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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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  • Thiarnan

    "Enki" is a fucking blast! Crushing, overwhelming and oriental to the bone. Totally awesome.

    Yesterday 12:22pm Reply
  • ManOfMuchMetal

    My full review & considered thoughts about the new album, 'Enki'. Please check it out:

    3 Mar 10:19pm Reply
  • Fadriqe247

    New album is sick as expected. [2]

    2 Mar 2:30pm Reply
  • Kristina_6

    boring new album [3] nothing touching like before

    28 Feb 5:37pm Reply
  • Nordpolar

    New album isn't that good. The songs in the middle of it are really generic and common black metal. Nothing I want to hear from a band like Melechesh.

    28 Feb 1:07pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    New album is sick as expected. Don't know how you can accuse this of being undynamic (especially in the Age of Sludge), Melechesh are jumpier than a sand-djinn in a bottle.

    27 Feb 1:15pm Reply
  • DaNiVillainous

    The new album is awesome, I enjoyed the instrumental parts too.

    27 Feb 12:00am Reply
  • Visutox

    Holy shit the new album. Fantastic.

    26 Feb 3:34pm Reply
  • Norwegian_Soul

    У Blood of Kingu лучше получается передавать ближневосточную оккультную месопотамскую атмосферу в своей музыке, имхо, а конкретно альбомом "De Occulta Philosophia", да и остальными тоже.

    26 Feb 7:57am Reply
  • MasterStryke

    Not disappointing me! Hail!

    25 Feb 4:57pm Reply
  • Goatboy8

    the new album is destroying my mind, fucking awesome

    25 Feb 3:03pm Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    Great to hear them making music again, even the Cavalera song works. Enki divine nature awoken is reminiscent of latter day era Behemoth.

    25 Feb 1:55am Reply
  • Schander

    boring new album [2] Yup... expected way more from these guys.

    24 Feb 6:22pm Reply
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  • versionfiv

    boring new album

    24 Feb 5:49am Reply
  • spinebrain

    Official new album stream

    23 Feb 9:44am Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    there's a good dynamic in the album, there are long musical in the parts in the songs that have no vocals but they stay interesting because of the well produced musical variety

    22 Feb 5:39pm Reply
  • blackened_lux

    There is no single boring moment, nor any filler songs in this album. Great production, great song structure with dynamic riffs and crushing vocals characterizes Enki, which in my opinion will be one of the best Black Metal releases of 2015!

    22 Feb 5:18pm Reply
  • mikebaal

    Probably my favorite Brown Metal band.

    21 Feb 10:43pm Reply
  • AgneesTheo

    New album <3

    21 Feb 12:09pm Reply
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