Israeli heavy metal band AMASEFFER has set "When The Lions Leave Their Den" as the title of the second part of its Biblical trilogy. The group states, "We think that this title is best describing the events of our new album which will mainly deal with the actual Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
"The trigger to use this title was actually that it's a part of the lyrics for the opening track, 'Pillar Of Fire', written by our dear friend Yotam Avni. Yotam is writing all the lyrics for the new album and so far we think he's 'cooking' a divine creation!
"As stated before, Mats Levén (THERION, KRUX), our lead singer, has already recorded vocal lines for a few songs and we expect him to finish the album by the end of May.
"Now to the real fire: Basically all orchestrations are composed, arranged and recorded, now we just have to add them to the rest of the mix (once we'll finish it) and find the right balance for them so it will blend smoothly in the song structures.
"We set a recording date for the 60-piece choir and the drums. Both will be recorded at Gal-Kol studios in Israel and we expect the recording sessions to stretch on a four-day period in beginning of June. Guitars are mostly written and will be recorded at AMASEFFER's studio in Jerusalem right after we finish recording the choir and drums. It will take a few days of guitar recordings and right after that, we will start mixing the album, also at AMASEFFER's studio, then we will send it to Germany for final mastering process. If everything works out as we plan, we expect to have a finished album by July or early August at the latest.
"The concept for the album artwork is also in final stages of development and we are very very happy with it. It is confirmed that Maya Avraham will sing on our new album as well. In our debut album, 'Slaves For Life', Maya sang on one track ('Zipporah') and we were truly amazed by her vocal abilities, so for the new album we have decided to give her bigger and more significant vocal parts.
"We will record Maya at AMASEFFER's studio at the beginning of June.
"Two more very special guests will be revealed right before the album release date, so stay tuned!"
AMASEFFER's debut album, "Exodus - Slaves for Life", is a concept effort based on the Biblical story of the Exodus. The second CD will deal with the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt, and a third album will complete the trilogy about the history of the people of Israel as portrayed in the Old Testament.
Israel National Radio (INR) conducted an interview with Erez Yohanan of AMASEFFER. The chat is available for streaming at this location.
Yohanan grew up in a secular home in Tel Aviv, and spent five years playing in bands in New York before returning to Israel. His bandmates Yuval Kramer and Hanan Avramovitch are both guitarists from Jerusalem.
AMASEFFER shot videos for two songs off "Exodus - Slaves for Life": "Slaves For Life" and "The Burning Bush". Both videos were helmed by Israeli director Tal Engelstein (founder and singer of heavy rock band 195DB)."
A widget for "Exodus - Slaves for Life", featuring guest appearances by Mats Levén, Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) and Kobi Farhi (ORPHANED LAND), is available below.
Hanan Avramovich (guitars), Yuval Kramer (guitars) and Erez Yohanan (drums) offer a unique mixture of progressive metal and epic Middle East-influenced orchestral film score parts played by a full symphony orchestra. All lead vocals were sung by Levén.
The album was recorded and mixed by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, ABYDOS) and the artwork was created by Mattias Norén (EVERGREY, KAMELOT, EPICA).
"Exodus - Slaves for Life" was released in June 2008.