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Melechesh

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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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