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NEMRUD

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Turkey


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NEMRUD was established in the second half of 2008 in Istanbul-Turkey by Mert Göçay, Harun Sönmez and Aycan Sarı. By the time the band had its current formation, there had been several changes in the composition of band members. The current line-up was formed with the participations both Mert Alkaya and Mert Topel in 2010 and Levent Candaş in 2015 as band members.

NEMRUD have released their first two conceptual Progressive Rock albums "Journey of the Shaman"(2010) and "Ritual"(2013) on Musea Records from France. In late 2015 NEMRUD continued the recordings with a conceptual S/T album, released by Rainbow45 Records from Turkey.

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 Eloy, Pink Floyd, Yes, Camel and other bands with psychedelic and symphonic leanings.


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3.92 | 131 ratings
Journey Of The Shaman
2010
4.13 | 331 ratings
Ritual
2013
4.03 | 88 ratings
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2016

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 Nemrud by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.03 | 88 ratings

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Nemrud
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by The Jester

3 stars For those who aren't familiar with Nemrud, I should start this post by saying that they are a Heavy/Psychedelic/Space Rock band from Turkey. Although they have many Progressive Rock elements in their music, they are definitely not a Progressive Rock band. Their discography consists of 3 studio albums so far, all of them really good and interesting ones. First came 'Journey of the Shaman' in 2010, 3 years later they released 'Ritual', and a few months ago their latest album named as 'Nemrud'. All 3 albums, share some common characteristics, such as the long hypnotizing compositions, (including big instrumental passages in each one of them), and the few number of songs included in each of their albums . 'Journey of the Shaman' was including just 3 songs, which were actually the 3 parts of one big song, with the shortest one being 12 minutes long. 'Ritual' was including 4 songs, with two of them being over 10 minutes long. As you can understand, 'Nemrud' couldn't be very different. It includes 4 tracks, all of them over 11 minutes long, but there is a special (or limited) edition as well, which is including 2 of the album's songs in "Radio edit" versions. This is something really good and helpful, especially for people who are involved with radio stations. (Like myself for example). These 2 songs are' God of the Mountain' and the really beautiful 'Forsaken Throne'. Although their style in more or less the same like in their previous albums, I dare say that this album sounds more "mature" more "sophisticated" and it seems as the band members improved their technique and gained more confidence in comparison with the previous albums.The only "weak" spot I found is the vocals, but it is something you get used to and stops bothering you after a couple of listenings. I am not going to write anything about each song separately, because when I am playing the album I listened to it as a whole, but I should mention that the closing song 'Forsaken Throne' is my favourite one. (In both versions). (Also Euphrates is a fantastic tune). The important thing is that with each listening the album "grows" in you. You start noticing more and more details and musical turns that you haven't noticed before, and that is surely something we should congratulate the band for, because it means that these guys payed a lot of attention in the details, and did a really good job. I believe that this is an album worth to become more famous and more people should listen to it. Nemrud is a good band which shows significant improvement with every new release. My rating would be: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
 Nemrud by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.03 | 88 ratings

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Nemrud
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by antonyus

5 stars Easily my favorite Nemrud album. Every track on this album is solid gold, and there is no filler. There is phenomenal performance by every member on this album, especially Mert Gocay(guitar/vox) and Mert Alkaya(drum).

The first thing that caught my attention right away, besides Gocay's refined guitar and vocal execution; were the lyrics written for this album. Astonishing and breathtaking. Unpretentious, clean, emotive, meaningful inline with the story. Obviously to me, as you have noticed; the album emanates such mysticism and power unrevealed by the band at this point, turning this experience so new, so unique, that claims for unspoken recognition.

"Gods Of The Mountain" This track is terrific. It has an excellent music flow, great composition with a very tight structural integrity whereby the blend of melodies are composed in such a way that can lift up your emotion. The changing tempo is controlled in a manageable way, there is no sudden change as the transitions between musical segments are crafted smoothly by the band. When the interlude starts with a thunder and guitar start work, that's when the ultimate enjoyment of this track come to your mind. What a wonderful lead guitar!

