Mezarkabul (also known as Pentagram in Turkey) is a Turkish metal band formed by Hakan Utangaç and Cenk Ünnü. Mezarkabul is known for integrating Anatolian elements into their music.

Mezarkabul
Pentagram's performance on stage before Metallica Istanbul concert in 2008.
Pentagram's performance on stage before Metallica Istanbul concert in 2008.
Background information
Also known asPentagram
OriginBursa, Turkey
GenresHeavy metal, progressive metal, folk metal, thrash metal (early)
Years active1986–present
LabelsRMP/Nuclear Blast, Noise, Century Media, Sanctuary, Nepa Müzik, Raks Müzik, Böcek Yapim
Sony Music Entertainment (2012-current)
MembersHakan Utangaç
Cenk Ünnü
Tarkan Gözübüyük
Metin Türkcan
Gökalp Ergen
Ogün Sanlısoy
Demir Demirkan
Murat İlkan
Past membersÜmit Yilbar
Murat Net
Bartu Toptaş
Onur Pamukçu
Websitethepentagram.net

HistoryEdit

Mezarkabul was formed in Bursa in 1986 by guitarist Hakan Utangaç and drummer Cenk Ünnü. In 1987, bassist Tarkan Gözübüyük joined, and they started doing live shows. Their first show was performed at a wedding hall at Istanbul, Bağcılar. Tarkan Gozubuyuk could not make it to the concert and instead Ozgunay Unal joined the line up for the concert. By the time they made to their fifth song most of chairs and tables had been destroyed by the audiences. Turkey was meeting metal music and by their crazy emotions this chaoting action happened.Their first songs were released in 1990 on the self-titled Pentagram album. In 1992, a second guitarist Demir Demirkan joined the band, as well as a new lead singer, Bartu Toptas, helping Hakan to concentrate on his guitar duties. The new line-up played several gigs until Bartu decided to move back to Sweden. He left the band in March 1992 just when they had started to record the Trail Blazer album. The voice in the beginning of "Secret Missile" is Bartu's. To fill Bartu's void, the Mezarkabul members hired vocalist Ogün Sanlısoy. They released their second album Trail Blazer in the same year and enjoyed growing popularity, both in Turkey and across the world. In 1993 guitarist Ümit Yılbar was killed by terrorists on the mountain of Cıraf while he was serving the Turkish army. The remaining members recorded "Fly Forever" in memory of Ümit Yılbar, but the band recorded more songs that dealt with Yılbar's death: "1,000 in the Eastland" and "Anatolia" (both from the album Anatolia).

For the next three years, the band toured in Turkey and other countries. In 1995, vocalist Murat İlkan replaced Ogün, and they started working on their next album, Anatolia, which was released in Turkey in 1997. Several weeks after the release, Century Media approached Mezarkabul for a worldwide release. The lyrics of Anatolia addressed war, pain and ignorance, often in an unusual way. In "1,000 in the Eastland" the lyrics stress that "thousands of people are dying in the East, all ignored by the West, where one death becomes a tragedy", at the same time emphasizing that "fighting with hatred feeds the rich men". The album has been praised by Sea of Tranquility.[1]

They released a live album in 1997 called Popçular Dışarı. Guitarist Demir Demirkan departed, and was temporarily replaced with Onur "Mr.Cat" Pamukcu.

The band started recording its next album in 2000 in its own studio in Istanbul. Guitarist Metin Türkcan officially joined the band during the recording session. They composed 17 songs, and decided to split it into two different CDs. In 2001, Unspoken was released worldwide. In 2002, Bir was released in Turkey.

For their releases in Turkey, they use the name "Pentagram". However, due to an American doom metal band called Pentagram, they go by the name "Mezarkabul" for international releases.[2]

Sony Music released in 2008 Mezarkabul's concert album 1987, which includes the band's 20th anniversary concert in Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi on 4 February 2007.

The band celebrated their 25th year with their album MMXII. In 2014 they released their live album "Live MMXII" which consisted of live performances of the band since 2012.

In 2017, past members Demir Demirkan, Ogün Sanlısoy and Murat İlkan rejoined the band for their 30th anniversary release "Akustik"[3] where Turkish musician Şebnem Ferah features as well. They also played live shows as an octet with acoustic instruments, before reverting to electric instruments. The band usually plays live shows as a septet; with Demir only occasionally appearing in live shows, however it has been confirmed on Demir's Instagram page that he will feature on their upcoming album.[4]

With the reunited members, the band released the first single Bu Düzen Yıkılsın on digital music platforms on 30 October 2020 and a video clip of the song was released on YouTube on 1 November 2020.In 29 January "Sur" and 4 June "Pride" called songs released on music and video platforms.

9th September of 2022 Makina Elektrika that newest album released on music platforms.

