Ersin Tas

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Slug Salt Lava / From the Deep

                     Above is the Youtube link for the new Slug Salt Lava song; From the Deep.
                 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ILTIZ - Lakshimaurmites


Looking for something creepy and down right depressing?
Iltiz is a one-man scary riffage hailing from Sweden.



Stalk the band here;
http://iltiz.bandcamp.com/album/lakshimaurmites

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Constantine (2005) ve Gündüz Vassaf - Kısa bir yazı

Constantine (2005)

“ Kilisenin egemenliğine, hiyerarşisine ve katı inançlarına uymak zorunda olan sanatçının, özel dünyasını yansıtma olanağı oldukça kısıtlıdır. Yaratıcı gücünü ancak cehennemde gösterebilir o. Kutsal figür ve sahneleri resmederken kendini sınırlar, cehennemi çizerken ise sınırsızdır, özgürdür, yaratıcılığın duvarları yoktur.”

Cehenneme Övgü, Gündüz Vassaf ( sayfa 27)

Filmde çocukken gördüğü iblislere tahammül edemediği için intihar eden ve resmi olarak iki dakika ölü kalan ancak bu süre içinde cehennemde bir “ömür” geçiren Constantine’nin yeniden cennete kabul için verdiği son mücadeleye tanık oluyoruz. Anlatılan Katolik inancına göre intihar eden birinin cehenneme gideceği ve Tanrı’nın evi olan Cennet’e asla kabul edilmeyeceği belirtilir. Constantine bunu bilerek ömrü boyunca elindeki bütün imkanları kullanarak Cennet’e tekrar girmeye çalışmış , Cehennem’in bütün melezlerine karşı amansız bir savaş vermiştir. Şeytanlar ve melekler Dünya’ya giremezler. Mücadelelerini melez adını verdiklerini yarı şeytan yarı insan veya yarın melek yarı insan varlıklarla verirler. Bunu bilen ve nefret eden Constantine ömrü boyunca verdiği mücadelenin verdiği stresten sigara içerek kurtulmanın yolunu aramıştır. Ancak bu alışkanlığı ona pahalıya mal olmuş , kanser olmuştur. Günleri sayılıdır ve Şeytan’ ın oğlu Mamnon Dünya’ya cehennemi getirmenin yollarını bulmak üzeredir.

Constatine’nin evreninde cennet ve cehennem gerçektir.  Savaş her yerdedir, cehennemin görselleri zengindir. İşkencenin sonsuz çeşidi vardır. İnsanlar panikten delirmiş bir vaziyette kafatası olmayan şeytanlar tarafından parçalanmaktadır. Olabilecek her şeyin en kötüsü cehennemde vücut bulmuştur. Ölenler diriltilip tekrar öldürülmekte ve intihar edenler tekrar tekrar aynı yaşamaktadırlar. Cehennemi yüzeyi ise atom bombası atılmış bir şehrin tasviridir.  Cehennemde hava o kadar sıcaktır ki etraftaki bütün cisimler erime halindedir.  Cehennem bir savaştır ve kaybeden insanlardır.

Peki ya cennet? Cennet bulutların üstünde sadece silueti olan silik bir şehirdir. İster Hristiyan kültür olsun ister başka bir kültür olsun cennet hem vardır hem de uzakta ve tasvir edilemezdir. Bu yüzden cennet sıkıcıdır. Halbuki Cehennem korkunç ve izlemesi çok eğlencelidir.  Aynı Gündüz Vassaf’ın anlattığı gibi sanatçılar cehennem denince yaratıcılıklarının sınırlarını zorlamışlar, adeta yeni bir dünya yaratmışlardır. Cennet ise ulaşılmak istenen ama asla tasvir edilmeyen bir şehirdir. Belki harika bir yerdir kim bilebilir? İlginç olan herkesin cenneti değil neden cehennemi merak ettiğidir. Bu soru hala geçerliliğini korumaktadır.

 Ersin


Monday, July 13, 2015

Post- Apocalyptic Art


Countless hours of surfing through images and movies through the internet had led me to believe that we want the apocalypse. 

We want the world to end.

And from the ashes and rubble we want to nature to take over the ruins of the cities that we call the cradles of civilization. But when human kind leaves the earth, there will be nothing left but concrete, metal and loads of leftover plastics. It is as useless as fighting against winds. Human kind is as important to universe as a small dust

 Elephant's Foot, Chernobyl Power Plant

Post - apocalyptic themes offer a great collage for artists to create and widen their art upon. The internet is swarming post apocalyptic images but I don't think that many people realize that in nuclear meltdowns, atomic explosions many of our kind died a horrible death .I believe humanitarian side has to be taken into consideration when appreciating this art 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A very brief introduction to Turkish Music

As I was searching for doom bands a conversation with  Billy Goate reminded me that I had very little to share on Turkish rock scene. So I gathered up a little info for the bands that I used to listen to now on then. This list is certainly not a complete list but it will give you an idea where to start with. I deliberately chose random musicians and groups so that when you search for those bands you may be able find others as well.

