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NEMRUD

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NEMRUD has been established in late 2008 in Istanbul by Mert Göçay, Harun Sönmez and Aycan Sari. Till the current formation of the group was settled there had been several changes in the composition of band members. Within this period, the band started with weekly studio tests and eventually in mid 2010 NEMRUD released their first conceptual Progressive Rock album 'Journey Of The Shaman' via Musea Records from France. Before becoming the permanent member of the Nemrud, Mert Topel was one of the guest musicians of the debut. In late 2010 Mert Alkaya joined the band and the current line-up was formed.

The group is named after Mount Nemrut; the 2150m high mountain lies in southestern Turkey, known by tomb-sanctuary built in 62bc by King Antiochus I Theos of Commageme on the top mouintain overlooking the Euphrates Valley. Mount Nemrut is the place embracing the Middle of the Ground and the place that first album character 'Mitos' passes by while going to the underground. This mountain is at a sacred place which is the intersection point of East and West, two worlds that mankind have been believing for hundreds of years.

NEMRUD has gone beyond the Turkish standard rock or popular line-chorus structured songs and pushed the technical and composition limits of rock music. Besides, there are classic, jazz and avant-garde components in their compositions. Their music shows the general characteristics of Progressive Rock such as changing melodies and rhythms, refrains from repetition, conceptual and abstract lyrics. The admiration of the band for the golden era of Progressive Rock reflects itself in the epical stories used in the albums. Their albums are referring to the golden 1970s era and made up of reminiscences to Pink Floyd, Eloy, Camel and other bands with psychedelic and symphonic leanings.

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3.85 | 91 ratings
Journey of The Shaman
2010
4.15 | 208 ratings
Ritual
2013

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 Ritual by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.15 | 208 ratings

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Ritual
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars With a compact running time of under 40 minutes, Nemrud are clearly aiming for quality over quantity with Nemrud, their second album, and on the whole I'd say they hit the mark with these long, dreamy space rock excursions. Lead guitarist Mert G''ay offers vocals here and there, but as is typical with space rock of this variety the focus is on shimmering instrumental passages. Mert Topel draws you in and spaces you out with his keyboards, whilst drummer Mert Alkaya has a knack for unleashing sudden drum interventions just at the point where a mood change would be most effective. The three Merts (plus bassist Aycan Sarı) have pulled off a good one here.

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars I continue to explore the resent days of prog and go to the Turkish band "Nimrud"s second album "Ritual" from this year 2013. I have earlier been prejudiced to space rock. Prejudicies are often good to have but here I was wrong. There was nothing of long and meaningless soundscapes with no other meaning than exist and flourish around in a dopey feeling. No, this was the opposite, a great piece of music which probably will please those who like Pink Floyd or even more Eloy. Nimrud is made up by Mert Göcay on guitars and vocals, Aycan Sari plays bass, Mert Topel keyboard and Mert Alkaya drums. Many Mert in the same band then. I also like the cover with red dry and cracked soil.

Nemrud's music is easy to love. I love Göcay's accent which is not very unlike Eloy's singer. He sings well both in higher and lower levels. The four tracks are just lovely. This is not modern incomprehencible music, but old style very nice rock. I like the sound of the 70s rock and Nemrud has the same style(in some form). Great guitar and keyboard. The melodies are very nice and has something for everyone. My favourite tracks are "In my mind" and "Ritual" and the both of them would I recommend every day! The two others are also good but not in the very same class.

The comes the hard thing for me, to rate this album. 4,5 would have been the fairest rating and with 4 stars I am a bit unkind. But still I am little new to the band and the genre and would perhaps higher my four if I let it rest for a while. This is definitely one of the best releases from 2013. Perfectly deserving all the praisings it could get. I will give Nemrud's second four strong stars!

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Review by BrufordFreak

3 stars I have to agree that while this is beautiful music, it is quite simple. There are no fiery solos, no complicated time signatures, and very few shifts in dynamics. Actually, some of the recording harkens back to the 70s in that there are subtle "flaws" or "mistakes" caught in the analog tapes that modern digital systems would clean up (sanitize). This can be charming and excusable--if the music were difficult to play/perform. But it's not. The stuff you'd find someone "risking" feedback from on Soundcloud. Very nice music but neither a prog masterpiece nor an excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection.

Plus, it's so short! Less than 40 minutes! And it's not even an "EP"! What do they think this is? The Seventies?

