Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH have announced that guitarist Ralph Santolla (DEATH, DEICIDE, OBITUARY, ICED EARTH), will be temporarily filling the second guitarist slot on their upcoming North American headlining tour. The trek will be in support of their fifth studio album The Epigenesis, and will also feature Norway’s VREID, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, and REIGN OF LIES. This will mark MELECHESH first ever appearance in Mexico as well. “I'm psyched to be doing the MELECHESH tour,” commented Santolla. “We've been talking about it for a while, and this was the perfect time. 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!” MELECHESH frontman & guitarist Ashmedi shared the following: "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 as he is a very talented guitar player." MELECHESH 06/15/13 Mexico City, MEX - Circo Volador MELCHESH, VREID, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, REIGN OF LIES 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 06/26/13 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA 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 Shot at the cisterns in Istanbul, Turkey with Canadian director Rouzbeh Heydari, “Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin” is MELECHESH’s latest video: http://youtu.be/0O5D0A-YHxg Recorded entirely in Istanbul to capture the essence of the inspiring surroundings at the newly-built, first-rate Babajim Studios in Turkey, The Epigenesis was mixed by Reuben de Lautour and mastered by Pieter Snapper. Visit MELECHESH online at: www.MELECHESH.com | www.facebook.com/MELECHESH | Twitter.com/MELECHESH | www.youtube.com/MELECHESH