Metal credibility is always going to impact how individuals interpret music. For some reason, a band like Anathema or Green Carnation will be easier for metal fans to accept, possibly due to earlier works from bands such as this. This of course also limits exposure for many bands; for example, what psych rock fans out there would not love later In the Woods…? Burak Ozmucur lives deep within in that blurred line between radio rock and metal, a bit more on the former side than the latter, but genre lines are constantly waning and waxing in one direction or another and are obviously a subjective perception in the end. So while the obvious influences of Alice in Chains and Porcupine Tree are not exactly of extreme character, there are plenty of us that are primarily metal fans that like such bands, and certainly there is a smaller percentage of us that has an even softer side often hidden away behind Portishead records. Not I though, obviously…
That was, of course, a ridiculous level of sarcasm. Truth be told, I actually am more interested in Burak Ozmucur’s earlier acoustic material, but also loving the likes of Alice in Chains and having a soft spot for much of the rock spectrum—as well as singer-songwriters in general—makes me susceptible to music such as this. Admittedly, progressive rock was never really a particular focus of mine, primarily because I am not a musician but a fan, which makes it more difficult to appreciate the technical aspects of this solo musician. The tint of bands like Opeth does excite me though, and I have to wonder what Ozmucur’s music would be like if he were to dive even further into the metal influence behind his creations. It’s much more likely, though, that this promising young musician will inevitably join something more along the lines of a metalcore act, leading to much-deserved success through the unfortunate path of cringe-worthy music.
With just three tracks, In Silence only leads to a glimpse of what the potential is for this Turkish musician who now resides in New Jersey. Music such as this may be radio friendly, sure, but the flirtation with heavier elements and technicality that we find on In Silence gives it a bit more depth than what we are often exposed to in popular media. If you like strong melodies and riffs, you will understand why this album is absolutely worth your time. This is someone who clearly just needs a few more positive elements, perhaps a bit more Katatonia than Chevelle (whom I have heard many compare the former to the latter, and while I adore Katatonia and do not enjoy Chevelle one iota, I can understand why) and other bands mentioned throughout. Even just a bit more intensity in Ozmucur’s vocals could carry his music over the top, and while he will always clearly be a rock musician who is into metal as an afterthought, a slight diversion in direction could be all he needs.
01) The Departure
03) The Clouds