Burak Gundogdu of LostPray on Metal “Aggression, excitement, power and the energy. It makes me feel alive.”

LostPray is a Traditional Heavy / Thrash / Progressive Metal Band, formed by two Turkish and two Ukrainian musicians, based in one of the most artistic spots on the planet; Odessa / Ukraine. It was the summer time of 2013, where it was possible for these musicians from different nations to show their abilities on a professional level, and recorded their first full-length album; THAT’S WHY. The 8 song album easily made it to the hearts of thousands of people.

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The band took some time off, started to be more accurate with LostPray’s direction, and understanding of music. Challenging compositions, unpredictable storytelling, tense atmosphere, aggression, Eastern-Western combinations, and overflowing energy have become the fundaments of LostPray’s actual style and sound. After long four years, the band has finally finished recording their second album; PRIESTIANITY, which is considered to be one step closer to the real LostPray style in their minds.


How did you first get in to music? Who or what turned you onto rock/metal?

Well, I was about 12, and we have had a friend who was playing guitar. We have listened to him couple times and I wanted to start learning too. In time, I have realized that I really have an interest in guitars and metal music. My cousin who was so much into Iron Maiden and metal music at that time introduced me to a couple songs and gave me one compilation album disc, where I was able to listen to many bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and so on. I guess this was how I got into metal.

What got you started playing music and how old were you?

I was about 12 years old when I started to play guitar. I bought my first classical guitar and started to learn to play chords and melodies. After 2-3 years classic guitar wasn’t loud enough for me and my dad bought me my first electric guitar and a small fender amp.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about?

When I was in high school, all I do on weekends was going to Kadikoy, meeting with friends and going to a studio to play some Metallica stuff. Every single weekend. It doesn’t matter who we were with. After a while, I started to know more people. I was running couple channels on mIRC at that time and met couple more musicians. I met with a drummer guy from another town one day. He took a bus and came to Istanbul just to meet with me. We started a band at that time called Lostpray. It was his idea and I immediately fell in love with the name.

After long years, I was about to graduate from the university. I saw that my childhood friend’s video on facebook, that he got into a competition and he did a pretty awesome job there. I congratulated him and told him if he would be interested to start a band together. He agreed, I moved to Ukraine after a month and we started our first semi-professional career, it was in summer 2013.

What was your local scene like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

Unfortunately, the local scene both in Turkey and Ukraine are not interested enough in new upcoming bands in general. This is because of the culture I suppose. From Turkey, we have only one big band; Pentagram. We all love them and respect them. They are like the Metallica of our country. At the moment, unfortunately, we don’t have anybody that I can mention here. There was one band from Ukraine that I discovered about couple years ago who inspired me a lot; TOL. They were super successful but ended their careers after a few releases.

How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?

All my life I was the main vocalist in studios. However, I always knew that I am not good enough for myself to be a professional one. After separating ways with our previous vocalist, I didn’t want to take any more risk in my project anymore and become the main vocalist myself. I also play the piano.

What makes a good LostPray song?

Exciting sections, unpredictable song building, fresh and dark melodies, the energy, the experience and the feeling. It should excite me first with its power and energy. And then I filter everything thousand times.

What artists with a message have made you change in any particular way and what was that change?

Artists like Mikael Akerfeldt, James Hetfield, Steven Wilson, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Tony Iommi, Lemmy Kilmister and more. I have learned so many things from them about being a real artist, about music and about how it should be.

Who are some of your influences? Who can we hear in your music?

Well, you can hear Metallica, Opeth and Gojira. This is changing constantly of course but these are the bands who shaped my music.

Did you read reviews, are there websites and writers you admire, do you argue music with strangers online?

I never argue. Everybody’s having their own ideas, right or wrong. Yes, I read and also write reviews myself. I like the ones who are objective and honest.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

It was a Metallica “Ride the Lightning” album, I bought from the airport before the flight to my mother.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

I would be very proud to tour with Mastodon and Gojira. And I would like to meet with Mikael Akerfeldt, Steven Wilson and James Hetfield.

What can we expect from a live LostPray show?

At the moment we took a break for couple years. And I have plans for our next shows.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who brought good music into this world, and became the voice of millions.

Do you still buy cds and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use?

I hate streaming myself. I still buy discs and I love doing it.

Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?

  • Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage
  • Opeth Watershed
  • Opeth Ghost Reveries
  • Opeth Deliverance
  • Opeth Damnation

You’re on a desert island and only have three albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what are they and why?

This is a tough one indeed. Black Album by Metallica, Ghost Reveries and Watershed probably. I have everything I need on these records.

What does metal mean to you?

Things you keep yourself silent about. Aggression, excitement, power and the energy. It makes me feel alive.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Thank you for having us here, for your effort and time.

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