From ancient lands of battle and magic – Teshaleh brings heavy yet complex metal fused with authentic medieval melodies and instruments. Tales of warrior hordes, dark eyed sorceresses and the spirits of the old world are sung. Guitars, bass, drums and keyboards roar and shimmer alongside medieval bagpipes, flutes, and other exotic sounds.
Teshaleh was the culmination of years of planning and experimentation by Brett McCoy and John Harford. Both have had an enduring interest in folk and medieval metal bands such as Korpiklaani, Saltatio Mortis, Tanzwut, In Extremo – as well as neo-medieval bands like Faun and Corvus Corax and heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Therion. Staples like Hawkwind, Rush, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple also played a significant part in the project conceptualization. The writings of Robert E Howard, JRR Tolkien, Fritz Leiber, HP Lovecraft and Michael Moorcock are inspiration for the band’s lyrics, themes, stage decoration and look.
Additionally the band draws upon near eastern music and folklore. Teshaleh is a name constructed after researching both Proto-Indic and Persian language. Much of the musical texture and structure of the songs maintain an ethereal eastern flow over the booming heavy metal.
8/2017 - The band’s debut gig as the opening act of Maryland Folk Metal Festival III (8/19/2017) drew a large standing audience and was hugely received by fans and local music promoters alike. They are currently scheduling time to record their debut EP.
1/2018 - Singers Vanessa Harris and Lori Glimmer join the lineup, along with violinist Colin Parker. The band performs 8 times through 2018
12/2018 - Teshaleh performs at Maryland Yule Fest as an evening opener for Mongolian folk metal act Tengger Cavalry
2/2019 - Debut EP "Born of Fire" is released.
https://www.folk-metal.nl/bands/t/teshaleh/: "...for a band that has had a relatively short existence (2017), the tracks here are polished and catchy and sound much more like a seasoned act years down the line." -- Jeff Addison, folk-metal.nl