Urban Avantgarde Metal – Experimental advanced guitar music with electronic highlights. Kekal explores completely new territories and mix of countless musical sub-genres to accompany their trademark guitar-driven soundscapes.
After 10 years of existence, KEKAL decided to move forward and to come deep into musical territories yet unexplored by the band. Throughout the year 2006, KEKAL was busy recording and shaping their 6th album entitled "The Habit of Fire", an ambitious project which marks a new statement for the band. "The Habit of Fire" is an experimental (but yet accessible) 70-minute epic concept album of 'urban avantgarde metal', with a liberal use of electronic elements.
KEKAL started out in 1995 as a more straightforward extreme metal band. Throughout the first 5 years, they developed their own style by incorporating many diverse elements from outside metal, but not until they released "The Painful Experience" (2001), their 3rd album which marked as a starting point for the band to step more and more into the progressive territory and started to make further experiments with their music.
In 2003, they released "1000 Thoughts of Violence", an album that has gained a lot of attention even beyond the Asian region due to the uniqueness of their music, combining elements of jazz-fusion, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, trip-hop, experimental electronic and ambient music, and blend them together into their own distinct style. Critics then started to cite Kekal among the finest independent avant-garde metal bands, and they toured Europe for the first time in 2004. In 2005 they released their 5th album "Acidity".
The highly anticipated 6th record, "The Habit of Fire" was released on Whirlwind Records in March 2007 (Europe, South America) and on Open Grave Records in May 2007 (USA, Canada, Japan, Australia).
Jeff Arwadi - guitars/vocals/drums/programming
Azhar Levi Sianturi - bass/vocals
Leo Setiawan - guitars/vocals
Hometown: Jakarta/Indonesia, Toronto/Canada
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