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Turkish Delight: Volume Two
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Turkish Delight: Volume Two

Melodic Metal Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

It's Christmas in July. Not even a year since the release of Turkish Delight Volume One, Escape Music founder and AOR guru Khalil Turk returns with his friends for Volume Two. I'm not going to waste the readers time with a lengthy explanation of the concept for the Turkish Delight project. Suffice to say, this is Mr Turk's celebration of his thirty years of love for the genre by assembling stellar musicians to record new music. (For more detail, I refer you to my review of Volume One).

Also, as with the previous album, you can read a complete list of the song credits, wherein you will find the songwriters and musicians for each song. While Khalil Turk is the producer of the new album, you will also find mixing and mastering by Unleashed and Dead Kosmonaut guitarist Fredrik Folkare. Actually, his fingerprints are all over this edition of Turkish Delight with songwriting and guitar credits.


Considering the new album and some songs, one general observation may be made. Volume Two is definitely heavier than its predecessor. Ergo, my indication above: melodic metal rock. You'll hear this at the start with No One knows Your Name which features heavy metal veteran vocalist Ralf Scheepers, and also metal guitarists Folkare and Sorcerer's Peter Hallgren. This metal motif continues through the following five songs, and I'm really digging the new metal groove.

Future brings a change to more AOR melodic hard rock with its funky groove. Don't Surrender is an AOR tune, yet with some edge. As is Fahrenheit 451 where the arrangement dials back the heaviness for the vocal parts. Yet the guitar work stings. Throwing Bones is also a bit milder with more vocal emphasis (only to be one-upped by an soaring guitar solo). But to finish, we kick out the jams with the fast and heavy We Carry On featuring versatile singer Dino Jelusick.

All in all, Turkish Delight Volume Two takes the project to a new level, offering more melodic metal rock songs sparring with traditional AOR melodic hard rock. Definitely an interesting and entertaining mix. Quite recommended.



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Turkish Delight Volume Two takes the project to a new level, offering more melodic metal rock songs sparring with traditional AOR melodic hard rock. Definitely an interesting and entertaining mix. Quite recommended.

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