Pentagram (2)

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In the fateful year of 1986 , when there wasn’t much metal to speak of in Bursa, Turkey, two friends, Hakan Utangaç on guitars and Cenk Ünnü on drums, came together. When Tarkan Gözübüyük joined up later that year with his bass guitar, the core of this legendary band was complete.

In three short years, these men drew a lot of attention to themselves with a string of performances and a rapid phase of development and signed with Nepa Music for their first album.

This self titled album was a wake up call for the Turkish metal scene and quickly the band became a nationwide phenomenon with widespread national press coverage and performances on national television.

It already was clear that Pentagram would become one of the most influential metal bands to have come out of Turkey with their constantly maturing music, influenced by classic progressive rock and 80’s metal.

Pentagram did not spend time basking in their newfound fame and recorded the Trail Blazer album in 1992. This time, they signed with Nuclear Blast of Germany and extended their reach to the European metal-heads.

In 1996, their signature style blending heavy metal with Anatolian and Mesopotamian musical heritage reached a point of maturity with their phenomenal album Anatolia. Signed with one of the most important major labels of its time, Raks Music, Pentagram also released their first live album, Popçular Dışarı, right after this in 1997, both in CD and VHS formats.

The album’s unique style was loved by fans from a wider circle than metal enhusiasts alone and was embraced in fifty two countries spanning five continents after the band signed with Century Media of Germany for its worldwide distribution.

After Anatolia, Pentagram was no longer just a favourite of the local scene but an internationally acclaimed metal band.

The albums Unspoken and Bir were recorded at Sierra studios in Athens and these albums were distributed by Universal Turkey at home.

In 2001 they signed a deal with Noise Records/Sanctuary to release "Unspoken" internationally. To avoid conflicts with other bands of the same name they decided to choose "Mezarkabul" as their alternative name for international distribution and recognition. To this day "Unspoken" remains their only album to be released under said band name. In Turkey they are still known as Pentagram.

Between 2003 and 2006, Pentagram went on a short hiatus but when Sony Music Turkey decided to compile their full catalogue, the band started back up with a new release.

Pentagram released their Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi show, 1987, marking their 20th anniversary, on CD and DVD before returning to studio and recording MMXII in 2012 with Gökalp Ergen on vocals and Metin Türkcan on guitars. Keeping with the band’s track record, this album was named the album of the year by Headbang readers.

Throughout the years, Pentagram’s name has been mentioned right alongside bands such as Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Accept, Manowar, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Queensryche, Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains and Rammstein at international music festivals such as Sonisphere, Wacken and Rock'n Coke.

With their intelligent and inspiring style, brilliant musicianship and continuous influence on the rock scene and music in general in Turkey, Pentagram have been a unique phenomenon both at home and abroad. Along with former members such as Demir Demirkan, Ogün Sanlısoy and Murat İlkan, who are living legends in their own rights, their music touched many and helped make metal and rock mainstream in Turkey – as it will be for many years to come.

PENTAGRAM is:
Gökalp Ergen – Vocals
Tarkan Gözübüyük – Bass Guitars
Hakan Utangaç – Guitars
Metin Türkcan – Guitars
Cenk Ünnü - Drums

Past Members:

Murat İlkan - Vocals
Ogün Sanlısoy - Vocals
Bartu Toptaş - Vocals (On the 1991 Demo)
Burak Kalaycı - Guitars
Murat Net - Guitars
Ümit Yılbar - Guitars
Demir Demirkan - Guitars
İhsan Şen - Guitars
Onur "Cat" Pamukçu - Guitars.
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Albums

005 Pentagram (2) - Pentagram album art Pentagram (2) Pentagram (Album) Nepa 005 Turkey 1990 Sell This Version
none Pentagram (2) - Live At The Trail album art Pentagram (2) Live At The Trail Not On Label (Pentagram (2) Self-released) none Turkey 1991 Sell This Version
001 Pentagram (2) - Trail Blazer album art Pentagram (2) Trail Blazer (Album) P.M.P. Records 001 Turkey 1992 Sell This Version
77218-2 Pentagram (2) - Anatolia album art Pentagram (2) Anatolia (Album) Raks Müzik 77218-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none Pentagram (2) - Live - Popçular Dışarı..! album art Pentagram (2) Live - Popçular Dışarı..! (Album) Tempo Müzik none Turkey 1997 Sell This Version
6050030, 001 Pentagram (2) - Unspoken album art Pentagram (2) Unspoken (Album) Böcek Yapım 6050030, 001 Turkey 2001 Sell This Version
none Pentagram (2) - Bir album art Pentagram (2) Bir (Album) Böcek Yapım none Turkey 2002 Sell This Version
88725414132 Pentagram (2) - MMXII album art Pentagram (2) MMXII (Album) Epic, Day 1 Entertainment 88725414132 Turkey 2012 Sell This Version
88875060992 Pentagram (2) - Live MMXIV album art Pentagram (2) Live MMXIV(CD, Dig + DVD, Dig) Sony Music, Epic 88875060992 Turkey 2014 Sell This Version
88985425272 Pentagram (2) - Akustik album art Pentagram (2) Akustik (Album) Sony Music, Epic 88985425272 Turkey 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Pentagram (2) - Wasteland album art Pentagram (2) Wasteland(File, MP3, Single) Sony Music none Turkey 2011
none Pentagram (2) - Bu Düzen Yıkılsın album art Pentagram (2) Bu Düzen Yıkılsın(File, AAC, Single, 256) Sony Music none Turkey 2020
none Pentagram (2) - Pride album art Pentagram (2) Pride(File, AAC, Single, 256) Sony Music none Turkey 2021
none Pentagram (2) - Sur album art Pentagram (2) Sur(File, AAC, Single, 256) Sony Music none Turkey 2021

Videos

88697304162 Pentagram (2) - 1987 album art Pentagram (2) 1987 Epic 88697304162 Turkey 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Pentagram (2) - MMXII Info CD album art Pentagram (2) MMXII Info CD(CDr, CD-ROM, Promo) Sony Music, Day 1 Entertainment none Turkey 2012 Sell This Version