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Melechesh Comments On More Songs From New Album "Epigenesis"

Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Melechesh has posted a track-by-track breakdown of songs 6 - 9 on the band's new album "Epigenesis." The breakdown can be found below.

6. When Halos of Candles Collide (Instrumental) “A perfectly placed instrumental gives the album a new a dimension. This composition reminds me of indian ragas. The piece starts with an acoustic indian sitar, a very mystical sounding instrument. It felt natural to play and was much needed to make this piece complete. The middle part is performed with a 12 string electric guitar which sounds very vintage. Moloch and I mused on the idea to have indian sounding scales, he then recorded a demo for this piece which sounded monumental. We decided to use it. I added other cosmetic 12 string guitars and the electric guitar/sitar hybrid. The piece gradually decends into the sitar again. Perfect for meditation and reflection. And a sure needed breather prior to the following track!”

7. Defeating the Giants “This song starts with a raw old school guitar riff and a sitar melody. The sitar gives the impression of a rational transition after the previous intrumental. The first two riffs of the song were written circa 1995 -1996 back in Jerusalem. We never thought of using them, not until now at least. When I heard some old reherasal tapes from that era I had the main two riffs accompnaied by drums and I was impressed. The middle part and bridges are different very dynamic, with intense yet logical drum rolls then a neck breaking beat with almost bending decending notes. The song returns to its intensity and what I particularly like is the way it ends. Rather than a crash hit there is an ice bell hit. It is very difinitive and represents the end of a banishing ritual. This ice bell has a lot of history with us. It is featured on all ABSU albums but the last and on all MELECHESH albums aside from the first. The silk lanes of Hena, Labrynth map, tell us the tale of ego and loss!”

8. Illumination - The Face of Shamash “This was the first song written for this album. As soon as I had the demo in my hands I sighed in relief. This was the beginning; the first stone in the sonic ziggurat known as The Epigenesis. I recorded several Tibetan monk types of chanting. The song goes into a blast beat while the drum pedals still maintain one of the middle eastern drum counts. It’s an aggressive song yet it still offers breaks with mid eastern melodies. The lyrics relate to my hallucinating but enlightening encounter with the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash. A lot of metaphors here! In the mid east shams means sun in Arabic and Shemesh means the same thing in Hebrew. The songs builds up to a very dramatic and epic ending. We tried this live last February. It had no title and no lyrics. Now we look forward to taking this song to the stage with a proud title and insane singing.”

9. Negative Theology “How can I describe this? Many jump to conclusions before understanding the concept. Is theology negative? I say often it is. The principle of it is to provide people with a set of guidelines and hopes which is not so bad. But when looking at the amounts of dead people due to it you have to think! But regardless of this issue, does the song title refer to this? I answer no. Negative theology actually is a system of negating what is NOT divine, with the hopes of discovering the divine in the end. This is a thinking system used in every belief! We used it for discovering the actions of the Annunaki or any creators if there are any! This song was done with 12 string guitars and has very technical drumming and dynamics. The song offers some neck breaking black metal rhythms. I composed this song at the same time I was on a HEAVEN AND HELL high. Coincidentally and fatefully I was doing the vocals in the studio when I was interrupted and was told DIO had passed away. I could not work anymore that day so I got a drink and then I tried to record some vocals as a tribute. It was hard. So we stopped the session after a few hours and called it a night."

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