Rolling Thunder


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ATTILA formed in New York in late 1983 by guitarist John DeLeon. The band would go through several personnel changes before forming the perfect power trio with drummer A.T Soldier and bassist/vocalist Vincent Paul Manfredi in the ranks by the summer of ’84.

The threesome would record and issue several demos throughout the following year. Their quick and widely spreading demos combined with extensive gigs and international press exposure gained the band a strong underground following. This would lead to ATTILA’s appearance on the New Renaissance Records 1985 compilation album ‘Speed Metal Hell’ and Mausoleum Records ‘Metal Over America’ that same year.

By this time interest was being expressed by several independent record labels. It was an energized performance by ATTILA in a battle of the bands' competition that clinched them a deal with the newly formed Shattered Records.

In 1986 ATTILA’s only full-length ‘Rolling Thunder’, produced by Carl Canedy (The Rods) was released. A 9-song, including a cover of Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’, a solid slab of grade A U.S. heavy metal that would go on to sell over 10,000 copies worldwide.

Mysteriously ATTILA would disappear and be lost in the ruins of the next decade to come. But with the dawning of the internet age and the quickly growing collector’s scene digging up long lost heavy metal gems ATTILA would be re-discovered and once again in demand.


released July 13, 2018

John DeLeon Guitars
Vincent Paul Vocals, Bass
A.T. Soldier Drums

Additional keyboards on ‘March of Kings’ by Vincent Cinquemani

All songs written by J. De León except "Tryst" by De León/Paul, "Urban Commandos" by De León/Bachi and "School's Out" by Cooper, Dunaway, Smith, Buxton, Bruce

Originally produced for Rock Candy Productions
Recorded at Pyramid Sound Studios, Ithaca, New York
Producers Carl Canedy and Alex Perialas at Pyramid Studio
Mastered Jack Adelman at RCA Studios.
Engineered by Alex Perialas
Assistant engineer Peter Bombar
Cover art by Rick Duburke
Cover concept by Anthony Tedeschi
Rich Pagano Logo
Mick Rock Photography

2018 re-issue executive producers J. Golden & G. Shafer
2018 re-mastering by Jamie King at The Basement Studios NC in Winston Salem, NC
Art direction and design by Chris Ferguson
Additional assisting credits to Vincent Paul and Manos Koufakis


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Track Name: Thermonuclear Warrior
The Thermonuclear Warrior

Laser warfare trace shadows across the sky
Megaton warheads kill ratios rise
Full scale air strike, erupts in blinding light
Incoming missiles a downpour of hail
Rupture the balance a new world unveiled
Blackout the sun, the meltdown has begun

And I ride the storm
On the shockwaves of war
For I am the law
The thermonuclear warrior

Systems are downed as atoms explode
Reverse polarity stress overload
Global tremors felt, Polar Regions melt
Heat gets higher but I’ll never give in
Selective reduction eradicate the unfit
Extinction I will survive, then take what is mine

And I ride the storm
On the shockwaves of war
For I am the law
The thermonuclear warrior

Axis cracked down we go
Plunge into darkness thirty below
Civilization no more
What we’ve waited for

And I ride the storm
On the shockwaves of war
For I am the law
The thermonuclear warrior
Track Name: Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder

Fistful of thunderbolts
Punch a hole thru the heavens
Gateway to Mars
Parallel war dimension
It calls me to another plane
Make my escape
As steed break from the reins

And across the great divide
I hold the key
The unseen forces
I command their release

The waves are battering
And you’re going under
Then in the night you’ll hear my call
Like Rolling Thunder

Rock the Richter
Right off the scales
Shatter the barriers
Sonically assail
Beyond the pinnacle
Thru the storm I reach
Into the unknown
White metal heat

And across the great divide
Yes I hold the key
The unseen forces
I command their release

And now you’re reckoning
You’re taken under
Then in the night
You’ll hear my roar
Like Rolling Thunder

