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The Epigenesis

Interview: Melechesh – “We took a fucking big risk- we could have ended our careers”

October 21st, 2010

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 →]


Album: Melechesh – The Epigenesis

October 15th, 2010

The Epigenesis
Nuclear Blast Records
04 October 2010

by Tom Dare

Their name may not be as well known as other black metal outfits, but Melechesh‘s last album, Emissaries, was a distinctive masterpiece, honing their sound to a point sharp enough to decapitate any number of angels dancing on pinheads. Where to go next? Four years later, The Epigenesis provides the answer in spectacular fashion.

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