If there’s been one constant for self-proclaimed “Sumerian Thrashing Black Metal/Mesopotamian Metal” quartet Melechesh over the past 20-some years, it’s been change. Well actually that and frontman/guitarist/band leader Ashmedi, who has been along for the ride since Melechesh – which translates roughly as “king of fire” – formed in the early ’90s in Jerusalem.
The band relocated to Amsterdam in 1998 due, in part, to conflicts with authorities over religious grounds – it probably didn’t help that Melechesh titled their 1996 debut album As Jerusalem Burns…Al’Intisar. Ever since, there has been a steady stream of bassists and drummers in and out of the band’s ranks – including Absu’s Proscriptor McGovern for six-year stretch.
Intellectual pursuits have been at the root of some of the lineup changes, along with the typical musical or personal differences. Original drummer Lord Curse moved to the United States to continue his art studies and later went to work at George (“Star Wars”) Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. Long-time guitarist Moloch had to take a studio-only role as he pursued his doctorate in political science, also in the United States.
But all the turmoil hasn’t done much to stand in Ashmedi’s – and by extension Melechesh’s – way. After four ever-better received albums that spread the band’s name and unconventional, Eastern-flavored extreme metal around the world, Melechesh signed on with Nuclear Blast, which further bolstered their profile with 2010’s Epigenesis. The band’s sixth and latest album, Enki, which saw Lord Curse return to supply the drum tracks after 15 years away, was just released.
Via e-mail, from his new home base in Germany, Ashmedi offered the following about the band’s unique set of circumstances and evolution, their new album and the great group of guest musicians who appear on it, and how more change is likely inevitable for Melechesh. Read the rest of this entry »
Australian progressive metallers Karnivool are once again about to grace the shores of Europe with a 14 date tour beginning March 2015 covering Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands and the UK.
With well over an hour to go to doors at the Koko, there is already a queue forming for In This Moment. Playing in a sold out Koko for the last date of an extensive European tour, this one looks like it has the makings of a corker of a gig! Read the rest of this entry »
If you ask me, Primordial are one of the most solid bands out there, having their roots in the black metal scene before evolving into what they are today. However, they’re even better known for their frontman/lyricist, the infamously opinionated and charismatic Alan “Nemtheanga” Averill. So when they came to play the O2 Islington in February, who was I to skip a chance to chat to him in person?
Take a seat, as Metal-Rules.com catches up with Alan to talk music scenes, free speech and Green Day – yes, you read that right!
On March 6, 2015, we were shocked to learn that one of our own, the bright, talented and young Hann Ng, had been killed in a traffic accident in his home country of Malaysia. We would like to send out deepest and sincerest condolences to all of Hann’s family and friends.
On this page we pay tribute to some of his work with Metal-Rules.com by featuring some of his words and photos.
Woodside, Queens-native goth-pagan metal band IMBOLG draws their name from a pagan holiday (also known as Candlemas) that takes place in late winter in anticipation of spring. It marks a time for people to rejoice and acknowledge brighter times to come, as well as find gratitude for what they already have.
Appropriately, IMBOLG are planning a select east coast dates this winter, leading the charge into the impending spring season. These events include a performance in July at the annual Witchsfest in New York City, in addition to a performance at the City of Dark Angels Annual Crow Party, which features a live appearance by actor Laurence Mason, best known for his roles in The Crow as “Tin Tin” and also on the new television series Gotham.
British heavy metal legend TANK return to Italy for the first time since 2010 to headline four shows. The set list for these shows will include songs from the new studio album “Valley Of Tears” scheduled for release in June 2015. The list of gigs includes the following dates:
April 1st ROME – Jailbreak Club
April 2nd FLORENCE – Cycle Club
April 3rd BOLOGNE – Freakout Club
April 4th MILAN – Blue Rose Club
Belgian atmospheric doom metallers THURISAZ will release their fourth full-length album, “The Pulse Of Mourning”, on March 31 via Sleaszy Rider Records. The cover artwork was created by bandmember Mattias Theuwen in cooperation with Jeroen Mylle (AMENRA) and can be seen below.
The new single ‘Patterns Of Life’ can now be streamed through Youtube.
The new AXEMASTER album “Overture to Madness” is now out and available!!!!! It’s 13 tracks of pure & true heavy metal released by Pure Steel Records (Germany) and is also being distributed by Nuclear Blast Records (among others). You can check out and order copies at…….
Fate´s Right Band with Jonny Lindkvist(Nocturnal Rites) from Umeå, Sweden is now releasing ”Knucklebuster Hits” – an EP containing 4 songs with the intention to hit you like a punch in the face!
The EP consists of 4 melodic hard rock songs with great variation, influenced by the 70-80:s rock history. The songs are available (only digital at the moment) at iTunes, Spotify, Google Play,amazon.com, Xbox Music, and some other digital services.
PRC MUSIC is extremely proud to announce the signature of veteran Death Metal band SPIRIT OF REBELLION!
With 2 demos, one EP and 2 albums released on their own, SPIRIT OF REBELLION is more than ready to expose their brand of Québec made Heavy old school death metal to a wider audience! Read the rest of this entry »
After last year’s success, metal all over Australia will join forces for the second time in one special night: Metal United Down Under (MUDU) unites bands, promoters, venues and metal heads across the continent in one big event. Last year, promoters in 13 cities in 7 states organised shows in the night of 29 November – all under the same banner. In total, 90 bands played MUDU 2014.
On the back of their very recently released new alum, Frontschwein, Swedish black metal masters Marduk close the UK leg of their extensive tour with a sold out show in London. Read the rest of this entry »