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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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Initial Bands, Dates Announced For Ragnarok Fest

The 2009 RAGNARÖK VI FESTIVAL is set to take place on Aril 17 and 18 in Stadthalle Lichtenfels (Oberfranken), Germany. The band announced so far are:

ADORNED BROOD
ALESTORM (UK)
ALKONOST (RUS)
ANDRAS
COR SCORPII (NOR)
DARK FORTRESS
DORNENREICH (AUT) – "Metal Show"
DRAUGNIM (FIN)
EINHERJER (NOR) – Reunion
FALCHION (FIN)
FEJD (SWE)
FINSTERFORST
FJOERGYN – "Jahreszeiten"-Release-Show
IRRBLOSS (SWE)
KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI (FIN)
KORPIKLAANI (FIN)
MANEGARM (SWE)
MELECHESH (NL)
METSATÖLL (EST)
MIDNATTSOL
SARKOM (NOR)
THYRFING (SWE)
TYR (FO)
YGGDRASIL (SWE)

For more information about the festival, check out their website at ragnaroek-festival.com.

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Absu Completes New Self Titled Album

Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the addition of bassist/co-vocalist Ezezu (ex-PANZRAM) to the group's ranks. This is the first time the band is experiencing a permanent quartet-type line up since the band's debut album "Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the latest addition, "We are very proud to welcome Ezezu as the newest member of ABSU. He was the missing element we have been searching for and definitely fits in the group. We are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him." More...

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Melechesh's "The Siege Of Lachish" To Be Reissued

MELECHESH's "The Siege Of Lachish" will be re-released by Tarot Productions, formatted as a collector’s edition vinyl picture EP limited to only 300 copies worldwide. The title track was inspired by a text written by the Assyrian King Sennacherib as he witnessed his army invade the city of Lachish, which was approximately an hour and a half from Jerusalem. The site is nothing but ruins now, but with the text, it inspired this warlike song and is the principal track of this EP. The side B track, "Malek Al Nar" (meaning king of fire in Arabic) is a fast and traditional black metal hymn.

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Absu Part Ways With Guitarist

Texas-based mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has announced the addition of guitarist/keyboardist Zawicizuz (ex-RAPE, PILLAGE & BURN, INFERNAL OAK) to the group's ranks. He replaces Vastator, who recently quit the band due to musical and personal differences. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the replacement, "We are very proud to welcome Zawicizuz as the newest musician of ABSU! He is one of the best-kept secrets in the extreme Texas music environment and we are delighted to convey our next chapter of mythological occult metal with him."

ABSU will enter Nomad Recording Studio in April 2008 to begin recording the self-titled CD for a tentative autumn release on Candlelight Records. The album will be engineered/produced by none other than Sterling Winfield (PANTERA, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, SOLITUDE AETERNUS, USURPER, BLOOD OF THE SUN, etc.) and mastered by Proscriptor at his studio Tarot Productions. More...

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Immolation Announce More European Tour Dates

On March 8th (Saturday) legendary New York- based IMMOLATION appeared on Metalmania Festival in Poland (Katowice, Spodek Hall). It was their warm-up show before the upcoming Shadows Of The Emissaries' Curse Tour 2008.

At the festival Immolation shared the stage with such metal monsters as MEGADETH, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and SATYRICON. Two days later, March 10th in Prague the band teamed up with MELECHESH and SICKENING HORROR, to begin their regular European tour featuring 25 shows. America's GOATWHORE are joining the tour on March 14th in Trencin, Slovakia.

Unfortunately, the tour won't come to Stockholm (as was previously announced) due to lack of interest of local promoters. What a shame! The tour will last till April 6th. The last gig will take place in Warsaw, Poland.

Check out a tour trailer here. More...

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Melechesh Sign With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast Records reports:

"Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Sumerian thrashing black metallers MELECHESH.

After founding the band in Jerusalem back in 1993 the band managed to become the first metal outfit out of the Middle East to draw mass attention from all over the world.

Since releasing their breakthrough album Sphynx in 2003 every headbanger out there has heard of this oriental blackish, thrashy force called Melechesh (which by the way is Hebrew/Aramaic for "king of fire“). After their even more successful 2006 effort Emissaries, it was time to move on businesswise – enter 2008 this unique and promosing band finally found its new home under the flag of Nuclear Blast. Welcome, brothers!"

