KEKAL is no longer with Fear Dark label (a label who released
3 last KEKAL albums) due to many differences in musical
goals and visions, as Fear Dark is known as an extreme
metal record label and KEKAL has decided to make further
explorations in music even outside the metal boundaries.
The band is talking with some record labels to release
"The Habit of Fire".
New KEKAL Website is currently OPEN. Please
notice the new domain name: www.kekalonline.com
Jeff (KEKAL guitarist/vocalist) is currently in Toronto,
Canada to continue his study. But Jeff is and will stay
in KEKAL, and KEKAL is still officially a three-piece
band with Jeff, Azhar Levi, and Leo as members. Nothing
has happened with KEKAL as an implication of Jeff's departure
to Canada recently. Some rumors around that say about
Jeff is leaving KEKAL in the middle of the recording and
form another band, they are not true at all. "The
Habit of Fire" album will be released under KEKAL
name, and officially as a trio.
Gitaris.com a leading Indonesian web-portal
for local guitarists has announced third contest called
"METAL JAM-CONTEST" to celebrate its 5th anniversary.
Kekal guitarist Jeff got an honour to be a part of the
contest's Board-of-Jury (one of the jury is a former Megadeth
guitarist: Marty Friedman).
"The Habit of Fire" is a title of KEKAL's upcoming
album. One new song from the album (called "Isolated
I") is available for streaming at Kekal Myspace page.
If you haven't checked it out, please visit the page!
Great news from North American progheads
and metalheads! 3 latest KEKAL CDs ("Acidity",
"1000 Thoughts of Violence", "The Painful
experience") are now available at The Omega (The
End Records mailorder), so that means they will no longer
too-hard-to-find and too expensive to purchase them as
imports from Europe! The End Records mailorder is known
for distributing lots of interesting avantgarde &
There are new media reviews of "Acidity"
came up as well.
The album has sold for over 4000 copies in Indonesia alone
within a year since it's released, with almost no major
promotion, as many of our singles are rejected by radiostations,
and video-clip rejected due to the 'too-long' duration
of 6-minutes. But we NEVER cut song just for the sake
KEKAL began recording a new album earlier this January.
It will take about 6 to 7 months ahead to complete all
the recording. As said by guitarist/vocalist Jeff, "I
am very confident with the new material. I had never been
as confident and proud as when we did "1000 Thoughts
of Violence" CD, but now I am, without a doubt. I
believe this will be our most-focused, most-explored and
most ambitious album we have recorded so far. There are
tons of fresh, diverse new elements, and many of the experiments
are actually the ones that have never been done before
in metal, yet they are unmistakably 100% KEKAL".
No album title is being published yet as for now, but
the work is based on the thoughts of full concept-album
which being estimated to run for over 70 minutes.
Leo Setiawan has joined KEKAL again as an official band
member! He played with KEKAL on the first 3 albums, in
2001 he left the band because he had to move to Australia
to work there. But now he has returned back from Melbourne
recently to work and stay in Jakarta full-time.
Due to the band's own personal and family-related
issues that needed to be set as the main priority, especially
with Leo during his (re)relocation, KEKAL decided to not
to play any local show until the end of this year.