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Mesopotamian kings of blackened thrash metal MELECHESH have announced the addition of drummer Sasha Horn to the group’s ranks.

Commented MELECHESH mainman, songwriter, singer and guitarist Ashmedi: “After a lengthy search, MELECHESH are proud to announce the inclusion of new drummer Sasha ‘Sin’ Horn. Sin as in the Mesopotamian moon god. He will be appearing on the upcoming album, which we will follow up with more details. Meanwhile, he flew in from the USA to our rehearsal room in Germany to work with the band on new material and meet the label guys and the chemistry was great. His drumming skills will sure bring in an extra kick to the new album.”

Since there were rumors and uncertainties of the current second guitarist of MELECHESH, the pioneering band clarified the situation in the following statement: “After one show, it became obvious things wouldn’t work out with Sirus, so we mutually agreed to go separate ways. For now, the position is not vacant until a great talent crosses our ways. Ashmedi will track guitars and former guitarist and longtime friend Moloch might be flying to the studio for recordings, but not touring as well. We have two great touring guitarist who are friends of ours and will step in as live session musicians.”

MELECHESH is currently writing material for its upcoming sixth album.

The band’s latest CD and Nuclear Blast debut, “The Epigenesis”, was released in 2010 and received rave reviews all over the globe, followed by eight tours with the likes of SEPTICFLESH and NILE.

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As the metal market slowly changes its tone, Victory Records takes a bold step out of their norm by signing Montreal black metal horde, ERIMHA. In three quick years, ERIMHA has built and rebuilt itself from a five-piece to a newly-shuffled foursome. Their second album “Reign Through Immortality” will be an instant grab for those who’ve sat impatiently waiting for the next DIMMU BORGIR album.

Employing a theatrical style of black metal, ERIMHA is a steamrolling embodiment of DIMMU BORGIR, EMPEROR, DARK FUNERAL, MELECHESH and NILE. With choral fugue supplementation, swarming orchestral samples and funeral chimes galore, ERIMHA (a Sumerian term for army or legion) rips all available airspace asunder on “Reign Through Immortality”.

If you’re familiar with all of the aforementioned associations, then you know what you’re getting with ERIMHA. Black metal has reached a maturation phase where it’s been spread into three sanctions: the stylish-expressive (WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and AGALLOCH), the soul-charred purists (GORGOROTH, LEVIATHAN and MARDUK) and the would-be cinematic, the latter of which to ERIMHA subscribes.

It’s not so much actual Satanism that charges up “Reign Through Immortality”, but it is one of the most evil tones to nudge its way through a portal to the metal mainstream offered by Victory Records. ERIMHA is best savored while reading “Red Sonja”, “Conan” or “Warlord of Mars”, as the synthesized scoring behind ERIMHA‘s punishing aggression sets a nuance of gory hand-to-hand combat. The opening instrumental “Enlightenment” and a second one “Saunter to Extinction” capture a cinematic sense of bloody anticipation, with the promise of pure mayhem at the fore of ERIMHA‘s punctuated battle lines.

While ERIMHA are essential students of their dark tutelage, consider them apt pupils. “Reign Through Tomorrow” is nothing you haven’t already heard within this extension of arcane metal music, but it is hammered down with undeniable exactitude. The grisly speed of Ksoas‘ bludgeoning double kicks, rolling toms and grind patterns is seldom called back from ERHIMA‘s methods of fierce velocity. Guitarists Kthien and Diusternas, along with session bassist Leather King, interpret the winds of chaos with diligence and cadence, even if they get drowned in the mix sometimes behind the drum tracks, the orchestration modes and Gore‘s venomous wails.

There are only traces of songwriting variation between “Ascetic”, “Condemned to Desolation” and “Metaphysic Countenance”, while ERIMHA mixes up their primary schemes later on “Verdict of the Soul” and “Cataclysmic Tides”. The two-act finale “Metemphychosis” serves as a ten minute closing thesis statement to everything these well-versed understudies have outlined throughout the album. The final section, decorated by dancing synth lines and then soaring clean vocals, are inspired touches. Unfortunately, by this time, only true fans of this stuff will continue to be dialed in, while others may have grown tired of the repetitious rising and falling dirge crescendos that are milked way hard.

