Amaseffer - Biography



Formed by Erez Yohanan on June 2004. Erez first started working on the trilogy project as a basic idea for the concept of the exodus biblical story. The aim was to tell the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt right from the slavery period, all the way until the Hebrews entrance to the Promised Land.

After a few months of writing and searching for a guitar player, YUVAL KRAMER joined and together with Erez started writing the first songs. A year later with a basic structure of the album and HANAN AVRAMOVICH on second guitar, Amaseffer was the name chosen for the band.

The Hebrew name Amaseffer referring to the name chosen for the Israelites in the Bible meaning "People of the Holy Book".

Obviously, this group needed a suitable singer so the band contacted ANDY KUNTZ, lead singer of successful German progressive metal band VANDEN PLAS telling him all about the concept. After listening to a couple of songs, Andy decided that he wants to take part in Amaseffer's Trilogy. Recruiting Andy was a turning point in the band's schedule for now they have a singer and things needed to move forward in order for Andy to work on his vocal lines. The band flew to Germany to meet Andy and at the same time also met with MARKUS TESKE, who is a good friend of Andy and owner of BAZEMENT STUDIO. It was decided that the album will be recorded in Germany by Markus Teske.

Unfortunately, after a long period of delays and setbacks to the working progress due to Andy's unavailability, both sides decided that the best thing to do in order to move forward with the production is to search for a new lead singer that will be committed to his part in the trilogy. The band immediately started looking for the vocalist who will contribute his voice to the music.

The band auditioned a few of the leading names in the business but none of them really left the right impression. Knowing that this part is so vital, Amaseffer did not compromise on that, regardless the tight time schedule, and kept on auditioning singers and at the same time flew to Germany to record the album.

Singer MATS LEVEN was mentioned as a possible vocalist for Amaseffer, so the band went and reviewed some of his works: THRION, KRUX, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and FATAL FORCE and it gave the band an overall look on Mats abilities and a decision was made to contact and tell him all about the project. Mats showed a big interest in it, so the audition-package (a part of the song "Slave for Life" with the lyrics to it) so he will record his own vocal ideas on it was sent to him. When he sent back the file along with his vocals, it was decided that Mats Leven is the perfect man for the job.

By that time, the album was finalized in Germany. In addition, a copy was sent immediately to Mats in order for him to start working on his vocal lines.

It took Mats a rapid three weeks to finish all vocal ideas, a thing that accelerated the next step for Amaseffer: Finding a record deal for the Trilogy!

The unique sound of the Album and the musical mix of cultures needed a unique record label that will share the same vision and be just as versatile. With the help of Markus Teske a copy of the album was sent to head of A&R at InsideOut Music record label in Germany, OLIVER MENSING. It took a few weeks and Amaseffer got an E-Mail from Oliver: "We are ready to make an offer"! That was the last piece of the puzzle being framed as a final and complete picture.

The album was done, a record deal was signed and now preparing for the most significant moment that will conclude four years of hard work and sleepless nights.

The release date June 6 2008 will also be marked as Amaseffer's fourth anniversary.

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