Brahmavidya: Primordial 1
6/27/2005 - Review by: MetalKnight
RUDRA - "Brahmavidya: Primordial 1" - 2005 - DemonZend Records.
After the initial novelty of listening to a Singaporean Death Metal band wears off, I must say that RUDRA are actually a force to watch out for. The band's sound incorporates Indian-style persussion, multi-lingual lyrics, chanting of vedic mantras and occasional female vocals - all immersed in Death Metal sonorities (what RUDRA aptly refer to as 'Vedic Metal'). Purists will scorn at this 'slackening' of brutality, and I won't deny this does happen occasionaly. Personally, I found that all these elements make RUDRA sound creative and appealing.
The songs are aggressive but still well balanced; incorporating both catchy riffs as well as fast, guitar solos; brutality and also melody; all continuously fuelled by a compact rhythm dept.. The lead vocals do lack some versatility which might have improved further the overall feel. Production-wise, the sound of "Brahamvidya....." bears a certain 'coldness' usually associated with Black Metal.
Songs that stand out in "Brahamvidya...." are 'Twilight of Duality', 'Veil Of Maya' and 'Ageless Consciousness, I am' all of which illustrate the above.
Through "Brahamvidya..." RUDRA are demanding the metal community's attention. They've certainly got mine.
My Rating: 8/10
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