Here is what founder, guitarist/vocalist and mainman Ashmedi has to say about this great news: “We are pleased to be cooperating with and being part of the Nuclear Blast dynasty. This was the logical step for us and Nuclear Blast has the platform from which we can keep on expanding and capturing the souls of many. With strong foundations towers can soar ever higher to reach newer cosmic plains.

I am working on new material at the moment, the writing process will still take some time, the process will be paused for the European Tour in March/April hence, talk of a new album will not yet be divulged but we will keep you updated!”

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Immolation And More To Tour Europe

IMMOLATION, MELECHESH, GOATWHORE and SICKENING HORROR will team up for a European tour beginning mid-March. The dates are as follows:

Mar. 14 - SK Trencin @ Piano
Mar. 15 - GER Munich @ Metropolis
Mar. 16 - A Dornbirn @ Conrad Sohm
Mar. 17 - A Traun @ Spinnerei
Mar. 18 - A Wien @ Planet Music
Mar. 19 - GER Trier @ Exhaus
Mar. 20 - FR Strasbourg @ Molodoi
Mar. 21 - CH Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live
Mar. 22 - FR Chaulnes @ OMCSL
Mar. 23 - GER Essen @ Turock
Mar. 24 - HOL Tilburg @ 013
Mar. 25 - HOL Heerhugowaard @ Waerdse
Mar. 26 - GER Osnabruck @ Bastard
Mar. 27 - HOL Sneek @ Bolwerk
Mar. 28 - [to be announced]
Mar. 29 - NOR Oslo @ South Of Heaven
Mar. 30 - [to be announced]
Apr. 01 - FIN Turku @ Klubi
Apr. 02 - FIN Jyvaskyla @ Lutakko
Apr. 03 - FIN Helsinki @ Nosturi
Apr. 04 - LAT Riga @ Melna Piektdiena
Apr. 05 - LIT Vilnus @ Mulen Ruzas
Apr. 06 - POL Warsaw @ Progresja

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Destruction To Appear At Mexican Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:

"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."

As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.

Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.

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Melechesh Pull Out Of Legacy Festival

Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD
VADER
SEPTIC FLESH

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
BELPHEGOR
RAGE
UNLEASHED
FINNTROLL

Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

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Two Bands Added To Immolation Tour

New Orleans' GOATWHORE and Greece's SICKENING HORROR have been added to the upcoming European tour featuring IMMOLATION and MELECHESH. The trek is scheduled to kick off mid-March. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

On March 8, IMMOLATION will perform at the Metalmania Festival 2008 in Katowice, Poland alongside MEGADETH, OVERKILL, VADER and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. Before the launch of the European tour, IMMOLATION will play a few warm-up shows in Russia (for the first time in band's history). More details will be revealed soon.

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Melechesh To Support Immolation

Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have been confirmed as the "special guests" on IMMOLATION's upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to kick off mid-March. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

MELECHESH's latest album "Emissaries" — the follow-up to 2003's "Sphynx" — was released January 23, 2007 on Osmose Productions/The End Records.

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Vader Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
VADER
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...

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Desaster Finish Recording New Album

German black/thrashers DESASTER have finished recordings for their new, sixth album 666-Satan's Soldiers Syndicate. The album was recorded in the Harrows Studio, Holland (ASPHYX, PENTACLE, OCCULT, SOULBURN).

According to a press release, "666-Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" again shows the band's typical thrashing, blacking riff metal without mercy - where there is no space for any innovation and modern elements! It’s what Desaster is all about: A Fist In Your Face Metal Attack! Beware and be prepared for sharp riffs, pounding drums, roaring bass and screaming hell."

"666-Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" features guest appearances by Proscriptor (ABSU), A.A. Nemtheanga (PRIMORDIAL) and Ashmedi (MELECHESH).

"666 - Satan´s Soldiers Syndicate" will be released September, 7th (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / September, 10th (rest of Europe).

