Exposé Online banner

Kekal — Quantum Resolution
(Bandcamp Eastbreath Records no#, 2020, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-09-28

Quantum Resolution Cover art

Kekal is a band originally formed in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1995, with about sixteen albums to their credit, originally a trio with guests playing something akin to straight up metal (black metal, death metal, you know the cookie monster vocals and such). In 2009, just before the album 8, the band shed itself of all human members, with former members and other musicians collaborating to make new recordings since that time, in essence they became a project. Here’s the back story: In 2009, guitarist, singer, primary songwriter and producer Jeff Arwadi emigrated to Canada, leaving Azhar Levi Santiuri (bass and vocals) and Leo Setiawan (guitar and vocals) and any others behind in Jakarta. Recordings going forward from that time slowly became less typical metal and more experimental and avant-garde, though much of the vocals are still in the aforementioned style. Best I can determine, the band has never had a human drummer, instead relying on programmed drums and percussion. Quantum Resolution is their latest release, the first since 2018’s Deeper Underground. Those who know me will also know that I have a low tolerance for metal, but what’s stirring in these grooves is very unpredictable and unusual, the compositions are twisted and chaotic, abundant in energy. The lyrics are sung in English (some are spoken also) but the vocals seem to be nearly always treated with some kind of effects — at times the vocals become nearly unintelligible because they swimming in so many effects, but other instruments in the mix are generally atypical of what might be considered metal, often leaning more toward a conceptual progressive rock (keyboards, synths, electronics, and more). Potential listeners may want to jump over to the Kekal Bandcamp page where one can listen to the entire album beginning to end.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Kekal

More info

Latest news

Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Bruce Main - Layers – Layers is the second album by Bruce Main, a mostly DIY one-man-album type thing that Main wrote, recorded, and has made available on CD Baby. Brian Phraner from Phreeworld, for those who remember...  (2007) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues