Israel National Radio (INR) recently conducted an interview with Erez Yohanan of the Israeli heavy metal band AMASEFFER. The chat is now available for streaming at this location.
AMASEFFER's debut album, "Exodus - Slaves for Life", is a concept effort based on the Biblical story of the Exodus.
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.
Commenting on the years it took to release the disc, Yohanan says, "It's a very hard story to deal with, both musically, lyrically and personally." Although some verses are taken from the Passover Haggada, most of the lyrics and music are original. Grinding guitars give way to mysterious sounding strings and wailing vocals punctuated by the sounds of soldiers on horseback and the cries of a baby Moses.
A second CD, which will deal with the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt, will be released sometime next year, and a third album will complete the trilogy about the history of the people of Israel as portrayed in the Old Testament.
AMASEFFER recently 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 (KRUX, ex-THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN),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.