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Review: Kekal - The Painful Experience
The Painful Experience

Label: Clenchedfist Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 60:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: November 9, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

I just absolutely love when I receive an album from a band that I had never previously heard of and am completely floored by it. This is one of those albums!

Kekal is a band hailing from Indonesia and they play some very original style of music here. There are parts on this album from black, thrash, death, progressive, melodic and even once in a great while a little industrial metal thrown in. What really amazed me about this is not the fact of how many different styles are present but how seamlessly they are put together. This is definitely a testament to the band's songwriting ability, which is well above average. How this band is still relatively unknown is beyond me considering the level of talent that is present. Everything about this album is excellent but the highlight for me was definitely the excellent lead guitar work. It is not that this is an ultra-shred fest but rather the leads just fit so well with the music and just adds that extra punch to take it over the top. The vocals also vary quite a bit from harsh growls to screaming and then a clean melodic tone and this also adds to the overall effectiveness of the music. The songs are mainly up-tempo but with plenty of breakdowns and twists and turns to keep every song interesting and to differentiate between them.

The only real complaint I can make is the completely unnecessary waste of time at the end of the disc. There are 77 tracks on this disc but actually nothing but time wasting from track 11 to track 76. I know this is a pet peeve both Michel and I share and I am sure more than a few others as well. I still wish bands would stop doing this or at least tell me what purpose this serves other than to be annoying.

I would have to say if you are fans of the more extreme side of the metal spectrum such as bands like Cradle of Filth, In Flames, Sigh and Dark Tranquility you should find this extremely interesting. Plain and simple this is some good shit!!!

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