• Jason Hesley

Get to know Attack of the Rising!

Attack of the Rising is Original Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. The band features, Mandrake Vocals, Michael Risucci Bass, Billy Sablan Guitar, Chris Lepre Drums, and Tony Lepre Guitar.

Mandrake recorded and toured the US and Europe with Axe Hammer. Michael recorded and regionally toured with NY bands Tocsin, SFN, and Bowery Boyz. Billy recorded and toured the US and Europe with Rude Awakening and recorded with Sklatch and The Few. Chris recorded and regionally toured with Maleki Theory (who was featured in and did the soundtrack for the film “Last Curtain Call”), Sloka, and Stone Cyn Hwy. Tony recorded and regionally toured with Sloka, Brass Knuckle Voodoo, and Stone Cyn Hwy.

The band came together in 2009. The first incarnation of AOTR toured throughout the Southwest Regional market through 2010. Headlining and providing direct support for such artists as Warrior, DC4, and Odin. In 2010 the brothers Chris and Tony Lepre put the band on hiatus. In the summer of 2014, they reformed AOTR. That version released their self-titled 5-song EP in December of 2014 through ALLYOUCANEAT Music records. The video release for the single “Blood in the Sand” was released in January 2015, and the video release for the single “Fields of Maiden” was released in August 2015.

They toured the Southwest Regional area in support of their EP and provided direct regional tour support for Diamond Head, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Odin, and DC4. They have played Rockers Against Cancer, F*ck Cancer Kimberly Crane benefit, Musicians for Vets Homeless Veterans Benefit (2016/2017), and co-headlined “Thunder on the Lot” in 2016 and 2017

For NAMM 2020, they offered free downloads of promotional mixes of “On the Horizon”, “Island of Seven Skulls” and “Opus X” and a Video of “On the Horizon” (Video by Jeff Bitran).

Attack of the Rising was one of the Featured Artists performing in the opening ceremonies at the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame.

AOTR will be releasing their new album “Game Changer”, produced by Bill Metoyer in late 2020.

This latest lineup of Attack of the Rising combines over 30 years of extensive experience and influences, creating their own brand of original, hard rock/heavy metal.

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