moved me. In fact, it’s the best metal ballad I’ve ever heard.

    Blessed with superior musicianship and an uncanny grasp of a bygone era defined by bullet belts, big hair and tight leather pants, Leather Heart’s made a massive contribution to the new wave of traditional heavy metal’s explosive and unchecked revival (praise the metal gods!). It’s not everyday you encounter an album of such timeless quality. It could very well serve as a blueprint for future bands to draw from. Presently, its intricate song structures and elaborate bridge sections remind me of Ambush and Striker while fans of the criminally underrated Riot (not Quiet Riot) will also love this as it exudes the same unforced charm of 1981’s Fire Down Under, whilst screaming its guts out like 2011s’ Immortal Soul and the NYC based outfit’s swansong, 2014’s Unleash The Fire.

    What’s really baffling is the relatively short length of time it’s taken for the band members to hone their individual skills to such an extent. As well, I could go on forever in regards to Alex and Jorge’s exemplary yet disciplined lead playing. The slower parts making up the beginning of “The Crow” and For You” bring to mind 70s twin guitar pioneers Wishbone Ash while the face peeling rippers found on “Destiny”, “Rock And Roll Soul” and “Restless” are definitely closer to Mark Reale (RIP) and Jake E. Lee territory. It’s not an exaggeration to say they could reach similar heights as Randy Rhodes and Michael Schenker in the future.

    A slight deviation from usual fare is the actual “Leather Heart” track. Faster and grittier than the rest, it’s along the lines of their fellow countrymen, Iron Curtain, which could be described as rough around the edges but just as driven. It’s when bass player Sergy slaps down a haughty and plump solo somewhere in the middle this track re-aligns itself and loses the chip on its shoulder. Shortly after another row of squelching solos spices things up. Sergy’s loud and dominating bass intro to “Restless” also packs quite a wallop, never mind Alex and Jorge’s perfectly poised, razor sharp riffs and hair-raising leads.

    Everyone benefits from a high end production, which gives the whole affair a loud and proud, in-your-face definition. That said, the band’s chemistry and dynamics couldn’t be better. Can this release be topped one day? I can’t imagine how yet there’s a good chance Leather Heart does just that with their sophomore release, which won’t be soon enough for this Leatherhead. The album cover’s pretty badass too. I wonder what kind of amusing, twisted and over-the-top scheme they’ll go for next time. Credit should also be given for re-creating Iron Maiden’s iconic font.

    Up and coming powerhouses of Leather Heart’s calibre is one of the reasons heavy metal will never die. That said, the next time you hear somebody make the irksome and tired argument heavy metal’s been dead since Metallica’s ReLoad album or even worse, dismiss it as “nothing more than evil, satanic horseshit”, tie them to a chair and blast this into their ears until they eat their words (or their heart out). The bottom line is that Comeback’s not only top shelf heavy metal, it’s top shelf music period. Unless the person’s deaf, they’ll concede it’s great stuff. If they keep playing the devil’s advocate you can always throw the chair…

    We move our heads
    With some heavy metal music
    That comes from Hell
    And makes us really crazy
    Never stop ’cause this is amazing
    Take your guitar and rock the city!

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