Kekal
Acidity


3.5
great

Review

by facupm USER (21 Reviews)
September 18th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Interesting album, if somewhat overwhelming

Acidity, Kekal’s fifth album, is an interesting album, to say the least. I admit I was not familiar with this Asian band until a month or so, because, let’s face it, Asian metal was never too popular. Even if I had read positive things about them, I was sort of reluctant before picking this up.

Now this is a very diverse LP. There is no doubt that it is extreme metal, and also that has multiple influences from different sub-genres, and so, it is hard to put it under a strict label. Black Metal is probably what fits this album most, but it is certainly debatable and if you compare to old classics of that genre you will find notorius differences.

Acidity presents very good and clean production, melting their well-done instrumentation with a lot of experimentation, creating a branch of progressive metal. For the most part, the tones are high, the riffs fast paced and the vocals screamed, giving the album some epic aura which is highly enjoyable, as on the song Strength In My Weakness, one of the easy standouts. The slower passages are well done too, although at some points they could seem overly long, or pretentious, not creating the haunting atmosphere some of the faster and more blackmetalish parts do. The clean vocals are fine too, and contrast nicely with the harsh screams.

On another note, it is clear that Kekal has very good ideas at the time of songwriting, melting influences not only from extreme metal acts, but also from progressive rock, notorious on the song A Dream for a Moment, for instance. At times it can be a bit overwhelming, perhaps for the 55 minutes the album lasts, but it works well for the most part. Drumming is also a fairly interesting aspect of this album, while the bass could have a bit more of presence to achieve a thicker sound.

Undoubtedly, Kekal created quite a particular album with their 2005 Acidity. It is nothing groundbreaking, but a good result of mixing multiple influences from extreme metal and progressive music, as well as experimentation and good musicianship, with a nice sense of melody, that make for a highly enjoyable experience.



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facupm
September 18th 2014


8018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

finally reviewed this, was for the review a random album game of this year

cool album

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2014


7311 Comments


It would be great if you had referred to them as "Indonesian" instead of "Asian". What you did here is kinda like me listening to the Arctic Monkeys and calling them "European rock", which would be a rather laughable term.

ResidentNihilist
September 18th 2014


1101 Comments


voivod would love this album

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Friday13th
September 18th 2014


2547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You can download this free on their website. Good review. I like their next album a bit better, but this one is great too.

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jybt
September 18th 2014


345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's been a while since I listened to this band. But they used to be my all-time favorite extreme metal group, and I was intending to review their complete discography. This is the guitar shred monster album, and isn't as balanced or accessible as some of their other works, but is undoubtedly excellent.

Spag
September 18th 2014


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. Band is fantastic.

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facupm
September 19th 2014


8018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks

@irving yeah i guess you're right, dindt try to be offensive or nothing at all though

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2014


6196 Comments


voivod would love this album

I have been recommended to this album and band before, but for some reason I didn't check it out. Downloading this now.

Free downloading here: http://www.kekal.org/album-acidity.php



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Jasdevi087
September 19th 2014


456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rocks hard.

facupm
September 20th 2014


8018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah its pretty good

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2014


6266 Comments


Nice work facupm, pos'd. Review is concise, short, and to-the-point, just as I like it. Might have to check these guys out sometime too.

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