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Review by bufftitanium

5 stars One of a handful of classic prog rock to be recorded in these days. Incredible prog.rock album harking back to the glory days of the genre. If you like Pink Floyd, Eloy, Camel and similar bands you are going to be suprised by how good this is, extremely melodic and beautiful, amazing dynamics and many subtlties if you look under the surface. Topel's keys and Gocay's guitars are highlights, both play their instruments with a ton of originality. They compare themselves, or should I say connect themselves with the 70's, so right away I'm thinking they'll rip off a band or two. Yet, with ears straining to hear a chord, melody or anything else from the past, I'm shocked to say they come out wholly original and that's a hard thing to do, even few months ago. So, for me, it's very easy to say 'Ritual' is a modern masterpiece and should be high on your list of best ofs of the this year. It is for me and rightly so! Highly Recommended for retro prog. lovers! Keep on proggin' ..!

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Journey of The Shaman
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by bufftitanium

5 stars This is Journey of the shaman, by Turkish band Nemrud. It is their first record, and it shows them evolving into their trademark sound at the beginning. This is some of the most theatrical progressive rock I do believe I've heard. Beginning vibrantly, very moody "Part I". Here is where the band revels well in the guitar rock that weaves a fantastic riff alongside Gocay's immaculate vocal delivery. Right form the start, you'll hear a nice of moog and bass interplay, and this turns into an absolutely good combination. "Part II" compliments well in its dark and haunting ballad style melancholy. A rousing synth accompaniment is added deep into the mix, with lilting melodies floating together with with guitar. Gocay's vocal delivery could carry many of the songs by itself. This album climaxes splendidly, and with powerful emotional resonance. Nemrud usually delve into depressing and darkly melancholy moods interspersed between their aggressive and violent guitar rock theatrics. I absolutely love the originality put forth from these individuals, and their ability to attack as a cohesive rock unit. Guest drummers shows his talents on "Part III". This song begins mainly as a soft and bleak synth ballad, twisting and turning from stark contrasting soft and hard. Near the end of the song, Gocay and the band let loose with dissonant and fiery classical rock blasting that can be quite shocking. The song thus has a slight Eloy edge to it, of which I don't think anyone could easily complain about. The song causes me to feel as if it meanders for too long, but it consistently remains interesting, and is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A touching and emotional song. In all, a musical courage for newbies creating hard-core consept album about shaman's spiritual journey, and a testament to the creativity of Nemrud. The band gives us a very emotional and creative album with hooks and melodies placed well within complex structures and musical imagery. They create many memorable melodies utilizing by guitar but they need to blend in keyboards and bass into the sound. Best Moment - Part II Worst Moment - Funky groove on Part III Five Stars.

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Review by Octane

5 stars Here it is... My first review is coming for "Ritual"... In my opinion, the more solid album from Nemrud. Undoubetly JOTS contains some of the Nemrud's classics but, in general, I think Ritual works better as a whole and, Nemrud, a prog-rock band from Istanbul, builds its own "music suits with concept" wall in 21st century prog era. Here, there are some well done dramatic scenes all along the record, a great rhythmic work, nice harmonic progressions led by the guitar and a solidness in the composition which is obvious on "In my Mind".

"Ritual" is just a classic. Plain and simple. Listeners should pick this work to pieces over a number of pages and still not do it the justice it deserves in any review. Nemrud tell of an epic struggle between good and evil in this masterpiece. Chapter by chapter your attention will never falter. Nemrud had almost certainly mastered the art of telling stories with music, although much of the lyrics are clearly closer to poetry than prose.

I can hear this record on and on from start to end and I never get tired or bored of it. Ritual is a gem of progressive rock, and one of the best albums this band ever recorded.

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
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5 stars This sophomore album from Turkish proggers, Nemrud, has been a little bit of a battleground of late. It seems as if people either love it or hate it, but I'm not sure why that is. All I can say is that I LOVE this album, and of course I listened to it right after I did a countdown of my favorite albums for the first half of 2013 on my Facebook page, The PROG Mind. That kind of thing always happens to me. Sheesh.

Getting back to the album, I wasn't sure what to expect from this album, as it is labeled psychedelic/space rock. Yet, I would venture to say that it has quite a bit of neo-prog influence to it, too. In fact, I would daresay this album leans more towards the latter than the former. The music is generally easy-going, but technically brilliant at the same time. We get soothing synth and organ solos, delicate guitar passages, incredible solos, and blistering drum sections (is there such a thing?) all within one track, such as on "In My Mind" (my favorite track on the album). The music progresses very steadily sometimes to a soaring melody or climax; or sometimes it jumps around a little. So, even though on the surface it may seem like a soft and easy album, it really is genius once you let it sink in a bit.

