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

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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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Melechesh Releasing Digital EP

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."

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

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...

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Melechesh Wraps Up Tour, Appears In Comic

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...

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Melechesh To Present New Bassist At Festivals

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

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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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