At the end of the day, though, while this is a solid black metal reissue, it just doesn’t enough have the elements I have come to really enjoy from Melechesh.
Enki is a dense, multi-layered disc with Middle Eastern instruments, scales, and rhythms woven into the fabric of nine thrashy, headbanging black metal tunes resulting in a depth that other most acts in the genre lack.
Melechesh and Rotting Christ played the Mod Club in Toronto, in a show which also featured Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. What a great night, all of which was shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon 135mm F/2, Sigma 24mm f/1.8.
Ashmedi, vocalist and guitarist with Melechesh spoke with me recently about the band’s latest release, The Epigenesis. The group originally formed in Jerusalem and eventually relocated to The Netherlands. Their sound is very unique in the metal world as they combine thrash, death and black metal with a Middle Eastern influence, the result of which is quite stunning. It is not everyday you can hear sitars on an extreme metal record, but that is exactly the kind of thing you will find on The Epigenesis.