Sumerian thrashing black metal act MELECHESH has announced the addition of bassist Rahm to the group's ranks.
Commented Rahm: "I am honored and proud to be the new bass player of the Mesopotamian metal band MELECHESH. The last year I played nine shows [with MELECHESH as a session bassist] and I am ready for what is coming in the future. I think this is a big chance for me to do new things with excellent music and musicians!"
Added MELECHESH mainman Ashmedi: ”After several shows with Rahm, he proved to be a very good musician, and he has shown outstanding energy and positive attitude both on stage and off stage. And believe me, offstage matters a lot when you are travelling and spending a lot of time together on the road. I am very glad he is a part of the MELECHESH order."
Ashmedi and his MELECHESH bandmate Moloch spent time this past summer at the Sulphonic studio in Rotterdam working on demos for the follow-up to the "Emissaries" album. This will be MELECHESH's fifth full-length effort and first for Nuclear Blast Records.
According to a press release, "The band are aiming to keep the album multi-dimensional when it comes to the atmosphere of the songs. One of the new elements will be a couple of songs written and recorded entirely with 12-string electric guitars. Ashmedi will then head to Istanbul where he will meet prominent musicians there so as to explore the eastern musical traditions of the city."
MELECHESH's performance at this year's Hellfest in Clisson, France was captured for "Ashmedi: A Metal Disporant", a new documentary from Tools of the Trade Productions focusing on MELECHESH's Ashmedi. According to a press release, "this documentary [tries] to capture Ashmedi in his personal surroundings as well as his music life in the Netherlands. The camera travel[s] with him to Jerusalem in the 'Holy' Land to emphasize and document the settings that have been relevant to the writing processes and the timeline of MELECHESH's existence. This portrait reveal[s] what aspects of the area contributed to the shaping of Ashmedi's personality on a spiritual, intellectual and musical level."
MELECHESH's latest album, "Emissaries" — the follow-up to 2003's "Sphynx" — was released January 23, 2007 on Osmose Productions/The End Records.