Kurban is a Turkish rock and thrash metal band from Istanbul. The group is active between 1995 and 2005, and reformed on December 31, 2006. They have a total of four albums, the last Sahip was released in March 2010.
Kurban formed in 1995 first as Outside and only played songs written in English. In 1997, the group changed its name to Kurban and now writes its lyrics in Turkish. Kurban means "sacrifice"
. The name refers to the Kurban Bayramı (the holiday of sacrifice or Eid el Kebir). The group has also included a sheep on the covers of their first two albums Kurban and Sert in reference to this celebration. In March 1999, the band released their first album Kurban. The same year, they play in the first part of Metallica at Ali Sami Yen stadium. In August 2000, Umut Gökçen left for the United States, and was replaced by the new guitarist Özgür Kankaynar. It was with this training that Kurban released his next two albums Sert in 2004, and Insanlar in 2005.
In 2005, during the RockIstanbul festival, Kurban is the first part of Megadeth. Although the album Insanlar has sold nearly 25,000 copies in the first month of its release, the band split in June 2005>. While Deniz Yılmaz joins Panik>, the drummer Burak Gürpınar joins the group Athena. Bassist and band leader Kerem Tüzün begins work with Demir Demirkan, which will last until the group returns in 2006 >>>. In 2006, the Kurban album ranks fourth in the ranking of the thirty best albums in the history of Turkish rock by Blue Jean magazine.
On December 30, 2006, the group publicly announced its intention to reform itself. Four weeks after this announcement, Kurban gave his first concerts again. At the beginning of the year 2007, begins a tour which will be interrupted during fifteen months by the departure of the singer Deniz Yilmaz for the military service. Upon his return, the band resumes his concerts. In September 2009, the band is working on their fourth and last album Sahip, released March 20, 2010>. In 2014, they publish two singles entitled Usulca and Nafile; and in 2015, titled İyi ol.