Guitarist/bassist Frédéric Leclercq (Kreator, ex-DragonForce) and guitarist Saki (Mary’s Blood, Nemophila) have launched a new project called Amahiru. The band’s self-titled debut album will be released on November 27 and it will also feature drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Raven), keyboardist Coen Janssen (Epica), and vocalist Archie Wilson. Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), the late Sean Reinert (ex-Cynic), and Kifu Mitsuhashi also guested on the effort. The first single “Hours” will be released on September 25.
“Amahiru” Track Listing:
04. “Way Out”
05. “Ninja No Tamashii”
07. “Bringing Me Down”
08. “Lucky Star” (feat. Elize Ryd)
11. “Bringing Me Down” (alternative version) (feat. Sean Reinert)
12. “Zombi” (bonus track)
13. “Shine” (Japanese bonus track)
The Japanese edition will also include a bonus DVD featuring two music videos.
Leclercq said the following about the project:
“We were trying to find a name and I had a dream in which someone was asking me to sign a contract for this band, Amahiru, and the number 13 kept appearing in the contract. When I woke up, I actually remembered the dream vividly and started to do my little ‘thinking process.’ I made the name Amahiru, so that it would be easier to pronounce for the Japanese people. But I wonder, does it mean anything? I type the name on the Internet, nothing. Then I tried Hamahiru just for different spelling sake, and here is the freaky thing, Hamahiru means 13 in Basquian. And I don’t speak Basquian at all!”
“I’m influenced by many artists, pretty much anything I hear I can consider an influence and music should be the reflection of that. With Amahiru, I personally wanted to do something groovy and melodic and still metal/hard rock. We didn’t want to make 12 songs sounding the same. Saki and I have a lot in common musically and it was really easy to work together in the same direction.”