Two years ago, MELECHESH had quite surprised me with "Djinn", the first album of 'Mesopotamian Metal' as they say… a pompous term to say that they play Black Metal with huge oriental touches. Anyway, that worked really well, and I still consider "Djinn" as a reference.
But what can I say about its successor, "Sphynx"? Well, the recipe is exactly the same, and the effect of surprise doesn't exist at all. Concerning the titles themselves, they sound less inspired to me than the ones on "Djinn", more common, and thus way less entertaining. And concerning the sound, it's a bit disappointing when you see that "Sphynx" has been recorded with Andy Larocque, and mixed by Attie Bauw. But don't misunderstand me, this doesn't mean either that "Sphynx" is a bad album, far from that! It's just less interesting than its predecessor, that's all.
And as even the video of "Genies, Sorcerers, and Mesopotamian Nights" is not that great… Shag the djinn before the sphynx! (Online May 24, 2003)