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The Painful Experience

by Kekal

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    This is the 2023 Updated Edition, carefully remastered to get a more balanced and exciting sound for your listening pleasure, using the most up-to-date digital mastering software with the focus on M/S (mid/side) treatments. This also fixes some panning issues on the original audio. Your 2023 Updated Edition download comes with 2 hidden bonus tracks, and a completely new 8-page PDF digital booklet with updated front cover artwork!
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3rd full-length album from Kekal. Originally released in 2001.

The Painful Experience was created as a direct response to the issues Kekal had with the 1999 album Embrace The Dead. It marked as the return to the band’s roots in delivering authentic, no-nonsense music full of raw energy and attitude derived from punk music and sub-culture. Production switched from analog recording of their first 2 albums to computer-based digital home-recording (DAW), albeit a more basic and “primitive” in its set-up due to the lack of outboard gear and professional mixing board. This was also the band’s first take in the progressive/avant-garde direction by incorporating electronic elements into their musical presentation. This album was originally released by 4 independent record labels in 2001 on CD and cassette tape that made Kekal’s music being introduced even further to worldwide metal music fans, including in Europe and North America.

The 2023 Updated Edition will have a physical format (CD) coming later this year! Stay tuned.

There were 4 record labels who released the album, originally:
Clenchedfist Records released this album on CD format for North American market (October 2001)
Fear Dark released this album on CD format for European market (October 2001)
THT Productions released this album on cassette tape format for Indonesian / Southeast Asian market (October 2001)
HROM/HIRAX Records released this album on cassette tape format for Eastern European market (August 2002)

Album information: kekal.org/album-painful.php


released October 1, 2001

KEKAL - 2001 line-up:
Jeff Arwadi: guitars / vocals
Azhar Levi Sianturi: bass / vocals
Leo Setiawan: guitars

Produced by Jeff Arwadi and KEKAL

2023 Updated Edition:
Re-mastered by Jeff Arwadi at Ideation Station
Updated cover artwork and layout by Soundmind Graphics

Kekal played their own instruments (plus some borrowed ones) exclusively. Thanks to Hans Kurniawan and Andi Hutagalung for providing those gears needed for recording.

Recorded at Vision Studio, Jakarta - Indonesia throughout February & March 2001, except Track 7, October 2000
Post-production and mixed by Jeff Arwadi except Track 8 mixed by Jeff Arwadi & FXAJ
Additional guitars by Azhar Levi Sianturi & FXAJ
Additional bass by Jeff Arwadi
Noises and Samples by Jeff Arwadi, FXAJ, & Doctor D
Synthesizers by Jeff Arwadi
Additional arrangements by Doctor D & FXAJ
Drums by Sang Hitam

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9: Music & Lyrics by Jeff Arwadi
Track 6: Music & lyrics by Azhar Levi Sianturi
Track 8: Music by Leo Setiawan & Jeff Arwadi, lyrics by Jeff Arwadi. additional song arrangements by FXAJ
Track 10: Music by Jeff Arwadi & Doctor D


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Kekal Jakarta, Indonesia

Avant-garde and alternative approach to various expressions of rock, metal and electronic music.

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