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RUDRA - "Brahmavidya: Primordial 1" - 2005 - DemonZend Records.

Track Listing
1.Twilight of Duality
2.Ananya Chaitanya
3.The Pathless Path to the Knowable Unknown
4.There the Sun Never Shines
5.Veil of Maya
6.Ageless Consciousness, I am
7.Meditations on the Mahavakya
8.Aham Brahmasmi
9.Shivoham
10.In the Fourth Quarter: Turiya
A release by a melodic death metal band from Singapore already sounds interesting to me even before having listened to the band. RUDRA are in fact one of the most promising bands to recently emerge from the South Asian metal scene, although "Primordial 1" is already the band's 4th album. Comparisons are necessary to make oneself understood while describing their music to the first-time listener. Thus, to this reviewer's ears there are elements of SOULFLY, NILE, and even ENSLAVED.

After the initial novelty of listening to a Singaporean Death Metal band wears off, I must say that RUDRA are actually a force to watch out for. The band's sound incorporates Indian-style persussion, multi-lingual lyrics, chanting of vedic mantras and occasional female vocals - all immersed in Death Metal sonorities (what RUDRA aptly refer to as 'Vedic Metal'). Purists will scorn at this 'slackening' of brutality, and I won't deny this does happen occasionaly. Personally, I found that all these elements make RUDRA sound creative and appealing.

The songs are aggressive but still well balanced; incorporating both catchy riffs as well as fast, guitar solos; brutality and also melody; all continuously fuelled by a compact rhythm dept.. The lead vocals do lack some versatility which might have improved further the overall feel. Production-wise, the sound of "Brahamvidya....." bears a certain 'coldness' usually associated with Black Metal.

Songs that stand out in "Brahamvidya...." are 'Twilight of Duality', 'Veil Of Maya' and 'Ageless Consciousness, I am' all of which illustrate the above.

Through "Brahamvidya..." RUDRA are demanding the metal community's attention. They've certainly got mine.


My Rating: 8/10


---MetalKnight




Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: RUDRA
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Brahmavidya: Primordial 1Rudra
2005
MetalKnight6/27/2005
Brahmavidya: Transcendental IRudra
2009
Hail and Kill7/17/2009


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: RUDRA
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Enemy of DualityRudra
2017
Greg Watson3/15/2017


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: RUDRA
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