by Kekal



8th full-length studio album from Kekal. Released in 2010.

Album Description

"8", the eight full-length album from Kekal is a collection of thoughts and emotions blended together into a unique yet bold statement. Each song displays its character as a balance between electronic and organic elements, rhythm and melody, aggression and atmosphere, simplicity and complexity, beauty and the beast.

By incorporating both traditional and non-traditional approaches to production and a wide range of musical instruments such as electric & acoustic guitars, drums, samples from field-recordings, theremin, analog synths, vocals, vocoder, TR-808, and even a 'controversial' vuvuzela sample, Kekal redefines the term 'experimental' in its true sense, but yet listeners will find the entire album accessible and digestible.

Kekal may also be the first band in the world who released a new studio album without any official band member. All original members left the band in 2009, but they continue to supply their artistic outputs such as music and artwork for Kekal (albeit not as official members).

Released on CD by Whirlwind Records (Germany)


released December 31, 2010

All samplings and field-recordings were done at various places, both public and private, using a portable digital recorder. All vocals, guitars and other 'supposedly organic' musical instruments were performed and recorded by Jeff Arwadi, except "Departure Gate 8" and "Heartache Memorial" by Jeff Arwadi and Leo Setiawan.

Assembled, programmed, contemplated, manipulated, arranged, mixed and mastered by Jeff Arwadi throughout the winter months of 2009 and 2010 at Northern Isolation Station, Calgary - Canada. Produced by Jeff Arwadi.

Artwork and Illustrations by A. Levi Sianturi a.k.a Harshgriev. Digital layout by Jeff Arwadi.


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Kekal Jakarta, Indonesia

Kekal utilizes avant-garde and alternative approach to various expressions of rock, metal and electronic music.

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Track Name: Track One
wish me luck, wish me luckier than the luck itself
i have traveled far to the edge of distance
guided by divine hands through all these sufferings
many walls have been broken, many have yet to be
with both feet on the ground my wish will never expire
clinging on the urge to stay on track and keep moving
the core of life is not about how we end an episode
but on how we dare to begin another after another
wish me luck, wish me luckier than the luck itself
so many plans to do in such comfortless time-frame
as change is the only constant in life on earth
stagnation never takes its course within oneself
praying at the crossroads, hoping things would go well
ahead of us lies a different standard of meaning
adding concrete facets to the once so-called oddity
time will tell should things function or vice versa
Track Name: Gestalt Principles of Matter Perception
finding truth in lies
reading between the lines
see through deceptions
sense through periphery
an intrinsic macrocosm
essential and constitutive
entirely in totality
gestalt principles of matter perception
a multitude of perceptive decay
reasons interact within acceptance
built into somatic habit and regularity
unquestionable yet undecidable
Track Name: A Linear Passage
one definite progress meter, built up by the burden of strain
uncyclical form of infinity, eternal journey to the yet unknown
nothing is so complicated, when it's done it's done
a sentence cannot describe the will to keep moving on
i just take this strange continuum
leaving all my peers bemused and clueless
have i changed, have i gone insane?
even past is haunting me i have no time to turn around
as mysterious as the universe itself
my reveal is also my secrecy
everything is relative to the other
issues that will never ever be solved
at the end of the day we would realize
we can never expand our time in space
Track Name: Tabula Rasa
beyond the mental image of a man
lies a blueprint made by god
i am standing here recalling to
all the roads we have passed through
always hard to understand
always hard to comprehend
yet it's always easy to believe
we are not here for no reason
so many mistakes and failures
so many elements of imperfection
formed by our sense of free will
causing sadness that never disappear
when life has broken into pieces
we realize everything has gone so wrong
beyond man's own nervous breakdown
lies a blueprint made by god
...and here i am standing on a line
between reconstruction and destruction
Track Name: Private School of Thought
utilize proper logics through modal thinking
a root of analytical dialectics
philosophize, ratiocinate all nonsense
until my mind simulates pandemonium
morale, rationale, came off unforeseen
idleness in the way we generate conjecture
downsizing expectations to the bitter end
feeling trapped within this segmental aperture
see the whole world revolving around me
while i found myself in a stationary struggle
only to collapse without one single movement
as visions expanded beyond mental capacity
die down in personal responsibility
and i'm looking forward to it
Track Name: Departure Gate 8
welcome to the world of endless transformation
a universe of continual permutation
having no mark of culmination
kekal in its primordial signification
seeking justice through resolutions
an outbreak from the years of stagnation
mankind is an empty space - a floating void
waiting to get materialized and vectorized
take eight as a sign of infinity
this gate is a portal of liberty
and i'm taking you with me, baby
let the dead bury the dead
your progressive journey begins here
through the alleys of pain with me
Track Name: Heartache Memorial
setelah semua tipu benci dan sakit hati...
Track Name: Let Us Blend
us in the state of constant change
conservatism has lost its meaning
left behind, all lies and deceit
us in a carrier, driven one way forward.
purity's an illusion, life has its proof
to one's heart's content, openness upsurged
sustain singularity within set patterns
let us blend!
together we stand as a fusion of styles
the magic of colors, alluring dynamics
where differences made new pathways
let us blend!
shall we attain hybrid sophistication
piercing right into the core of being
our character shall be preserved
even in an absence of homogeneity
Track Name: Open World
and i face my own real self, broken in an open world
my heart beats a groove of grief
bleeding to god in a path of pain
rhythms of anguish and desolation
move me into mournful consciousness
while i still believe in a better tomorrow
anxiety is on its way to consume
and i face my own real self, wounded in an open world
my eyes stare into one black hole
seeing stationary state of affairs
a tragic life with unused obsessions
forming a torrential malevolence
while i'm still heading towards a light ahead
apprehension is on its way to devour
but i am grateful knowing that i'm alive
and i am grateful to be here...

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