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Melechesh is regarded as one of the leaders when it comes to morphing Middle Eastern culture with black metal and with good reason, as this collective’s latest 11 track offering THE EPIGENESIS melds traditional musical instrumentation of their lineage with blasts of foreboding black metal (“Defeating the Giants”). Using Arabic upbringing to hammer home a dose of fury isn’t a new concept in extreme metal, yet the lengths this Israeli quartet goes to incorporate classic tools such as sitar and bazuq into their biting guitar and punishing rhythm tandem (“When Halos of Candles Collide”) goes beyond the norm, all the while maintaining a harrowing mid tempo pace that really allows this band’s unique brutality to come to fruition (“Mystics of the Pillar”).
- Mike SOS