Origin: Israel
Genres: Black Metal
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Melechesh  


Melechesh is a member of a small yet select group of extreme Israeli metal bands, formed in Jerusalem in 1993. They recorded and released an album in 1996, but with the arrival of Absu drummer Proscriptor in 1999, the band really took off, and they have been steadily rising in popularity ever since. They are best labelled a black metal band, but in several respects that term is a shade inaccurate, especially given the band's penchant for incorporating native ethnic influences into their sound. Mixing Middle Eastern melodies with extreme metal is not completely unheard of, as at least a couple of bands have attempted it (Nile comes to mind), but in Melechesh's case the influences are greater and the fusion more seemless -- only Orphaned Land (who approach the concept from a quite different point of view) can match Melechesh in this area. Comparing the last two releases, Djinn seems to contain more of the aforementioned Middle Eastern influences, but Sphynx is tighter and sharper, with Proscriptor's outstanding drumming in full force. Both of these albums are quite recommended to extreme metal fans.

Current Members

Ashmedi

vocals/guitars/bass

Sirius (Aybars Altay)

guitars

Scorpiros

bass

Sasha Horn

drums (Forbidden, Novembers Doom)

Former Members/Guests

Moloch

guitars (Fatal Embrace, Forest Stream)

Al' Hazied

bass

Rahm

bass

Lord Curse

drums

Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens)

drums (Absu)

Xul (Yuri Rinkel)

drums (Thanatos)


Discography



As Jerusalem Burns ... Al Intisar 
1996
  1. Intro
  2. Sultan Of Mischief
  3. Assyrian Spirit
  4. Planetary Rites
  5. Hymn To Gilbil
  6. The Sorcerers Of Melechesh
  7. Dance Of The Black Genii
  8. Baphomets Lust
  9. Devil Night
  10. As Jerusalem Burns ... Al' Intisar
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Lord Curse




Djinn 
2001 Osmose
  1. Whispers From The Tower
  2. Genies, Sorcerers And Mesopotamian Nights
  3. A Summoning Of Ifrit And Genii
  4. Wardjinn
  5. Rub The Lantern
  6. Covering The Sun
  7. Kurnugi's Reign
  8. Oasis Of Molten Gold
  9. Dragon's Legacy
  10. The Siege Of Lachish
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Al' Hazied
  • Proscriptor

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal 



Sphynx 
2003 Osmose
  1. Of Mercury And Mercury
  2. Secrets Of Sumerian Sphynxology
  3. Annunaki.s Golden Thrones
  4. Apkallu Counsel
  5. Tablets Of Fate
  6. Triangular Tattvic Fire
  7. The Arrival Ritual
  8. Incendium Between Mirage And Time
  9. Purifier Of The Stars
  10. Caravans To Ur
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Al' Hazied
  • Proscriptor

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Emissaries 
2006 Osmose
  1. Rebirth of the Nemesis
  2. Ladders to Sumeria
  3. Deluge of Delusional Dreams
  4. Touching the Spheres of Sephiroth
  5. Gyroscope
  6. Double Helixed Sceptre
  7. The Scribes of Kur
  8. Leper Jerusalem
  9. Sand Grain Universe
  10. Emissaries and the Mysterium Magnum
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Al' Hazied
  • Xul

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Epigenesis 
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Ghouls Of Nineveh
  2. Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin
  3. Sacred Geometry
  4. The Magickan And The Drones
  5. Mystics Of The Pillar
  6. When Halos Of Candles Collide
  7. Defeating the Giants
  8. Illumination - The Face Of Shamash
  9. Negative Theology
  10. The Greater Chain Of Being
  11. The Epigenesis
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Rahm
  • Xul

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 



(EP) Mystics Of The Pillar II 
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
  2. Sacred Geometry
  3. The Epigenesis


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