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Into The Cunt Of The Witch

(2016)

 

Ramblings Of Scvm

 

Deaf Sparrow 4/5

 

Czech: Sic Maggot

 

Metal Storm 8.1/10

 

Don's Metal Reviews

 

Brutal Sedition

 

Merchants Of Air

 

Absit Omen

 

Greek: Rock Overdose 78/100

 

Spanish: Black Metal Spirit 8.4/10

 

Transcending Obscurity

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Occult Black Metal 8/10

 

 

Kosmoskampf

(2015)

 

Don's Metal Reviews 88/100

 

Musclassia's List

 

Death Metal Underground

 

Metal Storm 8/10

 

Spanish: Black Metal Spirit 8.2/10

 

Merchants Of Air

 

Greek: Rock Overdose

 

Occult Black Metal 8/10

 

 

Red Bible Black / Blliigghhtted

(2015)

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Occult Black Metal 8/10

 

 

No Temple

(2015)

 

Czech: Sicmaggot

 

The Crypt 1331

 

Metal Bandcamp

 

The Metal Observer 8/10

 

Greek: Rock Overdose 77/100

 

Portuguese: Nocturnal Ashes

 

Spanish: Black Metal Spirit 8.2/10

 

Occult Black Metal Zine 8/10

 

 

Zeroes

(2015)

 

Greek: Rock Overdose 80/100

 

Spanish: Black Metal Spirit 8/10

 

Czech: Sicmaggot

 

MetalStorm 8.3/10

 

The Metal Oberver 7.5/10

 

About.com 3.5/5

 

Kingdom Of Noise

 

Occult Black Metal Zine 8/10

 

 

Which Of You Have Done This?

(2014)

 

Metal Bandcamp

 

The Metal Observer 6.5/10

 

Disfactory.it

 

Occult Black Metal Zine 8/10

 

 

 

 

 

Into The Cunt Of The Witch

 

Ramblings Of Scvm

 

The moment I found out about this band was the moment I first layed eyes on the cover art for this twisted journey of an album. The face of their now deceased singer Ruhan (and all the hate that comes with it), who committed suicide last year (I believe). When I found out about this band and their history, it prompted me to give them a listen, and i’m glad I did. Particularly this album. This is a concept album that deals with the themes of death, suicide and everything in between. The album is broken up into 4 sections of songs. Each section dealing with a different theme and each containing it’s own brand of weirdness and just outright disturbingness. A very experimental and eclectic effort that definitely is a required taste, but if you’re of an open mind, you should check this one out. Very dark and very good. Reminiscent of Maniac era Mayhem in some parts, which is a plus.

 

Scvm

9.12.2016

 

 

 

Deaf Sparrow

 

The absolute hatred on this girl's face had me interested immediately. I was looking to gag on some rotting mucous. Her eyes, lips, there's just so much loathing there. Now, I'm not definite, but I believe it's the founding member of Blliigghhtted, who sadly committed suicide in 2015. I really wanted to shake her hand over the email thing, so that's a shame, but from what I can see she lived her vision so I'll reach my hand into the ether and hope she bites it.

 

I'm going to think here for a second on how to best write the title of this without Facebook banning me. So yes, offensive. Okay, let's try this "Into the (Expletive) of the Witch" is not for the faint. You'd expect me to say "of heart" after that but you can't possibly possess a heart if you decide to listen to this. The rest of you just unlike the page right now because this is the kind of thing there's no coming back from.

 

Blliigghhtted come from Turkey, which is not too known for black metal unless you've encountered it before. But don't think of this as classic BM or something to easily pop in the player, this is more of the experimental, chaotic vein that's becoming more popular in metal these days, but it's one of the few acts I've seen pull it off to any degree other than awful. "Into the (Expletive) of the Witch" is a total riff salad most of the time, it's complete disintegration of form to the extent that you have to force your brain to comprehend. And that, unfortunately for the weak, is going to lead you into their lyrical and thematic territory in the end. I've experienced some pretty extreme stuff in my day, but the kind of imagery this wonderful, and sadly deceased, girl was playing with are going to upset most of you. I saw one Czech interview that was titled "Dad's Choking on My Vomit of His (Filthy Word)," so that should pretty much summarize what you're going to find. If you don't get it I'm talking about complete misanthropy, hatred of everything. As a whole, however, the real fault of it lies in the fact that it doesn't really give the listener any ability to enjoy it, it simply ruins you, even the music, moving around violently like a schizophrenic delusional breakdown from one hallucination to the next. When you find a riff sticking, it's suddenly pummeled, or covered in wailing that makes you hate yourself. I've heard some disgusting stuff, but this one did make me happy. It's going to be tough for most of you to choke down; even if forced with a ramrod the taste will stick to the back of your throat for weeks. Be warned. Thanks to Merdümgiriz for the promo; guy's VERY persistent and he hand-makes all his stuff so check him out.

 

Score: 4 / 5

 

Be careful, but if you want to check it out here it is.

 

Stanley Stepanic

29.9.2016

 

 

 

Sic Maggot

 

Zvrácená formace Blliigghhtted vtrhla do světa undergroundové muziky s opravdu úctyhodnou vervou. V roce 2014 vyšel jeden demosnímek „Which of You Have Done This?“, který byl pouhou předzvěstí toho, co následovalo v roce následujícím. V průběhu dvanácti měsíců s kódovým označením 2015 (dle gregoriánského kalendáře, samozřejmě) totiž Blliigghhtted vyplivli tři dlouhohrající desky „Zeroes“„No Temple“ a „Kosmoskampf“ a mezi nimi ještě další víc jak půlhodinu hudby v rámci splitka s Italy Red Bible Black.

 

V roce 2016 jako by tvůrčí přetlak ustal, protože žádné desky nevycházely, a to ani u personálně spřízněných projektůViranesir či Yayla. Jak se ovšem ukázalo, když byla ohlášena nová nahrávka „Into the Cunt of the Witch“, háček asi vězel v něčem jiném. Hlavní tvůrčí silou v pozadíBlliigghhtted totiž byla Ruhan (nebo také Ruhanathanas), která v loňském roce spáchala sebevraždu. „Into the Cunt of the Witch“ je tedy posledním albem. Jeho materiál byl složen ještě v době, kdy Ruhan žila, ale nahrávání a dotažení již proběhlo bez ní (což si prý přála, aby došlo k dokončení desky). O texty se na rozdíl od předcházejících počinůBlliigghhtted postaral Emir Toğrul (všechny nástroje vyjma bicích) a i bez jejich přečtení je už jen z názvů skladeb jako „Life Is a Prison“„Death Is Life“ nebo „Suicide Is Painless“ zřejmé, co je jejich tématem. Když už jsme ale u toho, je nutno dodat, že texty na „Into the Cunt of the Witch“ jsou svým způsobem dost zvláštní, hlavně při vědomí, že se nejedná o pózu, ale že za tím stojí skutečný příběh a smrt. Rozhodně stojí za čtení při poslechu, neboť pak dojde k umocnění zážitku.

 

Pro člověka znalého dřívějších nahrávek Blliigghhtted asi„Into the Cunt of the Witch“ po hudební stránce nebude nějakým extrémním překvapením, jelikož gró zůstává nezměněno. Opětovně se jedná o mocně chorobný špinavý blackmetalový hnus. Může se zdát, že se Blliigghhttedvlastně jen opakují, ale na druhou stranu, ta jejich produkce je natolik intenzivní a natolik nemocná, že to ani na čtvrtý pokus nenudí. Rozdíly jsou sice jen kosmetické, ale nějaké přece jenom jsou. „Zeroes“ a „Kosmoskampf“ sázely na malý počet dlouhých kompozic, ale novinka se svým pojetím blíží spíše k „No Temple“, což v překladu znamená, že operuje s větším počtem zběsilých kusů. Ačkoliv je pravda, že mnohé z nich na sebe navazují tak plynule, že to je skoro jedno.

 

Tu a tam se samozřejmě objeví i nějaký dejme tomu pomalejší moment, například hned ve druhé „Black Flame II: Keep Your Light from Me“, nicméně pomalejší v podání Blliigghhtted stále znamená ultimátní zvrácenost a leckde se stává, že i pod nějakou pocitově ne tak agresivní pasáží stále jedou zvířecí bicí. Právě animálnost a pocit jakéhosi nezkrotného amoku a šílenosti, jaký z muziky vyvěrá, je jednou z hlavních předností Blliigghhtted a „Into the Cunt of the Witch“ v tomto ohledu nijak nezaostává. Nicméně pozor – i navzdory tomu se nejedná o tupou řezanici a v rámci nastavených mezí se jedná o vcelku propracované skladby. Je ovšem pravda, že to není zrovna lehký úkol tam tohle slyšet…

 

Nebudeme si nic nalhávat, Blliigghhtted hrají docela extrém a nejedná se o lehce stravitelnou záležitost. Já osobně mám z produkce Merdümgiriz (a teď mám na mysli především ty projekty točící se okolo Emira Toğrula, majitele labelu) naposloucháno relativně dost, už vím, co od toho čekat, a přistupuju k tomu s tím, že půjde o zkurveně temnou záležitost s chaotickým oparem. A přesto s každým novým albem docela bojuju, protože to snad ani nelze strávit na dva, tři poslechy. Stejně tak se to mělo i s „Into the Cunt of the Witch“, které potřebovalo čas, aby se z té změti odpornosti začaly nořit momenty jako třeba „chóry“ v „Death II: Ejaculating into Darkness“, ale je to tam, opět jsem si v tom dokázala najít to svoje. Nicméně vzhledem k tomu, jak zvěrsky ta deska zní (hlavně na první poslech a hlavně v momentě, kdy neznáte starší věci), plně pochopím, pokud to někdo zahodí po prvním poslechu s tím, že je to prostě bordel. Což svým způsobem jistě je, akorát já to myslím jako pochvalu.

 

Recenzi snad ani nelze ukončit jinak než obligátním prohlášením, že pokud jste si svojskou produkciBlliigghhtted oblíbili v minulosti, pak vás „Into the Cunt of the Witch“ dostane taktéž, jelikož si Turci drží svou laťku – specifickým týráním kytary počínaje, zmagořenou palbou bicích pokračuje, hnusnými vokály konče. Všechno tam je, bez slitování to posluchače ničí ohavnou atmosférou a navíc to v sobě ukrývá hned několik moc silných chvilek. Krása Blliigghhtted tkví v jejich odpudivosti.

 

Na závěr ještě dodatek. Vzhledem k tomu, jak dobrá všechna čtyři alba Blliigghhtted jsou, je velká škoda, že kapela fungovala takto krátce, ve své podstatě se vše hlavní událo během jediného roku. Nevěšme ovšem hlavu, neboť turecké šílenství dozajista nekončí úplně. Věřím tomu, že Emir Toğrul už ve své noře kutí další počin Viranesir, což je obdobná hnusota.

 

H.

31.8.2016

 

 

 

Metal Storm

 

One of Blliigghhtted's candles was suddenly blown away as one of the members, Ruhan, committed suicide during December 2015… But just like the embers of a candle can ignite a new flame, Ruhan's unfortunate death is the main force behind the final album by this project.

Into The Cunt Of The Witch can be seen as a study on suicide. The lyrics on this black metal tale deal heavily with death, suicide, religion, society and the uncertainty behind these concepts. All this through the mind of the diseased member and what could have possibly leaded to her demise. The album is divided in 4 movements with each one covering different lyrical themes while subtle yet effective musical changes take place as well. "Black Flame" kicks off in a straightforward fashion with solid and dissonant black metal mixed with just a tiny bit of death metal here and there for extra oomph. The songs are fairly short but make their point clear with their viciousness and fast pace. 

Things slow down with "Illusion", as this movement starts off with hypnotic leads which eventually become more chaotic with time. The vocals are sung quite freely, almost like a narration of Ruhan's life yet they flow well with the music, changing from higher screams to throaty growls and even low, nearly lamenting, clean vocals depending on the music and lyrics. The second half of the album covering the themes of (Ruhan's) death and suicide provides a more dynamic songwriting with slower doomy passages and plenty of melancholic melodies as if they were announcing the upcoming tragedy.

All in all, Into The Cunt Of The Witch is quite the harrowing album. The subject matter and the lyrics related to it are intriguing but do not take over the music. The album changes voices with ease and at times it makes it hard to truly describe its' sound as the elements involved make up an homogenous style. Fans of erratic, chaotic yet oddly melodic metal should dive into this cunt!

