Leander Kills in 2018
|Past members||Máté Bodor|
Leander Kills is a Hungarian metal band, created by guitarist and singer Leander Köteles of Leander Rising fame. Other members include Miklós Czifra (Balkan Fanatik, Amigod) and András Vermes playing guitars, and Valentin Jankai (Blind Myself) playing the drums.
On November 2, 2015, their first song, Szerelmetlen dal, was released. Not long after, Te leszel a párom and Valami folyjon were released. On 18 March 2016, their first album, Túlélő, was released.
In 2017, it became clear that Máté Bodor, due to his obligations under Alestorm, could not go on tour with Leander Kills. András Vermes joined the band later on. Köteles has said that the band would later regard Máté Bodor as an honorary member, expecting him on future recordings, and, if his time allows, during concerts.
Leander Kills participated in A Dal 2017, the 2017 edition of the Hungarian national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Élet, with which they made it to the final. On 6 December 2017, it was announced that they would compete again in the 2018 edition of A Dal, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with the song Nem szól harang. They qualified for the final of the Hungarian preselection after getting 44 points in the first heat, tying for first with Zsolt Süle, and 41 points in the first semifinal. They reached the final, but did not reach the superfinal. They then participated in A Dal 2019 with the song Hazavágyom, but did not qualify from the heat.
- Leander Köteles – bass guitar, vocals, piano
- Miklós Czifra – guitar
- András Vermes – guitar
- Valentin Jankai – drums
- Túlélő (2016)
- Élet a halál előtt (2017)
- Leander Kills - Bodor Máté lett az új gitáros (Hammerworld.hu)
- Leander Kills - "Mindig is szerettem a szerelem és gyűlölet közti apró határt feszegetni" (Hard Rock Magazin)
- Leander Kills interjú (Rockbook.hu)
- "Távozik a Leander Killsből Bodor Máté". Shockmagazin.hz. 16 January 2017.
- "MÓDOSULT FELÁLLÁSBAN, DE VÁLTOZATLANUL TOP FORMÁBAN - LEANDER KILLS INTERJÚ". Alfahir.hu.
- "Új zsűritagokkal és műsorvezetőkkel jön a Dal 2018". hirado.hu. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
- "Hungary presents their top 30 for 'A Dal' 2019". eurovision.tv. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-01-26.