Brahmavidya: Transcendental I
Style: Blackened Death Metal / Vedic Metal
Release date: July 6th 2009

With their fifth full length album in eleven years Rudra is no longer new to the scene of oriental flavoured death/ black metal. That they are not as well know as other bands who plays something in the same style, Melechesh springs to mind, is really a shame because Rudra is really worth knowing. Where Melechesh mixes metal with styles from the near orient Rudra mixes it with Indian chants and instruments. Even though the band hails from Singapore it has its roots in Indian culture and thus also their self proclaimed name of the style of their music, Vedic metal. Rudra is named after the Ancient Vedic god of Storm and is a form of the God Shiva.

All the musicians are very skilled and it is a pleasure to listen to an album with so many finesses and good craftsmanship.  And do not let the oriental theme fool you, this is also a well played death metal album with a bit of thrash and black added to the mix as well and it kicks butt. 

The album is produced by Joshua G. Nair and Sean Loo and they have done a very nice job.

Rudra has created an album that is both exciting the first time you hear it because of their unique style and exciting the 10th time because of their good musicianship and the diversity of the album. With over 60 minutes of playing time you get a lot of bang for your buck. I can only recommend Brahmavidya: Transcendental I to fans of bands like Melechesh, Orphaned Land, Absu and Destr÷yer 666.


01. Bhagavatpada Namaskara
02. Ravens of Paradise


04. Hymns from the Blazing Chariot
5. Meditations at Dawn


07. Natural Born Ignorance
8. Immortality Roars

Reversing the Currents

10. Venerable Opposites
11. Avidya Nivrtti
12. Not the Seen but the Seer
13. Adiguru Namastubhyam

Majestic Ashtavakra

Label: Vic Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Steen Sch°n
Date: July 17th 2009

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