Influence on Turkish musicEdit

Mezarkabul is often considered to be the pioneers of heavy metal in Turkey. The band's work has inspired all forms of rock music and helped it to gain popularity in Turkey.[5] They were known to collaborate with the late vocalist of Vitamin, Gökhan Semiz, and Vitamin itself. Also, Tarkan Gözübüyük has produced, arranged and performed with numerous artists and bands. Early examples of his work as a contributing artist includes Şebnem Ferah's debut album titled Kadın which was a success in Turkey. Later on in 2005, Gözübüyük produced Ferah's album titled Can Kırıkları. Another example, Mor ve Ötesi's groundbreaking album Dünya Yalan Söylüyor was produced by Gözübüyük.[6] In addition to contributions to rock music, Mezarkabul members have contributed to popular music as well. Demir Demirkan, as he pursued his solo career, wrote the lyrics and produced the first Turkish song ever to win the Eurovision song contest. Tuna Kiremitçi, of the Vatan newspaper, wrote an article about the band, praising their contributions.[7]

MembersEdit

Current membersEdit

Former membersEdit

  • Engin Tümer- Lead guitar (1987)
  • Ümit Yılbar - Lead guitar (1988–1989)
  • Burak Kalaycı Lead guitar (1989)
  • Murat Net - Lead guitar (1989–1990)
  • Bartu Toptas - lead vocals (1990–1992)
  • İhsan Sen - Lead guitar (1992-1993)
  • Onur "Mr.Cat" Pamukcu - guitar (1998–2000)

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 1990 - Pentagram
  • 1992 - Trail Blazer
  • 1997 - Anatolia
  • 2001 - Unspoken
  • 2002 - Bir
  • 2012 - MMXII [8]
  • 2017 - Akustik
  • 2022 - Makina Elektrika - Sony Music

Live albumEdit

  • 1997 - Popçular Dışarı. Includes tracks:[9]
    1. Intro (Omen II)
    2. Before the Veil
    3. Behind the Veil
    4. Welcome the End
    5. No One Wins the Fight
    6. G.S.T.K.P.
    7. Vita es Morte
    8. Gündüz Gece
    9. Black Magic
    10. Rotten Dogs
    11. 999
    12. 1000 in the Eastland
    13. Anatolia
  • 2008 - Pentagram 1987. Includes tracks:[10]
    1. Gordions Knot
    2. In Esîr like an Eagle
    3. Unspoken
    4. Seytan Bunun Neresinde
    5. No One Wins the Fight
    6. This Too Will Pass
    7. 1000 in the Eastland
    8. For the One Unchanging
    9. Vita Es Morte
    10. Anatolia
    11. Powerstage
    12. Rotten Dogs
    13. Bu Alemi Gören Sensin
    14. Dark Is the Sunlight
    15. Take My Time
    16. Ölümlü
    17. G.S.T.K.P.
    18. Secret Missile
    19. Tigris
    20. Bir
    21. Lions in a Cage
    22. Behind the Veil
    23. Gündüz Gece
    24. For Those Who Died Alone
  • 2014 - Live MMXIV. Includes tracks:[11]

Disc 1 (CD)

    1. Sand 06:00
    2. Nevermore 06:10
    3. Geçmişin Yükü 05:05
    4. Beyond Insanity 04:18
    5. Doğmadan Önce 05:05
    6. Wasteland 05:49
    7. Dawn Again 04:33
    8. Disturbing the Peace 04:07
    9. Uzakta 04:46
    10. Apokalips 06:47
  • 52:40

Disc 2 (DVD)

    1. 1000 in the Eastland 04:28
    2. Şeytan Bunun Neresinde 03:26
    3. Give Me The Something To Kill The Pain 04:12
    4. Wasteland 05:32
    5. Gündüz Gece 04:12
    6. Lions in a Cage 05:13
    7. Geçmişin Yükü 04:53
    8. Tigris / Bir 05:08
    9. Uzakta 04:46
    10. Vita Es Morte 04:58
    11. Wasteland 05:59
    12. Sand 05:56
    13. Beyond Insanity 04:16
    14. Tigris / Bir 05:26
    15. Give Me The Something To Kill The Pain 04:38
    16. Geçmişin Yükü 05:17
    17. Unspoken 06:23
    18. 1000 in the Eastland 05:02
    19. Wasteland 05:32
    20. Disturbing the Peace 04:13
    21. Sand 04:52
    22. Beyond Insanity 04:18
    23. Tigris / Bir 05:41
    24. Geçmişin Yükü (Videoclip) 05:08
    25. Apokalips (Videoclip) 06:24
  • 02:05:53

DemoEdit

  • 1991 - Live at the Trail

DVDEdit

  • 2008 - Pentagram 1987

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Review: "Pentagram: Anatolia" - Sea of Tranquility - the Web Destination for Progressive Music!". Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  2. ^ "Mezarkabul - Biography - Metal Storm". Metalstorm.net. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  3. ^ Gitar, Türk (2017-03-03). "Pentagram - Akustik". Türk Gitar (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  4. ^ "⚡⚡demirdemirkan⚡⚡ on Instagram: "Solo gitar kayıtları sürüyordu... 🤘🤘🤘 #pentagrammezarkabul #seymourduncanpickups @pentagramofficial @hakanutangac @cenk_unnu…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  5. ^ "Pentagram | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  6. ^ "Mor ve ötesi resmi web sitesi". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Pentagram". Thepentagram.net. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  9. ^ "Popçular Dışarı - Mezarkabul". Last.fm. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Pentagram 1987 - Mezarkabul". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Popçular Dışarı - Mezarkabul". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 27 March 2020.