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Melechesh Announces Lineup Changes, Working On New Album

Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers Melechesh are hard at work on pre-productions for a new album, the successor to "The Epigenesis" (reviewed here).

Furthermore, the band has parted ways with long time guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of Melechesh for 8 months prior as his role in the band was no longer active due to focusing on his academic career.

While it is still to be announced who will be filling the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius. Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new line up on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band's North American tour.

Commented Ashmedi: "I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of Melechesh because we needed to have an active guitar player, he fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with Melechesh and music - nothing else. In fact we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance - like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family, I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey.

"A couple of weeks ago I did what I was considering for a while: I asked Xul to leave. In the past I thought such things are impossible, but you know what, family, companies, governments, kingdoms - all go through changes. In a naive or a romantic way we all think change is not good in such cases, on the contrary it could be extremely vital for the longevity of music. What I am trying to say is, I made these decisions for the sole purpose of improving the music and preventing stagnation. I was not happy with the status quo, so I had to do something about it. I wish Xul the best of luck I am certain he enjoyed this ride which was a good learning experience for everyone, anyway I don’t worry about him as he plays in several other bands so it’s all good.

"I am a very loyal person anyone with over two brain cells know this (the ones with one brain cells do not get it...) but my focus and priority is the well being and progress of Melechesh. You can also hear some of Aybars’ (Sirius) work on the soundtrack of the movie 'The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh' where he did the entire soundtrack for this film."

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