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terça-feira, 27 de setembro de 2016

Khepra - Cosmology Divine (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream

Khepra was formed in 2009 under the name Gurz by Dou Kalender and Kenan Turandar. Since its formation, the band has released one EP in 2012 titled “Sons of Earth and Sky”, the EP received many positive comments worldwide and later went on to perform in several European countries.

The sound of the band evolved into having more middle eastern/Anatolian influences and got more aggressive as well. With the new style, they changed the band name to KHEPRA. They have recorded their first full length album "Cosmology Divine" in 2015, the album was mixed and mastered by producer Logan Mader.

Khepra  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that plays  a  symphonic  and melodic  mixture  of  black,  death and  folk  metal, they released their debut album  "Cosmology  Divine"  September 10th, 2016 under the label, Naturmacht /Rain  Without  End  Records.

The debut album of turkish Khepra is a wonderful blend of melodic death metal with black, symphonic and etchnical elements and delivers its very own listening experience. Everything is worked out very professional and with love for detail. The lyrics are as varied as the music: Science combined with Folklore and Myth from the realm of the East.

A  very  epic  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and also  mixes  in  with the  heavier sections  of  the  music  while acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are d one  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of blast beats  can  be  heard.

Most  of   the  vocals  are  black  metal  screams  while  clean singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  there  are  also  some female  vocals  in some  parts  of t he  songs  and  the  music  also mixes in  a  lot  of  ethnic  folk  music  elements  which  also shows different  types  of  musical instruments  being  added  onto  the recording.

Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid paced  and  fast  parts  and some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a more  melodic  death  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear traces of  Arabian and  Oriental  music  in  most  of  the  tracks  and  as the  album  progresses  some of  the  riffing  starts  getting  more thrash  influenced  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and epic in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word samples.

Media Praise

Plunged conceptually a mixture of folklore, myth and oriental heritage, each track of this "Cosmology Divine " is an earthly journey that makes us fly to the high levels of cosmic spirituality through an elegant combination of melodic death metal and ethnic sonorities. - (Rating 8.5/10)

Basically it’s melodic death metal with oriental influences. Raw vocals, not as low as true death metal, no shrieks like you find in black metal, no clean vocals like in power metal. Just very powerful, gruff but understandable. The folky side is found within the melodies and the use of oriental and acoustic sounds. Khepra is original enough to stand out among all the other competitors. - (Rating 9.5/10)

the sound of Khepra is sufficiently personal and full of inventiveness and, all things considered. In essence, Divine Cosmology is a work not to be missed for any reason, especially if you appreciate the basic these particular sounds. - metaleyes.iyezine (Rating 8/10)

Khepra have created a debut that knows how to appeal in all matters. The songs on "Cosmology Divine" are never too long, despite the many influences consistent and simple fun. The compositional talent of these two musicians is by the impeccable production in nothing, so there is virtually nothing to complain about. Who wants to hear Metal and symphonic Middle Eastern music in perfect balance, should use that disk not miss and absolutely essential to keep in mind Khepra. - (Rating 8.5/10)

Kephra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  symphonic  black metal and  melodic  death  metal  and mixes  it  with  ethnic  folk  music to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cosmology,  Occultism, Mythologies,  History  and  Religion themes. In  my  opinion Kephra  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  and  melodic mixture  of black,  death  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band. - A Diferent Shade of Black Metalzine (Rating 8.5/10)

Formed In: 2015
Status: Active
Years Active: 2009-2015 (as Gürz), 2015-Present

Dou Kalender - Vocals & Guitars & Orchestral
Tolga Köker - Guitars
Kenan Turandar - Bass
Erce Arslan – Drums

Country of Origin: Turkey
Location: Istanbul
Genre: Symphonic Death/Folk Metal

Current Label: Naturmacht / Rain Without End Records
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Cosmology Divine (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Released September 10, 2016

Erce Arslan - Recording, Engineering
Barış Baykal - Recording, Engineering
Doğukan Kalender - Recording, Pre-mixing (Orchestrations)
Logan Mader - Mixing, Mastering
Aybars Altay - Cover art
Tolga Köker - Design

Guest Musicians 
Murat Ilkan - Vocals (clean) (track 1)
Özgür Özkan - Vocals (clean) (track 2)
Onur Turgut - Vocals (choirs) (tracks 1, 2, 5), Ney (track 10)
Uğur Yılmaz - Vocals (choirs: baritone, bass) (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9)
Hakan Çiftçioğlu - Vocals (choirs: bass) (tracks 1, 5)
Melis Eser - Vocals (soprano) (track 1)
M.Cantuğ Ağıç - Guitars (add. lead) (tracks 1, 2)
Onur Narin - Guitars (add. lead, add. acoustic) (tracks 4, 7, 9)
Ersin Baykal - Kemane (tracks 2, 4), Bağlama (track 1), Oud (track 3)
Sühendan Çetin - Ney (tracks 3, 4)
Ediz Aydın - Ney (track 4)
Tolga Şekerci - Qanun (tracks 2, 7)
Erkan Yalın - Bendir (tracks 1, 4)
Özlem Yıldırım - Cello (track 5)

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