Mezarkabul (known domestically as Pentagram) is one of the most famous and spectacular heavy metal bands in Turkey. Their first album, the self titled "Pentagram" was released in 1990 and consisted of speed/thrash metal songs. Murat Net, who would later be replaced by Demir Demirkan, played lead guitar for their first record.MEZARKABUL GENRES
Two years later, the band released their second album, "Trail Blazer", and for the first time gained the attention of heavy metal authorities in the world. Especially Ogün Sanlısoy's excellent vocals played a great part in this success. Additionally this album contained the very first bits of traditional Turkish music in Mezarkabul songs (No One Wins the Fight).
Five years after Trail Blazer had been released, in 1997, the band released another album called "Anatolia" which was, for many, the climax of the band's musical career. In Anatolia, the anatolian/turkish sound took so vast a place in the music that the band would be almost associated with this sound. The band also covered a "türkü" (turkish folk song) called "Gündüz Gece" by Aşık Veysel. With this album Ogün Sanlısoy was replaced by Murat İlkan who had a unique and metal-friendly vocal technique. After the release of Anatolia in 1998, the band recorded a gig performed in İstanbul and released a live album called "Popçular Dışarı" which also contained a cover of "Black Magic" of Slayer.
In 2001, the band released two great albums called "Unspoken" which consisted of Mezarkabul songs with English lyrics, and "Bir" containing songs with Turkish lyrics. Demir Demirkan was replaced by the lead guitarist Metin Türkcan with this album. Recorded and mastered in Sierra Studios in Greece, "Unspoken" was a masterpiece full of anatolian tunes and philosophical lyrics. Prepared especially for the Turkish audience, "Bir" contained two more "türkü" covers which are "Şeytan Bunun Neresinde" by Aşık Dertli and "Bu Alemi Gören Sensin" by Aşık Veysel.
The band caught so much attention with the excellent "Unspoken" that they performed in Wacken Open Air in 2002.
The current line-up of the band is;
Murat İlkan : Vocals
Hakan Utangaç : Rhythm Guitar
Metin Türkcan : Lead Guitar
Tarkan Gözübüyük: Bass
Cenk Ünnü : Drums
Thrash Metal (old), Heavy/Power Metal (new)
MEZARKABUL LYRICAL THEMES
Metal (early) / Suicide, Anatolian Pride, Life
Turkey (Istanbul), formed in 1987
MEZARKABUL CURRENT RECORD LABEL
MEZARKABUL CURRENT LINE-UP
Murat Ilkan - Vocals (Cem Köksal)
Hakan Utangaç - Guitar
Tarkan Gözübüyük - Bass
Cenk Ünnü - Drums
Metin Turkcan - Guitars (ex-Disgrace (Tur))
Onur Mubarek - Session Keys
MEZARKABUL PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Ogün Sanlisoy - Vocals
Murat Net - Guitars
Sebnem Ferah - Guest Live Vocals
Ümit Yýlbar (R.I.P. - Died while serving his country as a soldier)
Demir Demirkan - Guitars