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Melechesh Frontman Ashmedi Discusses Music, Racism And More In Bristol

Melechesh are truly a law unto themselves. Not just as a band of renegades, led by the charismatic frontman Ashmedi, but also as a musical force, bringing in melodies from the near and middle east to their ferocious brand of black metal. Their debut, "As Jerusalem Burns...Al'Intisar," hit the shelves in 1996 and the band has continued to tear down musical limitations and social barriers since, most recently with their incredible album, "Enki," which was released last year.

At a recent show with Nile and Embryo in Bristol (read the review here) I was able to sit down and discuss the band's music, the struggle against racism and religious oppression and much more, with guitarist and vocalist, Ashmedi. You can watch the interview below.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. cbella writes:

I never listened to them but think I'm missing out. Thanks for highlighting them! What were they like live?

# Apr 11, 2016 @ 2:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. xFiruath writes:

"Enki" was killer - one of the early highlights of 2015 in fact. If you haven't heard it yet, check that one out cbella.

# Apr 11, 2016 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

They were one of the most intense bands I've ever seen live. My neck has only just recovered, though it'll probably end up hurting again tomorrow at Overkill and Vader!

# Apr 11, 2016 @ 3:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

And check out the "Old School" Oz did on them back in... I wanna say January right Oz? That was a great read.

# Apr 11, 2016 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

February but thanks for the plug mate!

# Apr 11, 2016 @ 6:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. cbella writes:

Thanks for the information guys! I just listened to most of Enki and absolutely love it! Off to SOS next ;)

# Apr 12, 2016 @ 3:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Diamond Oz writes:

Glad you like them Cbella! Their whole catalogue is pretty awesome.

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