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With the release of a sixth album scheduled for 2014 via Nuclear Blast, Sumerian black/thrash metal pioneers Melechesh now present an interview with mainman Ashmedi.
The interview, which is featured on Canadian TV show “The Cool Guy Files,” was conducted in 2011 while Melechesh was on tour in North America. You can watch the entire episode with Ashmedi below.
Melechesh is currently busy in search of a new drummer to fill in the vacant position for the successor "The Epigenesis" (2010).
The Northern Darkness Festival, which would have featured At The Gates, Graveworm, Napalm Death, and many more, has now been cancelled. The organizers of the fest issued the following statement:
"Today we must deliver the disappointing news that The Northern Darkness Festival has been cancelled. The aim of the festival was to bring the best in unsigned and international death and black metal artists from around the world to a new event in the UK more akin to the European festival line-ups.
"Unfortunately despite a lot of interest from bands wanting to play from all over the world we have not seen the same level of interest from the general public and to date ticket sales have been extremely disappointing, and it is with this in mind we have to make to unfortunate decision not to continue with the event.
"In short events like this can not take place if people do not want to come and support them, with less than 2 months to go until the event date less than 15% of available tickets have been sold and the majority of those were from outside the local area and even other countries.
"We wanted to give the North East a place on the metal festival scene and had hoped to grow the festival over the coming years into a major international event but without fans wanting to come and support an event of this size we are left with no option but to cancel.
"We would like to thank those that showed support for the event and to all the bands billed as well as those who applied to take part in the unsigned band competition and those who did purchase a ticket in advance. The UK does have some stellar alternative festivals with Bloodstock and Damnation festival but it appears the UK was not quite ready for The Northern Darkness.
"Tickets purchased directly will be refunded automatically over the next week, if you purchased your ticket from the venue you will be able to get a refund from them. Please allow 7 days for your refund to reach you before contacting us. We anticipate all refunds will be completed within 7 days and you will be contacted on the email address you gave when purchasing your ticket. If you have not received you refund within 7 days please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers Melechesh are hard at work on pre-productions for a new album, the successor to "The Epigenesis" (reviewed here).
Furthermore, the band has parted ways with long time guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of Melechesh for 8 months prior as his role in the band was no longer active due to focusing on his academic career.
While it is still to be announced who will be filling the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius. Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new line up on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band's North American tour.
Commented Ashmedi: "I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of Melechesh because we needed to have an active guitar player, he fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with Melechesh and music - nothing else. In fact we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance - like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family, I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey. More...
In just a little over a week, Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion Vreid will take the band's sonic mayhem to North America alongside headliners Melechesh.
Set to commence June 16th in Los Angeles, California, the roadside assault includes over two weeks of live devastation. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies. Comments Vreid bassist Hváll of the upcoming journey:
"We are thrilled to return to the Wild West; it will be a blast! We have had some great shows over there before, and can’t wait to return. We have our best album freshly released, and are ready to unleash these new songs plus old warrior themes for you. Unfortunately our rock solid drummer Steingrim has to sit out this tour due to work-related issues. He will surely be missed, but we have been aware of this for a while and have the perfect replacement for him. Tomas Myklebust will join us for this tour. Myklebust is a maestro drummer who did the UK tour with us last year when we toured with Paradise Lost. He did a splendid job then, and has worked his ass off rehearsing the new material. Hope to see you on the road."
Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion Vreid will take their to the streets this June on a North American tour alongside headliners Melechesh.
Set to commence June 16th in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited trek includes over two weeks of live assaults and will come to a close in New York City on June 30th. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.
Vreid will be touring in support of the "Welcome Farewell" full-length (reviewed here), released in North American via Indie Recordings on March 5th, 2013. Catch the band live:
6/16/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
6/17/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
6/18/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
6/19/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/20/2013 TBA – Vancouver, BC
6/21/2013 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
6/22/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/23/2013 TBA – Winnipeg, MB
6/24/2013 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/25/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
6/27/2013 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
6/28/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
6/29/2013 Railroad Tavern - Keene, NH
6/30/2013 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY More...
