Artist: Sledge Leather
twenty years, the vocal might of Leather Leone is back and back with a
vengeance. The former Rude Girl and Malibu Barbie vocalist is joined by
former band mate and powerhouse drummer Sandy Sledge, for their new
project Sledge Leather and their debut album ‘Imagine Me Alive’.
Joining them are former ex-Dio stars Jimmy Bain on bass and Scott Warren on
keyboards, while filling that vacant lead guitar spot is Matthias Weisheit.
Alive' is a full throttle metal opus that once again brings to the fold the
mighty vocals of Leather, which haven’t lost any of their power over
the years. This is very prominent from the album opener and title track
‘Imagine Me Alive’. This is old school Heavy Metal at is titanic best.
Big riffs, a monster rhythm section and of course a powerhouse vocal.
tracks are spit by short prequels that give this album a concept feel
to it, the first of these being ‘Torch’, with just Leather and a piano,
which leads into the massive ‘The Guy Upstairs Lied’. A riff filled
metal monster with Weisheit firing on all six cylinders, throwing out
licks like six string confetti, while Sledge delivers some of the most
prolific drumming on the entire album, with Leather doing what she does
best, unleashing a vocal tsunami.
for another prequel, this time it's Weisheit and Warren who provided the
evocative melodies to ‘Illusions Opus’, which in turn leads to the
hauntingly dark ‘Her Fathers Daughter’, which itself has a follow up
with ‘Her Fathers Daughter – Reprise’. A piano piece that somehow
captures the heart at its most solemn.
to the full blown Heavy Metal once more with the thumping bass lined
‘A Taste Of Night’, before the more refined gentle metal ballad
‘One Glimpse', where Leather shows she can bring not only power, but
grace as well, with one of the finest vocals on the entire album.
Forgiveness’ is just that, 27 seconds of fiery riffs and drums that
leads into ‘The Lost Forgiveness’, a soaring metal extravaganza that
has that epic metal feel without the longevity of it all.
closes with 'Sisyphus', a track with a definite Egyptian feel about it,
the album in dramatic style. This is welcome return for Leather and
hopefully marks the first of many albums from the pair, because Heavy
Metal deserves more women at the forefront of the scene.
1. Imagine Me Alive
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