Vera : These days Melechesh is quite a household name in metal and stands for Mesopotamian metal on Nuclear Blast, but only their true perseverance brought them that far. The band was formed in 1995 by Ashmedi and Moloch. Together with drummer Lord Curse (back in the band now!), they released their debut album ‘As Jerusalem Burns… Al’Intisar’ in December 1996. This album will be rereleased now by Vic Records, with the first demo (1995) and the EP of 1996 as bonus (remastered). This issue also includes new liner notes of Ashmedi.
The album is inspired by Scandinavian black metal at that time and consequently it offers us rather rudimentary, yet intense black metal. Fast blastbeats and rebellious stuff. In their home country it caused quite a fuzz, soon the band had to relocate to the Netherlands to avoid problems. Now and then you can already hear any subtle oriental influences in the songs, most of all in ‘Dance Of The Black Genii’ with eastern scales, percussion and ethnic chants. For the rest it is mainly scorching black/thrash metal. Further assimilation of music from the Middle East into extreme metal still had to be developed and fine-tuned. Thus this might be a welcome addition to the collection of diehard fans, but when you are not familiar with the band, we suggest to start with later albums for a first encounter, such as their most recent, excellent album ’Enki’.