Sumerian black / thrash pioneers Melechesh will hit the road together with fellow label mates Vader for an upcoming European run. The dates are as follows:
12.04.2013 (DEN) Aarhus / Metal Royal Festival*
13.04.2013 (FR) Nancy / Metal Ride Festival
14.04.2013 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
15.04.2013 (GER) Munich / Backstage
16.04.2013 (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara
17.04.2013 (HUN) Budapest / Blue Hell
18.04.2013 (ROM) Timisoara / Daos
19.04.2013 (ROM) Bucarest / Fabrica
20.04.2013 (BUL) Sofia / RBF
21.04.2013 (SER) Belgrade / Gun
23.04.2013 (ITA) Bari / Demode
24.04.2013 (ITA) Rome / Jailbreak
25.04.2013 (ITA) Milano / The Theatre Live Music
26.04.2013 (CH) Bern / Kultarena
27.04.2013 (GER) Annaberg / Alte Brauerei
28.04.2013 (CZ) Ostrava / Barrak More...
France's Melted Space is proud to announce an EP release for 2013 entitled "Between." Check out the artwork below, created by Strychneen Studio.
Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes), Ashmedi (Melechesh), Black Messiah (Seth), El Worm (Wormfood) will appear on this EP, which the band states will include "symphonic, black, modern metal, and acoustic" sounds, and the story revolves around the Romulus and Remus legend. More...
Brazilian death metallers Krisiun will be returning to North America this week for the "Conquerors of the World" tour, featuring Septicflesh, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition. In regards to this upcoming trek, Alex Camargo (vocals, bass) of Krisiun comments:
"Hey everyone! We in Krisiun would like to invite you North American metal-heads to come out and support our upcoming tour. With killer bands such as Septicflesh, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition along with us, we guarantee you guys that this is gonna be a night of pure relentless metal. Looking forward to seeing you guys and having a great time with all of you out on the road!"
The upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
After the release of sophomore album "Caligvla" (reviewed here) through Napalm Records, epic death metallers Ex Deo will be touring across North America next month.
Led by indomitable Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, Ex Deo will be joined on this 13-date tour by headliners Septicflesh as well as veterans Krisiun, Melechesh, and Inquisition. Dates for the "Conquerors of the World" tour are available below.
Iacono had the following to say about this guaranteed-to-be-epic tour: "With our new album Caligvla coming out in North America in September, a new chapter of the Ex Deo domination has begun... We are proud to be part of the Conquerors of the World tour in North America, featuring the Greek daemonmasters Septicflesh, our good friends and kings of brutality Krisiun, the vibrant Middle Eastern occult Melechesh, and Colombian/American sensation Inquisition. This a tour de force lineup - dont miss it! In the name of Jove, I vow to bring the ROMAN might back to life and promise a bombastic live attack - Roma Victrix."
Moloch, guitar player of Melechesh, recently took part in a cooking show on iFood.TV. You can check out the video over at this location.
Commented Moloch: "You end up doing many weird things when you play in a metal band, and being part of a cooking show is definitively one of them. In any case, I decided to go for it because I enjoy cooking, and the show was being filmed in Richmond, which is pretty close to where I live.
"The dish I prepared (msakhan) is a typical near-eastern dish, but my recipe is a user-friendly version. Is it metal? I don't know. Does it taste good? Fuck yes!"
Melechesh will also be headed out for a North American tour this coming October with Septicflesh and Ex Deo. Details are available right here.
As was previously announced, Greece's Septicflesh will be hitting the road this October for the "Conquerors of the World" 2012 tour with Krisiun, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition. New dates have now been added to the tour, and the tour routing now looks like:
10/12 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/13 - Trois-Rivières, QC @ Trois-Rivières Metalfest
10/14 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
10/15 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
10/16 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
10/18 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/19 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/20 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
10/21 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/22 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/23 - Kelowna, BC @ The Level Night Club
10/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/25 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/26 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/27 - S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dick's
10/28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
10/29 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
10/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
10/31 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova More...
Masters of mesopotamian black / thrash metal, Melechesh, have finally made their debut album "As Jerusalem Burns," available for digital download. The long out of print landmark album can be purchased over at iTunes here. Commented guitarist/singer and mainman Ashmedi:
"Finally available for legal downloading. Our Debut album from 1996, 'As Jerusalem Burns...Al Intisar' means a lot to me, it was recorded with next to nothing budget in the city of Jerusalem and all the odds were against us, at the time no one paid attention to black metal being made in the holy city, with time we changed that.
