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A touch of Eastern promise!,
This review is from: Emissaries (Audio CD)
I bought Emissaries because I like Absu and as Proscriptor, the main man of Absu, used to drum for them I thought it must be worth a listen and I was right. It fact, it is worth more than a listen it is worth a five star review.
There are similiarities in musical style with Absu and both bands are very innovative. Melechech's music apart from being extremely tight in terms of musicianship is very different from anything else you will hear. The closest comparision is Absu, however, given the Middle Eastern origins of the band, Emissaries is very unique sounding and to an ear raised on western musical scales it sounds very exotic and different. System of a Down (SOAD) are more mainstream rock that use Middle Eastern song structures and scales though not to the extent used by Melechesh.
For me it is the eastern style guitar work that makes Emissaries unique. The album is fuelled from start to finish by some awesome high octane riffing. Just sample the first track 'Rebirth of the Nemesis' to see what I mean. I have to plead ignorance on the structure of Middle Eastern music but it sounds fantastic when used in Rock. The mix of bone crunching guitaring, pounding drumming and Middle Eastern song structure is a joy to listen to.
The album only changes down a gear for the 'Scribes of Kur' which sounds very Middle Eastern using traditional instruments.
Its difficult to express my feelings to this album other than they are very good. For me the album conjours up images of a hot desert with searing blue skies.
I would recommend Emissaries to fans of Absu if you don't already have it. I also think fans of SOAD may like it. If you like SOAD's eastern influences there is a chance you will like this. Be warned though the vocals here are very raspy and nothing like Serg's. However, the guitar work has more Middle Eastern influence than SOAD's.
Emissaries is for you if you appreciate music with a twist played by excellent musicians and don't mind raspy vocals.