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Classic metal band Attacker headlines night of heavy metal at Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton on June 23

Classic metal band Attacker headlines night of heavy metal at Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton on June 23
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From a press release:

New Jersey power metal band Attacker with bring their classic heavy metal sound to the Irish Wolf Pub in downtown Scranton on Saturday, June 23. Local metal acts Beyond Fallen, Prosody, and Skeletal 69 will open the show.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton). For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Formed during the summer of 1983 in New Jersey, Attacker is one of the first heavy metal bands to use the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien as a source of inspiration, an awakening that, eventually, would become the now classic “Battle at Helm’s Deep” album. In recent years, the band has enjoyed a comeback, releasing new albums with new band members.

Throughout their career, Attacker has amassed a worldwide fan base following thanks to timeless heavy metal classics like the aforementioned “Battle at Helms Deep,” “The Second Coming,” and their 2004 comeback “Soul Taker,” as well as memorable live performances at metal festivals all over the globe, including the Keep It True, Thrash Till Death, Headbangers Open Air, Swordbrothers, and Metal Assault III festivals in Germany, Heavy Metal Maniacs in Holland, Rock Hard Italy, Ages of Metal in Belgium, and Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago.

In 2012, new vocalist Bobby “Leather Lungs” Lucas (Overlorde, Morbid Sin, ex-Seven Witches) joined the band as they signed a record deal with Metal on Metal Records. Keeping the pure classic heavy/power metal sound that Attacker is known for alive, their fifth album “Giants of Canaan” was released in 2013 and features classic guitar work with a true 1980s feel, mighty galloping riffs, powerhouse drumming, thunderous bass, and an impressive vocal performance by Lucas, straight from the Dickinson and Rivera school. All this goodness is rounded up with a well-balanced mix and production that steers away from the modern digital sound plaguing even some traditional metal albums.

While celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2013, Attacker performed at Metal Assault III in Germany, followed by a headlining show at the Screaming for Metal festival in Spain the next night. In the United States, they played at the Childhood Heroes festival in New York and Warriors of Metal VI in Ohio, then returned to Europe for Rock Hard Italy, Heavy Metal Night in Italy, one show in the Netherlands, and Ages of Metal in Belgium.

The mighty Lords of Thunder released their latest album, “Sins of the World,” in 2016. A blistering slice of American power/heavy metal, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Giants of Canaan” is a bit more aggressive this time around. Loaded with bone-crushing riffs, excellent double lead harmonies, bombastic drums and bass, and soaring melodic and aggressive vocals, this album is sure to impress all fans of true metal. Only getting better with age, the sound that once brought Attacker to the forefront of the underground scene has matured and yet remained faithful to its classic roots, pleasing fans old and new.