For those who aren’t familiar with Nemrud, I should start this post by saying that they are a Heavy/Psychedelic/Space Rock band from Turkey. Although they have many Progressive Rock elements in their music, they are definitely not a Progressive Rock band.
Their discography consists of 3 studio albums so far, all of them really good and interesting ones. First came ‘Journey of the Shaman’ in 2010, 3 years later they released ‘Ritual’, and a few months ago their latest album named as ‘Nemrud’. All 3 albums, share some common characteristics, such as the long hypnotizing compositions, (including big instrumental passages in each one of them), and the few number of songs included in each of their albums .‘Journey of the Shaman’ was including just 3 songs, which were actually the 3 parts of one big song, with the shortest one being 12 minutes long. ‘Ritual’ was including 4 songs, with two of them being over 10 minutes long.
As you can understand, ‘Nemrud’ couldn’t be very different. It includes 4 tracks, all of them over 11 minutes long, but there is a special (or limited) edition as well, which is including 2 of the album’s songs in “Radio edit” versions. This is something really good and helpful, especially for people who are involved with radio stations. (Like myself for example). These 2 songs are’ God of the Mountain’ and the really beautiful ‘Forsaken Throne’.
Although their style in more or less the same like in their previous albums, I dare say that this album sounds more “mature” more “sophisticated” and it seems as the band members improved their technique and gained more confidence in comparison with the previous albums.The only "weak" spot I found is the vocals, but it is something you get used to and stops bothering you after a couple of listenings.
I am not going to write anything about each song separately, because when I am playing the album I listened to it as a whole, but I should mention that the closing song ‘Forsaken Throne’ is my favourite one. (In both versions). (Also Euphrates is a fantastic tune).
The important thing is that with each listening the album “grows” in you. You start noticing more and more details and musical turns that you haven’t noticed before, and that is surely something we should congratulate the band for, because it means that these guys payed a lot of attention in the details, and did a really good job.
I believe that this is an album worth to become more famous and more people should listen to it. Nemrud is a good band which shows significant improvement with every new release.
My rating would be: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
By clicking on the following link you will be able to listen to the song ‘Euphrates’ just to get an idea.