We will always back this band HARD. Singapore’s vedic metal GREATS Rudra have released their ninth album The Blackisle Sessions. The band has stated the following regarding this release:
“The new album is now out on all streaming and digital sites. Reworked versions of songs from the Kurukshetra album and live studio sessions from the Blackisle Studios.
Rudra’s epoch at the BlackIsle Studios coincides with the band’s most prolific output: the Brahmavidya Trilogy. The Blackisle Sessions commemorate this epoch with unheard live session recordings and studio tracks from this period – 2004 to 2010. The album reveals 16 unreleased tracks from the vault which includes re-recorded versions of songs from the Kurukshetra album which never saw the light.”
Rudra are the pioneers of Vedic Metal, characterized as a bridge between the east and the west: incorporating Indian traditional music, Sanskrit chants and mantras into Metal. The band has a reputation of being consistently innovative and visionary composers pushing the boundaries of metal music since 1992. The band most recently released their 8th album entitled Enemy of Duality back in 2016, an album which almost NEVER leaves rotation on our music players. The record is streaming in full below and you can also check out some amazing AMAZING music videos by this band.
The album was described as the following:
“‘Vedic metal’ pioneers since the early ’90s return this year with their most ambitious album till date. Having worked hard over the years to forge a unique sound that’s a sublime blend of Indian classical music rooted in ancient spirituality and extreme metal encompassing death metal, black metal and thrash metal music, Rudra have influenced many and more importantly, have set standards. Unheralded overlords of Asia, Rudra have a cult following that remains mysteriously loyal, as they hone a sound that’s probably unparalleled. Their latest album, again founded on the principles of Hindu spirituality, extemporizes on the conventional extreme metal template and achieves hitherto unknown sonic effects. Indian classical instruments such as sitar, flute, tablas (Indian percussion) and even a didgeridoo are used for this album, along with female vocals and ritualistic chanting to emanate a genuine, spiritual expression. ‘Enemy of Duality’ is destined to be a landmark from the Orient, one that doesn’t abandon the ancient roots and blends the traditional sounds and philosophies seamlessly into music that’s at once challenging and hypnotic.”
Rudra should be a household name throughout Asia (and the world).