Fist full of Thunderbolt
Rolls thru the heavens
Gateway to Mars
War dimension
It calls me to another plane
Strength of the gods burst into flames

And across the great divide
Forever hold the key
And universal destruction
I command its release
For I am the driving force
To blow this world asunder
And then you’ll realize
I’m Rolling Thunder
Track Name: School's Out
School’s Out

Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin' all that noise
'Cause they found new toys
Well we can't salute ya can't find a flag
If that don't suit ya that's a drag
School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces
No more pencils no more books
No more teacher's dirty looks yeah
Well we got no class
And we got no principals
And we got no innocence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes
School's out for summer
School's out forever
My school's been blown to pieces
No more pencils no more books
No more teachers’ dirty looks
Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not come back at all
School's out forever
School's out for summer
School's out with fever
School's out completely
Track Name: Wild

See the angels burning their wings
Shed their heavenly ways
Sick of living pure and pristine
Like slaves in gilded chains

With all these feelings locked up inside
Pent up frustration and rage
Gotta’ unleash the fury in me
And rip out of this cage

We’re goin’ wild
We’re goin’ wild

See the demons slaughter their kings
Race across cinereal skies
Into the sun, and endless black arc
On a pale horse, they ride

Bringing the wrath of destruction
On the warpath to heaven we fly
Then in our wake we storm the gates
And alter the course of all time

We’re goin’ wild x6
Track Name: Tryst

Remember us we pray
For the flesh I crave
To the pleasures of carnal lust
We’re slaves
Drawn to the flame
Like animals in pain
In the viper’s pit
A bed of sin we lay

The flames arise
In the heat and sweat
Fall the pillars of life
Takin’ all we can get
Degradation, fornication
Bodies strewn across the floor
And drive my thorns deeper
Into the bloody whore
Track Name: March of Kings
March of Kings

Out of the north, blackened sky
Seven trumpets call
For repentance signaling
Plagues and destruction at dawn
Two hundred million horsemen
Attack from beyond
Descend upon those who worship
Demons and false gods

A vision of war is seen
And shatters the promised dream
Storm arises, eclipse the sun
The march of Kings has begun

From the earth hell emerge
Incite the world unto war
On the plain of Armageddon
The armies battle on and on
And the bride is married
From the pit the enslaved scream
As birds of prey rip at their flesh
At the wedding feast

The coming of Christ we pray
To end this misery and pain

The angels, ascend, rejoicing
And enter the kingdom of kings
Track Name: Chains around Heaven
Chains around Heaven

She’s my every fantasy
Like she walked right out of a dream
A gift from above it seemed

In her pumps and her dress cut high
Oh I could melt between her thighs
But these chains are keeping me from paradise

Cause there’s chains
Chains around heaven
And I can’t wait until I get in
Cause there’s chains
Chains around heaven
And I can’t wait until I get in

She’s all I ever need
I’d like to make her my queen
If only she’d let me in between
But she put my love in shock
Got me cumin me on the rocks
And heaven is just out of reach

Cause there’s chains
Chains around heaven
And I can’t wait until I get in
Track Name: Turn Up the Power
Turn Up the Power

Like a hurricane chargin’ out of the gate
The night is here and I just can’t wait
‘Cause I need the bright lights
The screamin’ maniacs
Then like the tiger I’ll attack
‘Cause I want it louder
Till it cracks the walls
Conquer as empires fall
When we …
Turn Up the power
Turn Up the power

Armed to the teeth
Into the war zone
Tonight no one’s going home
Direct aggression against the public
On the masses we prey
Turn up and melt the airwaves

‘Cause I push it harder
Run you to the ground
We’ll tear this coliseum down

‘Cause I want it louder
Till it cracks the walls
Conquer as empires fall
When we …
Turn Up the Power
Turn Up the Power
I gotta hear it louder
When we turn up the power

