If only to stop him from drooling all over the place over Melechesh’s new album, we packed Tom Dare off to chat with their frontman, Ashmedi, about Istanbul, Mesopotamian mythology and what that damn title means.
By now you should have read our review of Melechesh’s stunning new album, The Epigenesis. You’ll know that we think it’s one of the best records to emerge in the latter half of 2010 – it pushes boundaries because the band’s creative drive of expression requires it, not merely out of some misplaced urge to sound outré. and it does it while simultaneously sounding heavy as fuck. Why haven’t you bloody well bought it yet? It’s why we were so keen to have words with the first-Jerusalem-now-Amsterdam-based band’s frontman, Ashmedi. What the devil is it like fronting one of the most forward-thinking black metal outfits in the world today? [Read more →]