The new 2015 album from Kekal.

What is it all about?

Multilateral  is Kekal's official 10th full-length studio album that was made to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary in August 2015. The recording process of the album took more than 2 years to complete. Musically, the album represents human emotions and inner expressions that cannot be bound and limited by genres.

With Multilateral, Kekal delivers a greatly experimental yet accessible music that soothe the pain of your soul. The album features unorthodox instruments such as theremin, analog synthesizers, additive synthesis, electronic beats, vocoder, and vocaloid, as well as unorthodox production approach.

Call it metal. Call it electronic. Call it dub, experimental or rock. There is no correct term. Let us enjoy Multilateral without preconception and presumption.

Available Album Formats

Free Digital Download

9 out of 11 tracks are available to download for FREE. Audio format is 320kbps mp3. Click here to download the tracks individually.

Lossless Digital Download

The entire 11 tracks of the album is available for US$5 at Kekal Bandcamp page, incl. 12-page digital booklet. Download Now.

Limited Edition CD + Cassette

Released by Majemuk Records, this Deluxe-Edition Digipak CD is limited to 500 copies only, with exclusive cover artwork illustration pieces by Levi Sianturi. It has 2 special bonus tracks not available on the digital and cassette versions. US$10 (shipping extra). Order Now! - PayPal accepted

iTunes Digital Download

To support Kekal, it is recommended to purchase your digital music via Bandcamp (link above) as artist gets more from the sales. But if you prefer to use your iTunes credit instead, Multilateral is also available there. Get from iTunes!

Keep scrolling down for lyrics, artwork, insanity, etc.

Multilateral Track Listing

Mouse-over or tap any numbered box below to reveal the title of the track.


Token Discontentment


Dividend in Division


Jakartan Arch-Captor


By Means of Survival






Metropolis Noir




Heyday (Unlike Today)




The Unwritten


Bonus Tracks:

12. Heartbroken by Default
13. The God Particle

Album Credits

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Jeff Arwadi. Artwork by Levi Sianturi. All musical contributions to this album are kept anonymous. Kekal has no official band members as of 2015.

"Metropolis Noir", "Crossroads" and "The Unwritten" feature VOCALOID™ character of Megurine Luka. "Heyday (Unlike Today)" features audio sample from the documentary feature "The Act of Killing" by Joshua Oppenheimer www.theactofkilling.com

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Artwork by Levi Sianturi


Multilateral Lyrics

Token Discontentment

nothing makes you feel bitterer . than being removed from the core . autonomy without sense of realization . speeding towards non-destination . like a demon in the family of angels . an alien within my own existence . there is no place to fit in . regardless of what i do and who i am . learning the mechanism of pain . that follows the same pathway as mine . as suffering is part of one’s experience . in life that should never be denied . i have become a slave to my own way of understanding . there is no place to fulfill my desire to escape from reality

[august - december 2013]

Dividend in Division

anger, violence and death . work, exhaustion and death . anguish, suicide and death . evil, murder and death . our minds turn straight to division . as logic fades itself toward oblivion . pain sent to elevate bitterness . do we love it more than a blunt statement? . dream, desire and life . faith, endurance and life . hope, ambition and life . love, devotion and life . kill the thoughts you are trying to shift . outside perimeter of synthetic conscience . grasp a very motion from devoid intellect . drift and fluctuate as truth was never explored . tragedy brings apathy to ignorance . like street lights beaming on empty avenues . cognizance withstands the swarm of suffering . as it never forgives, and it never forgets . a mouthful of godforsaken emptiness . formed featureless shapes among dead clouds . i was amazed at the staircase leading nowhere . but it drives dividend on a poor soul of mine

[september 2012 - august 2013]

Jakartan Arch-Captor

you are your own enemy . the power you seek is the power to oppose . seize every opportunity . where by itself is the source of problems . your face is as a book . where men may read strange matters . your mind is a search engine . to feed morbid curiosities in a virulent way . fortune comes from unusual places . if you ever believe in the unconventional . let mind becomes the arch-captor . entrance from this worn nonsense down into enigma