"Lion Of Commagene" A very dark song with ambient noises and a clean and disturtion guitars are strumming. Gocay's voice is at its best here, and new member Candas plays tiny bass solos too. As this atmosphere reaches its zenith, a churchlike organ meets with lovely dramatic vocal.

"The Euphrates" Really it's just less progressive and more strait forward alternative rock.Kicks off the B side of the album with a synth multi-layered interlude that soon gives way to an exhibition of maximum bombast - effective melodic lines, complex rhythm patterns, and ballsy solos on guitar and keyboard.

"Forsaken Throne" Epic masterpiece. Trademark Nemrud, slowly feeding you genius in the form of music. The is the best and the most progressive one of the album along with the opening track. Gocay sings very well in mellow parts, more catchy and atmospheric. The track has very well synchronized fast parts, really bringing emotion and addiction.

In recent times, there have been quite a few years between Nemrud releases, and I would say that in this case the approach of the band taking their time to craft and perfect an album in this manner really pays off. For anyone interested in Turkish Progressive Rock, "Nemrud" is an essential release. Do not miss out on it.

 Nemrud by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.03 | 88 ratings

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Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Cae388

5 stars A stellar album, combining the distorted, evil synthesizer and bass of Horizont's A Portrait of a Boy with a heavily Camel inspired feeling guitar. A stellar album with a beautiful cover. "The Euphrates" is a clear combination of influences and manages to sound unique and new while still having a rich vintage vibe.

The vocals are iffy, but the music far more than makes up for it.

The water sounds at the beginning of "The Euphrates" is also very pleasing and reminds me of a Tarkovsky movie, so I'll give that point to the record as well.

Overall, it's a pleasing blend of Camel's more instrumental pieces, even a little "Snowgoose"-esque, with a heavy backing to drive it forward without making it muddy or sterilized, like I find some prog-metal releases to be. Rich without being overly bombastic. I'd call it one of the best releases of modern progressive, drawing it back to its roots without being plain nostalgia.

 Nemrud by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.03 | 88 ratings

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Nemrud
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by vega

5 stars This album follows the same space rock model as Nemrud's previous albums Ritual and Journey of The Shaman, but shows a great deal more confidence on the part of the band. Nemrud's career is dominated by concept albums with a somewhat gentle space rock vibe. There is a concept here to tell us their own creation story. This is hard psych to be sure. Drums kicks scream through walls of distortion and the guitars are turned up to eleven. Levent Candas, the band's new bassist, might enjoy some of the credit for them tightening up their act, since the rhythm section this time around attains the compelling, hypnotic intensity that the likes of Hawkwind were enjoying at the time. In all though, a superb collection of tracks, and certainly one of Nemrud's finest albums. Pink Floyd and Camel influences are undeniable, and the band make no attempt to disguise them. There are though some majestic sounds and fine compositions here. Nemrud easly deserve 5 stars without question, recommended not only for Nemrud fans but for those who listen to good spacey progressive music in general. Excellent.
 Ritual by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.13 | 331 ratings

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Ritual
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by jackson1066

4 stars While I generally agree with the other enthusiastic reviews of this album, I just wanted to add some comments on the sound quality. There is a noticeable amount of hiss, particularly between songs, and the bass drums are cranked way up high. On my car stereo, I have the bass and treble turned up all the way because that's the way I like it. But when I play this CD, the bass of the drums overload my speakers, causing them to distort wildly. I have to push a bunch of buttons and go through a couple of menus in order to adjust the bass so I can hear this one CD. (Remember when you could adjust the bass by just turning a knob?) Anyway, the atmosphere on this album is brilliant, and it makes up for any other perceived shortcomings, in my opinion. But I am surprised no one has commented on the somewhat primitive sound quality. Oh, and the break between the last two songs is clumsy, like someone inserted a track separator in the wrong spot, and it turned into a gap of silence in an awkward place. I am going to seek out the vinyl, because I think it may sound better.
 Ritual by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.13 | 331 ratings

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Ritual
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by danyboy

5 stars This is a review of delux LP version of Nemrud - Ritual

This album represents for me, this is Nemrud's creative peak. The songs are arresting, the vocals sublime and - like Eloy's "Inside" - it is one of the few concept albums that really works, rather than simply being a collection of vaguely thematically linked songs with a hit single and some below par filler thrown in for good measure.

