Black metallers Melechesh will be returning to North America this June for a headlining tour in support of their fifth studio album The Epigenesis. Support will come from Norway's Vreid and two bands from Los Angeles: Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies. Additional dates will be announced soon but you can check out the shows confirmed so far below.
Greek symphonic metal demons Septicflesh have announced North American shows as part of their Conquerors Of The World Tour this October. The band will share the stage with fellow label mates Inquisition, as well as Krisiun, Melechesh and Ex Deo in what promises to be a brutal assault, which begins on October 12th in Toronto, Canada. The dates can be found below and more will be announced soon.
Israeli melodic black/folk metallers Melechesh have announced the release of an exclusive digital EP entitled Mystics Of The Pillar II on April 27th in Europe and May 1st in North America via Nuclear Blast.
Sumerian black metallers Melechesh have just returned from the Lux Mundi Europe Tour as special guests of label mates Samael. Mastermind, vocalist and guitarist Ashmedi offers the following positive summary: "So far we have completed our fourth tour, plus a festival run in support of The Epigenesis album. Yet we still have some more gigs to announce."
Due to a last-minute withdrawal of Septicflesh (due to a tour schedule conflict), Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh have been confirmed as the support act on the upcoming Lux Mundi European Tour of Swiss industrial metallers Samael
Melechesh will now share the so-called direct support rotating slot with Norwegian black metal act Keep Of Kalessin.
Septicflesh in their turn have been added as the second special guest on Amon Amarth's Surtur Rising European Tour, which already features As I Lay Dying. Get those dates again here.
Find an updated list of dates and a tour trailer after the jump.
Melechesh have amicably parted ways with bass player Rahm who officially joined the band a year ago.
The band cited professional reasons as grounds for this.
Founding member Ashmedi commented: "The band unanimously decided it is best to part ways with Rahm due to professional reasons that could have seriously affected the well being of the band. We wish him nothing but the best, we had good times. For now we will be auditioning bass players /backing vocalists."
The band will start auditioning experienced bass players effective immediately
- Interest in the themes and music of Melechesh is paramount
- Of semi sound and open mind
"Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin", the new video from "Sumerian thrashing black metal" band Melechesh, can now be watched below. The clip was filmed in Istanbul, Turkey with Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari.
"Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" comes off the band's latest album The Epigenesis, which was released in October last year through Nuclear Blast Records.
We've been waiting for four years to hear some new music from Israeli black metallers Melechesh, but the band has finally posted a new song of the upcoming The Epigenesis. The track is entitled "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" and can be streamed at this location.
Melechesh's new album, The Epigenesis, comes out October 1 in Europe and October 26 in North America via Nuclear Blast.
Sumerian thrashing black metal pioneers Melechesh have just announced the title of their fifth album, The Epigenesis. The album contains 11 tracks.
The Epigenesis was recorded in newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey and was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper.
Commented mainman and founding member Ashmedi: "As I have mentioned earlier we wanted to defy the norm and record eastwards rather than remain in Europe. This was mainly due to the inspiring surrounding we found in Istanbul as well as the high quality of the studio and gracious staff. Since this city is a mesh of east and west and had a very long tradition of rock music. Two months of gruelling work and very long hours. We took a risk and it paid off, the outcome is phenomenal!
On April 10 Mesopotamian metal pioneers Melechesh will enter the studio to record their 5th and as of yet untitled album for a period of 4-5 weeks... In unprecedented move in Metal, the band has chosen to record the album in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios which opened their doors this week is run by some of the elite sound Engineers in Turkey. The album is set to be released in summer 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented Ashmedi: "We have been looking for a place to record that can offer us an inspiring surrounding. We also decided to stay true to our spirits, to break the Mold (again) and also to defy the norm, hence we will record in Istanbul; you see the norm is to record westwards it is rather customary, we want to head eastwards. So, Istanbul seemed the best place since This is the city where the east and west meet, mesh, clash, blend, collide etc. and has been as such for milleniums. The music is definitely Melechesh and as always, this album has its own characteristic."
Legendary Sumerian black / thrash monsters Melechesh just announced the newest addition to their ranks - the band has finally found their new bass player.
Rahm who has sessioned during the last several festivals proved to be an excellent addition to the group's ranks.
Commented Rahm: "I am honored and proud to be the new bass player of the Mesopotamian metal band Melechesh. The last year I played 9 shows and I am ready for what is coming in the future. I think this is a big chance for me to do new things with excellent music and musicians!"
Commented Ashmedi: "After several shows with Rahm he proved to be a very good musician, and he has shown outstanding energy and positive attitude both on stage and off stage. And believe me offstage matters a lot when you are travelling and spending a lot of time together on the road. I am very glad he is a part of the Melechesh order."
The following update was issued on Nuclear Blast's website:
"Ashmedi and Moloch are locked up in Sulphonic recording studio in Rotterdam working on demos for the follow up to "Emissaries", the 5th Melechesh album and first for Nuclear Blast Records.
The band are aiming to keep the album Multi dimensional when it comes to the atmosphere of the songs, one of the new elements will be a couple of songs written and recorded entirely with 12 strings electric guitars.
Ashmedi will then head to Istanbul where he will meet prominent musicians there so as to explore the eastern musical traditions of the city."
Commented Ashmedi: "Istanbul is a place where Eastern and Western Music have been perfectly interwoven for decades, and it is a great place to absorb musically and spiritually as Istanbul also has a very fascinating occult side to it as well!"