Melechesh are a band from Israel that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and on this recording played more of a raw and satanic form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 1996 album "As Jerusalem Burns,,,Al'Intisar" which will be re-issued on February 23rd by Vic Records and also consists of their 1996 ep "The Siege Of Lachish".
A very dark yet heavy intro starts off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats along with some high pitched black metal screams as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the riffs also bring in a great amount of dark sounding melodies along with a couple of the tracks being very long and epic in length as well as some of the songs also bringing in a small amount of middle eastern style scales.
As the album progresses demonic growls can also be heard briefly while the percussion's when they are utilized on a song gives the music more of a tribal, shamanistic and ritualistic feeling along with some melodic vocals being used on a couple of songs and when solos and leads are finally utilized they stick to a very raw style, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly.
On this recording Melechesh played more of a raw style of black metal which only had a small touch of middle eastern music which they expanded on later releases, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Mesopotamian Magick and Mythology.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding album from Melechesh and if you are a fan of raw satanic and occult black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Assyrian Spirit" "The Sorcerers of Melechesh" "Devil's Night" and "The Siege Of Lachish". 8/5 out of 10.