Ritual is a concept album, about the troubled person who tries to face himself in the dreams for his own salvation. What makes this album one of the best Nemrud offerings, is the way the classic formula of electric guitar, Organ and Smooth vocals comes together so well. I had felt that on their previous album, and indeed on some that followed, that the overall feel of the album was marred by moments of banality. 'Ritual' doesn't seem to suffer for this.

"In My Mind" is a great opener, complete with the sound of a robotic sounds at the beggining. Apparently the band had acquired a tape from various keyboards for this. I'm not convinced about the poetry that sits on top of the music on this track, but the guitar part, and the energy of the song do make for an exhilerating opener.

In "Sorrow by Oneself" Nemrud present their most accomplished and moving songs.

"Light" is a simple beautiful song, opening with gentle keyboard, and setting the scene for a fine perfomance from Mert Gocay. One of the best moments in the album.

For the closure title track "Ritual", the song is really a splendid piece of contemporary music breaking the borders of labels and styles; this work helped - and helped too much to set the guidelines for what we today call prog-rock or simply prog. It has a powerful melody and great guitar part at the opening. It's my favorite Nemrud's track as well. The music flows naturally with ambient vocal at the opening, moving up into an energetic style with drum beats and guitar riffs. I always repeat this track whenever I play this album like what I'm doing now. The combined work of keyboard and electric guitar is really excellent.

This is a really good album with Mert Gocay's best lyrics, compositions, and a great overall effort from the band that really deserves the attention that it gets. It is not quite a masterpiece, however, and Nemrud managed to create those in the forms of future albums that will follow.

If you haven't heard this album, it is highly recommended as an excellent addition to your psychedelic rock collection.

 Journey Of The Shaman by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.92 | 131 ratings

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Journey Of The Shaman
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by danyboy

5 stars Nemrud, one of those bands every proghead should have heard about. Last few weeks I tried to get the two Nemrud albums. I guess I'm a bit of an old cynic when I hear claims that a band is the reincarnation of the great days of the 70s or that they have somehow reinvented their own genre.

I consider Nemrud's music to be modest, nothing is missing, nothing bothers me, just moody. I really love the fine guitar-work, truly awesome. The mixture between beautiful, mellow parts and weird, crazy almost wild sections.

"Part I" begins with grasshopper sounds and then ambient spaciness building with menace. The echoed 12 strings guitar grasshopper sounds over, a drum beat settles into a aggressively measured pace. The clement like guitars of M.Gocay begin an improvised psychedelic melody. A riff locks in with twin guitars overlayed, and a synth of keyboards smolders along tinging the edges of the sound. The music is uplifting as it builds to a faster cadence. The repetition of the riff is broken by a frantic keyboard and guitar run with fast arpeggios. An intonation of lead guitar swells over and then is saturated by a bubble bath of synths. A wonderful melody takes over and flatter my soul, and I am in prog heaven. This is an painstaking of prog excess, some instrumental parts are very distinct 70s style sound, with odd time tempos, and percolating liquid keys. This awesome opener to the album with full of melodies.

"Part II" The beginning is very mysterious, in the vein of classic Nemrud. Fantastic mellow melody turn aronund with moog and guitar.After the thunder, the rain starts and vocal kicked in very gentle. Very good job to reach crescendo, then the rythm changes suddenly and gets angrier, but always in a mystical feel. Alternating peaceful and powerful passages with efficient guitar improvisations and special sound effects, the song is evolving, enchanting, stoning, and announces Nemrud's future direction towards space music. It is much more rock- oriented, very melancholic to become surprisingly trippy and rocky.

"Part III" This is the over 17 minute side long epic. Features some great melodies and up and downs. I love the instrumental part in the middle of the song. It opens ominously bringing Eloy to mind.The mood changes slightly 3 minutes in when the synth comes in and the vocals come to life. Then the tempo picks up 3 minutes in followed by heavy riffs as the drums pound with powerful organ runs in tow. Back to the slower, darker sound from earlier with reserved vocals. Love the guitar melody after 6 minutes. It's building...cool section. Things calm right down 8 minutes in and end up getting a little experimental and psychedelic. It kicks back in after 9 minutes as the drums come in and build again. The guitar lights it up a minute later. Nice. The guitar and organ seem to simply jam. Vocals are back before 10 minutes. When the organ driven rock and mystical vocals would still have been refreshingly new and innovative. The blending of lead guitar riffs, Hammond organ and a strong powerhouse remind us of bands such as Uriah Heep, Atomic Rooster, Eloy and Nektar from the 70s. The guitar and moog are prominant the rest of the way.In the end the vocals appear again.

