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Melechesh - »Enki«

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Vidéo

Pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal, MELECHESH, recently released the lyric video for the song 'Multiple Truths'. 

This song is par of ZanZanA WebRadiO playlist.

Founded by a young guitarist who adopted the alias  “Ashmedi “ in the city of Jerusalem back in 1993, MELECHESH has always been a visionary band that invented a genre of its own. Melting raw black metal with Mediterranean drum patterns and guitar scales was the idea and resulted in a phenomenal demo (»As Jerusalem Burns«) and a 7” EP (»The Siege Of Lachish«) which gained the band a certain popularity in the first place. However the first album »As Jerusalem Burns… Al’Intisar« was the one to put Jerusalem and Bethlehem on the map of extreme metal, making MELECHESH the first non-Israeli metal band from the Middle East to get signed – and the first ever metal band out of Jerusalem with a record deal. Ashmedi and the rest of the members eventually moved to Europe and USA in 1998 due to several demographic, artistic and socio-political reasons.

The following year saw the recruitment of Proscriptor (from ABSU) on drums and a three-album deal with Osmose Productions. The new album, »Djinn«, was characterized by its subtle mix between extreme metal and Middle Eastern sounds, taking the bands brand to another level.

Although the band members being located all over the world, in 2003 determined Ashmedi took the next step. »Sphynx« (featuring an epic cover illustrated by Ron Woodall from George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic) brought the band a whole lot thrashier sound without denying their black metal roots. The album was greeted as “Sumerian thrashing black metal”, ranking as one of the top 10 metal releases of 2003 and one of the best 100 albums of the decade by Terrorizer magazine. 

The following years also brought MELECHESH back to the live scene, playing festivals in Europe and North America. With Proscriptor living in the United States however, MELECHESH needed to recruit session drummer Xul who in 2005 would eventually replace Proscriptor once the band entered the writing phase for their fourth album, »Emissaries«.  The effort would be delayed by almost a year because of a mixing problem. »Emissaries« was finally released on 30 October 2006 (European/world date) and January 23, 2007 in the United States. According to their label this was the most expensive album for Osmose Productions after IMMORTAL’s »Blizzard Beasts«. The bands fourth record got greeted as proof of MELECHESH’s determined character. According to Zero Tolerance magazine the album “stands majestically tall as a supreme victory for a band prepared to challenge the limits of what they can achieve” and USA’s Spin Magazine ambitiously praised the band as “setting the bar for metal in 2007”. The album was album of the month in several magazines and/or album of the year in 2006 and 2007. »Emissaries« also confirmed that MELECHESH’s music was made to be played live, and so the band toured Europe in 2008 and several shows in North America and played numerous international festivals (Party San, Hellfest, Kaltenbach, Hole in the Sky, Maryland Deathfest….) and took them all the way to distant and unlikely places such as Dubai and Armenia.

The same year, MELECHESH took another step and signed with Nuclear Blast Records. Shortly before the new album went to the planning stages, Ashmedi was asked to write a monthly column about his life and thoughts. Still going his interesting autobiographical stories are being published worldwide by several big print & online publications which gained the band even more interest from all over the world and pushed the name already in advance of the album. 

This multidimensional aspect is characteristic for a band that constantly seeks to explore the many facets of the subgenre it forged within the extreme metal scene. Preferring quality to quantity, musical honesty over trend, MELECHESH is answering a call. April 2010 the band was set to to record their fifth album »The Epigenesis«. Against all trends the band went eastwards rather than going for the norm. »The Epigenesis« was recorded in Istanbul’s newly built first class Babajim Studio.

Responses to »The Epigenesis« were outstanding with several cover stories and again album considered album of the Month or of the year. Post »The Epigenesis« release MELECHESH set out to tour like the nomadic souls they are. Aside from appearing in numerous festivals, the band did 8 tours of which 3 were North American tours. This spread the MELECHESH molecule even further and to more crowds around the globe.  

