CHASTAIN singer Leather Leone has announced the formation of her solo band, dubbed simply LEATHER. Joining the vocal powerhouse in the new formation are Vinnie Tex (guitar), Daemon Ross (guitar), Thiago Velasquez (bass) and Braulio Drumond (drums).

LEATHER is putting the finishing touches on its debut album, to be released later in year.

The band has nine dates confirmed in Europe between end of April and beginning of June, with more to be confirmed soon.

CHASTAIN‘s latest album, “We Bleed Metal”, was released in November 2015. It was the follow-up to the band’s 2013 reunion CD “Surrender To No One”.

Leone has long been considered one of the originators of the female power metal vocal style, having appeared on the classic CHASTAIN albums “Mystery Of Illusion”, “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, “The 7th Of Never”, “The Voice Of The Cult” and “For Those Who Dare”.

The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985’s “Mystery Of Illusion”, 1986’s “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, 1987’s “The 7th Of Never”, 1988’s “The Voice Of The Cult” and 1990’s “For Those Who Dare”. After the “For Those Who Dare” tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years before reuniting in 2013.

Leather in 2012 released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, “Imagine Me Alive”. The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and performed at Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.