The composition on this album is fantastic, the production is good all the instruments are nicely separated and perceivable without it sounding overproduced. The songs mainly rely on guitar and organs to create a sort of backdrop or sound-scape. The drums from the get go are top notch stuff, I especially enjoy the flanged krautrock style hi-hat sound on 'Part III'. The bass is nice and fat and contributes some nice grooves and is well up in the mix, which is a great thing to see. The guitar work likewise exemplary, I really enjoy prog style guitar that is very calculated and musical whilst not being overbearing, merely occupying it's place and contributing.

'Journey of The Shaman' should clearly be one of the essential purchases for Turkish progressive rock.

 Ritual by NEMRUD album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.13 | 331 ratings

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Ritual
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars NEMRUD are back with their second release and the majority feel that this is a step up from their debut called "Journey Of The Shaman". I really enjoyed the debut myself as the band seemed to have a style similar to ELOY, and I think the complaints towards both bands are also similar as people point out the simplicity of the music and the less than average vocals. But for me Psychedelic music is all about creating a mood and being innovative. The vocals are secondary really and while the music may not be complex it really takes me to another place in my mind. By the way these guys are from Turkey which is where one of my favourite albums in the Psychedelic realm was created by SIDDHARTHA.

So we get four long tracks and they keep it under 40 minutes which is appreciated by yours truly. The story here is about a schizoid man who tries to face himself in his dreams for his own enlightenment. This one is darker and more melancholic than the debut.

Up first is "In My Mind" and it opens in an experimental manner before that melodic guitar comes in along with the drums. It picks up after 1 1/2 minutes then the vocals join in. He sings "Darkness grows in my mind...Fear erases the memories...The past is gone, in my mind...Courage releases unknown tales...Dreams appear in my mind...Shadow covers reality". The organ comes in floating as the vocals continue. Love the sound 6 minutes in, it's so uplifting as he sings "Welcome darkness, my restless friend...I am going to fly one last more...In my mind is only pain...All the memories are drained...Opened my eyes but I cannot see...What is being done to me?!?" The music turns heavy 8 1/2 minutes in when the vocals stop. Great track. "Sorrow By Oneself" opens in a very melancholic manner reminding me of a cross between FLOYD and PT. Vocals arrive as it continues in this laid back and slow moving style. A change 3 1/2 minutes in when the vocals stop as we get some interesting synth sounds and more. The guitar comes to the fore then it kicks in before 5 minutes but settles back quickly, although the tempo will continue to change. This is really good.

"Light" is by far the shortest track at just over 2 minutes. Spacey organ, beautiful guitar, and a relaxed beat as the vocals join in. "Ritual" is the final track and the epic at almost 18 1/2 minutes. Some eerie soundscapes here early on, and when the vocals come in the lyrics match that mood as he laments about being alone in the dark. The sound builds and seems to become more uplifting as it plays out. Incredible stuff right here. A change 5 minutes in as the vocals stop and the music becomes more relaxing. Vocals are back and I like when the guitar solos. It changes and picks up 7 minutes in. We get some light here as he sings about his fear disappearing and the music is more upbeat. An organ solo 9 1/2 minutes in when the vocals stop. He's back singing but the mood and lyrics stay positive. It all comes to a stop 14 minutes in, then it kicks in fairly heavily. It ends in an experimental manner much like the way the album started.

I couldn't give this anything less than 4 stars just like their debut.

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Ritual
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by indiscipline

5 stars While Journey of The Shaman a most certainly had a flair for the dramatic, slightly melancholic aspects of music, Ritual is in many ways like it, yet fundamentally different. The bulk of the material isn't as in-your-face as I experienced the predecessor to be, perhaps due to the fact that it was my first encounter with the whole Turkish scene.

