Erkan in Bergen and Oslo, Norway for a few days…

This is a pure vacation. I have no presentation, or projects to attend etc. I came here with a dear librarian friend, and met with a former student of mine, Doğan Çelik who studies MA degree in Bergen University. Quite relaxing after the hectic agenda in Turkey. I will fly back to İstanbul from Oslo on 29 … Read more

Nov, 11 was the National Metal Day!

Erkan collects metal related news in another blog: musicadiabolus 25 Songs to Thrash to on National Metal Day While there’s a time and place for moving ballads and soothing soft rock, sometimes you just need to thrash like a maniac to blister-inducing guitar shredding Today is that day. In honor of National Metal Day   New Study Says … Read more

Something I never understand: What Orphaned Land band tries to have Turkish citizenship. A metal roundup that includes 12 tracks for Prince Harry

Probably because they so often come to Turkey for concerts. They have a huge fan base in Turkey. There will be less visa hassles. A more Turkic explanation is that they fell in love with some Turkish girls:)   Israeli heavy metal band members apply for Turkish citizenship – The National by Turkish Digest Israeli … Read more

Roi Ben-Yehuda: Heavy Metal Music Unites Jews And Muslims Across Middle East – a metal roundup

Heavy Metal Music Unites Jews And Muslims Across Middle East – OpEd By Roi Ben-Yehuda Sometimes change happens in the most unlikely ways, fostered by the most unlikely of people. In the last few years, while Israel?s relationship with the Arab and Muslim world has drastically deteriorated, an Israeli heavy metal band has been uniting … Read more

10 Bands in the The History Of Black Metal; Best Hair Metal ballads… A metal roundup

10 Bands That Shaped The History Of Black Metal from Metal Injection by Jeremy Ulrey BLACK METAL: to some it’s the purest embodiment of uncompromising musical nonconformity, while to others it’s the meme that keeps on giving (I predict knit corpsepaint ski masks will be all the rage before February wraps up). These are not … Read more

Bugün metalkafa günü. 17. “black metal” ve 18. “erkan’s best of 23-42” podcast’leri burada….@miagleasian @farkindayimm

Nağme Öğmen black metal özel programında konuğumuz olmuştu ama kendisinin black metal’le alakası yoktur. Onunla ekşi sözlüğün kapatılmasına yönelik kampanyadan bedelli/vicdani red meselelerine kadar gündemdeki konuları tartıştık arada da black metal çaldık (!) . 18. bölüm için bir tema yoktu, zaten yorgunluktan pek kımıldayamıyordum, o yüzden kendi best of’umdan birşeyler çaldım. Hatta best of dosyam’daki … Read more


album of the week The World Is Yours ~ Motörhead erkan’s best of- song 032 Nine Pound Hammer ? Cookin’ The Corn (2:45) new stuff The World Is Yours ~ Motörhead The Cold Embrace of Fear [EP] ~ Rhapsody of Fire older stuff Agent Orange ~ Sodom Powerage ~ AC/DC Last in Line ~ Dio … Read more


album of the week Sodom by Sodom erkan’s best of- song 031 Sepultura – Arise older stuff Hair of the Dog by Tankard special interest Wyrd ~ Elvenking Conqueror ~ Jesu Lemuria by Therion Meaning of Life by Tankard tribute to the ancestors Diary of a Madman ~ Ozzy Osbourne Mob Rules ~ Black Sabbath … Read more


album of the week Abrahadabra by Dimmu Borgir Not particularly my type, but this have provided substance in their own genre. Congrat to Dimmu Borgir… erkan’s best of- song 017 Devil Doll – St. Patrick new stuff Omega Wave ~ Forbidden Unrestricted ~ Symphorce Clinic for Dolls ~ Unsun older stuff Discouraged Ones by Katatonia … Read more

Metal’s big loss: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio 1942 ? 2010 from Metal Hammer by terrybezer After initial rumours were dismissed earlier today, Metal Hammer is devastated to report that Ronnie James Dio has passed away. (more?) Ronnie James Dio Official site. Biography, discography, tour dates, news, information about his fan club, chat room, and forum. Tour – Discography … Read more

Behemoth concert tomorrow.

last updated: 21 March 2010

14 March 2010 Behemoth concert in Istanbul. Photo credits: Erkan Saka
Metal concerts season in Istanbul started last week with Destruction. I could not make it to that one but I will make it to tomorrow’s Behemoth concert. Behemoth is an explicitly Satanist Black Metal band from Poland. They are notarious in album imagery and I am just curious about their live performance… at 20:00 -Balans Club, Taksim….

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Judas Priest and AC/DC, Grammy winners!

Judas Priest, AC/DC Win Grammys

from Heavy Metal

Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kings Of Leon were the stars of the 52nd annual Grammys Sunday night, but there were awards in the realm of heavy music.

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