"We recorded it live to tape so this means we all played at the same time without any breaks in the songs so no room for corrections or to remake one particular part. If we felt there was one little mistake we would re-record the whole song all over again, I think this gave it a sense of authentism. So for now it is available as a digital format and that’s it. Hopefully we will also make it availed on vinyl for the first time.
"Furthermore one day we perhaps might license it on CD for re-release. The music is raw as we intended it to be with hints of middle eastern music. This is Melechesh more than 15 years ago though half of our sophomore album 'Djinn' was written then.“
Greek demons Septicflesh have announced North American shows this coming October. The "Conquerors of the World" tour will see Septicflesh share the stage with fellow label mates Inquisition, as well as Krisiun, Melechesh, and Ex Deo.
The trip begins on October 12th in Toronto, Canada. A complete list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More tour dates will be announced shortly.
12 Oct 12 Toronto, ON (CA) Wreck Room
13 Oct 12 Trois-Rivières, QC (CA) Trois-Rivières Metalfest
14 Oct 12 Montreal, QC (CA) Cafe Campus
15 Oct 12 Cambridge, MA (US) Middle East Downstairs
16 Oct 12 New York, NY (US) Gramercy Theatre
17 Oct 12 Cleveland, OH (US) Peabody's
18 Oct 12 Chicago, IL (US) Reggie's Rock Club
19 Oct 12 Saint Paul, MN (US) Station 4
20 Oct 12 Winnipeg, MB (CA) Park Theatre
21 Oct 12 Regina, SK (CA) The Exchange
22 Oct 12 Edmonton, AB (CA) Pawn Shop
23 Oct 12 Kelowna, BC (CA) Sapphire Night Club
24 Oct 12 Vancouver, BC (CA) Rickshaw Theatre
Inquistion also recently signed to Season of Mist. The band will release its label debut on the Season of Mist Underground Activists division. More...
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following statement about Sumerian black/thrash act Melechesh recruiting a session bass player for upcoming live shows:
"Melechesh is to be joined by session bass player Scorpios of the American black metal band Crimson Moon. Scorpios has been residing in Germany for several years, he will be arriving in Amsterdam on Tuesday for intensive rehearsal sessions.
"His first show will be April 20th - Melechesh live in UAE Dubai’s Holy Noise metal event. This will mark Melechesh's second live show in Dubai first being in 2009 Sand Storm Festival."
Melechesh will also be releasing an exclusive digital EP called "Mystics Of The Pillar II." The EP will contain the following tracks and will be released April 27th in Europe, May 1st in the US:
01. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
02. Sacred Geometry (Instrumental)
03. The Epigenesis (Instrumental)
Masters of Sumerian black/thrash metal, Melechesh, have announced the release of an exclusive digital EP called "Mystics Of The Pillar II." The EP will contain the following tracks and will be released April 27 in Europe, May 1 in the US:
01. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
02. Sacred Geometry (Instrumental)
03. The Epigenesis (Instrumental)
Commented mainman Ashmedi: "We recorded two different ending version of 'Mystics of the Pillar' - this one changes tempo and picks up steam. Why? Because we felt like it, a song with two different endings is not too common in this day and age. Last minute we chose one to be included on the album, thus the second version was not mixed and mastered till a much later date.
"We also decided to release a couple of instrumental versions to our songs, namely 'The Epigenesis' title track which is a 12-13 minute epic and Sacred Geometry both are multi faceted and work perfect just as instrumental works. We actually have an instrumental version of the entire album mixed and mastered so enjoy these couple of tracks."
The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.
The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.
The track list is as follows:
01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...
Sumerian black/thrash metallers Melechesh have just returned from their European tour as special guests of label mates Samael. Mastermind, vocalist and guitarist Ashmedi offers the following summary:
“So far we have completed our fourth tour, plus a festival run in support of The 'Epigenesis' album. Yet we still have some more gigs to announce.
"Lux Mundi tour was a great experience for one thing the weather was great so that things like the flu, ice and floods were kept at bay, but more importantly touring with talented bands like Keep of Kalessin and Samael was a pleasure, both on a professional and personal level as well . Massive Music did a very good job as always - a professional crew which is more like family than anything else. The opening acts Minkus, Dark End, Fluxious, Dead Shape Figure, Noctem, Six Reasons to Kill, and Inferi all had something different to offer, which added spice and diversity to each night of the tour, plus the guys and gals in those bands were just superb to have around. Now it is time to sit and compose!”
