ASIA’S EXTREME METAL LEGEND! THE PIONEER OF VEDIC METAL!
RUDRA, the name of the Indian deity of Destruction; conjures the scene of death and destruction. Just like the deity, RUDRA, the band, was named so to symbolize the aggressive character of its music.
A legend in the Asian Metal scene, RUDRA was established in 1992. Since its humble beginning as a Death Metal band, the band went on to pioneer the evolution of a new genre of Death-Black Metal music called VEDIC METAL. The music of RUDRA, Vedic metal, can be characterized as a bridge between the east and the west: incorporating Indian traditional music, Sanskrit chants, and mantras into Death/Black Metal. This unique musical creation is what is known to the world as Vedic Metal.
RUDRA’s first three masterpieces will be reissued via Awakening Records! All albums will feature new hand-painted covers and layouts, and the stories behind the albums, written by the founding members of RUDRA, will be available in the booklets!
Kathir – Bass & Vocals
Shiva – Drums
Kannan – Guitars
Selvam – Guitars
All lyrics by Kathir except ‘My Soul is Marching On’ by Paramahansa Yogananda.
All music by RUDRA.
Background vocals on ‘Rudrapatni’ by Deva, Arul and Kathir.
Background vocals on ‘Amen’ by Deva and Arul.
Spoken voices on ‘Manifesto of the Demented’ by Deva, Arul and Janarthanan.
Tabla on ‘My Soul is Marching on’, ‘Homage to the Seers’ and ‘Sad but True’ by Suraj.
‘Burnt at the Stakes’ is dedicated to the many innocent souls who were victims during the Burning Times.
Presented and manufactured by Awakening Records.
Marketed and distributed by Alchemy Media.
Produced by RUDRA.
Recorded and mixed at MYX studios in Singapore from June to August 2001.
Engineered by Ragu ‘quickfinger’.
Mixed by Ragu ‘quickfinger’ and RUDRA.
Remastered by Vinod Vaskaran in January 2020.
Cover artwork by Visionis Phosphorescent.
Design and layout by Arioch.