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If for many, many years Cenotaph seemed to (almost literally) be preaching in the desert, over the last decade the Turkish extreme underground has risen from basically nothing to become one of southern Europe’s most interesting death metal scenes. Unlike, say, Sweden, there might not be thousands of bands but a few of them, like the aforementioned and still active Cenotaph (2010’s ‘Putrescent Infectious Rabidity’ is brutal death classic!),

Decimation, Carnophage, Decaying Purity, Hellsodomy and Burial Invocation have all unleashed killer releases worth checking out. While they might not necessarily share the same influences or the same outlook on the genre, they all have one thing in common: an unquenchable thirst for venturing into dark territories. So do Engulfed, whose debut fulllength ‘Engulfed In Obscurity’ confirms all the great promises their debut EP presented five long years ago. “This is the band that allows us to perform a simpler, darker and more traditional form of death metal,” explains their guitarist Mustafa, who used to also play in Burial Invocation and still leads Decaying Purity. “Things have always happened very slowly with Engulfed, right from the get-go. Even if we formed back in 2010, it took us almost three years to put out our first EP. The same thing almost happened with the album: the songs were basically ready as far back as 2013 but both our other musical commitments and personal lives delayed things until now. But we hope from now on to be more active especially since these nine new songs are gloomier, grimmer and far more intense than our early material.” Still, in between the recurrent terrorist threat, the recent failed coup d’état and the massive wave of arrests that followed, it’s hard to fathom how difficult it must be these days for a Turkish metal band, even based in the cosmopolitan and nearly fifteen million strong metropolis of Istanbul. “Well, the local erratic political situation affects us first and foremost financially wise, at least for now. All the recent events unavoidably led to an unstable economy and the depreciation of our currency and made regular band activities such as touring, recording or even just rehearsing even more costly. We haven’t faced issues such as censoring yet, but by looking at the current situation in our country, we are expecting far worse in the future. My personal opinion is that while things are getting really fucked up over here, nevertheless metal is on the rise in Turkey. Both the audience and the music producers are being scourged by all this adversity and it shows in the music.”

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I bloody love The Obsessed’s new album – it’s packed with grooves and riffs and isn’t one-dimensional in the slightest. I recall getting psyched when Relapse announced they had signed the band and since the news landed, plotting with the label about putting Wino and his band on the cover. It seems like aeons since they recorded the album last summer, but as Wino explains in our cover feature, a lot has been going on since that recording session. Go and read all about it now! And if you haven’t heard the album, please go check it out – it’s well worth the twenty-plus year wait since ‘The Church Within’. I always remember Wino and co. sticking out like a sore thumb when I saw them in Nottingham’s Rock City opening for Prong and Life Of Agony in support of that album – a sea of audience confusion greeted them, but the drive and honesty that oozed from the trio that night had a long-lasting impression on me, and I cannot wait to see them on our shores again soon, I hope. So, as always enjoy the issue in your hands. Every month Kez and the writing crew pour blood, sweat and tears into the issue to make it the best we can. It’s tough times out there, we have no crowd-funding hype machines behind us, just passion, belief and, frankly, stubbornness. And of course, enjoyment in the music. Take care and see you next month! Adios Darren Sadler