Furthermore, French comic artist Fabrice Gagos has included a tribute to both Melechesh members Ashmedi and Moloch to his weekly updated web comic by dedicating one of the main characters – Sayid – to the two. Here’s what the creator says about it: More...
Sumerian black/thrash metal kings Melechesh will present their new bass player at their upcoming festival appearances. The band split with bassist Rahm earlier this year.
Founder, mainman, vocalist and guitarist Ashmedi explains: ”The relationship is in a strict tryout phase which will allow the bass player to find his way into the band and to see if he fits in well. Additionally – as often before – Moloch won’t be able to be part of the live line-up on our European tour as well as on two festivals due to his PHD finalisation and other commitments, which he had to reschedule because of our previous US and European tours. But as always we’ll have a trusted backup guitarist who toured with us in the past. See you on the road! Get ready for Sumerian Sonic Magick!”
The band's upcoming festivals are as follows:
12 August Party San Germany
17 August Summer Breeze Germany
20 August Motocultor fest Brittany France
27 August Elserock fest Netherlands
Samael has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates in September and October with special guests Melechesh and Keep of Kalessin. The band will be touring in support of the new album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here), and the currently announced dates are as follows:
02.09.2011 : Dekompresja – Lódz (Poland)
03.09.2011 : Wiatrak – Zabrze (Poland)
04.09.2011 : Kwadrat – Krakow (Poland)
05.09.2011 : Szene – Vienna (Austria)
06.09.2011 : Exit Chmelnice – Prague (Czech Republic)
07.09.2011 : Randall – Bratislava (Slovakia)
08.09.2011 : 202 – Budapest (Hungary)
09.09.2011 : Euphoria Music Hall – Cluj Napoca (Romania)
10.09.2011 : Jubileina Hall – Sofia (Bulgaria)
11.09.2011 : Block33 – Thessaloniki (Greece)
13.09.2011 : Volxhaus – Klagenfurt (Austria)
14.09.2011 : Menza Pri Koritu – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
15.09.2011 : RnR Arena – Romagnano Sesia (Italy)
16.09.2011 : Blackout – Rome (Italy)
17.09.2011 : Sidharta – Prato (Italy)
18.09.2011 (CH) tbc / tbc
20.09.2011 : Backstage – Munich (Germany)
21.09.2011 : Steinbrucht Theater – Darmstadt (Germany)
22.09.2011 : Matrix – Bochum (Germany)
23.09.2011 : Bibelot – Dordrecht (Holland)
24.09.2011 : Le Coliseum – Charleroi (Belgium)
25.09.2011 : Doornroosje – Nijmegen (Holland)
27.09.2011 : Cavazik – Macon (France)
28.09.2011 : Gillen – Colmar (France)
29.09.2011 : Gladhaus – Cottbus (Germany)
30.09.2011 : Vera – Groningen (Holland)
01.10.2011 : Antipode – Rennes (France)
02.10.2011 : La Machine – Paris (France)
03.10.2011 : Ramier – Toulouse (France)
05.10.2011 : Hard Club – Porto (Portugal)
06.10.2011 : Cineteatro de Corroios – Lisbon (Portugal)
07.10.2011 : Caracol – Madrid (Spain)
08.10.2011 : Durango – Valencia (Spain)
09.10.2011 : Salamandra 1 – Barcelona (Spain) More...
The first chapter of “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” is now online & features interviews/appearances by Rotting Christ, Lecherous Nocturne, Hate, Melechesh, Hate, and Abigail Williams.
"Fortress Europe" is the sequel to Ryan Bartek’s “The Big Shiny Prison," a book of nonfiction journalism in which the author will be traveling Europe from July - August 2011 interviewing bands, artists, promoters and performers of all varieties. Although all aspects of underground culture will be represented, the main focus will again be extreme metal, hardcore punk, industrial, rock, electronic, etc.
"Fortress Europe" will feature a number of face-to-face interviews with legends in the metal/punk community - confirmations include members of Gorgoroth, Korpiklaani, Finntroll, Discharge, Agathocles, Bethlehem, Anaal Nathrakh, Deinonychus, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Ominum Gatherum, Rage, Decapitated, Mortiis, Stahlhammer, Horna, Master, Pigsty, Beherit, Squash Bowels, Drakkar Prods, Enochian Crescent, Thy Serpent, Battlelore, Antaeus, Funeral, Glittertind, Corpus Christii, Anata, Deranged, Primordial, and Wolfbrigade.