Pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal, Melechesh, have revealed the cover art and tracklist for their upcoming studio album “Enki“, the follow-up to their 2010 masterpiece “The Epigenesis“. It is their sixth full-length album and will be released via Nuclear Blast on February 27th, 2015 (EU), March 2nd (UK) and March 10th (US) 2015. With this deep and personal album, filled with metaphor and spiritual/philosophical references, Melechesh are yet again ready to spread their sonic magic and enlightened revelations to the cosmos! On “Enki” the band opted to feature 12-string electric guitars along with 6 strings, for a heavier and subtly richer harmonic sound. The band also tuned their instruments to the 432 Hz frequency, rather than the standardized 440 Hz one, for a deeper sonic experience within the human psyche and in accordance to vibrations of the universe (link).
The album was recorded in Greece by Giorgos Bokos (Rotting Christ), while Jonas Kjellgren (Immortal, Lefion of the Damned, Overkill, Hypocrisy) took care of the mix and mastering in his renowned Black Lounge Studios in Sweden. “Enki” also features several esteemed guests such as vocalists Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Killer Be Killed, ex-Sepultura) and Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), as well as guest lead by Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax).
Commented mainman Ashmedi: “For the artwork we collaborated again with John Coulthart, who has done our previous two album covers. The art reflects the dynamics of the album and the world of Melechesh: order and chaos. It amalgamates several spiritual, cultural and mythological concepts from the Near/Middle East and our lyrical aspects. Again it was based in the golden ratio which for the purpose of this album seemed suitable. The pillars featured here are a continuation from the previous album and lead to a path of knowledge. John always manages to capture the essence of Melechesh“.
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