2012 Ashmedi was the subject of an episode for the Canadian reality TV show “The Cool Guy Files” which explores interesting jobs of various people from pro snowboarding to musicians ...the show was syndicated in several countries in Asia and Europe. That same year Scorpios joined the band as the bass player and backing vocalist.  In the summer 2013 Ashmedi felt the need to revamp the band’s line up for the sake of musical longevity and prevent stagnation. Drummer Xul was asked to leave on amicable terms and the writing Sessions started. Long-time friend and member Moloch has been a passive member due to his personal circumstances and commitments so it was agreed he should step back and give his position to someone more involved.  During that period as in any organization or entity the shake-up was, wrong people were approaching the band to join some had alterior motives others just unprepared, some so eager to be announced in the band despite lack of commitment, this caused some delays in the writing process.  Through trial and error Ashmedi managed to filter such outside noise, distractions and counter-productive and focus on writing one of the best albums ever written by MELECHESH. Such aspects added that extra angry edge to the writing process. Soon after, Moloch rejoined the band strictly as a recording member but not a touring one, which basically was the situation since 2011.  



Summer 2014 MELECHESH set off to record their 6th album entitled »Enki«.  Almost all of the music including the drums composing and arrangements and lyrics was again written and produced by Ashmedi.  MELECHESH spent one month in their rehearsal room in Hinzweile , Germany rehearsing the Material  and then entered the studios in Athens, Greece for the recording sessions of »Enki«. The band wanted a Mediterranean place to record to capture the essence of the band’s origins. The drums were recorded at Devasoundz Studios engineered by Fotis Benardo, while the rest was recorded at Grindhouse Studio by George Bokos.  The process was intense and long, 2.5 months later the band returned to their new HQ in Germany and did additional recordings at Scoprios’ Oneironaut Studio, Moloch flew in to the studio to record his parts including the Levantine traditional instrument- Bouzque. The album was then mixed and Mastered at Black Lounge Studio in Sweden by Jonas Kjellgren.  Drums were initially recorded a session drummer, but had to be rerecorded later by none other than long-time friend and member of the MELECHESH society Lord Curse, the band’s first drummer who appears on MELECHESH first Demos , Album and Ep.   

»Enki« features 12 string electric guitars aside from the 6 string played on the entire album, for a heavier and subtly richer harmonic sound. The band also tuned their instruments to the pitch perfect 432 Hz frequency rather than the standardized 440 Hz one for a deeper sonic experience within the human psyche and in accordance to vibrations of the universe. »Enki« also features esteemed friends of the MELECHESH society guest vocalists Max Cavalera and Sakis Tolis as well as guest lead by Rob Caggiano.
 
With so many nationalities in the band MELECHESH and constant labelling, the band, MELECHESH became more comfortable as being labelled MELECHESH from planet earth or just Jerusalem (as the source of origin) without adhering to many man-made virtual borders.  To the band this is metaphorical rebellion. 

With this deep and personal album filled with metaphor, spiritual, and philosophical references,  and further development of their own Mesopotamian Metal, MELECHESH are yet again ready to spread their sonic magic, enlightened revelations and art to the cosmos.

This is Sonic Magick 




Tracklist:
  • 01. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
  • 02. The Pendulum Speaks
  • 03. Lost Tribes
  • 04. Multiple Truths
  • 05. Enki - Divine Nature Awoken
  • 06. Metatron And Man
  • 07. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli
  • 08. Doorways To Irkala
  • 09. The Outsiders
Line up:
  • Ashmedi | vocals & guitar
  • Scorpios | bass
  • Moloch | guitar
  • Lord Curse| drums

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Red Eleven - Round II

Friday, January 09, 2015 - Posted by Lifeforce Records, in Albums, Vidéo

Round II – second album!    

It took awhile before things got started, but now RED ELEVEN have a clear vision and a common goal. 

Members’ references include well-known acts such as SWALLOW THE SUN, SONS OS AEON, MACHINE MEN, and CODE FOR SILENCE, but this new band is all about rock. 

Listening to the songs of the Finns, people often think of ALICE IN CHAINS or FAITH NO MORE. These comparisons are comprehensible, but there is more to RED ELEVEN. 

Alternative rock and post-grunge are played alongside lively grooves, hypnotic melodies, and catchy hooklines.

When debut album “Idiot Factory” was released in 2013, the band already existed for four years. However, the project had to develop gently to become a serious band first. In 2012 RED ELEVEN finally started touring and spreading its name in Scandinavia. Nowadays the Finns are known for playing atmospheric, wholistic rock-tunes with a feeling of timelessness. Bands’ LIFEFORCE RECORDS debut 'Round II' consists of twelve new songs, which continue the introduced course. There is progression when it comes to the contrast within the multilayered songwriting. Most of the times RED ELEVEN follow their melodic and compatible path, but there are moments of dosed harshness. First and foremost, the Finns address their view of what groovy, comprehensive rock can be: simply beautiful, yet melancholic to a certain degree



Former/present bands of Red Eleven’s members include names like Machine Men, Swallow the Sun, Code For Silence, Sons Of Aeon, Dark Days Ahead, Plutonium Orange, Manufacturer’s Pride, Dead Cult Diaries, Turta and so on, so there’s plenty of touring and studio experience among the group.

