|Review: Episode 13 - Pitch Black|
Label: Raven Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
Turkish metal bands are not very common, even less Black Metal ones. Episode 13 was formed in 2001 by Ozan (vocals), Murat (guitars) and drummer Can. They had some output before, including a demo, before releasing their debut, Tabula Rasa in 2005. Last year (2008), they came up with their second effort called Pitch Black.
Originally, the idea was to create melodic Black Metal with a feel of evilness. Well, I believe Episode 13 have reached their goal. This album is made of nine simple, melodic, punchy, and in your face, type of compositions. Juicy and powerful guitar riffs, melodic / harmonious leads and tremolo picking, combined with sick raspy vocals throughout this kicking album. The production work is well done, and the band sounds pretty tight, making the listening experience enjoyable. I can even add that some of the guitar work has a slight tendency to lean towards the progressive side, in a few instances. A couple tracks are worth an honorable mention, namely "Self Destruction" and "Die Again" - the latter has some tasty crunchy riffs. My favorite composition is the title track, found on spot #3. Not only does it include keyboards and ambience, but this nicely kicking song comes with great riffing and demonstrates good writing skills.
Pitch Black came out not as boring as I first thought it was, though I don't consider it a great album as such.
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