The tracklisting for "666 - Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate" is:

1. Intro
2. Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate
3. Angel Extermination
4. Razor Ritual
5. Hellbangers
6. Fate Forever Flesh
7. Vile We Dwell
8. Tyrannizer
9. Venomous Stench
10. More Corpses For The Grave

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Enthroned Begin Recording New Album

Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED's recordings for their upcoming album, Tetra Karcist have begun under the guidance of Harris Johns (SODOM, VOIVOD). Enthroned have called in the following reinforcements to appear on the album: Ashmedi (MELECHESH), MkM (ANTAEUS), Verderf (ex-VERLOREN/OUROBOUROS), Harris Johns, and Dungeon (ICONOCLASM) will be guests on the new album.

Furthermore, following an upcoming mini-tour of Mexico, an extensive tour is in the works for November/December.

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Metallysee Booking Agency Explains Cancellations

Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:

"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.

"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.

"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.

"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.

"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.

"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).

"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.

"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.

"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."

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Sigh, Melechesh Announce North American Tour Dates

Groundbreaking Japanese act SIGH has announced a few North American tour dates with Mespotamian masters MELECHESH.

SIGH is touring in support of its upcoming album, "Hangman’s Hymn", due on June 12 via The End Records. This is the first North American tour for MELECHESH, who released its critically acclaimed album "Emisarries" in January. Also on the touring bill is Atlanta's sludge/doom outfit ZOROASTER.

Confirmed dates so far:

Jul. 06 - Europa - Brooklyn, NY
Jul. 13 - Opera House - Toronto, CA
Jul. 14 - Sapphire Club - Montreal, QC More...

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Excess Of Evil Tour Cancelled

The "Excess Of Evil" European tour has been cancelled. The trek was to run this month and feature Marduk, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Goatwhore, Melechesh, and Pantheon I. Here's a statement from Enslaved:

"We are not entirely informed and convinced as to why the tour is cancelled – we were promised an immediate statement from the touring agency (Metalysee) several days ago, but nothing has arrived. At this point, with few days left for the intended tour start, we could no longer wait and we are issuing this, to be honest, half-informed statement. We are normally booked through Goldstar Music in Norway, let us stress over and over again that this tour and its demise is not their workings, this was a one-off collaboration with another booking agency.

All we know is that the tour is cancelled and that we feel disappointed, bitter and at the same time vengeful. We are disappointed because we looked forward to performing top notch shows, being part of a high class package and meeting the fans, the friends; the scene. Bitter because we were already stretched to the limit to do this tour – we were ready to go out and do minimalist shows, with a session keyboard player (as Herbrand Larsen couldn't go due to personal reasons. We feel vengeful because we know we will come back and do these shows tenfold stronger. Our booking agent Goldstar has told us they are already working on rescheduling several of the shows this coming autumn.

As always, there will be speculations as to why this happened. Again, we regret to say that this was never really "our" tour so we lack some insight into the "whys" and "whos" and "whens". We can only state that we were ready to go, no injuries, no imprisonment, no primadonna acts; none of the usual industry clichés. We have heard rumours about why the tour was cancelled, but we choose not to repeat them until an official statement is issued from Metalysee/ Marduk. We hope other sources of information (web boards, forums, magazines) will remain equally patient/ respectful for the official version.

We'll be back with more info should it appear, along with any eventual re-bookings of these shows. A heartfelt thank you to all the people being ready for the shows in France, the UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Austria– we will return."

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Immortal To Headline Hole In The Sky Festival

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL are confirmed as headliners for this year's Hole In The Sky festival, which will take place August 22nd-25th in Bergen, Norway. Other acts on the bill include MELECHESH, DESTROYER 666, IMMOLATION, NAPALM DEATH and TESTAMENT. More...

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Goatwhore Announces Headlining Dates and Euro Tour

Goatwhore will be hitting the road on March 23rd for a three week long run with 1349, Nachtmystium and Averse Sefira. They will follow the tour with two weeks of headlining dates before heading to Germany for their first ever European tour, “The Excess of Evil” with Marduk, Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, Melechesh, and Pantheon I.

“We would like to send our thanks out to all the guys from God Forbid, Mnemic, Arsis, The Human Abstract, and Byzantine for making the January thru February "Chains Of Humanity" Tour a complete success!! A big thanks goes out to the guys in God Forbid for making the whole tour possible!! Hope to see you all on the road soon and in the meantime STAY SICK, STAY FUCK!!”

Here are the Goatwhore tour dates: More...

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