Pioneer Vedic Metal band, RUDRA, from Singapore will unleash their latest album, RTA, through SONIC BLAST MEDIA on 14 Oct 2013.
A legend in the Asian Metal scene, Rudra evolved from a humble Death Metal band in 1992 to the ‘founders’ of a new metal genre called Vedic Metal. With a history of over 02 (two) decades and a catalogue of 06 (six) full-length albums of critical acclaim; the music of RUDRA can best be characterized as a bridge between the east and the west: incorporating Indian traditional music, Sanskrit chants and mantras into Death/Black Metal. This aspect has won them much attention from the rest of the world and also gave birth to a new metal genre: Vedic Metal.
Rudra’s RTA, continues in the same theme to the successful Brahmavidya trilogy; as a concept album; set to the
legendary Sanskrit epic, Ramayana, a 2,000 year old poem that has travelled far beyond the shores of its origin.
‘Recording of the new album (RTA) has been personally the most memorable in terms of effort and working with my band
mates. It is about the feel and atmosphere to depict the right mood for every part of the songs. I am now looking forward
to perform the whole album live.’ quotes Vinod, guitarist for Rudra.
‘This album is the most unique of all RUDRA albums. The song writing process started out as a study of Valmiki’s
Ramayana to intuitively feel the story’s emotions. We reflected on it before writing the songs. Every song is loaded with
multiple emotions. Never have we ever written an album using this approach.’ adds bassist/ vocalist, Kathir.
Fueledwith a richer production as compared to the previous albums, RTA, aims to capture the emotive aspects of music
as it retells stories of anguish, sorrow and courage through various musical elements and instruments from different
cultures and countries which epitomizes the Sanskrit epic, Ramayana such as the metallic sounds of the Javanese
Gamelan from Indonesia.
RTA will be released worldwide through SONIC BLAST MEDIA on 14 October 2013. The release will be followed by a
series of tours in support of the album.
The world was introduced to the exotic sounds of Vedic Metal from Singapore in 1998 with the release of the self titled
debut album. How ironical that Vedic Metal originated in a tiny island in South East Asia instead of India, the land of Vedic
Mysticism and sacrifices. Although the band has been alive since 1992, it was in 1998 that the world finally got a taste of
what this legendary outfit had to offer the world of Metal. The debut album was a revolutionary and unprecedented
statement in extreme metal at the time. The good production in spite of it being recorded with a shoestring budget and its
unique songwriting amazed reviewers around the world. The lyrical theme being the ancient Vedic philosophies made
RUDRA really the founders of this genre.
2001’s ‘The Aryan Crusade’ cemented RUDRA’s reputation as truly innovative and visionary composers by pushing the
boundaries of their previous offering further. Till date many fans around the world consider this album to be definitive
Vedic Metal album. ‘The Aryan Crusade’ retained the extreme metal sound along with their exotic sound that had
become their trademark and took it to another dimension.
With two groundbreaking albums behind them, the band had become a force destined for recognition further outside of
the ever evolving metal community. In 2003, they started to put out concept albums and ‘Kurukshetra’ was released with
the theme taken off the famous battle featured in the Indian epic Mahabharata. ‘Kurukshetra’ proved that RUDRA can
also be fine Death/Black Metal musicians.
2005 marked another turning point for the band. This time they pushed their craft further by releasing the first of a Trilogy
entitled ‘Brahmavidya: Primordial I’. With this album RUDRA was perceived as a band that ever-evolved to become a
reality far beyond comprehension. Till date the song ‘The Pathless Path to the Knowable Unknown’ of this album has
become the Anthem of Vedic Metal.
2009 saw the release of the second chapter of the Brahmavidya trilogy, ‘Brahmavidya: Transcendental I’. This was
another masterpiece with longer songs and trance inducing interludes. Soon after this release, the band produced an epic
video for the song ‘Hymns from the Blazing Chariot’ which was nominated for an award in the local film industry.
In 2010 RUDRA made another breakthrough by incorporating traditional and contemporary dance into their performance.
This was staged at the Indian Arts Festival in 2010 with rousing reviews.
The phenomenal artistic achievement of a band hidden in the tropical forests of South East Asia has been missed by
many but not the musicologists. Several papers have been published about RUDRA and Vedic Metal, making them a
band for both metalheads and academics.
2011 ushered the final chapter of the Trilogy entitled ‘Brahmavidya: Immortal I’. The band toured several continents after
the release of this album.