Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have revealed the artwork to their long awaited 5th album The Epigenesis. The cover art was handled by renowned UK based occult artist John Coulthart, whom the band has previously collaborated with before.The record will be released on October 1st in Europe and on October 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Ashmedi: ”The art was meticulously discussed over several phone calls and John, like a real credible artist, worked in utmost professionalism while having a real short deadline. The cover art perfectly represents our music and themes. It portrays an occult, mystical Near Eastern/ Mesopotamian atmosphere while strictly adhering to a non cliché standard. Aside from the mutual understanding between myself and John, The Golden Ratio principle was the starting and defining point for this sublime art, I am extremely satisfied with this cover art.“
The Epigenesis was recorded in the newly built first class Babajim Studios in Istanbul, Turkey. The album was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. In an unprecedented move in metal, the band chose to record the album entirely in Istanbul in an attempt to capture the inspiring surroundings. Babajim Studios is run by some of the most elite sound engineers in Turkey.