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Melechesh

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

Latest Melechesh News

Below is our complete Melechesh news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Samael Announces "Lux Mundi" European Tour

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...

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"Fortress Europe" First Chapter Posted Online

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.

The prologue to "Fortress Europe" can be viewed at this location or the PDF can be downloaded here.

"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.

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Melechesh Announces Lineup Change

Sumerian black metal outfit Melechesh has posted the following brief announcement online about parting ways with bassist Rahm:

"We have asked Rahm to leave Melechesh. it was very hard to do but necessary for the longevity of the band, we will make an official press release and will audition the right person."

Another comment from the band also reads, "He was officially in the and for less than a year and it seemed not right for him to go on with us, we wish him only good things."

Additional details will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out the band's music video for "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" at this location.

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Melechesh Posts New Music Video Online

Sumerian black metal outfit Melechesh has posted a new music video online for the song, "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "The Epigenesis," which was released last year through Nuclear Blast Records.

Commented mainman Ashmedi: "Finally the video clip for 'Grand Gathas of Baal Sin' is ready, it was not an easy process but worth the effort. We are very proud of this clip and we consider our collaboration with Rouzbeh to be very positive."

The clip was shot at the cisterns in Istanbul, Turkey in late 2010 by Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari and produced by Tumay Irgas.

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Melechesh Steals The Kill From Rotting Christ Live

Ahhhh, death metal. Until tonight I hadn’t been to a proper death metal show in a couple of years at least, if not longer, so when I opened the doors to Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago’s Near South Side, the stench of decaying flesh wafted into my wanting nostrils and refreshed my soul. Spiked gauntlets and shinguards, bullet belts, corpsepaint, unending blast beats, lots and lots of huge buckles, long black coats – all the pleasantries of a death metal show were coming back to me in trigged kick drum style as I boldly strode past the merch table. The Apostles of Darkness Over The Americas Tour was in town, and headliner Rotting Christ had brought along a bag of very special guests: Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. Unfortunately I had a sustenance occasion that precluded my arrival in time for Lecherous Nocturne, but the folks I chatted with said their tech-death was precise and heavy. More...

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Melechesh Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Sumerian blackened thrashers Melechesh just returned from their tour with fellow label mates Nile. The band, lead by front man Ashmedi, is now about to embark on a North America tour immediately to promote "The Epigenesis."

Commented front man Ashmedi: "The European tour is done, it has been a great experience, and we met great people for the most part. Touring with Nile was also a musical journey were we explored different takes on Middle Eastern sounding extreme metal. The accompanying bands on the tour were all great without any exception, each offered something different and did their best night in and night out. Dew-Scented, Zonaria, Darkrise for part one of the tour and then Bibleblack, Pressure Points and Goat the Head for the second part, they were great company and kick ass people.

"We would like to thank Massive music and their great crew, Murph, Punchy, the bands we toured with, local promoters and most importantly the great fans that came to the shows.

"As for now we are heading for North America for a 4.5 week comprehensive tour across USA and Canada, with our friends from Rotting Christ, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. We look forward to delivering our audiences there with live Sumerian Sonic Magick.“

A listing of upcoming Melechesh tour dates can be found at this location.

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Video Interview Available With Melechesh

A new video interview has been posted online with vocalist Ashmedi of Sumerian metal act Melechesh, which was conducted by Metal Storm earlier this month. You can check out the video footage below.

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Nile Posts Bus Breakdown Tour Video

While traveling across Europe, Nile and Melechesh experienced an unfortunate bus breakdown. The bands have posted a video clip online from the breakdown, which can be viewed below.

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Melechesh Posts Second Behind The Scenes Clip

Melechesh has posted a second behind-the-scenes clip online from the recording of the "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" music video. You can check out the new clip below, or find the first making-of clip at this location.

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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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Melechesh Posts Behind The Scenes Video Footage

Melechesh has posted the first part in a series of videos online from the making of the new video clip for "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin," which is taken from the band's latest album "The Epigenesis." You can check out the behind the scenes footage in the clip below.

