Origin: Indonesia  
Genres: Christian Metal, Eclectic Metal
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Last update/review: April 3, 2021

Kekal

Black metal bands aren't uncommon. But Indonesian black metal bands are uncommon, and Christian black metal band are uncommon, and thus Indonesian Christian black metal bands are quite uncommon indeed. Kekal is just such a band, and then some, as black metal only begins to describe their style. True, their earlier efforts were relatively standard black metal albums, with some similarities to Cradle Of Filth (particularly in the vocal department), interesting at times though a bit samey. On 1000 Thoughts Of Darkness, however, the band goes for broke, displaying a wide range of influences (both within the extreme metal world and well outside it) and a broad, diverse songwriting style that is difficult to describe but a pleasure to listen to. Far from a novelty act from a normally un-metallic country, Kekal has blossomed into an intriguing progressive black/extreme metal band, well worth a listen for those into inventive extreme metal.

Recent album: Envisaged, released on July 15, 2022.

Current Members

Jeff Arwadi

guitars/vocals/programming

Leo Setiawan

guitars

Azhar Sianturi

bass/vocals

Former Members/Guests

Harry

vocals

Newin Atmarumeksa

vocals

Didi Priyadi

guitars



Discography



Beyond The Glimpse Of Dreams  
1998 THT
  1. Rotting Youth
  2. Armageddon
  3. Spirits
  4. Deceived Minds
  5. The Conversion
  6. Behind Those Images
  7. Reality
  8. Escaping Eternal Suffering
  9. A Day The Hatred Dies
  10. My Eternal Lover
  • Harry
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Embrace The Dead  
1999 THT
  1. Longing For Truth
  2. Embrace The Dead
  3. The Fearless and The Dedicated
  4. Source of Existence
  5. Healing
  6. The Final Call
  7. From Within
  8. Scripture Before Struggle
  9. Millenium
  10. Given Words
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



The Painful Experience  
2001 THT
  1. The Monsters Within
  2. Crave for Solid Ground
  3. Mean Attraction
  4. Like There's No Other Way to Go
  5. Behind Closed Doors
  6. After The Storm
  7. Given Words
  8. Militia Christi
  9. The Painful Experience
  10. Via Dolorosa
  11. Like There's No Other Way to Remix
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



1000 Thoughts Of Darkness  
2003 Fear Dark
  1. Subsession / Once Again It Failed
  2. Vox Diaboli
  3. In Continuum
  4. Paradigma Baru
  5. Artifacts of Modern Insanity
  6. Violent Society
  7. Subsession II
  8. Default
  9. Beyond Numerical Reasons
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Azhar Sianturi



Kekal Live In Europe  VIDEO
2004



Acidity  
2005 Fear Dark
  • Newin Atmarumeksa
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Didi Priyadi
  • Azhar Sianturi



Road Trip To Acidity 2005  VIDEO
2005



The Habit Of Fire  
2007
  1. Prelude: Worldhate Chronicle
  2. The Gathering of Ants
  3. Isolated I
  4. Manipulator Generals (Part I of Dictatorship)
  5. Our Urban Industry Runs Monotonously
  6. To Whom It May Concern
  7. Free Association
  8. Historicity and State of Mind (Part II of Dictatorship)
  9. Postlude: Saat Kemarau
  10. A Real Life to Fear About
  11. Escapism
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Audible Minority  
2008
  1. The Vampire Song
  2. Conditional Destiny
  3. Against
  4. Ceasefire Negative
  5. Between Us
  6. For The Greater Good and Evil
  7. Narrow Avenue
  8. Virtue of Perseverance
  9. Shuffling Biorhythms
  10. All That Matters
  11. Locust
  • Jeff Arwadi



8  
2010
  1. Track One
  2. Gestalt Principles of Matter Perception
  3. A Linear Passage
  4. Tabula Rasa
  5. Private School of Thought
  6. The Regulars
  7. Departure Gate 8
  8. Heartache Memorial
  9. Let Us Blend
  10. Open World
  11. End Unit of The Universe
  • Jeff Arwadi



Futuride  EP
2011
  1. Futuride
  2. C/2010 X1
  3. EOP1
  4. EOP2
  5. EOP3
  • Jeff Arwadi



Autonomy  
2012
  1. Rare Earth Elements
  2. Pandora's Empty Box
  3. Go Ahead and Feel the Pain
  4. Disposable Man
  5. Swings of All Moods
  6. Indonesanity
  7. Futuride
  8. Playground
  9. iComa
  10. Space Between Spaces
  11. Learning to Love the Future
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Unsung Division  EP
2013
  1. Dividend in Division
  2. The Other Side of Division
  3. Aku Menggila
  4. For the Sake of Just in Case
  5. The God Particle
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Multilateral  
2015
  1. Token Discontentment
  2. Dividend in Division
  3. Jakartan Arch-Captor
  4. By Means of Survival
  5. Neutrality
  6. Multilateral
  7. Metropolis Noir
  8. Crossroads
  9. Heyday (Unlike Today)
  10. Primal
  11. The Unwritten
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Luka  EP
2015
  1. Neutrality (Alternate Mix)
  2. Crossroads (Alternate Mix)
  3. Wound of Desolation
  4. The Unwritten
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Deeper Underground  
2018 self-released
  1. Root of All Evil
  2. Sanity Away from Sanity
  3. Speed of God
  4. Rotten in the House
  5. Deeper Underground
  6. The Many Faces of Your Face
  7. Revealment
  8. Tripple Evils
  9. End of Hegemony
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Quantum Resolution  
2020
  • Jeff Arwadi
  • Leo Setiawan
  • Azhar Sianturi



Alternative Frequency Reception  EP
2021 independent
  1. Spiritual Anarchism (Abridged)
  2. Inward Journey (Drum Mix)
  3. Spiritual Anarchism (De-archonizing Dub Mix)
  4. Zoe (Vibrational State Mix)



Envisaged  
2022 independent




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