With an eighth album, entitled Enemy of Duality, incoming this November (available for pre-order here) via Mumbai label Transcending Obscurity, Singaporean Vedic metal kings Rudra have finally unveiled a welcome appetizer for the ambitious, dichotomous barrage to come.
Spectacular lead single ‘Slay The Demons Of Duality’ is an instant winner, staying true to their pioneering sound which combines "Indian classical music rooted in ancient spirituality and extreme metal encompassing death metal, black metal and thrash metal music."
The band's mix of unabashed heaviness, complex philosophy and traditional Indian instrumentation such as the sitar, flute and tabla (we hear they even incorporate a didgeridoo in their forthcoming LP), has always wowed fans and critics alike — judging by this new song, this upcoming record should present us with some of their finest work since the unqualified success of their Brahmavidya trilogy.
As frontman Kathir elaborates, “The single ‘Slay The Demons Of Duality’ was inspired by a verse from the Mandukya Karika. The verse in Sanskrit was chanted in the beginning and towards the end of the song. It is about how we are afraid of evil, demons, satan etc., In fact, many belief systems create a duality between good and evil. In this song, we present the very duality to be demons. Upon inquiry, these demons of duality are found to be purely notional”.