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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...
Egyptian themed American death metallers Nile have revealed the dates for its forthcoming European and United Kingdom tour. Support on the trek will come from Melechesh, Dew-Scented, Zonaria and Darkrise.
Nile European/U.K. tour dates:
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
Sumerian black/thrashers MELECHESH just posted the fifth trailer for their upcoming album “The Epigenesis.” Check out the trailer below:
Greek extreme metal act Rotting Christ has revealed the dates for it's North American tour in March and April of 2011. Support on the tour will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. It is uncertain if previously announced Lightning Swords of Death will appear.
Rotting Christ North American tour dates:
Mar. 09 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Mar. 10 - Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
Mar. 11 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Mar. 12 - Rocko’s - Manchester, NH
Mar. 13 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Mar. 14 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Mar. 15 - Petite Campus - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Mar. 16 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Mar. 17 - Blondie’s - Detroit, MI
Mar. 18 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 19 - Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Mar. 20 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Mar. 22 - The Republik - Calgary, AB - Canada
Mar. 23 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Canada
Mar. 25 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Mar. 26 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Mar. 27 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 28 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Mar. 29 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Mar. 30 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Mar. 31 - U.B’s Bar - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 01 - The War Legion Underground - Amarillo, TX
Apr. 02 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
Apr. 03 - Rail Club - Ft. Worth, TX
Apr. 04 - Emo’s - Austin, TX
Apr. 05 - Walter’s - Houston, TX
Apr. 07 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
Apr. 08 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 09 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Apr. 10 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC
Israeli black metallers Melechesh have posted a new song to the band's myspace page titled "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin." The song is included on the band's forthcoming studio album "The Epigenesis." "The Epigenesis" is set for release on October 1st, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.
You can listen to the new song at this location.
Israeli black metallers Melechesh have posted the fourth video in an ongoing series to promote the band's forthcoming studio album "The Epigenesis." "The Epigenesis" is set for release on October 1st, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.
You can view the video below:
Israeli black metallers Melechesh have posted the third video in an ongoing series to promote the band's forthcoming studio album "The Epigenesis." "The Epigenesis" is set for release on October 1st, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.
You can view the video below:
Melechesh has posted a second trailer online for the band's upcoming album "The Epigenesis," which was recorded in the newly built Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. Artwork to the band's 5th album was handled by UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before. "The Epigenesis" will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Israeli black metallers Melechesh have posted the first video in an ongoing series to promote the band's forthcoming studio album "The Epigenesis." "The Epigenesis" is set for release on October 1st, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.
You can view the video below:
Melechesh has set "The Epigenesis" as the title of the band's fifth album, due later in the year through Nuclear Blast Records. The 11 song release was recorded in the Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey and was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper.
Front man Ashmedi stated: "As I have mentioned earlier, we wanted to defy the norm and record eastwards rather than remain in Europe. This was mainly due to the inspiring surrounding we found in Istanbul as well as the high quality of the studio and gracious staff. This city is a mesh of east and west and had a very long tradition of rock music. The Epigenesis is the result of two months of grueling work and very long hours.
"We took a risk and it paid off; the outcome is phenomenal! The production is very dynamic and big! The album is definitely Melechesh and as always unlike its predecessors and we as a band are exactly where we want to be at this point in time. There are several moods on the album, from very aggressive raw songs with minimal riffs to ritualistic near eastern metal opuses, one of which is a 12-minute song that combines Mid-Eastern music, psychedelic rock and metal. On one third of the album we have used 12-string electric guitars for the main rhythm riffing. We have included two instrumental compositions with completely different moods as well. More...
Jorzine caught up with thrashing black metal band MELECHESH at Babajim Studio in Istanbul, Turkey for a short studio report. The band is currently working on their fifth studio album. Check out the report here:
Dutch eclectic extreme metal band CONSPIRACY returns with a brand new third full-length album entitled "Irremediable." Previously helmed solely by Carpathian Wolf (Lupus Karpatius in Latin) for the previous two full-length albums, the band currently also consists of German guitarist / composer / orchestrator Aryan Blaze to join the ranks of CONSPIRACY.
Carpathian Wolf (a.k.a Al' Hazred, former member of Sumerian black metallers Melechesh) left Melechesh in 2008 to fully concentrate and focus on CONSPIRACY. CONSPIRACY's musical direction sees a more logical step towards the fulfillment and ideology of Carpathian Wolf himself.
CONSPIRACY head-honcho Carpathian Wolf comments, "This time CONSPIRACY doesn't just spit rage and hatred but presents the symphony of sinister entertainment for the chosen elite black metal consumer. The material on 'Irremediable' ranges from Blackened Heavy Metal with melodic and harmonious guitar solos to Black Metal with unorthodox elements, which will pleasantly surprise even the most spoilt listeners." More...
Mesopotamian metal band Melechesh will enter the studio on April 10th to record their 5th album for a period of 4-5 weeks. The band has chosen to record the album in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios which opened their doors this week is run by some of the elite sound Engineers in Turkey. The currently untitled album is set to be released in the summer of 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Mainman Melechesh Ashmedi comments, "We have been looking for a place to record that can offer us an inspiring surrounding. We also decided to stay true to our spirits, to break the Mold (again) and also to defy the norm, hence we will record in Istanbul; you see the norm is to record westwards it is rather customary, we want to head eastwards. So, Istanbul seemed the best place since This is the city where the east and west meet, mesh, clash, blend, collide etc. and has been as such for milleniums. The music is definitely MELECHESH and as always, this album has its own characteristic."
The band is now locked again in the rehearsing studio with Guitarist Moloch arriving to Amsterdam next week from Virginia, USA. The song writing is 90% complete.
Sumerian blackened thrash metal band MELECHESH played their first show in 2010 this past weekend in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The band played a new song, which is will appear on their forthcoming album to be released this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the fan filmed video of the performance below:
Melechesh have announced that bassist Rahm, who has been performing with the band as a session player for their last few festival appearances, is now their permanent bass player.
Commented Rahm: ”I am honored and proud to be the new bass player of the Mesopotamian metal band Melechesh. The last year I played 9 shows and I am ready for what is coming in the future. I think this is a big chance for me to do new things with excellent music and musicians.”
Vocalist Ashmedi also stated: ”After several shows with Rahm he proved to be a very good musician, and he has shown outstanding energy and positive attitude both on stage and off stage. And believe me offstage matters a lot when you are travelling and spending a lot of time together on the road. I am very glad he is a part of the Melechesh order."
Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.
Sumerian black metallers Melechesh have posted a fan filmed video online of the band performing the track "Ladders to Sumeria" at this year's Hellfest. The video can be viewed below. More...
A video of Sumerian black metallers Melechesh playing at the Sand Storm Festival on May 2nd in Dubai has been posted online. The video can be viewed below.
Sumerian Black Metallers Melechesh are billed to headline Sandstorm Festival 2009 which will be held at the Chi Club, Dubai. This is also the first time ever the oriental Black Metallers will appearing for a performance in the Middle East.
Joining Melechesh on the 2nd of May, 2009 for the performance at the Chi Club will be extreme metallers, Bilocate from Jordan and Kaoteon from Lebanon.
For more information please visit the respective bands' official Myspace pages.
The Festung Open Air Festival 2009 will take place in Bitterfeld, Germany on May 30 - 31. The currently confirmed bands are as follows:
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