 

8.1/10

 

Mr. Doctor

28.7.2016

 

 

 

Don's Metal Reviews

 

The fourth full-length from Turkish avant-garde black metallers Blliigghhtted offers a highly enjoyable and entertaining variety of chaos and discordance that’s quite scattered but still remains fully coherent. With it’s black metal baseline here, this one tends to feature that generally appealing as the fiery tremolo-picked rhythms and stylish melodies firmly place the band within the genre, and it’s only upon dealing with the bands’ other influences that it really becomes apparent how it all works together. Mixing in ambient soundscapes underneath the main rhythms to create a discordant feel against those more traditional elements, there’s a definite sense of experimentation present as it pushes against the most singularly-defined variation of black metal aesthetics since they’re just so weird-sounding against the fiery tremolo rhythms. That does make for quite a varied and highly enjoyable time here as this experimentation is quite appreciated since it’s just putting slightly off-kilter arrangements within the framework of solid black metal that doesn’t really differ too much from nominal chaotic-influenced groups. The fact that the album does seem to lose steam with the four different sections running through varied elements so that it’s quite hard to make out what each one really means overall since there’s little point in doing so at that stage since it ties nothing together with the different sections featured. That’s the only thing really holds this one back.

The first half sets the stage for this one nicely. Opener ‘Black Flame I: Life Is a Prison’ takes thumping tremolo riff-work and pounding drumming through urgent, frantic patterns with discordant rhythms storming along through the highly explosive swirling tremolo patterns firing off through the finale for a fine and enjoyable opener. ‘Black Flame II: Keep Your Light from Me’ uses thunderous, rumbling patterns and plenty of discordant tremolo riff-work firing along through the frantic, chaotic blasts of furious patterns clanking along to the stuttering rhythms before the abrupt end in the final half for a rather dynamic offering. ‘Black Flame III: Death Is Life’ bleeds through with the furious, frantic drumming and frenetic riffing carrying the explosive atmospheres along through the series of chaotic rhythms blazing along throughout the furious riff-work and chaotic blistering drumming in the finale for a highly enjoyable and engaging effort. ‘Illusion I: Religion’ uses screeching riffing and rather simplistic, plodding drumming throughout the early rhythms before turning into a frenzied series of blasting, pounding drumming alongside the frenetic swirling riff-work leading into the abrupt end in the final half for an explosive and enjoyable effort. ‘Illusion II: Pleasure, Pain and Pedophilia’ bleeds through the frantic, frenzied riffing and blistering drumming with a series of swarming tremolo riffing carrying on alongside the frenetic tempo as the chaotic swarm of blasting rhythms carries on into the finale for the album’s highlight as a singular track. ‘Illusion III: Suicide Is Painless’ uses swirling tremolo riffing with plenty of tight, mid-paced blasting and a darkened atmosphere as the churning death-metal styled grooves give way to more of a chaotic blast of fiery classic tremolo-styled riffing and pummeling drumming that carry on through the final half for another solid highlight.

The second half is certainly just as fun and lively as the first half. ‘Death I: Unknown, Unknowable, Uncertain’ features swirling tremolo patterns and frantic, chaotic drumming blasting along throughout the frenetic thumping drumming leading into the finale for a short, disposable interlude that does setup the following track ‘Death II: Ejaculating into Darkness’ as the swirling, plodding rhythms and rather fine mid-tempo industrial collages continue on throughout into the later half where the blasting drumming and frenetic, chaotic patterns charge on through the blistering tempos in the final half for another strong singular effort. ‘Death III: Black Flame Is Refusal’ takes a swirling mid-tempo tremolo riff through a stilted series of plodding tempos against the plodding drumming as the frenzied, chaotic blasting carries along into the strong series of chaotic rhythms in the finale for a strong effort overall. ‘Suicide I: Chaos Everywhere’ leads a tortured scream into a series of plodding mid-tempo riffing with plodding tremolo riffing alongside the frantic blasting drumming that settles into a wholly chaotic series of blinding drumming bristling along through the tremolo riffing in the final half for a highly scathing effort. ‘Suicide II: Naked Life’ takes frantic swirling tremolo patterns and plenty of blasting drumming along through the pummeling tempos filled with scorching patterns and furious, frenzied riff-work with plenty of dynamic tremolo patterns along throughout the series of blistering tremolo patterns into the finale for a wholly enjoyable effort. Lastly, ‘Suicide III: Certainty Is Illusion’ uses a plodding sound-collage intro with plenty of stylish drumming and thumping mid-tempo tremolo riffing that extends outward into the series of swirling atmospheric breaks all throughout the extended mid-section and carrying on through the discordant riffing in the final half for an extended and overlong lasting impression.

Though there’s some misfires here and there along with the overall brevity of this effort, there’s still overall plenty to like and enjoy about this releases as it still features a lot of the trademark rhythms and elements present that it should appeal to those who enjoy and appreciate this chaotic breed of black metal or extreme metal in general.

 

85/100

 

Don Anelli

7.7.2016

 

 

 

Brutal Sedition

 

My friend Emir Togrul is involved in a lot of bands. The guy cranks out so much material he puts most other artists to shame. One of the bands he plays in is called Blliigghhtted. Is that spelling convention a reference to Voivod? Never mind. The lineup consisted of Emir Togrul, Merdumgiriz, and a woman named Ruhanathanas, or Ruhan for short. They formed in 2014 and released quite a bit of material in just a short amount of time. Sadly, Ruhan died recently, and Into the Cunt of the Witch was the last thing she ever recorded. Emir asked me to review this, and I am happy to oblige.

 

I gotta say, this is one of the darkest and rawest black metal albums I've listened to in a long time. The production is audible but still incredibly abrasive. It sounds like the band recorded this album in some dark and decrepit dungeon filled with desolation and despair. The music features a special blend of grim distortions and bleak tones that stir up feelings of dread and anguish within the listener, which is exactly the kind of mood that the band was going for.

 

The music itself is very hard to explain. The band doesn't stick to one style of black metal. Instead, they implement several different styles to create a chaotic and unsettling experience. The drums play a lot of mid-paced patterns that are quite unorthodox in their structure. They sound disjointed, almost as if they emerged from a fractured mind. They also play more traditional mid-paced rhythms that feature rumbling double bass and rather intricate patterns. To be honest, these rhythms feel more like death metal than black metal. They also make sure to include some rapid blast beats of the Norwegian vein.

 

The guitars are equally diverse. There are moments when they play tremolo riffs that range in style from discordant to graceful. Sometimes they slow things down and play riffs that are inspired by doom metal. All of these riffs feature a bleak and overwhelming tone, which perfectly reflect the song titles which range from “Black Flame I: Life Is a Prison” to “Suicide III: Certainty Is Illusion”. The vocals primarily consist of the tried and true sinister rasp which spews forth hatred and contempt. However, there are moments when they surprise us by performing clean vocals which end up giving the music an air of gloom.

 

However, it was Ruhanathanas that did all the songwriting for the album. (The Metal Archives page for this band says she did “conduction”, so I'm assuming that means musical conductor.) Emir Togrul and Merdumgiriz are merely the vessels through which Ruhan's hatred flowed. The end result is something that exudes tides of malice and depravity. Most artists pass away burnt out, but others create something amazing before they depart this world. This album is of the latter category.

 

Hell Raven

28.6.2016

 

 

 

Merchants Of Air

 

This album could be seen as either a tribute or a farewell note, or maybe both. It was recorded after the death of founding member Ruahanathanas, which was her last wish. Known for her work with acts like Yayla and Viranesir, Ruhan started this project to deal with her longing for freedom, her battle to understand religion, society, life and death. After her suicide, the other members took it upon themselves to finish this farewell.

The result is a harsh, chaotic and schizophrenic album that gnaws on your very conscience. In a way you can compare this to the vintage black metal sound of the early nineties, when Scandinavian hordes of misfits gained attention. Much like those acts, this album is covered in a thick gloomy atmosphere, representing depression, terror, fear. and dark spirituality. In four significant themes ('Black Flame', 'Illusion', 'Death' & 'Suicide', this act drags you along their darkest thoughts and emotions.

Besides the gritty, raunchy and grim elements of black metal, there seem to be influences from a number of other genres. In 'Black Flame III - Death Is Life' and 'Illusion I - Religion' I sense elements from punk and noise rock. On other occasions flashes of hardcore or even sludge metal shine through, mainly in the fierce drums and often suffocating riffs. But the main part of this album is rancid blackened noise, which places this right into the underground cult-scene of the black metal world.

And that is probably how this album should be described: a testament of underground cult, twisted, controversial and uncompromising. Like all of Merdumgiriz' releases, each copy of 'Into The Cunt Of The Witch' CD, tape, t-shirt and patch will be made by hand in the artisanal style. Emir paints the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, making all non-machined parts from scratch. With that in mind, this truly is a great tribute and a must-have for fans of the deepest regions of the world of extreme music.

 

Serge Timmers

24.6.2016

 

 

 

Absit Omen

 

Hailing from Çamlıyayla,Turkey, Blliigghhtted is not unknown to anybody who enjoys good audio-terror/noise recordings. I’ve sat here a couple of hours and thought of a proper way to review something like this, but it is pretty hard. Blliigghhtted consists of filmmaker-musician Emir Togrul of YAYLA, idiosyncratic drummer Merdümgiriz and led by Ruahanathanas (Viranesir) creating a soundtrack of your nightmares. The project is releasing the fifth and final full length album through Merdumgiriz Records but this time is very special record ,last one where we have presence of late Ruahanathanas before she chose to end her life on her own terms.


The feeling in this recording is enormous. This is no recording meant for the feeble hearted or people who do not appreciate art in general. I consider Blliigghhtted as art, although the geniuses behind it may seem as madmen.This is harsh, and every moment an instrument is crackling with noise with screaming vocals in the background with drums almost being hit at random. That’s all part of the charm, the cold, calculated torture that “Into the Cunt of the Witch” is. In the music of Blliigghhtted there is always something that tries to grab the attention of the listener. Never is there any complete silence in the dark atmosphere. Never does it calm down to a state in which the listener would be able to draw some breath over a longer period of time. They create in the mind of the listener a feeling of being on a trip in which horrible entities are passed, torments have to be endured and perhaps at the end a state of salvation is achieved. “Into the Cunt of the Witch” is like soul-searching amid desolate soundscapes of bristling, buzzing guitar noise, gently swirling and trilling guitar melodies, tortured screeching and always that strange atmosphere of blissful and serene yet deranged black trance. Layers of sound and noise are at once warm and soothing, and filled with agony and derangement is an impressive piece of oppressive, devastating raw art. It’s not ultra grim, nor is it needlessly harsh in production value, instead Blliigghhtted hit us with wave after wave of merciless riffs, surprising stylistic changes and harrowing vocals. This achieves in being what most one man BM bands want to so badly without resorting to a single cliché or accepted norm. Despite the plethora of directions this album goes at times still this release hits in so many more ways than pretty much all the other ultra grim raw BM bands could ever dream. The dark and disturbing atmosphere legions of Black Metal bands try to achieve and create so desperately, is being done here in a way and with a nonchalance that is amazing. A fully realized concept. This is something so lacking from much of Extreme Metal today. Yet Blliigghhtted so completely nail every single idea in every single track, it is a marvel to behold. In such a strange twist, while creating one of the most insane releases I have ever heard. The sheer beauty of the compositions is so overwhelmingly awesome, so fucking complete, they are impossible to ignore. All I can hope is that this small masterpiece is not lost to time and obscurity like so many others. A must listen and a must own. This recording is one of those that go down in history as a masterpiece. But that is just my opinion. Listen to it and let your nightmares loose.

 

Mariano

21.6.2016

 

 

 

Rock Overdose

 

Τον περασμένο χρόνο είχα την ευκαιρία να ακούσω και να γράψω κριτική και για τους τρεις δίσκους των Τούρκων Blliigghhtted, και ήμουν σίγουρος ότι με το ρυθμό που συνέθεταν δίσκους, θα ασχολούμουν με το συγκεκριμένο συγκρότημα για πολλά χρόνια ακόμα. Όμως σε αυτή τη ζωή δεν έρχονται όλα όπως θες και δεν γίνεται πάντα αυτό που σκέφτεσαι, καθώς δεν χρειάζεται πολύ για να έρθουν τα πάνω κάτω και να ανατραπούν τα σχέδιά σου. Έτσι έγινε και με τους Τούρκους, οι οποίοι κυκλοφόρησαν τον τελευταίο τους δίσκο, καθώς το ιδρυτικό μέλος του συγκροτήματος, η Ruhan, αυτοκτόνησε, οπότε αποφασίστηκε και η διάλυσή του.

