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BREAKING NEWS! Released Early: A free-download 2013 "Unsung Division EP"
Since July 2012, Jeff has been working on the new material that was meant to be for the upcoming 2015 Kekal full-length album, with Leo working his own parts in-parallel. But Jeff felt that some compositions turned out to be a bit out-of-place with the rest of the album's general concept, so he decided to release the EP much earlier as a direct confrontation to all the unpleasant music he hears everyday on the radio at work. Jeff explained this EP as "a musical remedy in the form of some less structure-bound, almost generative, free-flow, ‘jazzier’ compositions.".
Although Kekal has always been very diverse in nature, cohesiveness is also important in order to maintain an adventurous listening experience. This 5-track download-only EP caters some of the compositions that are deemed too ‘far-out’ from the rest of the music for the upcoming full-length album. This EP release also serves as an ultimate anticipation to the upcoming full-length album, so you will find one track called "Dividend in Division" that will also be on the album. The remaining 4 tracks are exclusive to the EP. Leo and Jeff will continue to work throughout the 2014 to finish the planned 2015 album, and most likely, there will be another EP released in 2014. So stay tuned!
This digital-only EP is being offered as free download to 1000 downloads (after 1000 it may no longer be offered for free). Click here to download the album.
Now Available: New 2012 Kekal album "Autonomy"
We are pleased to announce that the new, 9th full-length studio album from Kekal is now available. There has been a delay in distribution, but you are able to order the hand-numbered limited deluxe-edition double-CD directly at Whirlwind Records online store, before it hits your favourite stores. Click here to order "Autonomy" limited deluxe-edition double-CD (with "Audible Minority" album as bonus disc). Your order will be shipped to you immediately (allow up to 2 weeks for delivery).
Coming Fall 2012: New album "Autonomy".
August 2012 Update: You are now able to stream 8 songs (out of 11 songs total) from "Autonomy" album on Kekal SoundCloud page. Follow Kekal on SoundCloud.
"Autonomy", Kekal’s anticipated 9th full-length album will be officially released on CD and digital formats on September - October 2012 (release dates vary on each region) by Whirlwind Records, an independent record label based in Germany who also previously released another two Kekal albums; "The Habit of Fire" (2007) and "8" (2010).
The first pressing of the CD format will be a hand-numbered limited deluxe-edition double-CD, with the 2008 album "Audible Minority" added as the bonus disc, and 16 pages full-color booklet covering both albums’ visual artwork. This version will be released in a very limited copies, so once they’re sold-out, the "Autonomy" CD with then be sold only as the normal version without an extra bonus disc. So be sure to grab this one while you can. Whirlwind Records will start taking pre-orders on late July or early August. Stay tuned to these updates by visiting Kekal Facebook page regulary www.facebook.com/kekalofficial or submitting your email address above to subscribe Kekal newsletter.
As a preview to the overall direction of "Autonomy", check out the new music video of the song "Rare Earth Elements". It is now live online on Youtube. Feel free to post your comments on youtube.
Some more information about the album "Autonomy" can be found on www.kekal.org/autonomy
Upcoming 2012 Kekal Album Title, Track Listing, and Cover Artwork revealed!
Album title: Autonomy
1. Rare Earth Elements
2. Pandora's Empty Box
3. Go Ahead and Feel The Pain
4. Disposable Man
5. Swings of All Moods
10. Space Between Spaces
11. Learning to Love The Future
Total running time: 58:04
"Autonomy" is Kekal's ninth full-length album, and it also marks as the second one being recorded without the presence of official band members. The music on "Autonomy" can be best described as emotionally adventurous and introspective in nature. As dark as it is illuminating, this album will definitely challenge listeners to free themselves from seeing music as a mere entertainment commodity. Simplicity takes the most important role on the album, as it values the most basic and primordial drive to balance life's complexities.
Release date: to be announced, 2012.
"Futuride" previews the upcoming, 2012 Kekal album.
Back in July 2011, Kekal released a 5-song download-only EP called "Futuride EP" (click here to go to the EP page), one of the songs on the EP, called "Futuride", is actually a newly-recorded song that will also present on the still-untitled upcoming album. Former member, Jeff, is currently working on the new material mostly by himself, with his former bandmate, Leo, contributed on the guitar parts.
According to Jeff, the new album will hopefully be completed around spring 2012, and it will be released to public before the end of 2012, or even possibly earlier. Other working titles include: "Disposable Man", "Go Ahead and Feel The Pain", "Playground" and "Learning to Love The Future". Complete track listing and more details will be announced soon.
Official Music Video of "Futuride":
New album "8" is now available worldwide! New music video online.
The new album "8" has been circulating for about 3 months since its release date in late December 2010. Digital download version is also available now (on iTunes, Amazon Digital, etc.). CD version is also available, although more limited in quantities. Click here for more details about the album (track listing, music videos, album reviews, distribution channels, etc.).
So far "8" has gotten overall positive responses from both Kekal enthusiasts and the music media, even if it has stirred some controversies to the point of love-it or hate-it. If you live in Germany or Poland, check out the Kekal interview articles on the May 2011 issues of Metal Hammer Germany and Metal Hammer Poland (available sometime in mid-April 2011).
The 2nd official music video for the album is now online on Youtube. "Track One" was chosen for another official music video from the new album, after "Tabula Rasa" in 2010.
Introducing.... KEKAL 2D Representative!
Since the departure of all band members last year, Kekal struggled to find a representative who will act as a "band photo" on the new album, replacing 3 former members. Former Kekal bassist-turned-coffee-enthusiast Levi Sianturi then constructed a 2D illustration, and after few hundred cups of premium coffee and many hours spent in Starbuck's table he came out with a thought-provoking piece of art representing Kekal as a band. This 2D Representative is not a traditional "band mascot" but purely depicts Kekal as an active entity and energy albeit without official members. But there is a problem: it needs a NAME!
Now it's your turn to suggest a name for Kekal 2D Representative!
Join/like Kekal on Facebook and suggest a name. Selected winner will get a package of 3 KEKAL CDs including the new album once it's released! Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2010. Visit HERE to see the 2D Representative and submit a name for it.