The biggest compliment to be paid to ERIMHA is they have their craft down as reputably as you’d want it if you’re a fan of this style of metal music. For awhile, “Reign Through Immortality”‘s effects are rousing, voluminous and superbly-polished. After the reintroduction of death bells on multiple songs, plus recurring chord progressions and blast beat sequences spread throughout the album, ERIMHA‘s exhaustive measures leave a wrung-out feeling. Not to downplay what ERIMHA (an admirably skilled band) does, but there’s always the pleasurable notion of keeping this album going while Sonja stalks and ultimately beheads Thulsa Doom. It seems like a marriage made in some unholy alter-reality.

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Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH are hard at work on pre-production for the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2010 album, “The Epigenesis”. In addition, the band has parted ways with longtime guitarist and close friend Moloch and drummer Xul. Moloch had officially been out of MELECHESH for eight months while he has been focusing on his academic career.

While it is still to be announced who will fill the drumming position, Moloch will be replaced by new guitarist Sirius (pictured below).

MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi and bass player/backing vocalist Scorpiros will debut the new lineup on the stage late fall early winter 2013 during the band’s North American tour.

Commented Ashmedi: “I talked with Moloch and asked him maybe it is better he is no longer a part of MELECHESH because we needed to have an active guitar player. He fully agreed and was thinking the exact same thing. He is one of my best friends but this has to do with MELECHESH and music — nothing else. In fact, we will be hanging out soon in Jerusalem and catching up. He is always welcome to come jam or do a guest appearance. Like I said, this man is one of the closest people to me personally. We are literally family. I wish the best of luck for his new and interesting Journey.

“A couple of weeks ago I did what I was considering for a while: I asked Xul to leave. In the past, I thought such things are impossible, but you know what, family , companies, governments, kingdoms all go through changes. In a naive or a romantic way, we all think change is not good in such cases. On the contrary, it could be extremely vital for the longevity of music. What I am trying to say is I made these decisions for the sole purpose of improving the music and preventing stagnation. I was not happy with the status quo, so I had to do something about it. I wish Xul the best of luck I am certain he enjoyed this ride which was a good learning experience for everyone. Anyway I don’t worry about him as he plays in several other bands, so it’s all good.

“I am a very loyal person — anyone with over two brain cells knows this (the ones with one brain cells do not get it…) — but my focus and priority is the well being and progress of MELECHESH.

“You can also hear some of Aybar‘s (Sirius) work on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh’ where he did the entire soundtrack for this film.”

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School’s out for the summer, which means our West Coast correspondent and America’s most metal physics teacher Dave Schalek has more time to attend concerts. We sent him to check out this week’s Melechesh, Vreid and Lightning Swords Of Death show at The Joint in Los Angeles. Check out his review of the concert along with photos of the bands.

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– May 20th, 2013 – LA-based black metal artists, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH , are emerging for a North American tour this June. They will be supporting Melechesh alongside Vreid and Reign of Lies . The tour begins on June 16th in LA at The Joint and will wrap up on June 30th in Brooklyn, NY

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On January 5, Let There Be Rock conducted an interview with Ashmedi of the Mesopotamian metal band MELECHESH at Hedon in Zwolle, The Netherlands.

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Fernandes Guitars and Ashmedi of the Mesopotamian metal band MELECHESH have collaborated to issue the Vortex Scimitar 12-string V electric guitar.

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The Conquerors Of The World Tour recently made a stop in Los Angeles. We sent our extreme metal guru Dave Schalek to check out the show featuring Septicflesh, Krisiun, Melechesh, Ex Deo and Inquisition at the Key Club in West Hollywood. Check out his full review with photos of the show.

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KASC The Blaze 1330 AM (web site) conducted an interview with drummer Max Kolesne of Brazilian death metal veterans KRISIUN on October 29 in Tempe, Arizona during the band’s North American tour with SEPTICFLESH and MELECHESH.

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The Northern Europe leg of MARDUK’s Serpent Sermon Tour, which was slated to make stops in Scandinavia and the Baltic States with MELECHESH and other guests, has been postponed “due to unforseen problems with logistics and planning.” Booking agency Massive Music and MARDUK expect to reschedule the dates for next spring.

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