8 (Kekal album)

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8
Kekal - 8.jpg
Studio album by Kekal
Released 15 December 2010
Recorded Compiled 2009–2010, Northern Isolation Station, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genre Alternative, avant-garde metal, electronic, electronic rock, experimental, pop, post-rock, progressive, sampling
Length 56:26
Label Whirlwind
Producer Jeff Arwadi
Kekal chronology
Audible Minority
(2008)
8
(2010)
Autonomy
(2012)
Music sample
The song "Tabula Rasa" was released as a music video and for streaming on 15 February 2010, and was included on Kekal's eighth studio album 8.[1] At the time of the song's release, the album was still in development and was untitled.[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Cross Rhythms 5/10 stars[3]
Metal Hammer Germany 4/7[4]
Powermetal.de 8.0/10[5]
Sonic Seducer neutral[6]

8 is the eighth full-length studio album by Indonesian experimental metal band Kekal, announced on 23 June 2010,[7] and made available for purchase on 23 January 2011.[8] While the band has no officially active members, former members Jeff, Leo, and Levi all contributed to the album.[3][9][10][11] The album was set to be released by Whirlwind Records during December 2010, on CD and as a digital download,[12] and on 15 December 2010, the album was available for pre-order, which included an offer of free shipping within Europe up to December 24.[13]

On 19 February 2010, Jeff announced that he had posted a music video on YouTube[1] for a song titled "Tabula Rasa". At that time, the new album was still untitled.[2][14] On 24 March 2011, it was announced that "Tabula Rasa" was included on a compilation/sampler album by the Sonic Seducer magazine.[15][16] Metal Hammer Germany commented that the album was far from the early black metal days of the band, and gave the album a rating of 4 out of 7.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Arwadi.

No. Title Length
1. "Track One" 4:41
2. "Gestalt Principles of Matter Perception" 6:06
3. "A Linear Passage" 5:37
4. "Tabula Rasa" 5:06
5. "Private School of Thought" 4:37
6. "The Regulars" 2:24
7. "Departure Gate 8" 4:42
8. "Heartache Memorial" 5:04
9. "Let Us Blend" 5:22
10. "Open World" 3:57
11. "End Unit of the Universe" 8:47

Personnel[edit]

Production credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Arwadi, Jeff (spitonself) (15 February 2010). "KEKAL - Tabula Rasa (new official video 2010)". YouTube. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Van Pelt, Doug (February 2010). "Kekal release new video". HM Magazine. 
  3. ^ a b Webber, Ian (8 August 2011). "Kekal - 8". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Rudoletzky, Marcel (1 June 2011). "Review zu: KEKAL 8". Metal Hammer Germany (in German). No. 06/2011. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 100. 
  5. ^ Backes, Bjorn (28 February 2011). "Kekal - 8". Powermetal.de (in German). Weihrauch Median Verlang. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Gnuch, Kym (2011). "Kekal - 8 - Review". Sonic Seducer. No. 4. Thomas Vogel Media. Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Kekal (23 June 2010). "Latest News - Press Release: Upcoming KEKAL Album Title, Cover Art, and Track Listing announced!". Kekal.org. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Whirlwind Records (23 January 2011). "Kekal "8" erschienen!". Whirlwind Records. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Kekal (12 August 2009). "Press Release: Jeff and Leo are leaving Kekal, but the band remains exist without band-members". Kekal's Blog. Myspace. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Kekal (January 2010). "Press-Release: New KEKAL album is being planned for 2010!". Kekal's Blog. Myspace. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (January 2010). "Kekal pulls a Brett Favre". HM Magazine. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  12. ^ Arwadi, Jeff (spitonself) (16 October 2010). "Preview of upcoming 2010 Kekal album "8" (10 songs)". YouTube.  Note: This is a YouTube video, in the description bar for the video it gives information about the album's release.
  13. ^ Whirlwind Records (15 December 2010). "Whirlwind Records Mailorder - Kekal - 8 (preorder) 2010A811". Whirlwind Records. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Kekal and Arwadi, Jeff (19 February 2010). "New Song of the Month (February 2010): Tabula Rasa". Facebook. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  15. ^ Kekal (24 March 2011). ""Tabula Rasa" is...". Facebook. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "CD-Beilage: Cold Hands Seduction Vol. 117 - CD" (in German). Sonic Seducer Magazine. 

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