It is very difficult to single-handedly manage various roles in your band and Turkish lad Batu Çetin has mastered this task very well in the form of Grotesque Ceremonium. Yes, it is a one man band hailing from the Turkish city of Ankara that plays unholy old school death metal. At the year of formation itself, the debut EP ‘Blasphemous Goat Observance’ was initially produced as a completely self-released tape and later it was distributed as 100 limited copies by the Mexican Label American Line Prods. Now in 2016, Grotesque Ceremonium will be coming out with its debut album titled “Demonic Inquisition.”
Although the album is coming out officially on the 15th of June, we at Planet Caravan have been very lucky to have already gotten a sneak peak of this gem of a record.
The first track instantly builds up the gritty death metal sound with the heavy riffs and blastbeats with occasional changes in tempo. The second one is the title track and this also moves along the same lines of the previous song. Buried at the Stake is next and the sound becomes a bit slower and darker. The next two songs return back to the sound of the first two songs. All the songs more or less have the characteristic death metal sound with the vocals and drums deserving special mention. However my favorite track of the album is “In The Cauldrons Of Hell.’ The album ends with a great Incantation cover.
The album is a typical old school death metal band that sounds more or less like the inspirations of the band which are Incantation, Autopsy and Winter. It is a concept album dealing with medieval dark times and witchcraft, demonic punishments and tortures in the depths of hell and the satanic temple of Baphomet.
The production quality is also very clear with every note and beat being clearly audible. However, it would have been better if a few guitar solos were there in some parts of the songs. Overall this is a very good record and all old school death metal lovers must give this a listen!!
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Written By: Spirit Crusher