Tales from the King's Court
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September 20th, 2016 - Kardanadam Media
Oganalp Canatan: Vocals, rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars, keyboards
Mike LePond: Bass
Joe Nevolo: Drums
Ozan Alparslan: Piano, backing vocals
Gary Wehrkamp: Lead guitars
Mertcan Ozbakir: Lead guitars
Onur Ozkoc: Lead and acoustic guitars
Alper Sarioglu: Lead guitars
Dicle Su Han: Backing vocals
Recorded by Oganalp Canatan at Ghostwall Studios. Additional recordings by CJ Scioscia, Joey DeMaio, Gary Wehrkamp.
Mixed by Erim Arkman
Mastering by Jens Bogren
Artwork by Yigit Koroglu
Booklet Design by Mattias Norén
Photography by Mertcan Ozbakir
Styling by Elif Bilge Canatan
Produced by Oganalp Canatan
Tales from the King’s Court is the second Maegi album. The album was partially crowdfunded by dedicated fans and friends and continued the Maegi tradition in featuring guest artists. Near to many local artists, the album also featured Dreamtone veterans Onur Ozkoc and Ozan Alparslan, and Gary Wehrkamp and Joe Nevolo of Shadow Gallery, as well as Mike LePond of Symphony X and Silent Assassins.
Behind the Scenes
The album was a natural evolution from Skies Fall. Where Skies Fall was full of anger in its construction, Tales from the King’s Court was of intrigue and fun. The compositions were of my cleansed emotions, what I wanted to do. Although I enjoy all the tracks, Hallowed are the Ori, Armored Pride, Drink Like a Dwarf became fan favourites.
The song “Make it Rain” is a track I wrote before my father’s terminal diagnosis and eventual passing to memorate him and to tell the emotional state I was in as my father slowly faded away before my eyes. As of 2018, I still skip the track whenever I listen to the album.
Tales from the King's Court is the second album of Maegi.
These people believed in my music and donated to the IndieGoGo campaign, helping me produce the album
I sincerely thank you for your contributions!
Mertcan Özbakır, Duygu Yakın, Mehmet Çetinkurşun, Arın Doğan, Artun Özsemerciyan, Murat Tolga Ertürk, Cemal Burak Tansel, Esatcan Coşkun, Seray Coşkun, Daniel Kelley, Heves Beşeli, Ilya Andreev, Jordan Rozsa, Alma Cooper, Kevin Brady, Ricard Jimenez, Can Dedekargınoğlu, Çağla Turhan, Bulutay Güneş, Ebru Kanbur, Anıl Kangal, Enver Hakan Konaç, Özge Kaya, Onur Özkoç, Onur Kayıran, Igor Jakobsen, Lennart Jakobsson, Özge Öner, Felix Uhl, Dries Dokter, Stefan Pietsch, Ulf Hartung, Gökhan Yıldırım, Juliana Mourisca, Samet Bilge.
Tales from the King’s Court is loosely based on Stargate SG-1 and the era of the Ori. From multiple perspectives, the songs tell the situation of a medieval kingdom under the rule of a sinister king, who is also an Ori puppet. The album booklet features short stories of characters trying to free the land from the grasp of the king and the Ori. As songs progress, they realize it is a task beyond their power, and they all die in their conquest. The stories also feature the album’s crowdfunding contributors as guest characters.
Oganalp is a huge Stargate fan, and SG-1 holds a special place in his heart as it was a frequent topic of their discussions with his father.