KALIYUGA was formed in 1996 when some members from a band called Rudhra left the band due to some musical differences. For more history of the band, you can check out their website. Besides being one of the bands playing in Singapore first ever metal festival, their debut album "14/07" is another factor they are here in this zine. Interview by Syukri.
What was on the CD cover? Whose idea was that?
The idea for the cd cover was Shiva's. It represents something amorphous. Sort of like abstract art. It also looks like a human face. Also we did not want to represent anything in the cover.
14/07, beside being the date of the first gig you performed, are there any other reasons why choosing it the album title?
The great significance of the gig. The gig was very successful and brought
us great satisfaction to be part of it.
Malaysian response is good as there pretty much of listeners into melodic
stuff. As for the other part of the world, it's still hard to say as the
album is still on its way of reaching there.
We were pretty close with Rudra and Kannan heard our stuff and he was
impressed with it. So he proposed to us whether if we were interested in
signing under Trishul Records. Trishul Records are pretty professional, they
also make a point to tell us in whatever they are doing in terms of
promotions, distributions and gigs as well. We are comfortable working with
Yes we think so. We prefer to be free in terms of lyrical expression. The
lyrics department is Subash's. He usually writes whatever that is in his
Rudhra was split due to musical differences. Kathi left the band and formed
Rudra with Shiva and Bala for the first album. Bala left the band as he
wanted to concentrate on Kaliyuga, so for the second album Selvam was
recruited. As Kaliyuga needed a vocalist, Subash who was a neighbourhood
friend of Selvam's was brought into the band. And in the bass section, Arul
who was a long time friend of Subash was recruited. Thus we became Kaliyuga.
The Singaporean metal scene is very different than before. Back then, like what you said each band has their own league. But nowadays it's about unity in metal. But there are a few black sheeps who make fools of themselves and ruining things. There are also a lot of young promising bands, and you can also see young metalheads which is very good for the scene.
The latest gig was the Kaos Kommand 696 gig which was with bands LIKE
IRONFIST, MEZA VIRS, AZRAEL, NECHBEYTH, MELTG SNOW and IMPIETY. Nechbeyth
are a very promising black metal band which you will get to hear them from
time to time. Ironfist are a thrash band who has good stage presence, always
worth watching. Azrael are an upcoming aggressive death metal band whose
album will be released this year. Do check them out. Meza virs and meltg
snow are pretty good melodic bands who are tight and have very good stage
presence. If I'm not mistaken their albums too will be released later this
Not yet but u could tell that there's some good vibes. Narasimha are
actually an upcoming band who are at the moment in their final stage of
releasing their debut album.
Tentatively its December 03 at least we will be ready to record as we are
now currently doing new materials.
These idiots will write about any topic that they could drag on and on and
yet has not much impact if they write something wrong about. As for the
issue, there's nothing much we could say as we are in a part of the world
where there's no freedom of expression even in stuff like art.
Apart from slamdancing being banned and the organizers getting stick for
bringing in dark funeral, Nope.
Thanks for everything. To all the metalheads, KEEP THE FLAMES BURNING!!!!