The intriguingly named Bipolar Architecture hail from Berlin and Istanbul, which technically makes them only our second ever Turkish band. But they also come from an intriguing place musically, with three of their members having been a major part of the European death metal scene with previous band Heretic Soul.
The quartet of Sarp Keski (vocals and guitars), Enes Akovalı (bass), Burak Altıparmak (guitars) and Ata Çetin (drums) take all the intensity you’d expect from death metal and deathcore, metalcore and fuse it with delicious post-rock elements. The result is pretty astounding, with big atmospheric instrumentals under intensely heavy screams and all manner of booming breakdowns and heavy riffs.
Take, for example, Papercuts, the final track from the band’s debut three-track EP The Tragic Protagonist. It opens up with light looping guitar that continues over an atmospheric background of rolling drums and higher-pitched guitars in a pretty laid-back intro. The instrumentals continue to intensify under a barrage of savage guttural screams, which give way to a huge chorus of awesome drums under screamed vocals and a lovely bouncy lick.
That drops into a light section of rolling licks then big low-tuned guitars jump in and feed into huge pounding drums and more intense vocals. The intensity continues with pounding drums, then drops into another huge chorus. Check it out in the lyric video below:
The EP’s opener and title track also opens up with light guitars that drop into big rolling drums and high-pitched piercing guitars in an engaging smash of heaviness. Huge screamed vocals take over alongside light guitars then big bursts of heavier guitars.
That builds up to a massive section of atmospheric instrumentals under savage vocals. Then a lively lick over rolling drums drops into a high-pitched guitar over stabbing low-tuned guitars and more heavy screams. It’s absolutely fantastic and you can give it a listen below:
Second track So I Altered is equally good, making this an excellent EP all-round. It starts off a little heavier with a low stabbing riff then high-pitched guitars over pounding drums in a big instrumental intro. It soon builds up to a huge section of savagely fast drums, piercing guitars and intense screamed vocals. Go give this a listen!
We had a chat with the guys to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Bipolar Architecture?
BA: “We are a band from Berlin and Istanbul. We were in the Death Metal scene in all Europe with our previous band Heretic Soul, we gave around 100 concerts in Europe and Turkey, played in festivals with bands like Sepultura, Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Deicide… So this band consist of 3 members from Heretic Soul. Then we met with Ata, our drummer and the chemistry went un so energetic and here we are.”
GR: You just released your debut EP The Tragic Protagonist. What should people be expecting from the EP?
BA: “People who like post stuff but also aggressive and intense core influences will like our music, I assume.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
BA: “As life changes us all, it changed our thoughts of creating music also. Then we created Bipolar Architecture. Apart from Death Metal, the sound has Post-Black Gaze, Metalcore, Djent and even Post Rock elements.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
BA: “Actually, the whole thing for us is to be honest with yourself, it is like a self-journey of all of us. Our observations, emotions through life. Also existentially bipolar structure of man is leading the story-telling mostly. You can understand the emotions change with the ups and downs in the music even.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
BA: “A lot of bands had been influenced us of course, but going into this direction maybe started when we discovered post metal bands like Caspian, Deafheaven, Alcest… But we’re always influenced by core elements, as we all love them.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
BA: “Right now, we are so pleased to release our debut EP. We wanted it for a long time, we want to make a deal for our next EP quickly (we’re in touch with some…) and want to introduce it to our audience. Right now I can say that our first Turkey show will be in Istanbul with Harakiri For The Sky most probably. We’re in talks with some festivals also. So I can say we’ll be active from September.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
BA: “It will be so nice to meet with people again with a new appearance and totally different music. We missed going crazy a lot.”