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Melechesh Frontman Ashmedi On New Music, Comics And Jerusalem

Black metal is a sub-genre which, like most, has plenty of stereotypes and cliches. Typically, when one thinks of the term, images of snow covered mountains and corpse paint spring to mind. However, black metal reaches far beyond Scandinavia, from the rainy streets of Newcastle, England to the cultural hive that is Athens, Greece and beyond, black metal can be found challenging all aspects of society.

In June of this year, I had the privilege of speaking with perhaps one of the bravest men in extreme metal, Ashmedi, who formed the black metal band Melechesh in the holiest city on Earth, Jerusalem. Prior to witnessing a standard stellar performance from the band at their show with Belphegor, Ashmedi and I discussed when how far along Melechesh are with new material, the graphic novel based on his life, "Emissary Of The Anunnaki: The Tale Of The Fire King" and what he thinks of the American embassy being moved to Jerusalem.

On new material:
"I'm writing stuff right now but it takes a lot of time and energy invested in it. We tour a lot too which kind of gets in the way a bit. It's (writing music) very demanding. You start jamming but then it gets more and more and more involved. You've gotta be in the right set of mind and the right mood. The way I play the guitar makes the music Melechesh so whatever I do within the framework, will always sound like Melechesh."

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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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