Amahiru to release self-titled debut album on November 27th 2020

Amahiru cover
Amahiru arose from Frédéric Leclercq’s and Saki’s friendship. Having gotten to know each other in 2015 when Mary’s Blood opened for Dragonforce in Hong Kong, they immediately hit it off, both personally and musically.

After exchanging many ideas over the years, Frédéric finally travelled to Japan in March 2019 to finalise what soon became their debut album. Combining traditional metal with melodic and oriental-infused elements, Amahiru’s self-titled debut will be released on November 27th, 2020, via earMusic.

The first single “Hours” is going to be released digitally next week on Friday, September 25th, 2020, and is accompanied by an official music video.

Besides Frédéric Leclercq (Kreator, Sinsaenum, ex-Dragonforce) and Saki (Mary’s Blood & Nemophila, all-female Japanese metal bands) on guitars and bass, further prominent musicians from the metal scene gathered to turn this project into a musical powerhouse. Coen Janssen of Epica was the first to join. Then came Mike Heller, extraordinary drummer of Fear Factory and Raven and last, but not least, Archie Wilson joining on vocals, adding an essential part to Amahiru’s music with his powerful voice, his great sense of rhythm and his versatility. Additionally, the Shakuhachi (traditional Japanese woodwind instrument), which was recorded by the Japanese virtuoso Kifu Mitsuhashi, gives the world of Amahiru a great, exotic touch.

Frédéric Leclercq says:
“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”.

“Amahiru” is going to be released on November 27th, 2020, via earMusic (EU/US) on CD and Digital and Ward Records in Japan. EU/US and Japan edition will each have different autographed card designs, only on Ward Records.

Pre-order “Amahiru” here and pre-save the album here.

1. Innocent
3. Hours
4. Way Out
5. Ninja No Tamashii
6. Vanguard
7. Bringing Me Down
8. Lucky Star (feat. Elize Ryd)
9. Waves
10. Samurai
11. Bringing Me Down (feat. Sean Reinert) [Alternative Version]
12. Zombi (Bonus Track)
13. Shine (Japanese bonus track)

Amahiru may sound like a Japanese word, but actually it is not. Oddly enough, it was coined by Frédéric himself, not by Saki. In fact, the word was born in his dream. “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!”...
Frédéric Leclercq - Rhythm and Lead Guitar & Bass Guitar
Saki - Lead Guitar
Archie Wilson - Vocals
Coen Janssen - Keys
Mike Heller - Drums