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JOURNEY OF THE SHAMAN

Nemrud

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.84 | 102 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Named after the Nemrut mountain in the depths of the Turkish lands, this Istanbul-based group started in 2008 under the force of guitarist/singer Mert Gocay.Maybe the biggest influence on forming the group was his meeting with with his idol Eloy's Frank Bornemann during the summer of 07' in Hannover.Nemrud had some line-up changes in the beginning and recorded their debut ''Journey of the Shaman'' at Studio 18 in Istanbul as a trio with Aycan Sarı on bass and Harun Sonmez on drums.From the guest musicians, keyboardist Mert Topel would later join the group.The album was released in 2010 on Musea Records.

Consisting of three long, epic tracks, ''Journey of the Shaman'' shows some tremendous energy in the opening 16-min. ''Part I'', kicking off carefully with psychedelic guitar textures and the angry, expressive vocals of Gocay, before turning into a guitar-grooved electric crescendo with strong riffs and a powerful rhythm section.The later outro with the spacey synths and the smooth organ definitely reminds of mid-70's ELOY.''Part 2'' clocks at 12 minutes, again Gocay and his mad, psychedelic guitar solos will lead the way to a stretched FLOYD-ian acoustic move.ELOY's influence, circa-''Floating'' era, strikes again.An almost Kraut Rock enviroment with spoken vocals, edgy synths and a hypnotic groove gives its place to an Ethnic-inspired guitar explosion with the voice of Gocay becoming reedy and the track obtaining a passionate, rhythmic line.The closing ''Part 3'', over 17 minutes long, starts off with an orchestrated, haunting prelude, slowly becoming another psychedlic, hypnotic electro-acoustic trip with distorted vocals.The middle-part scratching rhythmic tunes are absolutely great, very close to Chileans PLATURNO or maybe sounding like a lighter TOOL version.Strong vintage inspirations follow, again in a very ELOY-like way, with nice organs, striking solos and expressive vocals.The closing theme has again a spacey, slightly oriental touch with background keyboards, emphatic vocals and the narcotic guitars of Gocay.

Fans of early ELOY and PINK FLOYD should not even think about purchasing the album.Very good Psychedelic/Progressive Rock with spacey and Heavy Rock touches and long, well-composed tracks.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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