|Review: Baht - Bilincten Derine|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: June 1, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)
This is not the first band that I have heard from Turkey, but certainly the most aggressive. Baht are a young band struggling to make it in a pretty barren scene, and this was the first official release they put out in the form of a self-released EP. The title translates as roughly To the Deep Through Consciousness, and the lyrical themes seem to be all in a similar vein of inner reflections and personal feelings. This is a lyrical direction I myself loathe, but here you can't make the lyrics out unless you speak Turkish, so it doesn't really make an impression.
Musically this is pretty decent Death Metal with sprawling arrangements and a lot of melodic flourish. In places this sounds very Gothenburg, but it also has some Mideast sounds mixed in, so it avoids sounding cliché. There is certainly nothing brutal about it, though the growls are good enough, and the heavy parts are suitably heavy. I have to say the recording is pretty damned good for an indie disc, and does not sound cheap or inept in the slightest.
There's nothing really amazing here, but Baht show definite promise and a talent for melody mixed with heavy attack. The melodeath sound is a bit trendy for my taste, and I would prefer if this were more brutal, but overall Baht are a band worth checking out for fans of the style.
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