AfflictionAffliction, consisting of Emrah Demirel, Emre Demirel, Kerem Inci and Fikri Yargici came to being in February 1999. The band originally started off in 1998 with the friendship of Emrah and Fikri and the fact that they both started playing musical instruments in the first year of university. Since he was listening to it from a young age, music was already more than a hobby for Emrah, but the desire to play an instrument was only fulfilled once he was at university. A few months later Emrah met Kerem there. The base of the band was founded when Emrah's proposal to start playing together for fun at the campus studio was accepted by Fikri and Kerem. Within a few months, the group decided to take things to a further level and began the search for a bass player. The first proposal was given to and accepted by Emre who just a few months before had begun playing bass. This being done the lineup was completed. In a short while, Affliction progressed considerably and on May 23 1999 found themselves giving their first concert to their listeners in Izmir at Ege University . After that the group began to compose songs rapidly. With this began the preparations for a demo and the group went into a silent period lasting about a year. This was broken when on May 18 2000 they again gave a concert at Ege University and succeeded in not only attracting the interest of their fans in Izmir but in getting full marks from them as well. Right after that, without putting out the demo on the market, Affliction signed up with Poem Productions and began the preparations for their first album. On the 23rd of April 2001 they gave their - what was now becoming customary - concert at Ege University for 500 listeners.
While working on their album, they took part in Katatonia's concert as an opening band on the 9th of June 2001 and got very good reviews throughout the country for their high performance. As a result of these ratings, 4 months after, they participated as opening band again for the concert given by The famous Swedish Melodic Death Metal group, Dark Tranquility and after that the positive responses only continued to increase.
After these concerts the recording sessions for Affliction's debut album begun in April 2002 though due to certain unforeseen events album was released in May 2003. This long awaited album got very good reviews from national metal-music-magazines and webzines.
After the album was released, Affliction played on some local concerts and took stage at major festivals such as Rock The Nations II (UDO, Destruction, Pain of Salvation and many…) , Rock Republic (Slayer, In Flames, Over Kill…)
Following the concerts and festivals season, Affliction started to work on new material at the end of 2005. After a long time work in progress, the songs were completed in January 2007 and they started recording in March 2007 which produced their 2 nd album.
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