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Melechesh – Enki Review

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Released: 2nd March 2015

Released By: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Links: http://www.melechesh.com/ 

 

Line Up:

Ashmedi – (Vocals / Guitar)

Scorpios – (Bass (studio))

Moloch – (Guitar (studio))

Lord Curse – (Drums (studio))

Nomadic Soul – (Guitar / Drums (live))

 

Tracklist:

  1. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
  2. The Pendulum Speaks
  3. Lost Tribes
  4. Multiple Truths
  5. Enki – Divine Nature Awoken
  6. Metatron And Man
  7. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli
  8. Doorways To Irkala
  9. The Outsiders

 

Originating in Jerusalem, Melechesh have an interesting history which goes back as far as 1993. The band released their demo “As Jerusalem Burns” in 1995 which attracted attention from both underground metal fans and local authorities. Melechesh were accused of “Dark Cult activities” by the law enforcement authorities of the city of Jerusalem, which for most bands worldwide would not be an issue but this made headlines and had charges raised against them. The band has an eastern feel about their music in the rhythms and guitar phrasing. The band can be best described as technical black/death metal, for those new to the band their back catalogue is rich with gems and this new one is another great addition to their arsenal. Opening track “Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged” is straight out of the traps with frantic blasting before settling down into a mid paced death metal rate with plenty of intricate guitar work with Ashmedi’s rasp being pushed at the forefront. There is a lot of subtlety in Melechesh’s music with constant switching between riffs with the drumming supporting the changes beautifully. “Multiple Truths” is the song with all the big grooves in it with a very modern feel about it reminds me a bit of Exhorder when they get into the locked down into big grooves. The centre piece of the record is “The Outsiders” which is very progressive in its approach with the vocals tamed down somewhat and is a platform for the band to showboat. In particular the guitarists show off with some interesting solos incorporating what you would expect to hear on a sitar or other traditional Indian instruments. Selling the band as a black metal or death metal band under cooks what they really are delivering. This is a band that will excite and please fans of these genres as well as crossing over into mainstream progressive metal circles. This is album has a massive production and with the right promotion will move Melechesh even further up the metal ladder.

Written by: Dave

Ratings: Dave 9/10

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