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Melechesh Guitarist To Miss Several European Dates

Guitarist Moloch of the Sumerian black metal act Melechesh has announced that he will be forced to sit out the first few dates of the band's European tour with Nile, Dew-Scented, Zonaria and Darkrise due to circumstances beyond the band's control. Greg den Hartog will fill in with Melechesh until Moloch is able to rejoin the band on the road.

Melechesh's European tour with Nile, Dew-Scented, Zonaria and Darkrise is scheduled to kick off on January 20 in Katowice, Poland. The dates for which can be found below:

01/20 Katowice, POL – Mega Club
01/21 Vienna, AUT – Szene
01/22 Budapest, HUN – A38
01/23 Bucharest, ROM – TBA
01/24 Sofia, BUL – Blue Box
01/25 Thessaloniki, GRE – 8ball
01/26 Beograd, SER – SKC
01/27 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
01/28 Nova Goriza, ITA – Pieffe Factory
01/29 Zurich, SWI – Sounddock14
01/30 Darmstadt,GER – Steinbruch Theater
01/31 Prague, CZE – Exit Chmelnice
02/01 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/02 Veyey, SWI – Rocking Chair
02/03 Romagnano Sesia, ITA – RnR Arena
02/04 Rome, ITA – Blackout
02/05 Gualtieri, ITA – Temp Rock
02/06 TBA, FRA – TBA
02/07 TBA, FRA – TBA
02/08 Cardiff, UK – Millennium Music Hall
02/09 Liverpool, UK – The Masque
02/10 Derby, UK – Redemption
02/11 Dublin, IRE – The Village
02/12 London, UK – O2 Academy
02/13 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
02/14 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
02/15 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
02/16 Hannover, GER – Musikzentrum

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Rotting Christ Announces North American Tour

Greek metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following update about an upcoming headlining North American tour:

"The missioners are back! The Rotting ones and their friends are the chosen ones, the Apostles of Darkness that selected to spread the unblessed idea in the following lands. Join the missionary…"

Support on the trek will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams, and Lecherous Nocturne. The currently announced dates are as follows:

09 March 2011 Jaxx-West Springfield-VA (USA)
10 March 2011 Championship Bar & Grill-Trenton-NJ (USA)
11 March 2011 Montage Music Hall-Rochester-NY (USA)
12 March 2011 Rocko’s-Manchester-NH (USA)
13 March 2011 The Palladium-Worcester-MA (USA)
14 March 2011 Crazy Donkey-Farmingalde-NY(USA)
15 March 2011 Petit Campus-Montreal (CANADA)
16 March 2011 Mod Club-Toronto (CANADA)
17 March 2011 Blondie’s-Detrtoit-MI (USA)
18 March 2011 Peabody’s-Cleveland-OH (USA)
19 March 2011 Reggie Rock Club-Chicago-ILL (USA)
20 March 2011 Station 4-St Paul-MN (USA)
22 March 2011 The Republik-Calgary (CANADA)
23 March 2011 Starlite Room-Edmonton (CANADA)
25 March 2011 El Corazon-Seattle-WA (USA)
26 March 2011 Howthorne Theatre-Portland OR (USA)
27 March 2011 DNA Lounge-SF CA (USA)
28 March 2011 Chain Reaction-Anaheim CA (USA)
29 March 2011 Key Club-Los Angeles CA (USA)
30 March 2011 Brick by Brick-San Diego CA (USA)
31 March 2011 U.B.’s Bar-Mesa-AZ (USA)
01 April 2011 The War Legion Underground-Amarillo-TX (USA)
02 April 2011 Marquee-Tulsa-OK (USA)
03 April 2011 Rail Club-Ft Worth-TX (USA)
04 April 2011 Emo’s Alternative Lounging-Austin-TX (USA)
05 April 2011 Walter’s-Houston-TX (USA)
07 April 2011 Brass Mug-Tampa-FL (USA)
08 April 2011 The Masquerade-Atlanta-GA (USA)
09 April 2011 Volume 11-Raleigh-NC (USA)
10 April 2011 The Casbah-Charlotte-NC (USA)
16 April 2011 La Respuesta Theater Club-Santurce-PUERTO RICO (USA)

