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- Me, Myself, and I
- CENOTAPH was formed by vocalist Batu Cetin in the summer of 1994 with the aim of performing some piece of the most brutal and the sickest music that has ever been played in Turkey and the world so far. After various changes in the band’s line up, they released their first demo “Life Immortal” in 1995. Back then the line up consisted of Batu (vocals), Coskun (guitar), Bülent (bass) and Bülent G. (drummer, ex-Suicide). The band’s first demo received rather good responses from the local scene, and Cenotaph took part in quite a few shows and festivals in Ankara.
In 1996 drummer Bülent G. was replaced by Goremaster. This was the ideal line-up and didn’t change until 1999… With the new line-up CENOTAPH recorded their second demo «promo tape 96» in 1996. This 3 song professionally recorded demo was sent to many underground labels, fanzines, magazines. «promo tape 96» got great responses from both the press/record labels and fans…With this demo, the band’s technical style and brutal sound got steadier and tighter.
in the Summer of 1996, CENOTAPH entered YESILKART studios, Istanbul, to record their 8 songs debut album «Voluptuously Minced» , 8 songs of brutal and sick gore death/grind. With this recording they received offers from a few labels from outside Turkey but they preferred to go for HAMMER MUSIC. Finally «Voluptuously Minced» was released by Hammer music, got great interest as expected and has been distributed worldwide by many labels/distros . CENOTAPH has been featured in many magazines/fanzines and radio shows worldwide.“Voluptuously Minced” was distributed in CD format by various labels in approximately 25 countries, and reached a wide range of listeners in Turkey in tape/Cd format.
Cenotaph, in the meantime, was working on new songs and continued the shows. In 1998 the band recorded their second album “Puked Genital Purulency”, at STUDIO FORTE, Istanbul… «Puked Genital Purulency» was released by Hammer music in MC and CD format. This album also got very well responses from local extreme music fans as well as from fans abroad. After a few months of the album’s release, CENOTAPH managed to reach a big number of fans worldwide. Puked Genital Purulency took part in many compilation cd’s, tapes and zines. The album is still counted as one of the mile stones of deathgrind .
After the album had been released, bassist Bulent and guitarist Coskun left the band due to some personal reasons. During the time, Batu gathered the new members for Cenotaph and the band carried on with the works full throttle with two new guitarists: Basar Cetin and Cihan Akün.
With this new line-up Cenotaph met with their diehard fans again at Ankara’s Rockstation festival in 2002. After the fest, the band began to work on new songs for the upcoming album and between January-March 2003 Cenotaph completed the recordings of their 3rd album «Pseudo Verminal Cadaverium» at Zoo Sound Studios Ankara. Following the co