 

Η σύνθεση των κομματιών τελείωσε προτού πεθάνει η Ruhan, ενώ η ηχογράφηση τους ολοκληρώθηκε από τα υπόλοιπα δύο μέλη της μπάντας. Όσον αφορά το γράψιμο των στίχων, τους οποίους έγραφε πάντα εκείνη, με αυτό ασχολήθηκε εξολοκλήρου ο Emir Toğrul, και όπως είναι φυσικό, αυτή τη φορά δεν μιλάνε για τα πράγματα, με τα οποία καταπιάνονταν η Ruhan, αλλά για την ίδια, για την αυτοκτονία της και για το πώς αντιλαμβανόταν αυτόν τον κόσμο, καθιστώντας έτσι το Into the Cunt of the Witch ένα είδους αφιέρωσης προς το πρόσωπό της.

 

Η μουσική, τώρα, ακολουθάει εντελώς σκοτεινά μονοπάτια, ενώ τα κομμάτια διακατέχονται από μία διαρκή ένταση, κάτι που άλλωστε είναι λογικό, αφού όταν έχεις χάσει έναν κοντινό σου άνθρωπο, είναι φυσικό όλη αυτή η ένταση να θέλει να διοχετευτεί κάπου. Έτσι, συνθετικά πλησιάζει περισσότερο το NoTemple, αφού ξεφεύγει από την πιο μυστηριώδη και μυστικιστική, αν θέλετε, προσέγγιση που χαρακτήριζε τα Zeroes και Kosmoskampf, και ακολουθεί πιο ξεκάθαρα και πιο ωμά Black Metal μονοπάτια, με αρκετά γρήγορα ξεσπάσματα. Φυσικά, υπάρχουν και αρκετά σημεία, όπου η ταχύτητα πέφτει και η ατμόσφαιρα γίνεται πιο σκοτεινή και πιο καταθλιπτική (πως θα μπορούσε άλλωστε να μην γίνει αυτό, όταν ο δίσκος έχει ολοκληρωθεί υπό τέτοιες συνθήκες), αλλά κι εκεί υπάρχει ένας δυναμισμός. Από την άλλη, η παραγωγή εξακολουθεί να είναι αρκετά τραχιά και ωμή, δημιουργώντας έτσι ένα χαοτικό και ζοφερό αποτέλεσμα, αλλά θα έλεγα ότι είναι λιγότερο θολή, σε σχέση με ότι μας έχουν συνηθίσει οι Blliigghhtted στους προηγούμενους δίσκους.

 

Γενικά, το Into the Cunt of the Witch είναι ένα πολύ ωραίο κύκνειο άσμα, από μία μπάντα που δεν έζησε πολύ, κατάφερε όμως να δώσει το δικό της στίγμα στο χώρο του extreme metal, και ας μην καταφέρει να ξεφύγει από τα όρια του underground. Ένας έντονος δίσκος, με 12 δυναμικές, σκοτεινές και χαώδεις συνθέσεις, που σίγουρα θα ικανοποιήσει εκείνον τον οπαδό που θέλει τη μουσική του άγουρη και τραχιά και όχι καλογυαλισμένη.

 

78/100

 

Μίνως Ντοκόπουλος

13.6.2013

 

 

 

Black Metal Spirit

 

La muerte de Ruhanathanas está muy presente a lo largo de todo este álbum, un álbum dividido en cuatro capítulos, conduciendo y concluyendo el último de ellos en el suicidio. Aunque en la composición del álbum ha participado todo el grupo la parte final tuvo que ser completada sin Ruhanathanas. El sonido de Blliigghhtted siempre se ha decantado por una atmósfera opresiva y asfixiante, "Into the Cunt of the Witch" no iba a ser menos y si bien es cierto que el sonido sigue la línea que marcó su anterior "Kosmoskampf", con un claro acercamiento a sonidos más undergound y en donde las guitarras iban ganando peso y el oyente podía sentirse más identificado con elementos de metal. "Into the Cunt of the Witch", es un álbum más concreto y directo, en donde las voces también han ganado protagonismo y van desgranando las letras de manera paranoica y agresiva, acompañado de un black que conserva la atmósfera enfermiza creada en las partes de sintetizadores y que hace de la disonancia de su música un elemento esencial dentro de complejo universo de Blliigghhtted. Quién haya seguido desde sus inicios a la banda, bien sabe que la evolución en su sonido ha sido brutal en cada álbum, ganando sobre todo en concreción y madurez hasta eclosionar en este "Into the Cunt of the Witch" como una obra completa y directa, más haya de la idea de locura y oscuridad del pasado, hasta llegar al suicidio presente.

 

8.4/10

 

Fran Rocha Fernández

11.6.2016

 

 

 

Transcending Obscurity

 

So big fat disclaimer on this one:  Transcending Obscurity and myself do not support or wish to further Satanism or pro-suicide agendas.  We are all about the music, and often that music comes from people with widely varying world views that we respect as long as it does not involve harming others.  That being said our latest topic, Blliigghhtted (which from henceforth I will refer to as Blighted for simplicity), is a dark one.  Led by Ruahanathanas (Viranesir), the band proclaims to explore “dark spirituality through correlations of tradition and degeneration in essence and form.” But this, their final album, features more personal and direct lyrics dealing with her suicide.  Yes, much like Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection, Ruahanathanas chose to end her life on her own terms.

 

Like the album cover, the music is raw and haunting.  Broken into 4 chapters: Black Flame, Illusion, Death, and Suicide; ‘Into the Cunt of the Witch’ is not for the faint of heart (as if that title wasn’t warning enough).  Each chapter is represented through 3 tracks that flow seemlessly into one another, forming a larger composition.  My personal favorite is the Black Flame trilogy, which features some truly infectious riffs despite use of dissonance, underproduction, and guitars that don’t always sound properly tuned.  The grim vocal performance is extremely powerful, seeming to put the listener into a trance.

 

But man, attention must be paid to these drums; especially for a black metal album.  We tend to think of BM drumming in terms of blastbeats and sticking to basic 4:4 (unless we’re going progressive or avantgarde), but here there is so much more.  “Technical” is not an expressive enough word to describe it.  That word tends to conjure a machine-like, pristine sound to mind.  The work on the kit here is much more live and organic.   Merdümgiriz showcases a level of ordered chaos that is clearly only understood within the demented reaches of his own mind.

 

Things only get more insane as the album wears on.  I have described a number of releases in the past as showcasing a “downward spiral,” but this one tosses all the rest aside.  The further we fall down this pit of ritualistic intention, the more the “music” goes off the rails into new levels of freestyle expression and experimental creation.  And the other interesting difference is that unlike those other albums, ‘Into the Cunt of the Witch’ doesn’t represent a descent into madness or despair, but rather a very clear choice on the part of the subject, Ruhan, herself.

 

So if you can stomach the content and ideals, or just ignore them altogether, I consider Blighted‘s swansong to be one of the best truly kvlt black metal albums I have heard in a few years.  Those who share the ideology behind it will probably hold this album to even higher acclaim than that, but simply in terms of music I see no reason why the broader black metal fan base wouldn’t find some enjoyment in it.  That having been said, this is probably not for the Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir camps.  You’ll need a bit more masochistic ear-conditioning before transitioning to the vileness within.  It’s also likely to scare away most of your loved ones.  You’ve been warned.

 

Flight Of Icarus

7.6.2016

 

 

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Blighted has never done anything half-hearted and has never been a band that conforms to a trend or anything of that sort. They have always done thing their own way and said “fuck the work” while holding a middle finger up never giving second thought to what anyone else says or thinks, because why does it matter right? This final release by Blighted isn’t different than the others as it has the same nihilistic attitude and even more so after the untimely passing of the founding member Ruhan. It was her final wish to have the album completed and with that the rest of the members set out to do just that, and what you see before you is the final product titled Into the Cunt of the Witch.

 

Much like many other Blighted and Merdumgiriz releases, this album is controlled chaos and filled to the brim with sinister and ultimately slithering music that makes you shrink back into your own consciousness. As mentioned, Blighted is chaotic and nihilistic and may even be more potent because of the passing of Ruhan. There seems to be a little bit more sting to this and rightfully so, and with this release Blighted has created something that is poisonous, emotionally draining and incredibly dark.

 

There aren’t too many bands that can pull off an intensity like Blighted can and lead you down a path of your own darkness and really get you to sit and think about usually terrifying and emotionally draining things. However, usually those things are already at the forefront of ones mind and when listening you get a sort of release and through what the Blighted family has been through you can feel anger and the hurt exuding from each song.  Music is meant to make you feel something and make you feel a certain way most of the time, and Blighted has done that time and time again and with Into the Cunt of the Witch they do it again.

 

Into the Cunt of the Witch is a massive album for many reasons, but most of all as explained above it is emotional and takes its toll as it sinks you deeper and deeper into the dark recesses of your mind and being that you didn’t know were there. This is melancholic black metal that throws you into dismal and abyssal atmospheres whether you wanted to be placed there or not. Once you press play you don’t have much of a choice as Blighted injects you into a world that is crumbling and has ultimately decided to implode and sweep everyone off with it.

 

The atmosphere that is provided with this album is sinister and serpentine as it takes you from rabid pissed off black metal to and ambient cold fog that puts you in a depressive mind numbing state. Into the Witch of the Cunt is an album that is balanced out very well between forcing you into detrimental dirges of chaotic black metal and submerging you in molten darkness and uncertainty with slower hypnotic world-upside-down-turning churning madness.

 

You never really know what you will be getting from song to song. Nothing stays the same and each of the twelve songs sound entirely different from the last one. Blightedalways keeps you guessing and always keeps you in a tailspin of detrimental emotions that bounce between anger, hatred and melancholy among others. This is a release that submerges you in it and doesn’t have you come back up for air until the last note has concluded.

 

Into the Cunt of the Witch is a rolling ball of hated submerged in darkness and is incredibly raw and scorching. Once again, with this release Blighted has created something that is wholly intriguing and entirely unique that compels you to listen over and over again and for Blighted and for Ruhan, that is exactly what should happen.

 

Jared Harrison

6.6.2016

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal

 

Turkey's  Blliigghhtted  have  returned  with  their final  album  with  the  music  style  being  a  raw  form  of     black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Into  The  Cunt  Of  The  Witch"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  here  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  rififng  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  yet  melodic  black  metal  style  while  the  vocals  can  get  very  deep  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Blliigghhtted  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  will  be  the  final  album  due  to  the  suicide  of  'Ruhun',  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  divided  into 4  different  concepts  black  flame,  illusion,  death  and  suicide  along  with  some  satanic  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Flame  II  -  Keep  Your  Life  Away  From  Me"  "Illusion  III  -  Suicide  Id  Painless"  "Death  III -  Black  Flame  Is  Refusal"  and  "Suicide  II  -  Naked  Life".

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

3.6.2015

 

 

 

 

 

Kosmoskampf

 

Don's Metal Reviews

 

Following their successful second release, Turkish avant-garde/experimental black metal horde Blliigghhtted continue their impressive feats with the third release of the calendar year that captures the improvements made on that last release. Considering their successive productive output, this is quite an achievement as their third overall effort is released December 24, 2015 on Merdümgiriz.

Managing to bridge a deep vein from the esoteric to the chaotic, this here is mostly presented as a sort of nightmarish slough through a wide berth of influences that still retains a mainly black metal aesthetic. With a progressive edge to the material that allows them all to last over the ten minute mark, it manages to tack on discordant, jagged rhythms alongside the nominal swirling tremolo patterns for a seemingly jarring experience long before this one tends to play its trump card along the way in the form of the disparate and seemingly haunting vocals. There’s so little about them that sound human and their low, deep and indecipherable howl borders on the edge of madness as if this is a journey through the labyrinth of the mind of a person tormented with Satanic demons for centuries. It’s perfectly coordinated with the howling racket in the background as the chaotic pounding is synced to complete perfection, and when mixed with the album’s churning progressive edge that runs wild throughout the album it really makes for a really chaotic experience. This is mainly hinted at being the album’s weakest part as well with the utterly discordant and jarring material usually found here would be so extreme that it turns off the listener at it’s first listen. This is so far from conventions and traditional black metal aesthetics that it really might not be an immersive experience as it’s maddening feel could be a detriment instead of drawing them in which is about the only thing really wrong here.

This is quite an appealing and intriguing album that’s got plenty to like about it with its adherence to chaos and inherent madness that really does sink or swim on the tolerance for that kind of aesthetic which instead makes this one seem wholly appropriate for fans of the bands’ previous works and the sublime extremity present only.

 

88/100

 

Don Anelli

28.8.2016

 

 

 

Musclassia's List

 

Very lo-fi black metal, the details are regularly lost amidst the fuzz of the black metal backbone. However, it is surprisingly compelling, with the music flickering between slowed down hypnotic black metal droning driven by powerful if somewhat amateurish drumming, and faster bits which deliver some somewhat hooky riffs. It does get a bit chaotic, to a point of irritation on Nephesous, and the sheer low production qualities prevent it accomplishing much more than developing a slightly enthralling air of mystique, but it's a reasonably satisfying effort.

