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Melechesh is a Middle Eastern band that originates from Jerusalem. Ashmedi started the band as a solo project in 1993. In the following year, guitarist Moloch and drummer Lord Curse were added to the line-up. The band’s goal was to create a type of black metal incorporating extensive Middle Eastern influences mainly based on Mesopotamian/Sumerian and occult themes (both musically and lyrically); the band invented the title “Mesopotamian metal” to best describe their type of metal.

The band’s release in 1995 of the official demo As Jerusalem Burns… and 7” EP The Siege of Lachish attracted attention from both underground metal fans and local authorities. Melechesh were accused of “Dark Cult activities” by the law enforcement authorities of the city of Jerusalem, especially by a frontpage newspaper article which twisted some facts. The charges were eventually dropped.

In 1996, The band released their debut album As Jerusalem Burns…Al´Intisar on an American black metal record label; then newly recruited bassist Al´Hazred completed the line-up. This marked the band as the first signed Non -Israeli band from the Middle East. And also First international signed metal band from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Due to various personal, professional, and demographic reasons the band members had to relocate. 1998 armed with a new promo CD “Mesopotamian Metal” and after a farewell gig in Jerusalem, Israel, Melechesh relocated to France and the Netherlands .


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  • UnleashTheW0lvz

    very weak trolling

    7 May 6:11pm Reply
  • Extradite

    Your anger is misplaced. ISIS owes it's existence to Israel and the United States.

    30 Apr 12:40am Reply
  • AS_Luemmel

    When I'm seeing these ISIS donkey fuckers right now destroying old assyrian heritage in Iraq/Iran I become the sudden urge to drop some audio systems blasting melechesh or other "infidel, western" music, to scare these sonsobitches off. It worked similar in Vietnam for the americans at least. On another note: Enki is again a prime album. Melechesh didn't fail in their career yet. I agree that it is more "mellow" than the old albums and many bitch already about NB ruining Melechesh. I for one like the new variation and "openness" of sound for Melechesh. If you want something in the vein of Sphynx, Djinn or As Jerusalem burns, why don't you just go and listen to these ? A good artists manages to behold its core and at the same time bring in new influences. Melechesh do that in a spectacular way !

    17 Apr 5:33pm Reply
  • twigg23fkd

    Allahu Ahkbar Metal

    13 Apr 11:19pm Reply
  • SvartUlver

    Enki - the father of Marduk ))

    12 Apr 6:57pm Reply
  • Harmonia-Mundi

    Can't get enough of the Melechesh sound! I've been blasting Sphynx, Emissaries and Enki all week!

    10 Apr 4:20pm Reply
  • forfrosne

    Enki has riffs on riffs on riffs, god damn. Love the middle-eastern take on black metal.

    5 Apr 4:54pm Reply
  • RocknReel

    Enki review:

    2 Apr 1:09pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    HAHA wicked mystic thats too funny. musicians can be such primadonnas.

    29 Mar 7:33pm Reply
  • shiyanjim

    recommend listening Cyaxares - one man band from Iraq

    27 Mar 6:37pm Reply
  • DrunkenAirplane

    Mmmmmm: Tasteful, Luscious and Juicy !

    27 Mar 6:10pm Reply
  • wicked-mystic

    Is Ashmedi's Facebook page deleted? He posted something I found stupid so I said as much and now it's telling me the page doesn't exist. Think maybe he could have just blocked me...the dick.

    24 Mar 6:44pm Reply
  • Deusdictum

    One of the best metal albums of 2015!

    24 Mar 2:29pm Reply
  • Sergio_Bv

    Great new album! [2]

    23 Mar 9:04am Reply
  • Youko_o

    I love Metatron and Man from the new album Enki.

    21 Mar 2:17am Reply
  • Morgan-Le-Faye

    Great new album!

    20 Mar 12:27pm Reply
  • king_confused

    Bloodchamber-Review zu "Enki" (9/10):

    18 Mar 5:42pm Reply
  • Beojiko

    "The songs in the middle of it are really generic and common black metal" What? It's way more death or thrash than black.

    12 Mar 11:31pm Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    They kind of lost it and became overly polished Nuclear Blast metal after Emissaries imo

    10 Mar 10:11pm Reply
  • Arthur_Dent_42

    Mastering on "Enki" is way too LOUD. No pleasurable hearing experience possible. Nearly unlistenable. So sad.

    8 Mar 12:06am Reply
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