MELECHESH - Ralph Santolla To Replace Moloch For Upcoming North American Tour2013-06-07
East-Jerusalem Thrashing Black metallers MELECHESH have recruited Ralph Santolla (DEATH, DEICIDE, OBITUARY, ICED EARTH) for filling the second-guitarist slot in the band's upcoming North American headlining tour. Support will come from Norway's VREID and two bands from Los Angeles: LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH and REIGN OF LIES. The tour will include the band's first-ever appearance in Mexico.
Ralph commented: "I'm psyched to be doing the MELECHESH tour. We've been talking about it for a while , and this was the perfect time. [MELECHESH mainman] Ashmedi and I are good friends, and I love the music. Looking forward to seeing all of my friends in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada soon!"
Ashmedi also stated: "We are looking forward to touring North America and this time as headliners. The crowd made us feel very welcome on previous occasions. It will be a great tour with special and talented guests playing with us. Naturally, this time we will have the chance to extend our live set, offering Sumerian sonic magick. Last but not least, it will be our first time playing Mexico; about time! Having Ralph on board will positively add to the MELECHESH dynamics; he is a very talented guitar player".
About the causes of replacing Moloch for the tour, the band commented on the comments section of their Facebook Page: "Moloch toured 1.5 tours out of 7 tours supporting 'The Epigenesis' album. He is our friend but he hasn't been in the band since half a year. MELECHESH is not a priority for him and hasn't been for a few years. His unique friendship with Ashmedi enabled him to remain in the band for as long as he did and his contributions are admired and well noted. Hence we decided to part ways we hold him in high regards, nothing will change we will make music because we want to, he has other priorities such as and fairly speaking his own personal career".
You can check MELECHESH' upcoming tour dates as follows:
06/15/13 Circo Volador - Mexico City - MEXICO (Melechesh only)
06/16/13 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
06/17/13 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
06/18/13 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
06/19/13 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
06/20/13 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
06/21/13 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
06/22/13 The Exchange – Regina, SK - CANADA
06/23/13 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
06/24/13 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
06/25/13 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
06/27/13 WreckRoom - Toronto, ON - CANADA
06/28/13 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC - CANADA
06/29/13 Railroad Tavern – Keene, NH
06/30/13 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
The band's latest release is the exclusive digital EP entitled "Mystics Of The Pillar II", which was released on 27th April in Europe and on 1st May in the US through Nuclear Blast Records. It followed up the band's highly acclaimed full length album from 2010 "The Epigenesis".