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Melechesh To Film "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" Video

Melechesh has revealed that it will be filming a music video for the track "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin." The track comes off of the band's 2010 release "The Epigenesis." The video will be filmed in Istanbul, Turkey with Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari, director of cinematography Emin Murat Kilic and producer Tumay Irgas.

"The Epigenesis" was recorded in Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey and was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper.

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Melechesh Announces European Headline Tour

Israeli black metallers Melechesh have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. The tour is in support of its 2010 release "the Epigenesis" and support will come from Noctiferia and Svart Crown. you can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Nov. 30 - FR - Paris - Tarbendo
Dec. 01 - FR - Nantes - Le Ferrailleur
Dec. 02 - NL - Tilburg - o13
Dec. 03 - NL - Groningen - Vera
Dec. 04 - DE - Essen - Turock
Dec. 05 - BE - Antwerp - Trix

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Melechesh Posts Fifth Track-By-Track Break Down

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Melechesh has posted the fifth and final installment of the track-by-track breakdown for the new album "Epigenesis," which can be found below. Melechesh has also posted the song "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" from the new album on the band's MySpace page.

10. A Greater Chain of Being “This is an instrumental with traditional near eastern instruments. This music represents sufi music or ancient eastern classical music. This is not very common in mainstream society and in the middle east it is considered underground! It is profound and spiritual and meant for you to confront yourself while meditating or tripping. We have done such compositions in the past because we feel close to them. It is another dimension of MELECHESH. Many of our audiences asked us to compose more songs like this because they do not have access to such music. It was a treat to oblige, even though we would have done it in either case. Turn the lights off, computer off, phone off and go on a trip."

11. The Epigenesis “Some have called it one of our most accomplished songs performed with 12 string electric guitars. Some have called it a journey into the world of MELECHESH. Some called it MELECHESH in psychedelic mode. I call it another song, albeit self indulgent. We did not want to make a demo for this track, but rather develop it during several writing sessions often lasting into the morning hours. We wanted the listener to feel as if they were right there with us in the rehearsal room. The guitar leads were improvised and it gave an impromptu feel to the song. Leads were recorded late at night without an agenda. The hallways of the studio doubled as reverb outlets . Yes the reverbs in this song were ‘handmade’ by putting a microphone in the hallway to pick up the distant and echo sound of our guitars. Many things happened while recording this song that made it all work like a perfectly built puzzle. You can hear elaborate middle eastern melodies, heavy metal, thrash metal and psychedelic rock all in the same track. The longest track we have ever written. One verse in our lyrics refers to all our album titles. A very interesting concept for us. This is the testimony of The Epigenesis.”

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Melechesh Comments On More Tracks From New Album

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Melechesh has posted a track-by-track breakdown of songs 6 - 9 on the band's new album "Epigenesis." The breakdown can be found below.

6. When Halos of Candles Collide (Instrumental) “A perfectly placed instrumental gives the album a new a dimension. This composition reminds me of indian ragas. The piece starts with an acoustic indian sitar, a very mystical sounding instrument. It felt natural to play and was much needed to make this piece complete. The middle part is performed with a 12 string electric guitar which sounds very vintage. Moloch and I mused on the idea to have indian sounding scales, he then recorded a demo for this piece which sounded monumental. We decided to use it. I added other cosmetic 12 string guitars and the electric guitar/sitar hybrid. The piece gradually decends into the sitar again. Perfect for meditation and reflection. And a sure needed breather prior to the following track!”