Debut album showed some clear influences, mostly in the shape of early Eloy, while still maintaining a high level of originality. Ritual, these influences are in no way as notable, and I confidently state that they firmly and successfully express their own, unique sound on this release. It's more relaxed, mature and sophisticated than the emotional, atmospheric but still slightly rougher, slightly unpolished music coming out of Journey of The Shaman, More daring in compositions, the use of many ideas that, almost magically, manages to form a single harmonious unity every single time.

As for the music, it contains even more classical overtones and is clearly more complex than Journey of The Shaman, but when for some bands that means a colder, more mathematical approach, not so with Nemrud. Because the music throughout the album is positively vibrant with warmth and richness, with often short , tranquil passages of excellent guitar and synth, intertwined with more dramatic passages and very often. The few bits of really notable electric guitar still shows some relation and admiration to Andy Latimer, but in the next second they are as far from the man as possible with the smooth, warm tone one can expect for this kind of music. That same warmth is not only limited to the instrumental side of the album, the vocals are equally soothing and patoral. The greatest difference, musically, must be that of the compositions. Here we're served a more modern, in the words relative meaning, sound. More electronic, bordering on sharp from time to time. If you for some reason find this bothering there's no need to be alarmed: Guitar-soaked melody will redeem that.

This is an album covering many moods and atmospheres along the way, but the one that lingers is above all the amazing laid-back, feel-good warmth and the fact that while staying true to this, that it still manages to be such an instrumental firework. It is, simply put and taken as a whole, a dark album. One that should be enjoyed indoors, in wintertime, with pleasant company, a glass of wine and in beautiful settings.

Mert Gocay's composer ability is simply great, showing off his well natural skills that happen to be undeniably outstanding. More than bringing you to tears, this piece will take you to unrevealing heights where you can only let go of everything and die for a fugacious moment that will bring you back to life itself. A geniality made music.

The opening In My Mind represents what Progressive Rock is, the band has divided it in several parts but I find really three clear divisions. The first part is chaotic and dramatic, the instruments seem to fight one with the other, guitar and keyboard seem to go through different paths and that's exactly where the beauty of the song relies, around the third minute the song begins to show a perfect structure that is often interrupted by another confusing and brilliant passage.

Second song Sorrow by Oneself opening with Gocay's elegant acoustic guitar, the song follows a simple progression but reaches crushingly beautiful peaks. Gocay's soothing vocal floats softly above Topel's atmospheric keyboard, creating a rich and grandiose musical atmosphere.

A very little one Light; a beautifully, melodic piece, starting with Gocay's guitar. Fairly laid back overall but this track really soars to powerful heights capable of taking the roof off and has one of those hair standing up on the back of your neck endings.

Ritual...What a song! 20 years later its release, it will sounds fresh an innovative, imagine how it must have sounded for people hearing it for the first time in 2033! For my particular taste, there have been a few other long epics that have surpassed this track as the best in that category of song. But, on one hand, this was one of the first, and it's still one of the best, and on the other, many if not all the bands that have recorded long symphonic-style epics since 70's have used this especial track as their primary point of reference and guidance. And there's no need to discuss how brilliant the music is, especially, for me, the magnificent opening of the song, which sounds like chaos organized to perfection, a superb juxtaposition of elements in the ultimate rock canvas, with so many colors and textures floating around at the same time and in such incandescent way that one can only surrender at the pure genius of it all. Aycan plays plain, clean bass, revolutionizing the instrument; Gocay is an artist with a brush full of colors; Topel plays around like the painter who tries to come up with the right formula; Alkaya acts like the timekeeper, the final judge that gives music its direction. When Gocay's voice appears it's not to annoy us with his unusual voice like in debut but to soothe us with a magnificent display of melodies and vocal harmonies, in what might be his shiniest performance ever, even if we don't have a single clue what he's singing about. All clicks in this song, from the brilliant structure that is never predictable but always coherent enough so that it never confuses us, to the alternation of dazzling technique and soft melody. One of the highest points in progressive rock's history.

As everything else in life, Ritual may not be to everyone's taste, but if you really want to understand what vintage prog is all about on these days, do yourself a favour and get it at once!

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4.13 | 331 ratings

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Ritual
Nemrud Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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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