 

7.1/10

 

musclassia

21.3.2016

 

 

 

Death Metal

 

It taunted me with its existence – for nearly half a month, working on DMU meant being privvy to our eventual stream of the upcoming KosmoskampfBlliigghhtted is for all purposes another star in the Merdümgiriz constellation (read: label), most notably sharing several members with the AxCx flavored Viranesir. As a result of this, there are some musical similarities, but at least going by the the lyrical content, Blliigghhtted is oriented a bit more towards the occult end of the shock rock spectrum, possibly making it easier for laypeople to digest. It’s still an especially challenging listen. WhileKosmoskampf is marketed as a sort of black metal, I wouldn’t be surprised if it had instead been sold as some sort of extreme post-punk recording. Overlap and common ancestors aside, Blliigghhtted’s lengthy, dissonant songs make for easier comparisons to an act like Swans. It just so happens to be the complete antithesis of what I look for in music!

 

At this point, the reviewer took a break to wallow in his own unfamiliarity with the subgenres on display.

 

Kosmoskampf is a complete mess, but as far as I can tell, it’s an intentional mess. I remember seeing the term “critic-proof” somewhere while doing my perfunctory research for this review, and to put it bluntly, it’s the perfect description. Each of the songs is a 10-11 minute cesspit of whatever technique thrown together without much in the way of coherent organization. The constantly shifting tempos and repeated periods of pure dissonance don’t exactly tie things together, although the instrumentation stays fairly consistent. So far, I’ve been able to dredge up the occasional guitar phrase reminiscent of a melodic black metal recording, the occasional moaned vocals drenched in reverb, and so forth; in general there are some musical elements I can latch onto, and I can say with some confidence that the album isn’t complete noise. Beyond that, all bets are off. Performing such music must be interesting on a ritual level, but outside perhaps a live experience, a great deal of potential energy (or at least concert debauchery) goes missing.

 

Despite my attempts not to, I find Kosmoskampf‘s efforts endearing, perhaps influenced as I am by the performers’ antics outside the album. I still would not be surprised if few shared my admittedly nebulous opinions.

 

Gabe Kagan

13.1.2016

 

 

 

Metal Storm

 

I must be honest: I really can't stand the holiday season. Not only is it a time where I have to interact with family members that I'd otherwise never see for the other 51 or so weeks out of the year, but house decorating and gift getting also leads to me taking time away from reviewing interesting albums that I'd otherwise be hearing about and listening to via the Metal Storm base. So as I'm severing the Christmas lights with a chainsaw and pouring kerosene on my tree, I think it's finally time to start spinning Blliigghhted'sKosmoskampf.

It was my partner in crime Mr. Doctor who I first got the tip from about Blliigghhtted, a curious new black metal band on the block from Turkey. Much like their debut and sophomore albums, Kosmoskampf sees Blliigghhtted employing a brand of black metal that can best be described as thunderous, with a very dense, abrasive guitar, pummeling drums with a wonderful tone, and the lower-range vocals of frontman Emir dominating. Overall, it's a compositional technique that adds a great amount of heaviness to the music. Interestingly enough, this heaviness manifests itself both in faster, more ferocious passages ("And Tiamat's Present Absence") as well as slower ones that carry a more hypnotizing vibe, topped off by the excellent use of clean vocals ("Laughing Siblings"). Clearly, Blliighhtted are quite comfortable with manipulating mood with their material. 

Undeniably, what lends the most power to the "Bliigghhtted sound" is the production, and it's perhaps the most enjoyable aspect ofKosmoskampf. These guys are quite a fine example of how the dirtier, rawer production that black metal is often known for can work not necessarily to a band's detriment, but to their benefit. Gritty and harsh, the production here almost makes one feel as if they're wandering through a thick, dark layer of mist, and it reinforces both the weight of the music but also its overall perplexing vibe. Because there's actually more going on here on a compositional level than one might think: shifts in tempo, vocal delivery, drum patterns, and guitar playing abound. Yet because of the gritty production, these subtle complexities aren't always that easy to pick out, which cloaks Kosmoskampf in a tantalizing aura of mystery. You know there's something going on here at a deeper level than first impressions suggest... you're just not quite sure what it is. But the desire to figure it out is crucial to what makes this album so alluring. 

Forming only very recently, in 2014, Blliigghhtted have already put out 5 releases, and taking that into consideration one may be tempted to think that the band are a case of "quantity over quality." Yet if one needed something to clear up that skepticism about the band, Kosmoskampf is likely it, and it demonstrates that Blliigghhtted have not only come to create a sound that is (relatively) original, but that they're also starting to finesse it. Because while Kosmoskampf may not be much of a deviation from the band's previous efforts, it is most definitely the natural continuation of them, only continuing to build upon their foundations. And it's that sort of consistency that is the mark of a promising band with both vision and potential. 

Listen here, and keep your eye on these guys if you enjoy. They're a group to watch for sure.

 

Performance: 8

Songwriting: 8

Originality: 8

Production: 9

 

Apothecary

5.1.2015

 

 

 

Black Metal Spirit

 

Cuatro temas conforman este nuevo lanzamiento de los turcos Blliigghhtted, cuatro temas con una considerable duración y que siguen manteniendo el tono irreverente de anteriores ediciones, aspecto que más de un quebradero de cabeza ya le ha dado a la banda en su hasta el momento corta existencia. Su anterior "No Temple" ya  mostraba cierta evolución en su sonido, sobre todo en la inclusión y mejorado aspecto de las guitarras, permitiendo que aunque la música sigue conservando ese atmósfera opresiva y asfixiante al mismo tiempo se acerca y aproxima más al black más underground de comienzos de los noventa. La mayor duración de los temas permite añadir un cierto aspecto épico a la música sin descuidar en ningún momento la carga opresiva de la atmósfera. Por otro lado, otro aspecto que se había comenzado a introducir en su anterior obra, era el cierto aire doom en algunas partes, en " Kosmoskampf" no solo está presente sino que por momentos se adentra en terrenos del funeral doom. Como siempre Blliigghhtted no deja a nadie indeferente con su propuesta musical ni con todo lo que rodea a la banda, ofreciendo otra obra rica en influencias y en contrastes.

 

8.2/10

 

Fran Rocha Fernández

27.12.2015

 

 

 

Merchants Of Air

 

Ok, one more extreme record before I go into quiet evening mode.  For the occasion, I selected something from the dark underground of the Turkish metal scene, something psychotic and disturbing.  Fronted by Viranesir member Ruhanathanas, this act is as avant-garde as humanly possible. This might as well be one of the strangest pieces of black metal I've ever heard, and it's pretty damn epic too.

The atmosphere, the guitars and drums, along with the production basically show a black metal band but the amalgamation of those elements is far from anything that you could label as black metal, or compare to other bands.  In that aspect, this is just as much a harsh noise album.  It's not easy to listen to, even though the regular black metal album will find something he likes and can appreciate.

One of the major keywords seems to be 'chaos'.  The four songs sound chaotic but ritualistic at the same time.  They mostly drive on typical (and awesome) blast beats and feature eerie screams, but all of them sound as if they're meant to be torture devices.  I mean that in the best possible way, obviously.  This gnaws, bites and scratches like something wild and possibly unnatural, or at least inhuman.

One thing is certain, Blliigghhtted will never be a major player in the black metal scene.  They won't compete with the likes of Behemoth, Cradle Of Filth or Abbath (for example) but they absolutely don't have to.  This is an album for those who love to explore the most obscure, psycho-dramatic and bizarre music.  It's a blackened and bombastic theater performance, suited only for the trained listeners.  Are you a trained listener? I dare you to check this out.

 

Serge

26.12.2015

 

 

 

Rock Overdose

 

Όσοι διαβάσατε την συνέντευξη που το Rock Overdose πήρε από τον Τούρκο μουσικό EmirToğrul, θα ξέρετε ότι οι Blliigghhtted έχουν ήδη κυκλοφορήσει τον τρίτο κατά σειρά τους ολοκληρωμένο δίσκο, ο οποίος ονομάζεται Kosmoskampf. Για εκείνους που δεν γνωρίζουν, να πούμε ότι οι Blliigghhtted σχηματίστηκαν πέρσι από τα ίδια άτομα που εμπλέκονται στουςViranesir, δηλαδή τον Emir Togrul, τον Merdumgiriz και την Ruhanathanasμόνο που στο συγκεκριμένο project είναι η Ruhanathanas η αρχηγός, η οποία είναι και υπεύθυνη για τους στίχους και για τη μουσική κατεύθυνση που η μπάντα ακολουθεί. Εκτός από τα 3 ολοκληρωμένα άλμπουμ, έχουν κυκλοφορήσει πέρσι ένα demo, το Which of You Have DoneThis, το οποίο περιέχει μόνο ένα 30λεπτο κομμάτι, κι ένα split με τους Ιταλούς deathsters RedBible Black.

 

Στο Kosmoskampf η μουσική των Blliigghhtted βαδίζει σε ξεκάθαρα Doom Metal μονοπάτια, συνεχίζοντας έτσι την κατεύθυνση που οι Τούρκοι της έδωσαν, αρχικά στο No Temple, όπου το Doom εναλλασσόταν με το Black, αλλά και στο τελευταίο δίσκο των ViranesirChildren's Suicidal Music, όπου το Doom, ήταν πλέον ο πρωταγωνιστής. Και συγκεκριμένα για αυτό το δίσκο, η επιλογή του Doom μου φαίνεται λογική, μετά από όλο χαμό που προκλήθηκε από τη διαγραφή από το bandcamp της σελίδας των Viranesir, απόφαση που προφανώς πάρθηκε εξαιτίας των τίτλων των τραγουδιών των άλμπουμ τους. Οπότε φαντάζομαι ότι οι σκέψεις του Emir Toğrul, που γράφει και τη μουσική, θα είναι αν μη τι άλλο το λιγότερο σκοτεινές.

 

Και προφανώς είναι τόσο σκοτεινές, αφού σε αρκετά σημεία η ατμόσφαιρα γίνεται τόσο ζοφερή και απόκοσμη, που αισθάνεσαι λες και εισχώρησες σε κάποιον από τους τελευταίους κύκλους της Κολάσεως. Μία αίσθηση που γίνεται ολοένα και πιο έντονη, χάρη στα αργά, μοχθηρά φωνητικά, στις “βρώμικες”, παραμορφωμένες κιθάρες, καθώς και στις ταχύτητες, που είναι τόσο χαμηλές που μιλάμε πλέον για Funeral Doom καταστάσεις. Επίσης, οι κιθάρες, οι οποίες είναι καθόλη τη διάρκεια μπροστά από τα υπόλοιπα όργανα και τα φωνητικά, είναι τόσο παραμορφωμένες, που είναι λες και ακούγονται έτσι, ώστε να προκαλέσουν επίτηδες ένα είδος ενόχλησης στον ακροατή. Αφού σε κάποιες στιγμές, εκεί όπου οι ταχύτητες είναι πραγματικά χαμηλές, το δυνατό strumming της κιθάρας σου δίνει την αμυδρή εντύπωση ότι ακούς Drone, ενώ τα μοχθηρά φωνητικά σε συνδυασμό με τη φωνή που ακούγεται από το βάθος, που είναι λες και ψέλνει, σε κάνει να νομίζεις ότι είσαι μέρος μια ανίερης τελετουργίας.

 

Στο Kosmoskampf οι Blliigghhtted αποκτούν το ρόλο του Βιργιλίου και οδηγούν τον ακροατή, ως άλλο Δάντη, μέσα από τον ζοφερό, αγχώδη και βασανιστικό κόσμο που έχουν φτιάξει με τη μουσική τους. Ένα ταξίδι δύσκολο και αργό που ο ακροατής καλείται να κάνει, περνώντας μέσα από ανατριχιαστικά μουσικά τοπία, που η μουσική των Τούρκων έχει δημιουργήσει. Αν θεωρείτε τον εαυτό σας τολμηρό, τότε αφήστε κάθε ελπίδα πίσω σας και διαβείτε την πύλη.

 

80/100

 

Μίνως Ντοκόπουλος

24.12.2015

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal

 

Turkey's  Blliigghhtted  have  returned  with  a  new  album t hat  shows  the  band  going  into  an  epic  occult  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Kosmokampf"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  distorted  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  a  minute  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  some  operatic  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  sound  to  the  music.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  has  more  of an  old  school  black  metal  vibe  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal and  the  guitar  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.   

