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NAMM 2020 Press Release

Attack of the Rising is performing at the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame as part of the opening ceremonies before the awards. On the night of the event and throughout NAMM weekend, they will have free downloads of the following: (3) promo mixes of “On the Horizon”, “Island of Seven Skulls” and “Opus X” and a Video for the song “On the Horizon” (Video by Jeff Bitran).

The Heavy Metal band AOTR features; Mandrake (Vocals), Michael Risucci (Bass), Chris Lepre (Drums), Billy Sablan and Tony Lepre (Guitars).

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.

The singles “Fields of Maiden” and “Burning Daylight” were played on over 50 celestial radio stations in regular rotation in their respective top 5 or top 10 for over 5 months during 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.

“ATTACK OF THE RISING EP is Packed with Original Songs that clearly have the Influences of Iron Maiden Judas Priest Scorpions Queensryche that come to mind but retaining their own unique sound that will satisfy any Old School Metal Fan. What I enjoy the most about the Debut Release from ATTACK OF THE RISING is, it is not a One Song Wonder or Songs that are Predictable and Sound the Same. It is a Tasty Compilation of Brilliance that is Keeping New Metal Alive and Well.”
I ROXX AMERICA Online Rock Magazine.

AOTR will be releasing their new full length 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 heavy metal.

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