The vocalist, Mert, has such a good voice with a slight accent. He really uplifts the music with his pleasant and strong tone, as can be seen on the short track, "Light". He makes this track something special with his smooth delivery and wonderful vocal melodies. Yet, the album is very dark as it follows a shaman through depression, sorrow, loss, etc. So, the vox are often very soulful and emotive---just the way I like them.

With all that said, however, this album is not for metalheads, certainly. If you like beautiful prog rock that features melody and structure, stunning climactic moments, and dark and profound ideas; then this album may please you.

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Journey of The Shaman
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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.

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Review by peyotes

5 stars Another "Love or Hate" album from Turkey...I read all the reviews regarding this album. Most of'em are very pleased what they are hear but lots of 1-2 stars on the rating section too...Again, you can't judge people's oppinion. Here is mine :)

The theme of this record is ritual in the dream.This second release from the band is more complex and darker than thier previous album. Throughout the four pieces on this album, the listener is taken through many different themes, such as suicide or utter depression and the feeling of being lost, but the music is well conceived and well played on the parts of all musicians on the album. What's for certain, though, is that this album began a long string of excellent album from this group and for the next years they have to make an album that better than Ritual.

Based on trademark riff structures from multi-tracked guitars, "In my mind" has a genuinely complex Symphonic Prog structure, with continuous organic progression throughout, awash with key, tempo and mood changes in an ever-flowing monster of a piece. It even has a final sting in its tail with a fantastic guitar motif that is gone before it has time to sink in. The composition and complexity of the song is excellent.

"Sorrow by oneself" is a mellow tune with gentle vocals, guitar, synth, drums and moog.The focus is on the lyrics on this one.

"Light" acts as a type of intermission. Peaceful, preparing us for the onslaught.

"Ritual" is my favourite track, opening with scary atmosphere, slowly building tension until a killer riff is finally unleashed. Forever shifting and changing within a hard rock framework, the track proceeds with organ and guitar soloing to segue into deep which continues the mood with touch of guitar choir. It also contains some stunning instrumentals including thrusting power space rock, and it rocks off to an unexpected abrupt end on the catchy guitar melody. Rock doesn't get much better than this!

Possibly the easiest way to describe album's music is just to imagine well balanced mix of Pink Ployd slight psychedelic, Uriah Heep heavy keyboards-led prog and the result mixture as Eloy produced sound. Guitar and Keyboard works are great, vocals -very competent, songs have their melodies, but most important - common atmosphere is real 70-s. Highly recommended.

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Review by courtzz

5 stars This is one of the best albums to ever come out in these days from Turkey. "Ritual" has a very good balance between Symphonic and pyschedelic progressive rock. Every track is simply perfect; finely crafted and feature lots of outstanding instrumental moments and vocal deliveries-- Gocay and Topel are on top of their game and playing as a very tightly as a group with Gocay is the one member dominating composing two albums. "In my mind" The perfect combination of riffs and musical changes suits the concept perfectly, a crisp, ferocious guitar sound, dark, fluid organ and the best example of Nemrud's ability to create spacy mood. The instrumental last section is powerful and tense, and its quietude doesn't actually remove any of the force that has been built up before it. The shift back to the story is handled perfectly, atmospheric chatter and all, and the ending no less so. Probably my favourite moment for the Nemrud rhythm section. "Sorrow by Oneself" is also brilliant, from the guitar interplay with added keyboards, occasional taps on percussion and Gocay's voice on the opening to a mocking, not louder, but more powerful section to the beautiful synth and guitar slightly more psychedelic section, last part is very upbeat tempo with lovely melody on the guitar. "Light" The piece is very soft and calm, it gives you a short break before the epic title song. "Ritual" Nemrud finds themselves. This is the band that would appear 2 years later. Ritual is a complete masterwork. The song is able, right from the opening keyboards and guitar to whisk you into another world. When the vocal starts you forget this time, this planet, this world. You are somewhere else, somewhere far far away, and nothing matters. Words cannot express this feeling. Great composion! The song is finished with energy by the band, and then the song gradually fades with the same synths playing strange noises. A true masterpiece of progressive rock. In my opinion 'Ritual' is the fountainhead of all psychedelic space prog and is the album that guarantees immortality for Nemrud. Mastermind of the band Mert Gocay leads to band another dimention with this record. I doubt that anyone here is ignorant of the band but in the unlikely event you haven't heard it you're in for a wonderful awakening when you do. On the CDs saying the record is live and analog, which is very rare but the sound is not clean enough, you can hear 'hess' sound unfortunately. My rating is just about music and it is 5-stars of course!

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