  On  this  recording  Blliigghhtted  goes  into  a  different  direction  than  their  previous  recordings  going  for  more  of  a  pure  occult  black  metal  sound  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian  Mythology  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

1.12.2015

 

 

 

 

 

Red Bible Black / Blliigghhtted

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Have you ever had those nightmares that for whatever reason you just can’t seem to escape from? They keep coming back to you night after night after night. The walls close in, everything is pitch black, soon everything seems to quickly be melting around you. You begin hearing maniacal laughter closing in on you and right before you know it you snap awake. You believe that the nightmare is over and that is just the end of it. However, you end up having the same nightmare over and over again night after night and it begins to drive you mad to the point where that is all you think about to the point where your mind snaps. Well, psychotic black metal acts Red Bible Black and Blliigghhtted make sure that with this split that they induce nightmares with this effort.

 

Red Bible Black is from Italy and Blliigghhtted hails from Turkey. These two bands have come together to create a soul damming split for your enjoyment (demise?). Out of the thirteen songs that are thrust down your throat on this split, ten of them belong to Red Bible Black and the final three belong to Blligghhtted. Both bands have very similar styles, but Red Bible Black is more horrifying and nightmare inducing as they focus more on horror than Blliigghhtted does. Instead of being as horrifying,Blliigghhtted is more of the mind paralyzing and soul burning black metal.

 

Once you go through the nightmare that is very prominent through the first ten songs, you have to walk through the darkened abyss of the last three. No matter which way you look at it or try to approach this release you will not leave with your soul in tact. It will be torn to shreds, tattered and torn by the time that you are done.

 

Just like all of the work that the Merdumgiriz label has done and put forth these two bands set themselves apart from the ever darkening and grimy abyss that is black metal. The sound is raw, buzz filled and entirely sinister. Each band sounds like they have been soaking and marinading in evil, raw, pure and pulpy abyssal darkness.

 

There is nothing quite like being faced with pure Satanic evil in the form of music. Music is meant to make you feel something, and if it does then the band that is playing the music is doing their job properly. The feeling that you end up getting from this split is reminiscent of fear. Both bands assault you without warning and eviscerate your very soul from your body only to leave you strung up like a scare crow as they laugh at your pale face. The way that each band attacks stems from unfiltered blistering riffs, ear drum shattering drumming, a nice thick bass, and tormented screaming. Each band has all of those qualities, but the one thing that Red Bible Black does is incorporate samples of tortured screaming to further instill the fact that you are indeed inside of a nightmare.

 

The whole experience is exactly that, it is an experience. The experience is one of torture, pain, suffering and utter darkness. You become shrouded in blackened hell fire and succumbed by the purely darkened abyss and there is nothing you can do to escape it.

 

Jared

10.11.2015

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal Zine

 

This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy/Turkey's  Red Bible  Black  and  Turkey's  Bligghhtted  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Red  Bible  Black  a  band  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split starts  out  with  a  very  avant  garde  and  demonic  sounding  intro  that  also  uses  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  playing  is  added  into  the  music  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  heavy  death  metal  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  bestial  black  metal  sound.

  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  grim  and  ritualistic  feeling  at  times  while t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  blasphemous  style  of  black/death  metal  and  they  also  mix  the  ritualistic,  experimental  and  heavy  parts  together  at  times.

  Red  Bible  Black  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the raw  and  bestial  black/war  metal  sound  and  mixes  it  with  satanic  death  metal  and  ritualistic  to  create  a  very  evil  and  blasphemous  musical  style,  the  production  on  their  side  of  the  recording  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Red  Bible  Black  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw,  ritualistic  bestial  black  metal  and  satanic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Your  Sons  Into  The  Furnace  Of  Baal"  and  "Kneel  Down  To  The  Altar  Of  Moloch".

  Next  up  is  Bligghhtted  which  continues  the  experimental  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  grim  screams,  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  almost  get  melodic  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

   You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on their  side  of  the  recording  and  as  their  side  of  the  split  progresses  synths  can  be  heard  at  time  and  they  also  take  the  musical  into  an  experimental  direction  and  on  the  second  track  operatic  female  vocals  are  brought  into  the  music  and  on  the  last  track  the  vocals  start  adding  in  death  metal  growls,  depressive  screams  and  an  influence  of  doom  metal.

  Bligghhtted  creates  another  very  experimental  black  metal  recording  with  the  3  songs  they  bring  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  diverse,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  demented  themes.

      In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Bligghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "Snakes".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  experimental  and  satanic  black  metal.

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

9.11.2015

 

 

 

 

 

No Temple

 

Sicmaggot

 

Je tomu sotva pár měsíců, co jsme si tu povídali o debutové desce „Zeroes“ experimentálně black metalové smečkyBlliigghhtted. Tohle album vyšlo letos v březnu, ale už v červenci se objevilo jeho pokračování v podobě další dlouhohrající placky „No Temple“, na niž se nyní podíváme. To je poměrně malý rozestup, nicméně tihle šílenci okolo labelu Merdümgiriz (dále třeba projekt Viranesir, pod jehož hlavičkou už letos vyšla rovnou čtyři alba a navrch jedno splitko) opětovně potvrzují, že kadence nahrávání nové muziky je v jejich případě vpravdě vražedná. Což ostatně potvrzuje i fakt, že než jsem se stačil dostat k poslechu „No Temple“, dokázali Blliigghhtted vyflusnout další počin v podobě splitu s italskými Red Bible Black, kam přispěli další půlhodinou nového materiálu.

 

Na „No Temple“ jsem byl vlastně docela zvědavý, protože„Zeroes“ se mi hodně líbilo, a jestli máte dobrou paměť, možná si poměrně pochvalnou květnovou recenzi vybavíte. Pro jistotu však zopakuji, že se na debutu nacházely pouhé dvě skladby, z nichž každá hravě přesahovala hranici dvaceti minut. Tehdy jsem tu nahrávku popisoval jako „labyrint šílenstvím načichlých riffů a záhrobního řevu“ a přesně takhle si na to album vzpomínám. I přes jeho nestravitelnost a nečitelnost mě ta magořina velice bavila a i po napsání recenze jsem si to nejednou pustil, což rozhodně nemohu tvrdit o každé nahrávce, na jejíž adresu tu cosi vyzvracím na pomyslný pixelový papír.

 

V kladném přijetí „Zeroes“ jistě hrál svou roli i fakt, že jsem tenkrát vlastně nic nečekal a že mě tihle turečtí blázni překvapili. A právě z toho pohledu již byla pozice „No Temple“ jiná, neboť zde už jsem po povedeném debutu nějaké nároky měl. Avšak namísto toho, aby se Blliigghhtted pokoušeli svůj debut překonat na tom samém hřišti, zkusili se na tu svojí experimentálně black metalovou špínu podívat z jiného úhlu pohledu… a přece svým způsobem stejně.

 

Onen rozdíl mezi oběma deskami je patrný hned na první pohled – namísto dvou extrémně dlouhých tryzen novinka nabízí hned jedenáct skladeb. To značí, že pojetí„No Temple“ bude poněkud odlišné, což jsem právě myslel oním jiným úhlem pohledu. Nicméně, vnitřně, po té hudební stránce jsou Blliigghhtted stále na svém a pořád se jedná o syrový black metalový chlív se značně chaotickou aurou. Stále tu je jasně rozpoznatelná šílená kytara, která je ostatně typická nejen pro Blliigghhtted, ale i pro spřízněný projekt Viranesir. Stejně tak je stále přítomen i hrubý vokál anebo agresivní bicí zvěrstvo.

 

Co je ovšem hlavní – nechybí ani ta obrovská chaotičnost a nepřehlednost Blliigghhtted, která ve velké míře plyne i z toho, že hudba Turků je tak trochu přesně na hranici mezi amatérským bordelem a náročným experimentem, přičemž to, na jakou stranu se výsledek zrovna přikloní, mnohdy ovlivňuje nejen obecný subjektivní vkus posluchače, ale i jeho momentální nálada. Svým způsobem je ale právě tahle jakási nerozhodnost jednou z věcí, díky nimž je hudba Blliigghhtted tak zajímavá. Ta nepřehlednost jde navíc až na takovou úroveň, že je to nakonec beztak úplně šumák, že je to rozsekáno do vícera kratších položek, jelikož prvních deset věcí (jedenáctá hodně vybočuje – k tomu se ještě dostaneme) stejně působí skoro jen jako jeden dlouhatánský příval zla bez ladu a skladu. Ve finále to vyznívá téměř jako jeden 37minutový song, ne jako deset kratších.

 

Nicméně, musí se nechat, že to je to stále úplně stejně zábavné, jako je to hnusné. Tomu ostatně napomáhá i fakt, že jakkoliv to vlastně působí jako totální brajgl, nápady v tom jsou. Hlavně trojice„Eschatophilia“„Anrita“ a „Constant Cancer“ je hodně silná, nicméně i ten zbytek má atmosféru, nechybí mu ona svojská kytarová práce, kterou pohání šílená bicí artilerie a okultní vokály. Blliigghhttedsice všechno vaří dle jednoho receptu, ale zvládli na tom utáhnout i druhé album a zatím jsem se jim toho ještě nepřejedl.

 

Kapitolou sama pro sebe je pak finální kompozice „Doubt“, jež se od zbytku „No Temple“ výrazně odlišuje. Dosahuje téměř čtvrthodinové délky a zcela opouští hájemství black metalu. Jedná se o monotónní ambient s nádherně zfetovanou atmosférou a spoustou zajímavých synťákových zvuků. Přesto bych netvrdil, že se jedná o nějaké vyložené zvolnění oproti předcházejícímu black metalovému humusu, protožeBlliigghhtted si i v ambientní podobě dokázali udržet svou obskurní auru, což je super. Tak či onak, za mě je to určitě výtečné zakončení nahrávky, které se mi hodně líbí, takže z mého pohledu palec nahoru.

 

Jak již padlo – „No Temple“ je pojato jiným způsobem než jeho předchůdce, a přitom vlastně stejně. Rozhodně se ovšem povedlo nastavenou laťku udržet a i napodruhé si mě Blliigghhtted získali. Je to magořina a nepochybuji o tom, že většině lidí to vůbec nesedne, což vlastně plně chápu a dokonce si myslím, že je to tak správně, protože kdyby se to, co tihle Turci produkují, líbilo každému na potkání, tak by asi někde bylo něco špatně. Máte-li však smysl pro něco, co by šlo nazvat experimentální špínou, pak s poslechem neváhejte.

 

Jan "H." Zachrla

17.11.2015

 

 

 

The Crypt 1331

 

 Black metal isn't just for the Swedish and Norweign Meet Blliigghhtted, a black metal band from Turkey. The band is made up of Emir Toğrul on guitar, Ruhanathanas as the songwriter, and Merdumgiriz on synth. All three members share vocal duty. Recently, the band released their second full length LP titled No Temple via London-based Merdümgiriz records and it's something you experience rather than listen to. 

 

   Each track sounds like it's filled with lots of noise and the band playing all their instruments at the same time. The vocals are indecipherable and each song is a mass of chaos. Everything is definitely brutal and intense; you just may not understand what's going on. If you want to check it out for yourself, the album is available on Blliigghhtted's bandcamp page. The album is even available as a cassette handmade by one of the members – a collector's item for sure.

 

  Surprisingly, the band's debut studio album, Zeroes, came out earlier this year. Blliigghhtted are a fairly new band having formed in 2014. They describe their music as “a psychodrama for exploring the history and philosophy of dark spirituality through correlations of tradition and degeneration in essence and form.”  Whether or not you agree with them is up to you.

 

19.8.2015

 

 

 

Metal Bandcamp

 

The Merdümgiriz camp is nothing if not prolific. It seems like every time you turn around they’re released another evil and twisted take on black metal. The latest in their cavalcade of corruption is No Temple by Blliigghhtted. This particular project was founded by the mysterious and elusive Ruhan but No Temple is all the work of Yayla mastermind and Merdumgiriz co-owner Emir Toğrul. It was originally intended to be a Viranesir album but due to its blackness and Satanic totality it fit better under the Blliigghhtted banner. 

For nearly 40 minutes the listener is subject to total sonic annihilation. Impossibly fast guitars create a hurricane of unrelenting, razor sharp bleakness stripping flesh from bone. Militant, frenzied percussion and technically scorching tremolos tear asses asunder dictated by titanic, full-chested and grim vocals issued forth with uncompromised force. 

It’s not as monochromatic as that seems however. The whirlwinds of black metal terror crest into troughs of determined doominess and as the album develops, death metallic riffing compliments all the fire and brimstone. "The Lie" is eternally dark and sinister, overwhelming the listener. "Eschatophilia" starts with a mean, doomy riff then goes full on black metal then falls into what could be considered a groove before laying waste yet again. 

While No Temple starts out dialed in to the release of Satanic fury, chaos reigns on later tracks, dissolving into the mindfuck that is "Voyage". "Anrita" starts the shift with haunting yet spat vocals leading into the arrhythmic thrashiness of "Constant Cancer". So by the time we hit "Voyage" the listener is forced to tremble under the chaos. Toğrul gets fired up, barely able to restrain himself through a possessed display of deadly percussion and fierce death metal-styled chugging filtered through a tangle of atonal black metal. It can get hard to follow, especially given the oppressive hatred pressed upon the listener up to this point but resisting only makes the grip tighter. 

