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A New Religion - Athena

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Genre: World Music / Artist: Athena / Audio CD released 1998-08-17 at Rising Sun

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      30.01.2008 22:29
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      Athena's sixth album (2005).

      Athena is a surprisingly high-profile ska punk band from Istanbul, and their self-titled sixth album from 2005 reflects their newfound commercial success in its more accessible sound, though fortunately the punk base remains for the old-school fans. This is a melodic and very pop-oriented album of light ska songs, some of them ('Yasak Bahçe' in particular) hardly resembling the genre at all, but the emphasis on catchy vocal melodies and a chilled reggae atmosphere is mostly successful - it's just a shame the album's so inconsistent.

      'Hatasiz Kul Olmaz' and 'Birak Gitsin' keep up the rock end of the scale, with some decent guitar riffs amidst the repetition of the verses, while 'Caydiran' and 'Roket Adam' take a more satisfyingly energetic punk direction and are probably the most entertaining songs here as a result. Traditional ska fans are catered for by 'Kime Ne' and 'Çöküslerdeyim,' but this still isn't going to be something to appeal to die-hard fans of the genre due to its overly commercial approach. Still, there's enough honest material here to resist any claims of the band "selling out," especially considering the ridiculous, off-putting waste of time that comes in the final song, which sees a slow ska song and a speedy mess-around bisected by over thirty minutes of silence in-between.

      If every band in Turkey was playing this sort of music, no one would notice Athena. Luckily for them, they stand out for miles.

      1. Çatal Yürek
      2. Hatasiz Kul Olmaz
      3. Kime Ne
      4. Yasak Bahçe
      5. Çöküslerdeyim
      6. Caydiran
      7. Birak Gitsin
      8. Bulut
      9. Roket Adam
      10. Uyaninca

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 In the Beginning [Instrumental]
      2 New Religion?
      3 Soul Sailor
      4 Apocalypse
      5 Every Word I Whisper
      6 Dead Man Walkin'
      7 My Silence
      8 Secret Vision
      9 Keeper
      10 Twisted Feel
      11 Not Too Far
      12 Deep Red