Tracklist:
  • 01.  Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
  • 02.  Second Round
  • 03.  Narrow Mind
  • 04.  Tomorrow's Path
  • 05.  The Turning Point
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SET AND SETTING ANNOUNCES JANUARY EAST COAST TOUR DATES

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 - Posted by Prosthetic Records, in Vidéo, News

The Tampa, Fla.-based instrumental post-metal quartet SET AND SETTING will kick off the new year with a series of East Coast performances. The 9-date tour in support of their acclaimed new release, "A Vivid Memory," will include select appearances with Downfall of Gaia and experimentalists Sannhet. Previously, the band has shared the stage with Eyehategod, North, Mouth of The Architect, Pallbearer, Vattnet Viskar and Tombs in addition to appearances at Southern Darkness Fest (Weekend Nachos, Pelican) and Don't Stop St. Petersburg Music and Arts Festival.

Check out their upcoming dates below:

  • 1/19     Savannah, GA - The Jinx 
  • 1/20     Richmond, VA - Strange Matter 
  • 1/21     Montclair, NJ - The Meatlocker 
  • 1/22    Providence, RI  - Firehouse 13
  • 1/23     Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron 
  • 1/24     Philadelphia, PA - Creep Records  *  
  • 1/25     Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *^
  • 1/27     Columbia, SC - Foxfield 
  • 1/31     St. Petersburg, FL - Fubar ^
  • * with Sannhet
  • ^ with Downfall of Gaia
Showcasing their "dramatic swells and ebbs, swirling walls of guitar (and) thunderclouds of percussion" (Tampa Bay Times), "A Vivid Memory" consists of eight tracks depicting the emotions surrounding death from both an insider's and outsider's perspective. Listen to a stream of the mesmerizing single "Coping" below.   


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MARTY FRIEDMAN DELVES INTO THE 'UNDERTOW' IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO

Monday, January 05, 2015 - Posted by Prosthetic Records, in Vidéo, News

Following a triumphant trek across the UK alongside Kreator, Arch Enemy and Shining (NOR), MARTY FRIEDMAN is excited to present his brand new music video for "Undertow," taken from his internationally acclaimed solo album "Inferno." The video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture, says FRIEDMAN (who currently resides in Tokyo): "'Undertow' gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime. It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western 'Japanophile' view of it."

Regarding the video's concept, FRIEDMAN explains that "the 'Undertow' video attempts to show that when you see a thing of beauty, there is often an undercurrent of true sadness and hardship behind the scenes which creates the motivation to do something extraordinary." 

Let "Undertow" sweep you away into FRIEDMAN's world as you watch the video below or via YouTube!


"Inferno" won extensive praise from critics and fans alike upon its release earlier this year, receiving coverage from mainstream media outlets (Billboard, Grammy.com, NPR) and rock press  (Guitar World, Revolver, Decibel, Metal Hammer, Vintage Guitar) alike. Described by Rolling Stone as “rich with complex melodies and nuanced arrangements," "Inferno" features 12 dynamic tracks featuring guest appearances by the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Danko Jones, Alexi Laiho, Dave Davidson and Jørgen Munkeby in addition to a special songwriting collaboration with former Cacophony bandmate and ALS survivor Jason Becker. 

FRIEDMAN has promoted "Inferno" throughout the past year with featured appearances on VH1's "That Metal Show," DirecTV's 'The Artie Lange Show' and FUSE's "Metal Head-to-Head" with Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman. Prior to this month's UK tour, FRIEDMAN performed at Japan's largest annual heavy metal music festival, Loud Park, and joined Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) on an extensive European tour. Stay tuned for North American dates!

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ON TOUR: Posthum supporting Obituary in Europe (jan 2015)

Friday, January 02, 2015 - Posted by Indie Recordings, in Albums, Vidéo, News

The unique melancholic Norwegian black metallers Posthum to join forces with Obituary, supporting them on tour through Europe in January 2015!

