"some music was meant to stay underground..."

Melechesh

Formed: 1993
From: Jerusalem, Israel
Last Known Status: Active

Melechesh Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Melechesh.

Interview

Melechesh Discusses Music, Racism And More

Melechesh are truly a law unto themselves. Not just as a band of renegades, led by the charismatic frontman Ashmedi, but also as a musical force, bringing in melodies from the near and middle east to their ferocious brand of black metal. Their debut, "As Jerusalem Burns...Al'Intisar," hit the shelves in 1996 and the band has continued to tear down musical limitations and social barriers since, most recently with their incredible album, "Enki," which was released last year.

At a recent show with Nile and Embryo in Bristol (read the review here) I was able to sit down and discuss the band's music, the struggle against racism and religious oppression and much more, with guitarist and vocalist, Ashmedi. You can watch the interview below. More...

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Interview

Sumerian Metallers Melechesh Discuss New Album

Sumerian-themed blackened metallers Melechesh launched "The Epigenesis" last month, which is their latest exploration of occult oriented extreme metal. Front man Ashmedi recently discussed the new album with me, explaining how everything from the lyrics to the guitar riffs to the promo shots are interconnected and chosen specifically to be in alignment. Ashmedi also recently posted a track-by-track breakdown online of the new album, which can be seen at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Talking about how the songs flow, Ashmedi commented, "It’s not afraid to step out of the box in the sense that every song stands alone, just like a good healthy rock album or metal album." He also discussed the possibility of an upcoming music video and where the band will be touring in support of the new album. More...

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