[october 2012 - december 2013]

By Means of Survival

explore and discover new things each day . follow the progress, riding the waves of change . even burden always weigh heavily in the mind . resistance is futile, there is no need to confront . we cannot fight our time when clock is ticking on . we cannot stand still when the earth rotates . this is how we live and we are getting old . generation ends another generation begins . life only becomes precious when we make it be . dreams will manifest when we seize the moments . god knows our wishes, understands our pain . there is an essence of our very existence

[july 2012 - january 2013]


humankind of an equal essence . should be given equal participation . equal access to information and knowledge . be part of open society in an open world . one portal that fits everyone's expressions . eliminating hierarchies within social construction . and to cease governmental interference . in order to achieve preservation of neutrality . absolute power corrupts absolutely . realization of an ideal should be done collectively . information sharing as a part of contributive mindset . but this will always challenge our human nature . elimination of self is the one most effortful condition . in a society where the most popular act is to play god

[january - december 2013]


have you ever ruminated about over-imposed vanity . trying to keep the ground from floating into obscurity . any attempt to summarize manifold complexities . will find itself in a position where truth is just a mere property . this room shall blend all the sounds of ideals . coming from distinct opinions and theories . unity is chaos and pandemonium on a set of wheels . walls will administer contrasting sources without partiality . set your attack - set your decay . i want to believe there is assurance beyond all reasons . maneuvers that eliminate contradictory matters of distinctions . twisting perilously until all sounds start to dissolve and fade . this selfishness will shatter as space inside began to agitate

[september - october 2012]

Metropolis Noir

imagine a city without access to the open sky . gloomy day is an everyday scene up above . dark smog thickens my point of embattlement . i could see, on its face, elucidation of despair . seen so many times before, so many times . these pages will not just turn by themselves . world is so twisted that human life renders no value . getting worse makes the element of progress . you could tell wisdom is measured by profits . granted limits beset chosen destiny . if only you would swallow and digest everything . the epitome of greed, was not a single stranger matter

[february 2013 - september 2014]


one would argue it was far too close . for a greater society reversing into calamity . unbolted its threshold of fear and angst . confusion heightened at the crossroads of destiny . somehow nearing the boundaries of turmoil . karma, justice, divine intervention . equalizing intermingled imbalances . from gloom, rise forth the glowing spirit of hope . we should never dissolve our leap of faith . keep reeling out to the omnipresent reality . stretching our mere limits of understanding . where the end is really just the beginning . perceive what matters most to earn contented state . realize its true forms of the animating principle . the past, the present, the future as well . god shall reconstruct our microcosmic aspirations

[july - october 2014]


we can't exist without exposure to adversity . for life itself is spiced by elements of pain . learning how to weather the storm that passes day by day . remaining vigilant as far as mind can see . to begin with, seasons are here for us to watch . sometimes imaginations set us up for troubles . as age flies by we cling to the first importance . regain a footing after all the loss and failures . find a way to ease our pain . life unfolds in a passage of time . bringing forth the sense of hope . here we are, off we go

[september 2013 - january 2014]

The Unwritten

what makes things certain . the element that crawls . from the edge of a beginning . to the center of the end . one may leave to question . the validity of proclamation . such thing exists in a written world . a world full of manipulations . what makes you wonder . about what would aggregate . misery and adversity . becoming a singularity . existence does not require confirmation . experience is a gift of enjoyment . be grateful of what you have today . and you will be alright

[february 2013 - october 2014]

Streaming Audio

Stream 9 out of 11 Multilateral tracks on SoundCloud.

People tend to see differences as threats rather than as contributors to the richness of the colourful humanity.

Commentary from The Producer Jeff Arwadi

[January 1, 2015]

2015 is an important year for Kekal because the band is approaching 20 years this coming August. And as a gesture to welcome this so-called ‘monumental’ year, Kekal will be releasing a new album, the band’s 10th studio full-length album, called “Multilateral”. I am pleased to tell you how grateful I am, to be able to present you one of the strongest albums (in terms of music, lyrics, as well as illustration by Levi) produced under the name Kekal during this important period.

