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Melechesh is a menacing black metal quartet whose 10-track offering is capable of conjuring up demons from the catacombs. Taking a decisively Middle Eastern tone not unlike Nile, EMISSARIES contains its fair share of ear candy whether it be via rigorous death metal shredding or through transcendental tribal percussion, yet the disc retains the predominant black metal style on cuts like "Leper Jerusalem" and "Ladders to Sumeria". Heady like Mastodon, screechy like Cradle of Filth, and as black as Dark Funeral, Melechesh's potent concoction conceived straight from Satan's cauldron provides quite the epic death metal journey.
- Mike SOS