Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Black Metal
Release date: 27 February, 2015
Playing time: 62:00

Hailing from the city of Jerusalem, Melechesh was founded back in 1993 by guitarist and vocalist Ashmedi. Besides him, Scorpios (bass), Moloch (guitar) and Lord Curse (drums) complete this albums line-up. Not that the music is a lot different from their 2010 album with 2 different members and that is because Ashmedi is still the creative brain and Lord Curse was already member in the early Melechesh years. I'm not a fan of the extreme (what real black metal fans call black metal) music, but the style Melechesh plays has my approval. The production is good and the drum sound reminds me a bit of Enslaved in their 'Frost' period.

The music still has the black metal roots, but they bring in a lot of other elements as well. Besides the Eastern parts, there are also influences of thrash and traditional metal. Fortunately the songs are not only ultra fast with only blastbeating rhytmns, but there are a lot of slower pieces with a certain groove as well. "Enki Divine Nature Awoken" is one of the tracks with nice thrash riffs and some fine guitar tunes. The rather elaborated songs don't really bother me, but perhaps a single track would even be better taking 1 minute less. "Doorways to Irkala" is a soft instrumental track with oriental rhytmns and non metal instruments, for me this song doesn't add a lot to this album and with 8 minutes it is 5 minutes too long. Lucky enough the last song compensates a lot. After a long mid-tempo part, the track accelerates towards the end with some fabulous blastbeating parts blowing everything to pieces. As icing on the cake, there are some guest musicians on this album namely; Rob Caggiano, Max Cavalera and Sakis Tollis.

Ashmedi shows that his typical oriental style of writing songs makes Melechesh a rather unique band in the black metal genre.

01. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
The Pendulum Speaks
Lost Tribes
Multiple Truths
Enki Divine Nature Awoken
Metatron and Man
The Palm the Eye and Lapis Lazuli
Doorways to Irkala
09. The Outsiders
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 27 February, 2015
Website: www.melechesh.com