Archive for Turkish Black Metal

Moribund Oblivion – Manevi

Posted in Review with tags on 7th May 2013 by izaforestspirit

Moribund Oblivion
Released 3rd May 2013
Melodic Black Metal
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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Manevi is the latest album from the Turkish black metal band Moribund Oblivion. The band was formed back in 1999 by guitarist and singer Bahadır Uludağlar.

Turkish black metal you say…? That’s definitely a first for me. I’m not too familiar with the Turkish metal scene at all but it’s good to see that they have one. Anyway on to the music… After a short atmospheric Intro comes Yara – a guitar riff infused piece of melodic black metal featuring lyrics in the band’s native tongue. The vocals range from the standard black metal screams to Rotting Christ -style growling and certain songs, like the melodic Bahti Kara, feature a mixture of both singing techniques.

In fact this is pretty far removed from your usual orthodox black metal. The guitars have a melodic streak to them along with the occasional thrash metal undertones, illustrated by tracks such as Dünya Dönmeye Devam Edecek. The aforementioned song also features a short, tranquil, semi-acoustic guitar solo mid-way through the track giving it a ballad-like quality. The vocals are more akin to melodic death metal than black metal screams or shouts. Another thing that makes this album stand out are the Turkish lyrics, I can’t make out what they are singing but the language has this fascinating ability to sound both melodic and harsh making it a perfect fit for the music. Then there’s there are the sombre ballads Yok and Matemli which see keyboards enter the frame unleashing an even more melodic sound.

That’s not say that the album is completely lacking in black metal influences. As the grim Ölmek Üzere Untulmus sends shivers down your spine in what sounds like a homage to several renowned Nordic black metal metal bands. Overall this has been a real eye-opener. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I’ve enjoyed listening to this album.


Iza Raittila

Episode 13 – Death Reclaims The Earth [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 20th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Episode 13
Album: Death Reclaims The Earth
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

Turkey is a country known for its rich history and culture but less known for its metal scene. In 2001, Episode 13 formed, slowly building both a fan base and a name for the Turkish metal with their black metal stylings. “Death Reclaims The Earth” is their latest release.

”Ars Moriendi”, Latin for “The Art Of Dying”, begins with a dirge like guitar riff, which suits the track well considering its name. The vocals aren’t as rough or vicious as expected to begin with, though when the tempo increases the vocals become far more aggressive, fortunately. The drums are heavy, like they should be on any black metal track. the tempo switches between fast and slow, which is slightly irritating to begin with though one soon gets used to it. “Physical Comatose & Mental Overdose” starts with a slightly faster guitar section, whilst the drums are slow but precise to the beat. The vocals come in with a good start, full of aggression and angst. The blast beats are immense, bringing heaviness to the track.

The third track, “Unmensch”, which is German for either “brute” or “monster”, comes next, turning up the aggression, brutality and heaviness by a few notches. Everything sounds more violent and savage on this track, which is always a good thing. “Ignorance Is Bliss” turns things down a notch whilst staying murderous sounding. The drums sound disappointing at first though they gradually improve. The vocals, on the other hand, sound more grim and bloodthirsty. “Ultimate Sterilization” brings things back up a notch with a brilliant opening section that assaults the ear drums like a blitz over London. The riffs have a very old skool black metal sound to them, similar to a mixture of Venom and Gorgoroth. The drums are savagely intelligent whilst the bass work is immense and somewhat different in some sections.

Nearing the end of the album is the second track “Worthless”. It is lighter compared to the previous track though still heavy enough to considered metal. The tempo has slowed down as well which is a nice touch. The vocals, on this track, could be compared to the dying groans of a cow being mutilated – Which is pretty damned kvlt. A faster tempo does occur on this track, though it still stays light. The final track is “Spread His Word”. The introduction sounds like a stampede of a demonic legion due to the sheer brutality of it. The vocals sound more powerful, more aggressive and more violent while the riffs are like the hellish anthems of the underworld. This track is virtually unrelenting in its brutality, aggression and musical genius.

Episode 13 have proved themselves to be one of the best bands rising in the black metal scene. With a raw, untamed sound combined with unrestricted brutality, “Death Reclaims The Earth” is a gemstone of an album, worth every penny. Episode 13 are a band to keep an ear out for as we’ll certainly be hearing more great things from these guys!


Nico Davidson