Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams (1998)
***ALBUM CURRENTLY SOLD-OUT & OUT-OF-PRINT***
The band's debut full-length album "Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams" was previously released in 1998 on cassette format by an Indonesian label THT Productions, and then CD format by Sonic Wave International (Singapore).
This is one step forward for the band as they had a chance to record 10 songs in a professional studio back in 1997. The result is an extreme metal masterpiece with more than 50 minutes of intense music, combining strong elements of black metal, death metal, classic/power metal, gothic, doom, and even darkwave, all fused into one unique solid style backed with in-your-face lyrics, which later is known as the original KEKAL style. This album simply has got numerous great reviews and positive responses from the magazines & fanzines, other publications, labels, and all the people in the underground scene, especially in their own region. "Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams" is considered as one of the best extreme metal releases coming from Asia. This album sold for over 5000 copies from 1998 until its sold-out status in 2002.
THT Productions, January 1998 (cassette)
Sonic Wave, October 1998 (CD/cassette)
1. Rotting Youth
4. Deceived Minds
5. The Conversion
6. Behind Those Images
8. Escaping Eternal Suffering
9. A Day The Hatred Dies
10. My Eternal Lover
Harry (Vocals), Leo (Guitar), Jeff (Guitar/Vocals), Azhar (Bass/Vocals)
Produced by: Jeff with Kekal
Recorded & mixed on 16-track analog at: Yaski Studios, Jakarta, Indonesia, April and December 1997
Engineered & mixed by: Habil Kurnia & Denny Andreas
Music & lyrics written by: Kekal
Female vocals by: Julie, Hana, & Vera
Drums by: The Black Machine
Vocal narration by: Leo
Keyboards by: Jeff, Habil, & Leo
Media Reviews of "Beyond The Glimpse of Dreams"
ETERNAL FROST #2
I received this a few weeks before this issue was finished and was pleasantly surprised by some killer black metal. KEKAL is a band comprised of four very talented people and a drum machine (someone obviously has the talent to program the drum machine). After a few riffs and beats I was hooked. Sometimes the drums blast, but most times it's mid- to fast-paced, in your face controlled chaos terrorizing your speakers. The riffs twist themselves around each other and then beat the listener ab o ut the neck and head. The drums sound good for being produced by a machine. Actually, the drums sound better on the faster parts; it's harder to tell that it's a machine. The slower parts are more obvious. Not that any of that matters to me. I like drum machines just as much as real human drummers . . . Well, just a little less than human drummers, but you get my point. Anyway, my favorite songs on this release are "Armageddon", "Spirits", "Behind Those Images" and "My Eternal Lover". The latter of the three is a departure from the entire album and a perfect closer. It's just trance-like guitar played under enchanting vocals done by THREE great female vocalists, who also utilize their talents elsewhere on this record. The former three mentioned are raging black metal hymns that sometimes delve into some totally awesome thrash parts that have me turning the volume up to ten. Kekal plays perfect speaker-blaring music. This album is spectacular. The only detracting point to this is that there is a slight clicking that can be heard in between songs. It could just be the tape I have. It was a hard choice between this, ESOTERIC and OFFICIUM TRISTE as my Ice Pick. Regardless, do check out this band. They had to have worked hard to put this out and they deserve support. --goden
CHRONICLES OF CHAOS #29 (4 out of 5)
Indonesia's Kekal have released a pretty cool tape which features Norwegian-influenced black metal shrieks and some menacing, powerful guitars with some seriously stomping drums keeping up the beat. This quartet know how to mix it up: blast beats are thrown in between more melodic moments and the vocals go from spoken to shrieking to growling. "Rotting Youth" serves as a powerful lead-off to the demo as it effectively demonstrates the energy Kekal possess, with tracks like "Armageddon", "Deceived Minds" and "Reality" not far behind. Production is more than adequate, allowing everything (including the keyboards) to be heard clearly, lending all the more power to this band. Ten tracks in total, you receive both quality and quantity in the material featured. --Adam Wasylyk
SCREAM #40 (4 out of 6)
Kekal puts Indonesia on the black metal map. The music is remarkably good and packed with intensity and delicate details like female singing and acoustic oases. Better production and Kekal are ready to conquer the world. --A.J. Blisten
DECIBELS STORM #9
After the TYRANT album, this tape is certainly the confirmation that Occidental people should take serious note to the Asian scene and especially of the Indonesian one. First surprise, there is no drummer but a drum machine and fortunately its sound is excellent. In fact, the whole production is excellent and really worth most of the European average recording. Kekal play a very good orchestral black metal with some mad accelerations, some atmospheric parts, and the apparition on some of the songs of a very good female vocalist. The male singing reminds me a little bit C.O .F., and mixes screams, narration, and growling vocals. There may be room for improvement in the guitar solos but to be honest, I would like to receive tapes like that everyday.
THE REALM OF DEGENERATION (9 out of 10)
This is the sohomore release from the band that hails from Indonesia. Their debut was panned as a Cradle Of Filth rip-off and this album was almost criticised in the same manner. This album sounds like Cradle Of Filth? What the fuck? Have those fuckers lost what it takes to be a good record listener? Does those fuckers know how COF sounds in the first place? In terms of image, Kekal is light years away different from those vamperotic Goths from Sussex. The musical direction? Yeah there are keyboards used rather sparsely unlike COF where keyboard form an important backbone to their music. Kekal is still guitar-oriented with keyboards acting more as an atmospheric filler. The vocals maybe high but it is not as decipherable as Dani's. So in no way is Kekal, based on this album, is a COF rip-off. Not many bands can produce such a heavy yet melodic album with the normal doses of black metal riffs. Kekal has nice candy tunes which can turn into agressive bouts of speed metal gutair onslaught. There is an excellent blend between melodies and aggression providing a smooth transition between moods and tempos. The song structures too are not that static nor boring. There are at times some progression in songs only to be disrupted by a change of tempo or a break of musical notes, but Kekal's music is never chaotic. The album ends in a way much too different from the blasting black-metallic riffing that greeted the listener. The ending track is a soothing, almost beautiful, with a rather haunting female vocals. A song that somehow gives a triumphant feeling that the listener has, in a way, survived any previous musical onslaught brought upon him while listening to this album. Perhaps the music best represents the concept of Kekal. About how mankind is driven into darkness only to find salvation after a tumultuous journey.