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Released: 2013, Independent
Metal is truly a global phenomenon. This is never been more true than it is now, evidenced by the number bands looking for press coverage that live outside the “hot zones” like North America, England, or Europe; heck watch films like HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD or GLOBAL METAL and you’ll get even more proof. Even with all of that, I still can’t think of a band that I’ve heard from Turkey. Fortunately, Istanbul’s Listana have changed that with this UNVEILED EP, originally released last year.
Listana are a female-fronted progressive metal band that does their best to stand out from the Dream Theater clones by incorporating their native sounds and style into their music, to the point of singing two of the four songs on the EP in Turkish. The band’s music is moderately heavy, certainly progressive-sounding, if not in length, but the extra rhythms and sounds they incorporate help driving tracks like “The Legend of Hellespont” stand out. Vocalist Fulya Celikel Soganci has strong voice in both languages and her accent and style lend an exotic vibe to the music.
While none of the songs on the EP truly knocked me out initially, the more I listened, the more I liked it – you definitely need to give these songs multiple listens for them to sink in. Listana are onto something with this release and, to these ears, have the talent and potential to really wake up a sometimes tired progressive metal genre.
1. Istanbul: Birth of a Dream
2. Hasret (“Longing”)
3. The Legend of Hellespont
4. Elveda (“Farewell”)
Fulya Celikel Soganci: Vocals
Ali Gokturk: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Alp Soganci: Lead Guitar
A. Kaan Seyithanoglu: Bass, Harsh Vocals
Ozan Gumrukcu: Drums
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