My good friend Kelum happened to copy a few metal albums which were somewhat off my regular listening genres. One of the bands was Melechesh, an Israel heavy metal outfit formed in 1993.
These Middle Eastern metal titans are said to be the originators of Mesopotamian metal, a blackened heavy metal genre blended with Middle Eastern tunes and melodies. They are heavily influenced by Mesopotamian/Sumerian tunes and melodies which are quite significant in their riffs and drum patterns. To add to the power, the lead vocalist Ashmedi’s powerful screeches give a distinctive dark tone to the whole music.
Since their formation they have released a totall of 7 recordings consisting of 3 EPs and 4 full-length albums. Their latest album “Emissaries” released under the popular French record label Osmose Productions in 2007 carries a powerful stack of Middle Eastern melodies are unique and refreshing.
Currently based in Netherlands, the band recently signed with Nuclear Blast records and we all can definitely hope for something different and distinctive in the time to come.
The Song I have embedded here is called “Genies, Sorceres & Mesopotamian Nights” and is from their second full-length album Djinn, which was released in 2001. Check out the awesome melodic riff towards the middle of the track.