Entropy reigns supreme as any good Satanist knows, yet is the natural state of the universe so the descent into musical madness is only to be expected. Although thoroughly rooted in Satan, No Temple also shows the face of the despicable state of humanity, biting off the head of religious righteousness as it first envelopes then burrows deep, fusing into a rapturous, inescapable energy of Satanic maleficence. 

Closing out the album is the 14+ minute ambient piece, "Doubt". It’s a synth-driven exploration miles removed from the hate and vitriol Toğrul spews forth on the previous 10 tracks. But as the band explained in a recent Facebook post, No Templeis about casting off confinement and exploring the world; rejecting expectations and forging one’s own path. This sad yet peaceful comedown does just that, taking a 180 from the negativity and coming to terms with plight. 

With No Temple Blliigghhtted take a very different approach than they did on Which of You Have Done This? but given the incestuous nature of Blliigghhtted, Yayla and Viranesir nothing coming from Merdumgiriz should conform to expectation. It’s a nightmarish and terrifying journey through damnation that leaves an unsettling impression. 

 

Matt Hinch

18.8.2015

 

 

 

The Metal Observer

 

Turkish experimental black metal act Blliigghhtted return with their second full length album of 2015, No Temple. Spearheaded by primary songwriter/lyricist Ruhanathanas, who has worked with Viranesir, on keyboards and vocals, Blliigghhtted is rounded out by Merdümgiriz from Destroyers of Humanity on drums and vocals and Emir Toğrul of Yayla and Viranesir on guitars, bass, vocals and keyboards. If you’re familiar with any work from these members, then No Temple should sound strangely familiar, despite the stark departure from their previous work.

 

Abandoned the free flowing, stream of consciousness songwriting style of their demo and debut full length album,No Temple presents eleven tracks of dissonant and jarring black metal. The tracks writhe and twist between raw, buzzsaw driven black metal, swirling, atmospheric density and crawling, sludge-ridden cacophony. Most of the vocals are delivered by Emir Toğrul in a deep rasped style that manages to sound bassy and hollow at the same time, with a wide array of crazed backing vocals offering support along the way. The percussion runs rampant, easily switching between varying speeds of blasting. There are still flippant keyboards floating throughout, but the focus is on the raw guitars and the unsettling vocals.

 

As a whole, No Temple is just as unnerving as the band’s back catalog. While most of the album lacks the ambient touches that ran rampant in the band’s earlier works, the swirling yet dissonant trem riffing and wild vocal patterns deliver what we’ve come to expect from the band. The album ends with quite a surprise, as the last track, “Doubt”, is a fourteen minute ambient piece which seems to blend upbeat wandering with clear, vibrant keyboard notes, which is a strangely uplifting ending for such a dark and twisted black metal album.

 

No Temple offers a lot of variety but retains a cohesive feel across the eleven tracks of disparaging black metal. The ambient track seems slightly out of place, but it does offer a glimmer of hope among the dark and bleak passages. While Blliigghhtted’s style really seems to be an acquired taste, those looking for raw dissonance and challenging songwriting should check this out. Blliigghhtted seems to be in their own league when it comes to creating such honest and unsettling black metal.

 

8/10

 

Shawn Miller

18.8.2015

 

 

 

Rock Overdose

 

Δεν πέρασαν καλά καλά 2 μήνες από τότε που έγραψα την κριτική του ντεμπούτο άλμπουμ των Τούρκων BlliigghhttedZeroes, που είχε κυκλοφορήσει στα τέλη Μαρτίου, και να σου που έσκασε η είδηση ότι μόλις βγήκε η δεύτερη προσπάθειά τους, με τίτλο No Temple. Φυσικά, δεν μου προκάλεσε κανένα ενδιαφέρον, αφού ξέρω πλέον ότι τα συγκροτήματα, στα οποία είναι μέλος ο Τούρκος μουσικός Emir Toğrul, βγάζουν δίσκους με μεγάλη συχνότητα. Και όπως βέβαια συνηθίζω έσπευσα να τον αναλάβω.

 

Αν ακούσατε τον προηγούμενο δίσκο των Blliigghhtted τότε λίγο ή πολύ ξέρετε τι θα ακούσετε, καθώς οι Τούρκοι συνεχίζουν την σκοτεινή πορεία τους μέσα από χαοτικά, άγονα και ζοφερά μονοπάτια, με σκοπό τη δημιουργία μια ατμόσφαιρας που κάθε άλλο παρά εύκολη είναι στο αυτί του ακροατή. Και φτιάχνουν μια τέτοια ατμόσφαιρα βασιζόμενοι κυρίως στις παραμορφωμένες και “ωμές” κιθάρες, οι οποίες θα έλεγες ότι καταπίνουν οποιαδήποτε προσπάθεια δημιουργίας μελωδίας, αλλά και στα σκοτεινά φωνητικά, που πολλές φορές ακούγονται πίσω από τα όργανα, με τις αγωνιώδεις τσιρίδες να εναλλάσσονται με τα σχεδόν αφηγηματικά και κολασμένα φωνητικά του Toğrul.  

 

Και πάλι, στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του δίσκου, οι ταχύτητες βαδίζουν περισσότερο σε mid-tempo ρυθμούς, που κατά τη γνώμη μου ταιριάζουν περισσότερο στο στυλ των Τούρκων, καθώς βοηθούν σε αυτή την προσπάθειά τους δημιουργίας μια μοχθηρής και χαοτικής ambient ατμόσφαιρας. Από κει και πέρα, βέβαια, έχουμε πολλά στοιχεία ωμού old-school Black Metal, με αρκετά up tempo ξεσπάσματα, αλλά και πολλές Doom-ish στιγμές, για ένα ταξίδι σε ζοφερά και γεμάτα μαύρη καταχνιά, μουσικά τοπία.

 

Εδώ, θα ήθελα να κάνω μια ξεχωριστή αναφορά στο τελευταίο και μεγαλύτερο σε διάρκεια τραγούδι του δίσκου, το Doubt, διάρκειας πάνω από 14 λεπτά, το οποίο ξεφεύγει λίγο από τα συνηθισμένα μουσικά μοτίβα των Τούρκων. Και το λέω αυτό, γιατί πραγματικά το συγκεκριμένο κομμάτι με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα, καθώς κινείται σε εντελώς μινιμαλιστικά και ambient μονοπάτια, με αργές υπνωτιστικές μελωδίες, που αγκαλιάζουν τον ακροατή και τον οδηγούν σε ένα γαλήνιο ταξίδι.

 

Τα μέλη των  Blliigghhttedμε τις απανωτές κυκλοφορίες των συγκροτημάτων τους, έχουν αποκτήσει μια μεγάλη εμπειρία και δύσκολα θα βγάλουν ένα δίσκο που δεν θα ευχαριστήσει όποιον τον ακούσει. Αν, λοιπόν, είστε οπαδός του συγκεκριμένου συγκροτήματος ή ακολουθείτε τις πορείες των άλλων, “αδελφών” συγκροτημάτων, Viranesir και Yayla, ή απλά είστε οπαδοί του σκοτεινού και ωμού old-school Black Metal, τότε είναι σίγουρο ότι αυτή η κυκλοφορία δεν θα σας απογοητεύσει.

 

77/100

 

Μίνως Ντοκόπουλος

8.8.2015

 

 

 

Nocturnal Ashes

 

O segundo álbum de originais dos turcos Blliigghhtted, intitulado “No Temple” já se encontra disponível. A banda turca realizou o seu novo álbum pela editora Merdumgiriz. O CD tem uma duração de aproximadamente 52 minutos e é composto por 11 faixas. O desfile musical  deste álbum caminha por uma atmosfera de terríficos riffs de guitarra com explosivos e rápidos ritmos de bateria, este trabalho vai navegando por diversos e bem conseguidos ritmos, onde registamos o estilo lento e pesaroso do estilo doom metal até ao implacável e brutal black metal tudo bem reunido, com riffs de guitarra verdadeiramente doentios. Este ” No Temple” encerra a sua marcha com um instrumental gélido e sombrio, de 14 minutos de duração, com o título “Doubt”, onde se destaca o uso de sintetizadores.

 

5.8.2015

 

 

 

Black Metal Spirit

 

Nueva entrega para este interesante proyecto, ya durante este año habían dejado buena cuenta de su propuesta en su primer álbum, para ahora meses después, volver con un nuevo larga duración. Su música siempre se decanta por ofrecer un black metal que podríamos clasificar como de sonido clásico sobre el cual se ha trabajado en la faceta de la experimentación. Así este nuevo álbum tanto en los riffs de guitarra como sobre todo en las voces recuerdan por su crudeza al black metal de comienzos de la década de los noventa, pero Blliigghhtted no se conforman con algo tan sencillo como esto, su música es variada, pasando de momentos rápidos a otros más sosegados en donde dejan entrevar partes más sludge y doom. Pero sobre todo la atmósfera insana y enfermiza que logran crear gracias a la inclusión de teclados y sintetizadores, logra dotar a la propuesta de un plano más amplio, envolviéndolo todo con atmósfera de melancolía y oscuridad. "No Temple" como su antecesor no son trabajos que se rijan por lo establecido, su visión dentro del género es más amplia y la faceta experimental cómo que quiere incomodar y romper prejuicios. Con letras que giran en torno a la filosofía  y la lacra de las religiones Blliigghhtted han regresado con otra buena obra.

 

8.2/10

 

Fran Rocha Fernández

1.8.2015

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal Zine

 

Blliigghhtted  are  a  solo  project  from Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays an  raw  and  satnic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "No  Temple"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when the  music speeds up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  when  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  black  metal  style  and  some  of  the  vocals  bring  in a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.and  the y also  bring  in  a  few  instrumentals  and  the  last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  is  an  ambient  track.
 
 Blliigghhtted goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  this  time  saving  all  the  ambient  elements  for  the  last  track  while  the  slower  sections  bring  in  a  touch of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  chaos  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos  Serpents  order"  "Lucifer's  Eyes"  "Slithering  Thoughts"  and  "Voyage".

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

31.7.2015

 

 

 

 

 

Zeroes Reviews

 

Rock Overdose

 

Το ταξίδι μας στη γειτονική Τουρκία και στο χώρο του Extreme Metal συνεχίζεται: μετά από δύο κριτικές στους δύο προηγούμενους δίσκους των Viranesir, σειρά έχει το ντεμπούτο άλμπουμ των Blliigghhtted, με την ονομασία Zeroes. Θα μου πείτε τώρα γιατί αναφέρω συγκεκριμένα τους Viranesir… μα φυσικά γιατί ένας εκ των μελών της μπάντας είναι ο μουσικός (και μοναδικό μέλος των ViranesirEmir Toğrul, ο οποίος βέβαια αυτή τη φορά πλαισιώνεται από τους Ruhanathanas και Merdümgiriz. Σύμφωνα με το βιογραφικό του συγκροτήματος, αυτό εξερευνεί την ιστορία και τη φιλοσοφία της σκοτεινής πνευματικότητας, μέσω συσχετισμών με τη παράδοση και τον εκφυλισμό σε ουσία και μορφή.

 

Και αν η παραπάνω φράση σας φαίνεται βαρύγδουπη, χωρίς να κατανοείτε πλήρως τι θέλει να πει ο ποιητής, δεν υπάρχει κανένα πρόβλημα, φτάνει μόνο να βάλετε το δίσκο να παίξει. Το Zeroes θα μπορούσε να χαρακτηριστεί ως ένα καταραμένο ποίημα, ως ένα σκοτεινό άσμα, ως μια συμφωνία τρέλας και παράνοιας. Καθόλη τη διάρκεια του δίσκου, υπάρχει κάτι που κινείται πίσω από τη μουσική, πίσω από τα λόγια, κάτι το βδελυρό, κάτι το ανόσιο, που θα στοιχειώσει τα όνειρά σας και θα μαυρίσει τις ψυχές σας. Ένα σκοτεινό ταξίδι, πάνω από μιαρά μουσικά τοπία, τα οποία τα αγκαλιάζει μια ζοφερή και παγωμένη ατμόσφαιρα.