One of the important traits in “Multilateral” is diversity. I believe that one of the reasons Kekal survived doing music in the past 20 years, is because of the diversity in the music. Whether you like it or not, Kekal has chosen to stay in this pathway, comfortably. The music of Kekal carries a political statement as well. There has been a growing intolerance to differences in this world. People tend to see differences as threats rather than as contributors to the richness of the colourful humanity. I personally believe in the establishment of unity in diversity, and the music of Kekal surely reflects that premise.

Well, to cut it short, there are 11 tracks on “Multilateral” and here I am presenting you the full track listing along with the commentary.

You can download 9 tracks for free as well (just click the download icon next to the track name).

Below is the breakdown:

1. Token Discontentment

This particular track was deliberately written as an album opener in mind, a Kekal album opener to be exact. And I would like it to be heavy, fast, and to carry much more energy and groove than any of the tracks from previous 3 Kekal albums. The idea was to emulate the basic energy when Kekal just started as a band in 1995: Raw, fast and straight-forward.. Of course there is no such thing called ‘nostalgia’ in the musical philosophy of Kekal. You can reference the old time, but you’ll never go back to the old time again, because time itself is moving forward. I particularly like the tone of the main guitars. Their crunchiness is hypnotizing, although this won’t become the main ‘tone-of-choice’ for the rest of Kekal tracks. Guitar solos are also important for this track, to further enhance the emotions.

2. Dividend in Division

I can’t say much about this track, only that I love the groove. It has been a while since Kekal released tracks with this amount of groove that will make your body move. probably since Acidity album in 2005? Just play it loud and enjoy the groove, we’ll talk about more stuff later!

3. Jakartan Arch-Captor

I knew I had to make at least a song about my birthplace, which is of course, Jakarta! But hell no, I didn’t want to write personal stuff in this track. Well, Jakartan Arch-Captor is indeed about the struggles of people growing up and living in huge metropolitan Jakarta. You could actually live and make an impact if only you could seize the opportunity, but opportunity wouldn’t come to you by itself, unless you were the one who captured it by overcoming problems after problems. Production is quite modern, with a good balance between organic rock and experimental electronic madness. This track has become one of the most favourite Kekal tracks on SoundCloud. I’m glad that people, from wide musical tastes, actually dig it.

4. By Means of Survival

This track is one of the first material I wrote for the “Multilateral” session. It’s all about seeing yourself aging, getting old.. Kekal is turning 20 years this year. The musicians in Kekal were around 20 years-old when Kekal started in 1995, and all of the sudden now we have to add another 20 years on top of that. It’s a pretty dark song so to speak. While not as depressive as some of the songs from “Audible Minority” album, but this one carries a retrospective tone both lyrically and musically. Realizing that we can’t turn back the clock and fight our time, the only option is to move forward. Now how do we spend our time moving forward? Are we just merely surviving, or should we keep exploring and discovering new things? Musically, I like the breakbeat rhythm section with glitchy drumwork part as it brings some hectic, chaotic atmosphere to the otherwise darker and almost tranquil ambient piece. This is a kind of low-key composition with elements wrapped around the huge Taurus bass sound as the main drive.

5. Neutrality

This track has a direct reference to the album “1000 Thoughts of Violence”. In fact it’s the closest thing to that album in terms of energy and delivery. It has everything from fast triplet blast beats mixed with the d-beat style drumming, energetic metal riffs, and a chaotic breakdown. But there are important, complementing elements that I’ve never used before in this kind of fast metal music, like the use of bass synthesizer, electronic glitches, and autotune effect for some of the vocal parts. The lyrics talk about net neutrality and open access to knowledge.

6. Multilateral

I believe this was among the first tracks I wrote for the album, and the album title was named after this tune. As far I can remember, I used only an acoustic guitar for the entire guitar tracks, including the distorted ones. It sounds rather different than many of the tracks in the album, but very much Kekal nonetheless. It has a perfect balance between electronic and organic elements.