Erkan Oğur - The pioneer of fretless guitar, Erkan Ogur is a very well known guitarist in Turkish music scene. His playing is a mixture of Turkish folk music, jazz and some rock elements. Most of the music he plays is instrumental. He also runs a band called Telvin which I saw live last year. Erkan Oğur's music is certainly soothing and his riffs are reminders of Turkish music.


Akın Eldes - Akın Eldes has loads of albums since his departure from Bulutsuzluk Özlemi.He plays only instrumental stuff. His music is also a blend off jazz and rock but his tunes are more catchy to the ear. I also took some guitar lessons from him. Awesome guy :)

Yavuz Çetin - A very well known ( and missed) blues guitarist who was very popular before his death. His lyrics are awesome too...if you speak Turkish.

Pentagram - One of the most famous heavy metal bands in Turkey. In the late 90s there was a "witchhunt" of some satanists because of some unresolved murders in the cemeteries and many people were taken under custody. It turned out that there were no satanists lurking around and sacrificing people to Satan. Pentagram made a song called "Bir" which explains clearly that they are not satanists. It is by far the most popular song of Pentagram.

Murder King - Formely a cover bar group ,now an industrial- metal group that released an album this year. They also played under Megadeth and Gojira last week. The theme of Gezi Park Protests and unresolved murders of people in 90s are very prominent in their musi. They have strict political stance and they reflect it to their music.

Decaying Purity - Death metal band of Istanbul from Kadiköy district. They have released many albums since their inception in 2005. They played many shows in Europe. Recently they released a new album called "Malignant Resurrection of The Fallen Souls". These guys as they see give no concession from their death metal approach. They strictly distance themselves from metal bands who forgot their roots and I admire that. If you are looking for death metal band by definition this is metal band you listen to. Their vocalist and guitarist has also a side project called Engulfed which has more slow but more deadly feel to their song

Humbaba and Dionysian are doom bands that are very new but have roots in the death metal and rock scene. Due to previous experiences and smallness of the metal scene in Kadıköy, people are able to share and learn from their commercial and economical experiences. So I can say that the scene progresses much more faster than it used to.

Apart from these bands there are few sites that shares news about Turkish rock and metal scene. I only follow one of those zines and it 's by far the only one that shares good reviews.It 's called Morbidzine, check it out.

As I mentioned above the list is certainly not a complete list of Turkish artists. I advise anyone to watch Anadolu'nun Kayıp Şarkıları to get an idea about how deep and vast the Turkish music culture is. It is certainly not popular, a mystic and rarely recorded. As far as for the metal and doom scene, compared to foreign scenes we are taking baby steps but it will improve by time.

Cheers

Ersin






Sunday, August 3, 2014

Morbid Angel - Blessed are the Sick (1991)


As a proud owner of this masterpiece I can only say that to the open - minded Blessed are the Sick are more than just a cult death metal album. It is the pinpoint of 90's death metal. Morbid Angel lyrically and musically created a master piece that has lasted for centuries to come.

Blessed are the Sick was released from Earache Records back in 1991. I was 6 years old back then. If I could get my hands on such devilish act I may turn out to be much more better person.!

In the booklet there is a detailed information on the recording process and criticism against this album. Blessed are the Sick were the second release after Altars of Madness which had a bad production but it sounded devilishly awesome.

Every song on the album is awesome. I cannot pick any favorite apart from the Blessed are the Sick.









Monday, July 21, 2014

Bongripper - Miserable (2014)


Chicago's Bongripper Miserable contains the tunes that Satan listens to as he eternally torments the souls in hell. Endless starts with straight into the face riff that takes you into trance for 17 minutes.
Into Ruin is half an hour face-meltdown with nothing but punishing riffs of doom. I cannot imagine if it can get any heavier that this.You can write stories not reviews while listening to Bongripper. You can feel the strum of the palm to the guitar as the song progresses. The song takes surprising turns like turning into a full-black-metal riff, giving up absolutely nothing away from it's heaviness. Given the magnitude and heaviness of the songs you just listened Descent needs no introduction It's long, not blasting like Into Ruin but still Bongripper reminds us the demons we all feared that were under the bed are real and kicking under your bed. They are whispering that the time of doom has come.

Check Bongripper 's info on;

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