Origin: Israel  
Genres: Black Metal
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Page online: November 15, 2004
Last update/review: March 31, 2015


Melechesh is a member of a small yet select group of extreme Israeli metal bands, formed in Jerusalem in 1993. They recorded and released an album in 1996, but with the arrival of Absu drummer Proscriptor in 1999, the band really took off, and they have been steadily rising in popularity ever since. They are best labelled a black metal band, but in several respects that term is a shade inaccurate, especially given the band's penchant for incorporating native ethnic influences into their sound. Mixing Middle Eastern melodies with extreme metal is not completely unheard of, as at least a couple of bands have attempted it (Nile comes to mind), but in Melechesh's case the influences are greater and the fusion more seemless -- only Orphaned Land (who approach the concept from a quite different point of view) can match Melechesh in this area. Comparing the last two releases, Djinn seems to contain more of the aforementioned Middle Eastern influences, but Sphynx is tighter and sharper, with Proscriptor's outstanding drumming in full force. Both of these albums are quite recommended to extreme metal fans.

Current Members



Sirius (Aybars Altay)




Sasha Horn

drums (ex-Exhorder, Forbidden, ex-Novembers Doom)

Former Members/Guests


guitars (Fatal Embrace, Forest Stream)

Al' Hazied




Lord Curse


Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens)

drums (Absu, ex-Judas Iscariot)

Xul (Yuri Rinkel)

drums (Thanatos)


As Jerusalem Burns ... Al Intisar  
  1. Intro
  2. Sultan Of Mischief
  3. Assyrian Spirit
  4. Planetary Rites
  5. Hymn To Gilbil
  6. The Sorcerers Of Melechesh
  7. Dance Of The Black Genii
  8. Baphomets Lust
  9. Devil Night
  10. As Jerusalem Burns ... Al' Intisar
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Lord Curse

2001 Osmose
  1. Whispers From The Tower
  2. Genies, Sorcerers And Mesopotamian Nights
  3. A Summoning Of Ifrit And Genii
  4. Wardjinn
  5. Rub The Lantern
  6. Covering The Sun
  7. Kurnugi's Reign
  8. Oasis Of Molten Gold
  9. Dragon's Legacy
  10. The Siege Of Lachish
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Al' Hazied
  • Proscriptor

2003 Osmose
  1. Of Mercury And Mercury
  2. Secrets Of Sumerian Sphynxology
  3. Annunaki.s Golden Thrones
  4. Apkallu Counsel
  5. Tablets Of Fate
  6. Triangular Tattvic Fire
  7. The Arrival Ritual
  8. Incendium Between Mirage And Time
  9. Purifier Of The Stars
  10. Caravans To Ur
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Al' Hazied
  • Proscriptor

2006 Osmose
  1. Rebirth of the Nemesis
  2. Ladders to Sumeria
  3. Deluge of Delusional Dreams
  4. Touching the Spheres of Sephiroth
  5. Gyroscope
  6. Double Helixed Sceptre
  7. The Scribes of Kur
  8. Leper Jerusalem
  9. Sand Grain Universe
  10. Emissaries and the Mysterium Magnum
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Al' Hazied
  • Xul
2006 Readers' Album #53

The Epigenesis  
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Ghouls Of Nineveh
  2. Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin
  3. Sacred Geometry
  4. The Magickan And The Drones
  5. Mystics Of The Pillar
  6. When Halos Of Candles Collide
  7. Defeating the Giants
  8. Illumination - The Face Of Shamash
  9. Negative Theology
  10. The Greater Chain Of Being
  11. The Epigenesis
  • Ashmedi
  • Moloch
  • Rahm
  • Xul
2010 Readers' Album #34

Mystics Of The Pillar II  EP
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
  2. Sacred Geometry
  3. The Epigenesis

2015 Nuclear Blast
  1. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
  2. The Pendulum Speaks
  3. Lost Tribes
  4. Multiple Truths
  5. Enki - Divine Nature Awoken
  6. Metatron And Man
  7. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli
  8. Doorways To Irkala
  9. The Outsiders

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