7. Metropolis Noir

The idea came out after my favourite blend from my favourite coffee brand here in Canada. This was also a reference to the music and coffee life of Levi (former Kekal bass player and now does the illustration for Kekal). He’s an avid coffee enthusiast and loves coffee as much as he loves listening to Portishead’s debut album “Dummy”. So I thought, why don’t we make a kind of ‘coffee-table’, chillout tune for Kekal? It is basically a laid-back, urban, trip-hoppy, caffeine-induced song, using mainly acoustic guitar as the base and a sleep-deprived Vocaloid singing the first verse, but there is a surprise moment at the end, in a typical Kekal fashion.

8. Crossroads

This particular tune was relatively easy and quick to produce, and one of the quickest-made songs in the entire Multilateral repertoire. Basically it’s a very simple mid-paced rock song, built on top of dub groove with some kind of ‘dreamy’ or ‘shoegazing’ atmosphere added to the mix. It has the signature of Kekal chord progressions here and there, but at the same time it adds new and surprising elements, particularly with the Vocaloid (Megurine Luka) taking care of the feminine melodic singing. It gives a nice variety and diversity to the album, I suppose.

9. Heyday (Unlike Today)

This track was actually written and constructed during the same period as the other electronically-driven tracks you found on “Unsung Division EP”. It is pure electronic, almost in the Autechre way of constructing it. There's no drum involved in this track. I actually had a struggle between adding this track or “The God Particle” to the Multilateral material. “The God Particle”, my personal favourite in particular, sounds more organic and reggae/dub-ish, thus logically might fit better with the other tracks on Multilateral. But I felt that this track should be added to the album instead, as “The God Particle” works better as a closing/final track of a release, and I have chosen “The Unwritten” as the most suitable track to finish this album. Hence “The God Particle” was on the EP instead.

10. Primal

Another electronic-based tune in the album. The song builds itself upon the solid, buzzy-sounding synthesizer and the vintage sounds of TR-909 electronic drums, but without leaving the guitar elements as a main driving force. What I love about this song is the quiet but tense build-up moment in the middle as it goes right towards the end of the song where it finally breaks free when the chorus gets reprised. It has a familiar atmosphere that’s comparable to “A Real Life to Fear About” from the 2007 album “The Habit of Fire”. Another element I like here is the glitchy layer of noise during the chorus; it’s not as loud and punishing like you would find in the “8” album or “Audible Minority”, but this track has a direct reference to those particular albums.

11. The Unwritten

This is probably the most challenging song I've written & produced for Multilateral session. The original idea was to reference "My Eternal Lover" for the general vibe, the kind of reflective, quiet ambient piece with only layers of clean electric guitars. But halfway through the process, after the lyrics were made, I found something missing. There was this necessary need for a darker emotion to be added to the mix, like some sort of angst and fear, and I could not fill that with just the quiet ambient piece alone. I tried multiple instruments, synthesizers, etc. they just didn't work. So after some thoughts I then ended up adding a layer of fast blasting metal further in the background - wrapped with huge amount of reverberation. That works to help give the song a grim, sinister atmosphere - but the main part stays quiet and transcendental enough as it is meant for reflection as opposed to catharsis. I used Vocaloid for the entire vocal parts, especially because Megurine Luka’s tone fits the best for this kind of darker atmosphere, and I just don’t want, or basically can’t sing it myself. The lyrical subject matter is very dark; it is an introspective reflection towards a hypothesis of technological singularity. I've had nightmares during recording and mixing this track. It was crazy. I could not stay too long working this track, as it affected my emotions. That was one of the reasons it took me quite long to finish this one, almost 20 months. But I think this song is perfect as a reflective ending of Multilateral. Halfway through the song, the music abruptly shifts into the realm of cacophony with a very loud, distorted, bass-heavy, noisy, harsh, ear-slashing mechanical post-industrialized metal section that, I think, comparable to the early sound of Godflesh. You might want to throw fists or raise your hands in the air listening to this track.