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Classic heavy metal band Attacker hits Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton on March 16

Classic heavy metal band Attacker hits Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton on March 16
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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, March 16.

Local metal bands Beyond Fallen, Threatpoint, Prosody, and Royal Hell will open this show, which is a makeup date after Attacker canceled a 2018 concert at the venue.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $12, are on sale now and can be purchased in advance at the Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton), from the opening acts, or at the door on the day of the show. 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 full-length 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.

While already writing songs for their seventh full-length, they decided to first offer their fans an EP in the fall of 2018, “Armor of the Gods,” featuring four brand new studio and two live tracks from their amazing show at the Up the Hammers Festival in Athens, Greece in 2017, which perfectly demonstrates that Attacker is a force to be reckoned on stage.

The studio tracks are their typical power/heavy metal sonic attacks with masterful guitar work, pounding drums, pummeling bass, and the air raid siren-style vocals of the one and only Bobby “Leather Lungs” Lucas. All the vital ingredients for a classic metal release are on board here, as is always the case with the Lords of Thunder. Legendary producer and engineer Alex Perialas helped to make sure the songs sound top notch on this 35-minute EP for fans of bands like Helstar, Liege Lord, Destiny’s End, Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches, Overlorde, Jag Panzer, and Iron Maiden.

Attacker ended 2018 with performances at the Pyrenean Warriors Open Air in France and Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins’ first-ever live show back in their home state of New Jersey, with more shows booked well into 2019.