"Going on tour with Obituary and M:pire of Evil is something that we really look forward to! We have never been a band that is comfortable in just one specific genre, and we don`t want to be put in one either. So going on tour with thrash and death bands both makes it more interesting to us, and we think it makes the show more interesting for the audience as well!" - Posthum

Tour dates:

15.01. Essen, Germany - Turock
16.01. Alkmaar, Holland - Victory
17.01. Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
18.01. Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum
19.01. Krakow, Poland - Fabryka
21.01. Budapest, Hungary - Dûrer Kert
22.01. Wien, Austria - Szene
23.01. Innsbruck, Austria - Weekender
24.01. Romagnano, Italy - R & R Arena

 
Founded in 2004, Posthum is in no way a band that hide themselves in a scene. Nor are they constellation of members you will see in other bands. They`ve carefully created their own unique sound and way of thinking as an isolated band, located in the forests north of Oslo. Their self-titled debut record is highly acclaimed as a hard, but yet atmospheric and beautiful album, with a cold sound and strong arrangements constantly growing on the listener.

Combined with their introvert and honest image they made a distinct impression on the scene. Posthum accomplish what many bands are merely attempting, which is to deliver a work of art that is complete in itself; and it needs to be said that they did this brilliantly” – Metal.de review of “Posthum” 8/10

Having spent five years without even thinking about performing live, they suddenly found themselves on a massive tour across Europe in 2009 to promote their debut record. Invited to join Satyricon and Shining the tour was a huge success inspired the band to do more live-shows.

Their next effort “Lights Out” also received praise from a unified press core: “…the beauty of Lights Out stems from Posthum having their own clear identity and distancing themselves from the ‘true’ Norwegian scene. It’s deeply refreshing” - Metal Hammer UK

This time around, the band breaks the surface with their third album, «The Black Northern Ritual». One would most likely expect something ambient and gloomy from the Norwegian trio, something similar to their more experimental second album «Lights Out». That is though not the case. «The Black Northern Ritual» tears you apart with the opening «Demon Black Skies». Jon`s voice is more aggressive, the guitars more up front and drums has a more thrashy approach than ever before. This new mix is certainly a poisonous blend.

«I really felt the urge to write something powerful and I wanted to follow up on the themes from our debut. I truly think we`ve awakened the true sound of ourselves after a decade as a band» -Jon, vocalist and guitarist 



Lyrically, the album is a rebellion against the false and corrupted values in the modern western world, which is so tempting and easy to believe in and follow. 

«The lyrics are to me a purifying ritual, an inner journey to keep myself in balance, kind of a safe-place where I never have to escape from. I also seek inspiration from the forever-pure nature, and the frustration on how we blindly let it suffer. Sometimes it`s like the universe speaks to me, then I just write down the lyrics as I listen to the arrangements which flows around inside my head» -Jon, vocalist and guitarist

The talented Kjersti Mortensen once again created the artwork. An upfront album like «The Black Northern Ritual» needed a concrete and hard expression. The skull on the front cover is a classical rebelling symbol, which is perfect for an album filled with aggression, and old school inspired riffing.

«To have George Tanderø mixing the album was an easy choice. We needed a person with not only skills, but also talent and an open mind. George has the worked with a variety of artists spanning from A-ha, Satyricon, Travis to Cat Stevens. We knew he was the person who was up to the task and to get the best out of the songs we had written and recorded. What we got back was nothing else but perfection, groove and just the right sound for the songs» -Morten, drummer.

In support of the new record Posthum is going on tour in Europe supporting the Sognametal tour-package featuring Vreid, Windir and Ulcus. You do not want to miss out on Poshum`s live performance. After their show at Inferno 2013 Metal Hammer Norway concluded, « A modest band by the looks, but the venue was packed and there was a massive cue outside. When they went on stage, we understood why. Rock solid arrangements and a fat groove not common amongst black metal acts. They certainly have something that appeal to more than the regular BM-fanbase, and we understand why. » Metal Hammer Norway

Posthum is
Jon Kristian Skare – Vocal, Bass, Guitar
Mats Kjeserud – Guitar
Morten Edseth – Drums

Album credits
Recorded by Morten Opsahl Thomassen and Posthum
Mixed by George Tanderø
Mastered by Peter In De Betou
Cover art by Kjersti Mortensen

Tracklist
1. Demon Black Skies
2. Condemned
3. To The Pits
4. The Black Northern Ritual
5. Vinter
6. A Disappearing Sun
7. North

Discography
Posthum 2009
Lights Out 2012
Black Northern Ritual 2014


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