Leather Leone is an American metal vocalist best known for fronting the groups Rude Girl[and Chastain in the 1980s. She released one solo album, Shock Waves, in 1989, before taking a twenty-year break from the music scene. In 2011 she began performing again in The Sledge/Leather Project, which released a debut heavy metal album, Imagine Me Alive, in 2012. Continue reading Leather Leone (Bio)→
Chastain is a heavy metal project formed in 1984 by guitarist David T. Chastain and signed by Shrapnel Records.
The band was put together in 1984 by Mike Varney, president of Shrapnel for a David T. Chastain solo album. Varney had noticed the shred guitar ability of Chastain, member of the Cincinnati-based band CJSS and, at the same time, he wanted to create an output for the talent of young singer Leather Leone, formerly with the San Francisco band Rude Girl. The first band line-up included Leone, Chastain, CJSS bassist Mike Skimmerhorn and drummer Fred Coury, who would later play in Cinderella. In 1986, Chastain readily declared that “I could never work with these people on a full-time basis because they live all over the country (…). We just get together once a year, record an album and then go off and do our own things”.In the case of Chastain, he wrote music for CJSS and his solo albums, as well as producing other artists and managing his own record label. Continue reading Chastain→
This Saturday on The Women of Metal Radio Show on Insane Realm Radio The one and only Leather Leone joins Jayson Shell for an interview. We’ll be discussing her band Chastain‘s new LP “We Bleed Metal” and a whole host of other topics.
David Necro of CryptMagazine.com recently conducted an interview with CHASTAIN singer Leather Leone. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
CryptMagazine.com: How did the new [CHASTAIN] album (“Surrender To No One”) come together and what went into it?
Leather Leone: The new CD came about through increased conversation with [CHASTAIN guitarist David T.] Chastain. I value his knowledge and advice, I called him regularly when I was doing the SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT. We eventually just fell into talking about making music again. As I say, the circle of life!
CryptMagazine.com: How is it working with David now compared to back in the ’80s?
Leather Leone: It’s the same intense, frustrating, glorious experience! Studio is not a favorite place of mine. I feel confined, too restricted! I prefer the stage. Chastain has certainly gotten used to dealing with attitude after our history. He gets the best out of me, for sure. It is quite the accomplishment when your creation is complete. As I always say, what a blessing!
CryptMagazine.com: What is the songwriting process now compared to back in the ’80s?
Leather Leone: We can now do all of our ideas and parts online. No longer necessary to be in the same room, which I miss! But other than that, it’s still hard work and dedication. The song remains the same!
CryptMagazine.com: How does this new album compare to the other CHASTAIN albums?
Leather Leone: As I listen to it, it seems like natural progression for us. Chastain and I absolutely have our sound! It’s hard for me to answer that honestly. It’s difficult for to me listen objectively when the CD is finished. From your feedback, it seems we have stayed classical while stepping forward. I intentionally did the vocals a bit dirtier than before. I wasn’t crazy about the vocal tone on “For Those Who Dare” and “Voice Of The Cult”. I wanted a much more basic, primal, sound. No layering, no doubling, no harmonies — just me and how well I was breathing that day.