Rudra, Singapore's unholy kings and the true pioneers of Vedic Metal have announced details of their upcoming eighth album. The extreme metal veterans are on the verge of celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band. Their upcoming eighth album is said to be the band's most aggressive release so far.
Rudra's eighth album is now officially titled "Enemy Of Duality". Front man Kathir Aryaputra says:-
"The whole album is based on a Sanskrit text called 'Mandukya Karikas'. The text takes a radical stand on non-duality. So we coupled that philosophy with Extreme Metal. Hence, we thought Enemy Of Duality could be the best suitable title for this album".
Furthermore, guitarist Vinod adds:-
"This is probably the first album where we have introduced numerous instruments such as Digeridoo, Sitar, Tabla etc., for various tracks in this album. A lot of time and thought has been put in each track, hence it took a lot of effort to get the right tone for all the instruments during the recording stage".
Rudra has been one of the longest surviving Asian Metal bands that has been active for two and a half decades. The band is often considered as the true pioneer of Vedic Metal that creates a blend of both Extreme Metal and Indian Classical / Carnatic (Folk) music with Sanskrit and English lyrics. The band’s compositions have been lauded by both fans and critics over the years and have also been a subject of study by musicologists and music lovers.
The band’s eighth album which is set to release in the later part of the year features a number of renowned guest artists who have collaborated-
1. Brothers Krsna Tan and Govind Tan who play the Sitar and Tabla respectively have been roped in to contribute for this album. They are trained in Indian Classical instruments and have played hundreds of shows all over and have shared stages with other reputed names.
2. Aishwarya who part of the band’s previous albums Brahmavidya- Primordial-I and Transcendental-I will be returning to make appearance with this eighth album!
3. DAMARU is a well known Indian percussion group that is marking its presence with this album.
The album is in the finishing stages and Kathir the band's front man says he's excited to work alongside some of the artists and comments, "This album is something that is going to explore the inner depths of the Mandukya Upanishads, something newer and very philosophical''
He also adds that, "The upcoming album is going to be fast and will be slightly different from the previous release".
_Fitri who is the drummer for Singaporean Grindcore trio Wormrot, has landed an endorsement deal with Pdrumsticks, who have honoured the drummer with his own signature series sticks.
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See the band on tour in Europe this summer at the following shows:
Jun. 01 - Bath, UK - Green Park Tavern
Jun. 02 - Nottingham, UK - The Old Angel
Jun. 03 - Birmingham, UK - Asylum 2
Jun. 04 - Sunderland, UK - The Borough
Jun. 05 - Glasgow, UK - 13th Note
Jun. 06 - Leeds, UK - The Fox and Newt
Jun. 07 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter
Jun. 08 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez
Jun. 09 - London, UK - Unicorn
Jun. 10 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
Jun. 15 - Torgau, Germany - Grind The Nazi Scum Festival
Jun. 30 - Dokkum, Netherlands - Dokk'em Open Air Festival
Jul. 05 - Hünxe, Germany - Extreme Fest Germany
Jul. 06 - Zurich, Switzerland - Extreme Fest Switzerland
Jul. 07 - Salzburg, Austria - Extreme Fest Austria
Jul. 13 - Trutnov, Czech Republic - Obscene Extreme Festival
_ Swedish Melodic Death Doomsters October Tide has inked a worldwide deal with Singapore record label Pulverised Records.
This comes in the wake of their reformation after a year's absence and consequently they wasted no time and went on to release the acclaimed new album after eleven years with "A Thin Shell".
2012 sees the quintet plugging away at their as-of-yet untitled new album and is sure to cause a storm amongst the foundations of the Swedish Metal scene. They are scheduled to record it at the well-known Swedish Black Lounge Studio (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, etc) and will be produced by the Swedish legend that is Jonas Kjellgren.
The drummer Robin Bergh had this to say in reflection of the band's latest achievements:
"We are extremely pleased to sign with Pulverised Records for the next album and beyond. During the negotiations for the new deal we noticed that Roy, Calvin and the entire Pulverised crew were seriously thrilled about the band and the art we create, hence we are confident that this doomish union will bring OCTOBER TIDE to the next level. Our new strong line-up feels utterly satisfying and we are more than ready for the future to come. We are currently finishing up the writing process for the yet untitled fourth full-length which will be recorded during May and June at Black Lounge Studio with Mr. Jonas Kjellgren behind the knobs. This upcoming OCTOBER TIDE recording will surely be a deadly doom metal masterpiece, you mark my words!"
Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo further commented:
"Having been a personal long-time fan of the band, there was no way we would let this chance slip past us to sign them for the new album! With their brand of despondent and mind-numbing modus operandi that is truly unique to OCTOBER TIDE, it is clearly evident that the band had already found their sound as heard on "A Thin Shell". Now that the album deal is signed, sealed and delivered, we now wait in anticipation on how the brand new opus will mould itself into yet another benchmark masterpiece!
However the band have shifted members, with Tobias Netzell (vocals) and Pierre Stam (bass) both exiting for personal reasons and are replaced by bassist Mattias Norrman (ex-Katatonia, ex-Interment, etc) and vocalist Alexander Högbom (Volturyon, Spasmodic).
OCTOBER TIDE is:
Alexander Högbom (Volturyon, Spasmodic) - Vocals
Fredrik Norrman (Uncanny, ex-Katatonia) - Guitars
Mattias Norrman (Dellamorte, ex-Katatonia, ex-Interment) - Bass
Emil Alstermark (Mandylon) - Guitars
Robin Bergh (ex-Gorement, ex-Amaran) - Drums
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