Saturday, February 18, 2017

YAYLA - review


Merdümgiriz records

Before I even get into the music by this one man project I wanna point out that the man, Emir Toğrul, makes each copy of this CD. It's also available on cassette. But even the t-shirts and patches are made by Emir. The guy is a true artisan, he paints the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, making all non-machined parts from scratch. All current and upcoming merch comes to fans direct from the hand of the creator himself. This guy is really DIY.

As far as the music goes well this is my introduction to Emir Toğrul's work in YAYLA. He's been involved in this ambient black metal project since the late 90s releasing four full lengths and after a long hiatus of four years is his fifth. I must say using the ambient term really does not convey the intensity with which the music on here is portrayed. At times this is very hostile but with some mild atmospheric touches provided when Emir breaks out the synths and the momentum to change the pace. I'd say more of a blackened doom feel is it.

Yeah this is the type of black metal I wanna hear at 3 am after work while drinking a beer. Songs like "Funeral" and "Everyday Is Death For Us" really make you feel like Emir knows the deal. Then of course he'll toss a real bone gnawer "Mantras Of Separation" which is my favorite song on here. A blackened death meets doom ripper. Another cool one is "Endless Regrets", an instrumental with hints of psych damage. There's a couple of instrumentals on here, the later one "They Are Losing You From Me" made me wanna say Yeah I was raised Catholic too. It's those synths that sound like church organs and this is from Turkey as well.

Rating: 4/5

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