 

Οι τρεις μουσικοί κάνουν ό,τι περνάει από το χέρι τους, ώστε να κάνουν τη μουσική αυτή εμπειρία σας όσο το δυνατόν δυσκολότερη, και αυτό το πετυχαίνουν με μια τραχιά παραγωγή, που συνδυάζεται με βρόμικες και παραμορφωμένες κιθάρες, καθώς και φωνητικά που πότε είναι βαθιά, πότε τσιριχτά, πότε αγωνιώδη, πότε ψιθυριστά και πότε με στυλ ψαλμωδίας, ώστε να αποκτήσει η μουσική κι ένα μυσταγωγικό χαρακτήρα. Όσον αφορά τις ταχύτητες, ενώ υπάρχουν γρήγορα Black Metal ξεσπάσματα, με γρήγορες παγωμένες κιθάρες και blast beats, αυτές δεν αποτελούν ωστόσο το κύριο χαρακτηριστικό του δίσκου, καθώς στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του η μουσική κινείται σε πιο αργά και Doom επίπεδα, γεγονός που λειτουργεί θαυμάσια, όσον αφορά τη δημιουργία σκοτεινής ατμόσφαιρας.

 

Επίσης, υπάρχουν ορισμένα σημεία, όπου κυριαρχεί μία σύγχυση, καθώς μουσική και φωνητικά μπλέκουν το ένα με το άλλο χωρίς να υπάρχει κάτι το ξεκάθαρο, ενώ από την άλλη μεριά θα ακουστούν και πιο μελωδικά αργά περάσματα, ακόμα και πιο μινιμαλιστικά, με αργές κιθάρες, διακριτική παρουσία τυμπάνων και αργά φωνητικά που εναλλάσσονται με κραυγές. Τέλος, πολύ ωραία είναι κάποια επικά περάσματα, που φέρνουν ξεκάθαρα σε κλασσική μουσική, αλλά και κάποιες στιγμές που σε κάνουν να νιώθεις ότι βρίσκεσαι παγιδευμένος σε κάποιο ψυχιατρείο, βγαλμένο από ταινία τρόμου.

 

Με την κυκλοφορία του Zeroes το τρίο Toğrul Ruhanathanas και Merdümgiriz κατάφερε να δημιουργήσει μία πανέμορφη και σκοτεινή ωδή στο ζόφος, στην παράνοια και σε ό,τι άλλο ανίερο και αποτροπιαστικό μπορεί να αγκαλιάσει και καταπιεί την ανθρώπινη ύπαρξη. Μπορεί ο δίσκος να αποτελείται μονάχα από 2 τραγούδια, αλλά τα 43 λεπτά της διάρκειας τους είναι υπέρ αρκετά για να σας μαυρίσουν τη ψυχή.

 

80/100

 

Μίνως Ντοκόπουλος

5.6.2015

 

 

 

Black Metal Spirit

 

Primer larga duración para este proyecto que nos llega desde Turquía, complicado de encerrar bajo una sola etiqueta ya que su música es una mezcla de diferentes estilos con el denominador común del metal más expiremental. "Zeroes" no es un álbum corriente, sólo dos temas de más de veintiún minutos cada uno que proponen un acercamiento a la espiritualidad y a una parte oscura de filosofía presente en la naturaleza humana por medio un sonido plagado de dualidad, entre una vertiente más serena y tranquila en forma de programaciones oscuras y repetitivas con una clara función de servir de sustento a la otra faceta de su música, más agresiva con cambios de ritmo improvisados en donde las voces tejen una maraña de sensaciones próximas a la locura y la oscuridad. En definitiva, estamos ante un álbum de una clara orientación experimental, que fluye de manera rápida y perfecta, de un combo en el cuál se nota y mucho la personalidad de Emir Toğrul.

 

8/10

 

Fran Rocha Fernández

4.6.2015

 

 

 

Sicmaggot

 

U dnešní recenze by měli okamžitě zpozornět všichni ti, kdo si libují v opravdu hodně divných kapelách, jejichž muzika nezní jako muzika všech okolo. Ne nutně z toho důvodu, že by šlo o tak originální záležitost, jako spíš opravdu jen proto, že je to tak divné. Tak či onak je však výsledek – tedy že je před vámi něco, co se neslyší hned tak na každém rohu – v podstatě stejný. A právě teď si o jednom takovém případu povíme – ostatně, už jen docela šílené jméno Blliigghhtted, které tak trochu zní, jako kdyby se při jeho vymýšlení někdo poblliil, leccos napovídá…

 

Co jsou ti Blliigghhtted tedy vlastně zač? Kapela je to v podstatě nová – vždyť datum jejího založení se datuje teprve do loňského roku, kdy taktéž vyšel první demosnímek s názvem „Which of You Have Done This?“, na nějž jsem sice narazil, nicméně jsem jej neposlouchal. Letošní dlouhohrající debut „Zeroes“ však naznačuje, že to možná byla chyba, avšak než se stihnu zakecat, vraťme se zpátky k samotné skupině, protože pár zajímavostí, které za zmínku stojí, tu ještě je. Ono se totiž nejedná jen o to, že formace pochází z Turecka, což vážně není typická metalová země, protože hlavní postavou Blliigghhtted je žena, což je ještě méně obvyklé. Zkuste si to říct nahlas – experimentální black metal z Turecka, který hraje ženská. Hlavně mi netvrďte, že na něco takového nejste zvědaví.

 

Ruhanathanas, jak si ona dáma říká, však není jedinou členkou sestavy, protože ji v Blliigghhtted doplňují ještě dva kořeni Merdümgiriz a Emir Toğrul. Všichni tihle tři se nějakým způsobem motají kolem ambientně black metalového projektu Viranesir, což je kapela posledně jmenovaného, v níž se ti další dva objevují jako hosté.

 

Přesuňme se už však konečně k samotnému „Zeroes“, byť říkám rovnou a na rovinu, že v tomhle případě to nebude zrovna triviální tu nahrávku nějakým způsobem popsat, a to nejen kvůli žánru, ale i kvůli faktu, že se na desce nacházejí pouze dvě sáhodlouhé kompozice. „Purge Me Satan“ i „Seven Zeroes“ si totiž naprosto hravě poradily s přelezením dvacetiminutové stopáže, což už je pořádná dávka muziky. Je tedy myslím zřejmé, že „Zeroes“ asi nebude zrovna lehkým počinem na strávení, přesto si dovolím tvrdit, že se vyplatí s tureckou šíleností trochu zaválčit a věnovat albu nějaký ten čas.

 

Ono totiž… nebudeme si nic nalhávat. Zpočátku zní „Zeroes“ docela příšerně. Jakmile placku vrazíte do přehrávače, hned od prvních vteřin „Purge Me Satan“ se na vás vyvalí zahuhlaný a špinavý sound, u něhož by asi nebylo úplně od věci mluvit o nekvalitě (byť mně osobně nijak nevadí), a chaotické cosi plné nečitelných hrubých riffů. Vzhledem k tomu, že se Blliigghhtted pohybují v takových dlouhých plochách, hrají hudbu, která by byla nepřehledná s jakýmkoliv soundem, a že to svým posluchačům obecně nijak neusnadňují v jakémkoliv ohledu, je takřka nemožné se v tom hned na první dobrou zorientovat. Minimálně počáteční poslech se tedy nese v duchu změti čehosi, co sice hudbu připomíná, ale že by z toho byl člověk odvařený, to asi ne.

 

Určitě je tohle přesně ten typ muziky, jež u spousty lidí poletí hned do koše, přesto má v sobě „Zeroes“ něco, co přinejmenším mě osobně donutilo to nevypnout. Jakkoliv to zní na první poslech trochu strašně, nějak jsem to nedokázal přestat poslouchat, a i když jsem z toho po prvním uplynutí onoho 43 minut dlouhého marastu nebyl zrovna dvakrát moudrý, měl jsem chuť si to pustit znovu. A přesně v tomto stylu jsem pokračoval až do doby, než jsem zjistil, že jsem se v „Zeroes“ nejen začal konečně orientovat, ale že se mi ta dávka tureckého hnusu začala tuze líbit.

 

Abychom si ale rozuměli… sice jsem řekl, že jsem se v tom začal orientovat, berte to však s rezervou, jelikož „Zeroes“ je nahrávka, v níž se úplně stoprocentně nevyznáte snad nikdy. Já jsem to slyšel už dostkrát, ale pořád to jako celek nepůsobí ani o píď jinak než jako labyrint šílenstvím načichlých riffů a záhrobního řevu, zpoza nichž tu a tam vykoukne nějaká melodie (ty ovšem nejsou o nic normálnější) nebo (dark) ambientní pasáž (to se týká především druhé „Seven Zeroes“). Spíše si po tom větším množství poslechů člověk zvykne na tu divnost, jež „Zeroes“ bezesporu obepíná, a začne konečně naplno vstřebávat tu atmosféru.

 

Ona je to totiž právě atmosféra, díky níž „Zeroes“ prostě funguje tak skvělým způsobem, jakým funguje. Těžko říct, jak se to Blliigghhtted povedlo, ale ta deska má skutečně hloubku. Není to nic lehkého na (d)ocenění, ani netvrdím, že to zvládne každý, neboť tohle je přesně ten druh hudby pouze pro „vyvolené“, ale je to tam, vážně to v tom je. A jak už tomu u podobných záležitostí prostě bývá, jakmile člověk překoná jakousi pomyslnou hranici a oné atmosféře propadne, pak už pro něj cesta zpátky není.

 

Jak už nejednou padlo, Blliigghhtted nahráli skutečně divný kus muziky. Přesto jsem ochoten se podepsat pod její doporučení, protože jestli máte buňky na různé hudební zvrhlosti a také vám nechybí nepostradatelná dávka trpělivosti, pak před sebou máte desku, u níž stojí za to se v dnešní uspěchané době zastavit. Sice bych se zdráhal mluvit o nějaké skutečné výjimečnosti, ale o tom, že „Zeroes“ má sílu, už sporu není…

 

H.

20.5.2015

 

 

 

Metal Storm

 

If there's one deadly sin that will get me killed, it's sloth. Shit, I even get threats of ass-whoppings if I fail to do my job. Like with this review for the Turkish Blliigghhtted. Sounds weird? Yeah, but I'm too afraid to say it to their faces.

 

3 years ago I reviewed Yayla, another ambient black metal band from the same label and a member in common. Time passed by and I got requests about other related projects which I set aside because, again, I'm lazy. Thankfully I snapped out of it and discovered the two massive songs from this trio of very original satanists, which is harder to find than IS members with a sense of humor. Their own words, not mine! My jokes are even worse. So… Blliigghhtted reflects the duality between life and death (light and blighted). While the bizarreness of the name leaves me no other option than to pronounce it as if I was talking during a dentist visit, it perfectly describes the atmosphere behind their solid debut.

 

The production is blurry and confusing which actually enhances the experimentations that take place throughout the two 20-minutes tracks. The dissonant leads and pulsing bass lines communicate with each other constantly on top of the imposing riffs that whirl like sandstorms. These riffs work as a foundation to build upon together with the schizophrenic and interesting drumming. The vocals, both clean and harsh, are juxtaposed in such a disturbing way that it gives me visions of grand chants sung by fanatics, not unlike bands such as Reverorum Ib Malacht.

 

As you can imagine there is a lot of variation but the consistency of the songs isn't compromised. At first, chaos seems to be the norm but it doesn't take long to see the great order behind the layering. The first taste of deliberate mayhem and dread reminds me of Abruptum while the way the music is composed makes me think of other fine acts such as Elysian Blaze. Just like the Australian powerhouse, Blliigghhtted manages to evoke a sense of direction that feels almost orchestral, enhanced of course by the many classical instruments hidden here and there.

 

Zeroes is definitely one of those albums which you can't fully describe at first. You need to submerge in it and explore for yourself. I'm damn glad that I didn't miss out this opportunity, as the talent is clear here and the genre sure as hell needs an injection of ideas.

 

Performance: 8

Songwriting: 9

Originality: 9

Production: 8

 

Mr. Doctor

4.5.2015

 

 

 

The Metal Observer

 

Blliigghhtted is an experimental black metal/dark ambient act from Turkey. Formed in 2014, the band was created by Ruhanathanas, who performs vocals and synths as well as lyrics and conduction. Blliigghhtted is rounded out by Merdümgiriz on drums, vocals and synths and Emir Toğrul (Yayla, Viranesir) on vocals, guitars, bass and synths. The band released their debut demo, Which of You Have Done This?, in September of 2014 and at the end of March 2015, they dropped their first full length album, Zeroes.

 

At first glance, Blliigghhtted seems to have quite a strange name, but according to members it is an amalgamation of “blighted” and “light”, bringing to mind themes of duality. It’s with this theme of duality that Zeroes lies; unsettling yet cathartic and heavy yet flippant. While the band’s demo focused on unsettling atmospheres and ritual ambiance juxtaposed against sparse bursts of depraved black metal, the band’s full length seems to reign in the ambient wandering in favor of oppressive and chaotic black metal. Featuring two twenty-one minute plus tracks, Zeroes is anything but an easy listen, yet the band’s free flowing, stream of consciousness style of song writing is engaging despite requiring a dedicated focus to follow.

