From the album Djinn (2001).
Line-up : Ashmedi -- lead vocals, lead & rhythm 6 & 12 string electric guitars, elec.Guitar/Sitar , Sitar (1993--present) Moloch -- lead & rhythm 6 & 12 string electric guitars, buzuq (1994--present) Xul -- drums, percussion (2005--present) Rahm -- bass (2009--present).
Melechesh is a black metal band that originated in Jerusalem.
Ashmedi started the band as a solo project in 1993. In the following year,
guitarist Moloch and drummer Lord Curse were added to the line-up.
The band's goal was to create a type of black metal incorporating extensive
Middle Eastern influences mainly based on Mesopotamian/Sumerian and occult themes.
The name Melechesh consists of two Hebrew words, (melech, meaning king) and (esh, meaning fire).
The band's release in 1995 of the official demo As Jerusalem Burns... and 7" EP The Siege of
Lachish attracted attention from both underground metal fans and local authorities.
Melechesh were accused of "Dark Cult activities" by the law enforcement authorities of the city of
Jerusalem, especially by a frontpage newspaper article which twisted some facts.
The charges were eventually dropped.Due to various personal, professional, and demographic
reasons the band members had to relocate. 1998 armed with a new promo CD "Mesopotamian Metal"
and after a farewell gig in Jerusalem, Israel, Melechesh relocated to France and the Netherlands,
but Lord Curse did not follow his bandmates, so a new drummer was needed. Absu mainman and drummer
Proscriptor soon filled the vacant position. With that line-up, Melechesh have released two
full-length albums: Djinn (2001), dealing with Mesopotamian mythology, and Sphynx (2003),
dealing with Mesopotamian/Sumerian mythology. In 2005, Proscriptor was replaced by Xul, who is now
the current drummer. In 2010 the band released their fifth studio album, The Epigenesis.