Selim Lemouchi was a musical genius. Between his work with The Devil’s Blood and his latest project Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, who released their debut album in December, the man was a treasure. It saddens me to inform you that Selim has passed away at the incredibly young age of 34. It has not yet been released what exactly his cause of death was, but it is terrible to lose anyone that you admire.
To Selim. I toast one to you.
I’ve always been fascinated with musical projects that act as a soundtrack to a way of life. Crass was an anarchist collective that recorded records as one means to spread its message. Each one of their albums read as a news-of-the day for Britain’s ultra-left. There was The Genitorturers with its sadomasochistic stage show that shocked and awed audiences. The lifestyle was so captivating that it made former Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent leave what was probably the most successful death metal band at the time and reach for the nearest latex.
Dutch band The Devil’s Blood acts as a vehicle for the Satanic beliefs of founders (and brother and sister) Selim and Farida Lemouchi. The band fuses 60s psychedelic rock with 70s metal with haunting female vocals. The band’s music answers the question, what if the generation of bands influenced by Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin continued with the spiritual endeavors and haunting imagery of bands like Black Widow and Lucifer’s Friend, instead of veering into NWOBHM territory? The style contrasts heavily with other bands on the Metal Blade label. Tomorrow, January 17th Devil’s Blood releases its first album for the label, The Thousandfold Epicentre. I interviewed guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/founder Selim, an extremely engaging and articulate artist with a clear vision for his music and the spiritual messages it carries.
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