 

Like mentioned, Zeroes is certainly a heavier monster than the band’s previous outing, but it certainly doesn’t lack in the realm of experimentation. Although the album starts off with what sounds like rather typical black metal on “Purge Me Satan” with raw and jagged trem patterns, the experimental nature of the band quickly takes form. Ambient wandering clashes with low yet charging percussion and runs headfirst into segments of slowed down, melodic dreariness. A myriad of groaning and raspy vocal patterns emerge throughout, all muddy and dissonant, effectively bridging the gap between the raucous black metal and the somewhat ethereal ambiance. “Seven Zeroes” strikes out in similar fashion, placing jarring black metal next to ethereal passages and dark ambient soundscapes, going so far as fading into a ritualistic piece with groans and chants for close to nine minutes before crawling back towards cyclical trem patterns and blasting drums. A myriad of groaning and raspy vocal patterns emerge throughout, all muddy and dissonant, effectively bridging the gap between the raucous black metal and the somewhat ethereal ambiance.

 

While Blliigghhtted demo release did show promise, it seemed that band’s abject wandering and free flowing style lacked focus, resulting in a rather difficult to digest piece of music. Zeroes continues the band’s trend of difficult listens, but Zeroes succeeds in having multiple layers that continue to reveal new textures and sounds throughout repeated listens. From jarring, blasting black metal juxtaposed with ritual ambiance to ethereal and melodic passages of doomy wandering, Blliigghhtted has surely shown the ability to focus and create a solid tapestry of sounds despite the length of the tracks. Zeroes may not be as unsettling as Which of You Have Done This?, but it is much stronger and more rewarding listen.

 

7.5/10

 

Shawn Miller

9.4.2015

 

 

 

About.com

 

The latest from the ever-productive Merdumgiriz camp is Zeroes by Blliigghhtted, consisting of two 21+ minute free-form black metal freakouts. Both tracks, as expected, throw convention to the curb and wind through a number of unpredictable courses.

 

Zeroes is cavernous and lo-fi. Needling tremolos and crashing percussion give way to moody and epic synth-driven passages. Chaos and experimentation reign eternal. Much of the atmosphere is created by the male/female, growl/howl vocals. Terrible, haunting and entirely unsettling. It's impossible to understand exactly what is going on but those with open minds need to relish the unrestrained creativity and wildly varied construction of their extremely experimental black metal. It's a challenging art, but one worth experiencing.

 

3.5/5

 

Matt Hinch

31.3.2015

 

 

 

Kingdom Of Noise

 

The highly prolific Turkish artists (Ruahanathanas, Emir Toğrul and Merdümgiriz) bleed a chaotic strain of highly experimental black metal. Zeroes consists of two tracks both breaching the 20 minute mark. Icy guitar melodies drift lazily countered by blasts of apocalyptic freakouts. Feral incantations are highlighted by spine-tingling howls. Washes of synths create an impermeable atmosphere of ancient dread. And the percussion is truly possessed, following unpredictable paths, all in the name of creating a desperate sounding and unique identity. 

The trio appear totally absorbed by their creative forces and thusly, the listener is drawn in as well, wrapped under layers of sonically manifested terror and confusion. As expected from this group of musicians, Zeroes is a challenging and exhaustive experience. Prepare thyself. 

 

Matt Hinch

31.3.2015

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal Zine

 

Blliigghhtted are a band from Turkey that has been featured before in this zine and plays an experimental and ambient form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Zeroes" which will be released later this year by Merdumgiriz Records.

 

Grim black metal screams and heavy guitar riffing start off the album along with some dark sounding melodies and there are also a decent amount of melodic guitar leads and depressive screams being utilized at times and the slow riffs and deep vocals give the music more of a doom/death metal feeling.

 

Ritualistic chants can be heard at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the music also speeds up at times and brings in a raw black metal feeling and both of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when synths are utilized they bring more of and epic atmosphere to the recording and on the second track clean singing vocals can be heard at times and the song also brings in elements of classical and dark ambient as well as being very experimental and avant garde at times and halfway through the second track the music gets more black metal.

 

Blliigghhtted creates a very original and diverse recording with this album that still has its black and death metal roots but also gets more experimental, ritualistic and avant garde this time around, the production sounds very dark and powerful while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.

 

In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Blliigghhtted and if you are a fan of experimental and ambient black metal, you should check out this album.

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

9.3.2015

 

 

 

 

 

Which Of You Have Done This? Reviews

 

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Swallowed by the darkness 

Which Of You Have Done This? is a half-hour of some of the most chilling ambient blackened noise you may ever hear consisting of one track titled “The Lords”. Blliigghhtted as an entity comprises three members, Yayla's Emir Toğrul (guitars/vocals), Viranesir's Ruhanathanas (conduction/vocals/lyrics) and Destroyer of History's Merdümgiriz (synths/vocals). 

“The Lords” as described by the collective is a “psychodrama for exploring the history and philosophy of dark spirituality through correlations and juxtapositions of tradition and degeneration in essence and form.” Heady stuff. Even if you choose not to delve into those lyrical realms, WOYHDT? still offers plenty to penetrate and corrupt the mind. 

Droning guitar and organ usher in ritualistic spoken voices of varying intensity. The voices range from possessed incantations through ghostly vocal emanations, deepening the sense of unease brought on by the instrumentation. 

Hypnotic percussion provides a slow and steady pulse while the guitars, synths and vocals tumble through the ether in a chaotic haze. It's desolate and introspective as the outpouring of ultimate sorrow separates the listener from the warmth and light. 

Vocal demons inflict a myriad of feelings from all sides, none bright, as the eerie, psychedelic synths enhance the air of mystery and ancient evil and the free-form guitars scrape away at mental barriers with arachnid-like terror and excise any hope for escape. 

The sense of dread deepens as the members continue to layer their convocations through a mind-numbing fog. They overlap and distort perception like infinite ripples in a pool of never-congealing blood. It's instinctually unsettling yet oddly calming as if the realization has been made that it's only just a nightmare. Or death. And no amount of worry will end the desperation. 

WOYHDT? is a captivating and entrancing release of inspired yet twisted vision from these strange and esoteric artists guaranteed to break your nerves and bend your will and cast you into their slow-boiling pit of madness and despair.

 

Matt Hinch

22.11.2014

 

 

 

The Metal Observer

 

Which of You Have Done This? is a famous phrase in the annals of literature; uttered by Macbeth, a character plagued by uncertainty, doubt and mental illness, as he reacts with paranoid fervor, lashing out towards the person responsible for summoning the visage of Banquo. It is with these feelings of uncertainty and paranoia that give rise to the ritualistic debut from Turkey’s Blliigghhtted. Featuring Ruhanathanas, Merdümgiriz and Emir Toğrul, known for their work with Yayla, Viranesir and Destroyers of History, among other projects, their debut, Which of You Have Done This?, features a single track, titled “The Lords,” which runs nearly 31 minutes.

 

As is usually the case with ritualistic ambient projects, Blliigghhtted’s sound takes several spins to fully sink in. Ruhanathanas has stated that the lyrical and thematic influences heard on the debut album not only summon the depravity of Macbeth, but are also held to incorporate the instability of Alexander, the protagonist in Tarkovsky’s filmThe Sacrifice. According to the band, the guitar lines, played by Emir Toğrul are to be inspired by Tarkovsky, while the keyboards, played by Merdümgiriz are to be centered on Macbeth. While both works focus on the uncertainty of the respective protagonists, Blliigghhtted move to subject the listener to the merging of this precariousness with the uncontrolled, the chaotic.

 

Which of You Have Done This? was recorded live as an improvised song, and despite the clear motifs presented, you can clearly tell this is done in one take. Starting with spoken words, blowing winds and sparse percussion, the soundscape slowly surges and sweeps until a batch of calm minimalistic keyboards combat with dissonant industrial noises. The vocals slowly move away from spoken word, becoming twisted and wailing as the music surges forward. The guitars focus on slowly moving patterns, with a discordant approach that hints at black metal but never fully develops into riffs.

 

The latter half of the releases sees the trio getting into a groove, with ethereal keyboard notes, bellowing ambiance and sparse guitar notes swirling together to create a trance inducing cacophony of unsettling atmospherics. Despite this, Which of You Have Done This? is an unsettling endeavor and is emotionally draining. The chaotic structuring and generally feeling of instability and uneasiness makes this a very challenging listen. Ritualistic ambiance, chaotic instrumentation and a general sense of precariousness mark Blliigghhtted’s debut album. Recommended to fans of Reverorum ib Malacht, Abruptum and the like, as this is exhausting and uncomfortable to listen to.

 

6.5/10

 

Shawn Miller

25.9.2014

 

 

 

Disfactory.it

 

Blliigghhtted è la nuova bizzarra creatura messa in piedi dal diabolico duo Emir Toğrul/Merdümgiriz, questa volta l’ensemble Turco si mette “a disposizione” di Ruhanathanas e della sua folle genialità (già intravista fra l’altro nell’altro progettoViranesir), il solo pensare di uscire indenni da questo ascolto è solamente pura e zozza utopia, la classica battaglia persa ancor prima di partire. Dimenticate i buoni propositi, dimenticate come si ascolta “abitualmente” la musica perché qui, sulle note di Which Of You Have Done This? non troverete niente che venga voi incontro, nulla che possa offrirvi una qualche sorta di appiglio familiare, inforcate questa mezz’ora solamente se è lo stato di totale perdizione e smarrimento ciò che state cercando, depravazione e follia come pranzo e cena, diverse alternative non saranno facili da trovare, e diventerà inutile anche il solo tentativo di cercarle.

 

A quest’uscita serve solo lo spazio di mezz’ora per esprimere il proprio deviato concetto, mezz’ora prima di voltarsi per vedere quanto si è riusciti a raccogliere durante il tragitto, e proprio lì ci saremo noi -pazzi quanto loro- impavidi ed esausti viaggiatori, estimatori del vero spirito artistico, capaci di trarre il nettare necessario laddove gli altri vedono solo storpiatura o incapacità. Non arrivare a riconoscere il valore di questi trenta minuti è da pazzi, proprio l’esatta virtù di chi invece riuscirà a trarne un sadico, tormentoso vantaggio. Which Of You Have Done This? è frutto di improvvisazione (mossa da chissà quale molla), è un delirio profondo e “tartassante”, atto a far perdere lucidità e spirito d’osservazione dopo soli pochi minuti d’ascolto, lo strano crescendo a cui arriva l’unico brano (intitolato The Lords) è così indecifrabile da mettere paura, automatico il rispetto che si genera nei confronti dei suoi creatori, capaci di metterci in ginocchio attraverso l’uso di mezzi e metodologie completamente remote, una chiara testimonianza di quanti possibili ed infiniti flussi possono ancora uscire dalla mano dell’uomo.

 

The Lords è un cerimoniale, una nenia che troverete certamente senza senso (e a poco serviranno nuovi ascolti) spiazzati ma curiosi crederemo anche di trovare qualche granello di comprensibilità, attimi strani, dove qualcosa sembra andare al proprio posto, ma rimangono sensazioni difficili da spiegare, e penso stia qui il punto cruciale di quest’opera, ovvero il saper dare uno spiazzamento inusuale, autentici frammenti d’inedito smarrimento. Cercare di cucirci addosso qualche vago paragone o termine potrebbe portarvi ancor più fuori strada del normale – oltre che altamente riduttivo- vi basterà solo sapere di stare andando incontro ad un lucido e ben scandito delirio, abissi che si aprono con voi e non sotto di voi.

 

DukeFog

20.9.2014

 

 

 

Occult Black Metal Zine

 

Blliiigghhted are a band from Turkey that plays an ambient form of black metal and this is a  review of their 2014 album "Which Of You Have Done This?" which was released by Merdumgiriz Records.

  A very dark ambient sound starts off the album along with some melodic guitar leads and  spoken word parts a few seconds later which also gives the recording a ritualistic  feeling  and  you can hear a good amount of atmospheric sounds in the background along with the guitars  adding in a doom metal influence.

  After awhile high pitched black metal screams and grim vocals are added into the 30 minute song this whole album consists of, after awhile clean playing can be heard in the music and it also gives the recording more of a depressive feeling along with small amounts of melodic vocals being added in at times which also enhance the evil nature of the recording and towards the end of the recording the vocals start adding more deep and demonic death metal elements into the bands musical sound.

 

Blliiigghhted creates a 30 minute track that is very ritualistic as well as remaining in a slow direction from beginning to end and you can hear a mixture of grim and depressive black metal in the vocals, doom metal and melodies in the guitars and a dark ambient and atmospheric background, the production  sounds very dark, while the lyrics cover Satanism and Luciferian themes.

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

10.9.2014