7. Defeating the Giants “This song starts with a raw old school guitar riff and a sitar melody. The sitar gives the impression of a rational transition after the previous intrumental. The first two riffs of the song were written circa 1995 -1996 back in Jerusalem. We never thought of using them, not until now at least. When I heard some old reherasal tapes from that era I had the main two riffs accompnaied by drums and I was impressed. The middle part and bridges are different very dynamic, with intense yet logical drum rolls then a neck breaking beat with almost bending decending notes. The song returns to its intensity and what I particularly like is the way it ends. Rather than a crash hit there is an ice bell hit. It is very difinitive and represents the end of a banishing ritual. This ice bell has a lot of history with us. It is featured on all ABSU albums but the last and on all MELECHESH albums aside from the first. The silk lanes of Hena, Labrynth map, tell us the tale of ego and loss!”
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Melechesh Posts More Track-By-Track Breakdowns

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash act Melechesh has issued the second of several track by track explanations of songs from the band's new album "Epigenesis." Ashmedi's break down of tracks 3-6 is as follows:

3. Sacred Geometry “The meaning of Sacred Geometry refers to the idea that the cosmos although chaotic has a sense of order and defining geometry i.e. crystalline elements. Even the symbol of chaos is Geometric! Shapes and patterns make existence of the real and surreal possible! Many divine structures or spiritual temples have been built on this principle! Even Pythagoras elaborated on this matter. He discovered that stopping half way through the length of an oscillating string produced an octave relative to the string's fundamental, basically a higher version of the same note, while a ratio of 2:3 produces a perfect fifth and 3:4 produces a perfect fourth. Pythagoreans believed that these harmonic ratios gave music powers of healing which could ‘harmonize’ an out-of-balance body.
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Dew-Scented Comments On Tour Dates With Nile

German thrash metal band Dew-Scented will be touring Europe with Nile in January 2011. Singer Leif Jensen comments on the upcoming tour, "We can now finally and proudly announce a full European tour for DEW-SCENTED in January / February of 2011 as support act for Nile! The run dubbed 'Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour 2011 Part 2' will last for about 4 weeks, covering central European countries as well as some Eastern territories (some of which we in fact never ever before visited!) and also UK/Ireland at last again. The tour's line-up will also feature Melechesh, Zonaria and Darkrise next to DEW-SCENTED and headliners Nile (who we last succesfully toured with in 2003), making it a very colourful and interesting package for all followers of extreme Metal."

"But before that, please check us out on an own 10-dates tour at the end of this October month in Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany as well as supporting Heaven Shall Burn, As I Lay Dying and Suicide Silence in Germany throughout November."

"We look forward to seeing you all out there somewhere soon to showcase the 'Invocation' album some more. Expect a massive Thrash Metal attack coming your way soon!" More...

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Melechesh Posts New Album Break Down

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Mesopotamian blackened thrash act Melechesh has issued the first of several track by track explanations of songs from the band's forthcoming album. "The Epigenesis" will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Ashmedi commented on the first two songs:

"1. Ghouls Of Nineveh: This song is a statement on how one riff can be effective and devastating! It is very powerful and live it is neck breaking. The song itself revolved around a singular riff, very non cliché to extreme metal. Some people expected a conformist start for the album, i.e. a faster song and we rejected the idea. This song sets the mood for a multi faceted album. This song is almost like a hymn. ‘Ghouls of Nineveh’ revolves around Assyrian/Mesopotamian deities, who are the Annunaki.

"Some of the brass bells you hear are a result of a pestle and mortar I found in my childhood house in Jerusalem when I went for a visit. The brass pestle and mortar was in my house as far as I can recall, yet this time when I was there in 2009, I experimented with it and the sound was bright. Better than any bell I know of. So I confiscated it and used it on the album as a percussive instrument! The final guitar lead was improvised on the spot and the piano cosmetic lead was split between Reuben the engineer and myself. This Fazioli Grand piano cost as much as a house in some parts of the USA ($120,000), so I was slightly careful with it! More...

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