CYHRA, the new band featuring vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE), guitarist Jesper Strömblad (ex-IN FLAMES), guitarist Euge Valovirta (ex-SHINING), bassist Peter Iwers (ex-IN FLAMES) and drummer Alex Landenburg (LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY), will support KREATOR and SABATON on their North American tour in February and March. CYHRA will join the trek in Portland on February 12.
"It is a great honor to be invited to join this amazing tour," said Jake E. "I can't wait to play our songs live in North America for the first time supporting SABATON and KREATOR. We are extremely excited and grateful!"
Strömblad echoed his enthusiasm, saying: "I'm so stoked to finally take our band and music on the road, and what a perk to share stage with fellow Swedes and two great bands. See you there!!"
Valovirta stated: "We're extremely thrilled and honoured to share the stage with the two awesome bands SABATON and KREATOR. Our first U.S. tour and our first tour ever, so this is pretty damn awesome!"
CYHRA with KREATOR and SABATON:
Feb. 12 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Feb. 13 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Feb. 14 - Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theater
Feb. 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Feb. 17 - Calgary, AB @ The Palace Theatre
Feb. 19 - Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House
Feb. 21 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Feb. 22 - Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
Feb. 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Music Hall Minneapolis
Feb. 24 - Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater
Feb. 26 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Venue
Feb. 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar. 01 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mar. 02 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Mar. 03 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Mar. 04 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Mar. 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Mar. 07 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Mar. 08 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Mar. 10 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar. 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
CYHRA made its live debut on October 27 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.
The band's debut album, "Letters To Myself", was released on October 20 via Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Speaking to AntiHero Magazine, Jake stated about CYHRA's formation: "I have been friends with Jesper for a long time, probably ten years. We met for the first time when I was working for IN FLAMES as a pyro technician back in the day. That was also when I got to know Peter. We had been friends since then. I was considering to make a solo album, and I would say that I have no idea what I'm going to do, but I'm probably going to write some songs as well. And he asked me, 'Would you do the vocals on my solo album?' And I said, 'Of course. Would you be interested in playing guitar on whatever I'm doing?' And he said yes. And then we started to talk about what our solo albums, projects, whatever it was meant to be would sound like and when we were discussing that we just realized that okay, we want the same. We want to make the same album. So that's where it all came to be and then we decided to start writing songs together. So, we were actually talking over a cup of coffee on a Friday and then on Monday we actually sat down in the studio and we started working on the first song. So that was really, really good. And then when we were doing the same thing there, we didn't know what to do. But after a couple of songs, everything started to come together. Then Jesper said, 'Okay what are we going to do?' And I said that I had the perfect drummer for this band, and that's Alex Landenburg. I said that you are going to love this guy. And a couple of months later we all met, and Jesper and Alex became best friends instantly. And then Jesper said that it would be cool if Peter would like to join. And so we asked him and he was still the bassist for IN FLAMES, and he said, 'Yeah, absolutely, I will gladly jump on board of this ship. But just to let you know, I am going to still be a member of IN FLAMES as well.' We were cool with that and then things happened like they did. Peter eventually decided to part ways with IN FLAMES."
Regarding the CYHRA sound, Jake said: "It is hard to describe what we sound like because we've been writing for almost a year. We've been influenced by so many different bands. We are, of course, influenced by ourselves. Because like, as the main songwriter in all our different projects before, you know, like, Jesper has his touch of things, I have the touch on my side, and also the other guys. Of course, you will find similarities in our former bands. But I won't say that we have reinvented the wheel in any way, but it's still something that sounds really, really fresh and new, even though music is music. You could always probably find similarities. But I would not say that it sounds like old AMARANTHE, or that it sounds like IN FLAMES. But you could completely, you know, recognize yourself within these boundaries."