Frédéric Leclercq

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Frédéric Leclercq
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Frederic live at the Nova Rock-Festival 2013.
Background information
Born (1978-06-23) June 23, 1978 (age 39)
Origin Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes, France
Genres Power metal, speed metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, nu metal, progressive metal, black metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards,
Years active 1992–present
Labels Sanctuary
Associated acts Sinsaenum
Carnival in Coal
Souls of We
Jaded Heart

Frédéric Leclercq (born June 23, 1978) is a French musician and producer. He is the guitarist and main songwriter in the death metal supergroup Sinsaenum, the bassist and backing vocalist in power metal band DragonForce, and the guitarist and vocalist in Maladaptive. He is a session musician for various other bands, including George Lynch's Souls of We.[2][3] He is also an ex-member of the French power metal band Heavenly and played several shows with Carnival in Coal in 2006.

According to his profile on, Leclercq can speak "French, English, German, and some dirty words in almost every language," and his signature stage move is "Black metal whiskey sculling."[4] He was asked by Herman Li to help DragonForce on a few shows in North America and Japan as they needed a bassist. At first, he was only supposed to play on a sessional basis, but he played with so much skill and professionalism that he was offered the position permanently. He has since gone on to become a creative force in DragonForce, writing and co-writing music and lyrics for the band since 2012's The Power Within. He wrote most of the music on Dragonforce's latest album Reaching into Infinity.

Leclercq played sessional rhythm guitar for Swedish power metal band Sabaton on their European tour in 2011, as regular guitarist Rikard Sundén had just become a father.

After years in the making, Leclercq's project Sinsaenum is finally announced in 2016, releasing a self-entitled EP and an album, Echoes of the Tortured.

Playing influences[edit]

Leclercq is influenced by various guitarists such as Uli Jon Roth, Adrian Smith, Trey Azagthoth, and Marty Friedman.


Leclercq uses ESP basses, has a signature model, the LTD FL-600, with 5 other bassists (the others being Gabe Crisp, Frank Bello, Pancho Tomaselli, Tom Araya and Henkka Seppälä), and uses ESP ARROW FL SIN-6B and ANTELOPE custom baritone scale models for Sinsaenum. He used an ESP horizon electric guitar whilst performing in Sabaton. For amplification he uses Peavey Tour 700 bass amps and 8x10 bass cabinets, along with a Samson UHF Wireless System.[5]

Former bands and projects[edit]

  • Hors Normes (fusion) 1994-1996; 2000
  • Memoria (heavy-black metal) 1997-1999; 2000–2001
  • Heavenly (power metal) 2000-2004
  • Egoine (hard rock) 2003-
  • Sudel's Project (progressive rock) 2005-


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