Overdrive the system
The blood pumpin’ fast
Cardiac, don’t think you’re gonna last
Deliver the final blow
Thrust to the head
Keep on shootin’, till the last one’s dead

‘Cause I run it faster
Than the speed of sound
You build ‘em up we’ll tear ‘em down

‘Cause I want it louder
Till your ears bleed
It’s all I want, it’s all I need
When we…
Turn Up the Power
Turn Up the Power
I gotta hear it Louder
When we turn up the power
Track Name: Urban Commandos
Urban Commandos

Under fire on the streets
Disburse stay out
Confirm orders are received

Rank and file, strike and kill
Discipline, minds of iron will

Urban, Urban Commandos
We are Urban, Urban Commandos

Parachute drop from the skies
Quell the disturbance
Under cover of night

Future weaponry
Strategic resource
No obstacle
Can stop the awesome force

Urban, Urban Commandos
We are Urban, Urban Commandos

On the wind, reaper reaps
Soldiers of war, the chosen elite

Urban, Urban Commandos
We are Urban, Urban Commandos
Track Name: Lucifer's Hammer
Lucifer’s Hammer
(words and music by J.DeLeon)
Over the horizon in the recess of space
The odyssey unfolds
Solar systems converge
Vortex created
Supernova explodes
Sphere of destruction
Sent through the heavens
The forces of nature
Will take their course
In quatrains foretold centuries ago
For the gods will have no remorse

High speed tracking systems watch the sky
Computers record the events
Light years away
Something’s out there
The omen witnessed overhead
Magnitude and velocity
Beyond what mortal minds can conceive
The final warning issued at last
The rage of angels unleashed

Beneath the sea earthquakes crack
The floor, the oceans begin to stir
I’ll race with the devil
But there’ll be no escape from
Lucifer’s hammer
(Annihilation we face)

Calculation it’s headed towards Earth
The extinction of man and beast
Burning thru the universe
Annihilation will be complete
The end of all ends herald the times
There’ll be no curtain call
The sky is falling
As the blind lead the blind
Into our ultimate downfall

State of the future is at stake
No defense will alter our course
Grand slammed into oblivion
Mankind will suffer the loss
And in the finals days the masses pray
Led by the pope on the T.V. screen
The eulogy is read the grand finale
Sirens scream the two minute warning
I’ve raced with the devil
And I’ve won the battle but time
Has run out, the sky rips open wide
And down comes the hammer
Lucifer’s hammer
FILE NAME: John. DeLeon
Primary Specialty: Guitar player
Secondary Specialty: Songwriter
Birthplace: Unknown
Track Name: Interceptor

Man and machine
A warhead on wheels
Technologically supreme
Unleashed Into the battle field
Astride his sonic steed
He breaks into the dawn
In the wake of annihilation
The post nuclear war zone
Mirrored eyes, computerized
Scan the ravaged plains
Fury of a thousand horses
The burning inner rage
Obliterate, incinerate
Those who’ve survived
And claim his domain
The highways he rides

Descending from the clouds
Machine guns open fire
On all that appears
On the thermograph monitor
Countdown ignition
Rockets launch into the night
Cannon blast bring attack
Glimpse utopian light
Every motion synchronized
Arrogating the onslaught
As the war machine strikes
Interceptor on board
Down the pearly gates
Pulverize the walls
Take the fuel and precious jewels
Around which life revolves

Pirates cross the horizon
Roadblock the way
Victims staked
Bound in chain
Wrapped in wire lace
Sudden death approach
The red line gladiators
Fight for supremacy
On the highway tonight

Metal wasteland
Oceans of blood
Survival of the Dogs
There’ll be only one
Crusade of destruction
Across the face
Exterminate what’s left
Of this mutant race
Raise the hands of victory
The crowning king
Christened in blood
The moment of glory
The hunger, still rabid
He waits down the line
Silo open, missile revealed
The thermonuclear spike

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