Samudra

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On October 19, 2017 or 27 Ashvina 5119 of Kali Yuga, the holy day of Diwali, on the day of the Victory of Good over Evil, by the fire of the divine light, the long-awaited third album of carnatic-metal warlords Kartikeya - “Samudra” shall be released.

Signifying the decimal foundation of the Hindu universe and the symbolism of Trimurti - the three highest creator-gods, the ternary power of creation, preservation and destruction, “Samudra” comes out exactly on the same day, after 10 years, as the debut album of Kartikeya - “The Battle Begins”.
The new album begins a five-album concept, dedicated to the five nature’s elements in the Hindu culture, and the first is water. “Samudra” - in Sanskrit is not just water, it is the accumulation of all the waters of the Earth, the Great Ocean, personified as the God of All Waters.
Accordingly, the music of the band on this album flows and shakes the listener like the mighty waves rising to the skies, then coming down with a huge tide and flowing back with the ebb, leaving the listener’s naked soul uncovered to the core of subconsciousness. Majestic and powerful - are the best epithets suitable for the new era of carnatic metal developed by Kartikeya, which has overgrown with coral reefs made of groove, extreme-progressive metal, and Dravidian melodies.

Authentic Indian instruments, a variety of extreme and clean vocal mantras, incredible speed, unconventional massiveness and top-notch quality - all of these shine on the most unexpected and unusual album of 2017 in the world of metal - Kartikeya’s third album - “Samudra”.

May your skies be illuminated by thousands of lights of celestial fireworks!

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released October 19, 2017

Anton Mars - Vocals
Roman Arsafes - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Ethnic Instruments
Sasha Miro - Bass
Dmitriy Drevo - Percussion
Misha Talanov - Violin
Alex Smirnov - Drums

Guests:

Karl Sanders - Solo Guitar (track 10)
Keith Merrow - Solo Guitar (track 5)
David Maxim Micic - Solo Guitar (track 11)
Shravan Sridhar - Violin (track 6, 8)
Gennadiy Lavrentiev - Violin, Tabla, Konnakol (track 3)
Arjun Mpn - Bansuri (track 1)
Sai Shankar - Vocals (track 10)
Aleksandra Radosavljevic - Back Vocals (track 5)

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Roman Arsafes at Arsafes Records
Artwork by Midiankai arts

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Track Name: Dharma pt. 1 - Into The Sacred Waves
i slowly step into the shivering waters
as they embrace me with a deafening tide
"fear not!" cries an ethereal voice from above
"let go!" says the feeling inside
i shall inhale the liquid,
being breathless and disconnected from a life-source
i want to see through the waves
to find a path to survive

the waves lead me from a lake into an ocean
through a river, granted by nature with life
i fear the new tides, i fear the force
as the unknown, for i fear that it will leave me to die
i now inhale the liquid
but i feel that i am breathing in air
i now see through the ocean
glinting with a million flares

once a blissful soul,
racing from a distant world
seeking a new home
in countless sparks of love...

i am brought into this world
a newborn child, one of the countless destinies
i shall struggle to survive
for once i set my steps into the sacred waves
i am brought into this world
into the sacred waves
i shall follow the unknown
into the sacred waves
i am one of heaven's sons
into the sacred waves
i shall wash the fears away
into the sacred waves!
Track Name: Tandava
let my salutations be to the blue-throated one,
who has a thousand eyes. salutations to him who is always black-haired,
who wears the sacred thread, to him the lord of the strong!
salutations to the lord of the universe, the shield against the phenomenal world.

when the waters collide and boil
when the skies fall apart
when the blood desecrates the soil
when the sins tear the heart

i am here to release my wrath
on the soil of the damned
i am here to release my wrath
turning flesh into sand

hark! I am mahadeva, master of the universe,
i am pashupati, lord of life
hark! I am nataraja, i shall dance in eternal flame,
ending kali yuga with my tandava

when the breeze turns into a storm
when the fires erupt
when the heir to the throne is stillborn
and the last king is corrupt

i am here to release my wrath
upon the races of man
i am here to release my wrath
let the cleansing begin

hark! I am mahadeva, master of the universe,
i am pashupati, lord of life
hark! I am nataraja, i shall dance in eternal flame,
ending kali yuga with my tandava

salutations to him who protects the world by the might of
his drawn bow, to rudra the destroyer of all miseries, to the lord of the fields
and sacred places! let him annihilate the enemies of mine, the rakshasas,
spirits and demons. o, supreme lord! protect us from all wordly troubles
with the weapons and the bow in your hands! praise the reputed one,
the dweller of the heart, the ever young one, terrible like a lion,
the destroyer, the supreme one! let your hordes destroy our enemies!
Track Name: Durga Puja
as a flower's stem rips its way through the soil
and a neonate takes a breath,
the earth was born as a child to the mother of all
from the universal force, eternal and infinite

as life flows and the bliss erodes, the will to be
gains strength in a growing soul
for us to see the beauty of a perfectly carved stone
durga maa, preserve thy seed, for the seed has grown!

om dum durgayei namaha
slayer of the ignorant
om dum durgayei namaha
face the one who is deceived
om aing hring kleeng
om dum durgayei namaha
chamundaye vichchey om
she who holds the divine smile
om aing hring kleeng
om dum durgayei namaha
chamundaye vichchey om

as petals fall and leaves dry out,
eyes turn white, becoming a mirror inside,
which pictures the cosmic cycle free of sin..
durga maa, erase the seed, may new life begin!

om dum durgayei namaha
slayer of the ignorant
om dum durgayei namaha
face the forever naive
om aing hring kleeng
om dum durgayei namaha
chamundaye vichchey om
she who holds the divine smile
om aing hring kleeng
om dum durgayei namaha
chamundaye vichchey om
cast your light on the world

ananta, sarvavidya, sundari, devamata
the power of all, the power beyond the world
durga maa, mother of the universe

om dum durgayei namaha
Slayer of the ignorant
om dum durgayei namaha
gift the one who believes
om aing hring kleeng
om dum durgayei namaha
chamundaye vichchey om
she who holds the divine smile
om aing hring kleeng
om dum durgayei namaha
chamundaye vichchey om
Track Name: Pranama
Instrumental
Track Name: The Horrors Of Home
it reached out its claws
to crush the tender stem of life,
to puncture the lung of faith,
leave it to choke to death.
quenching its thirst with tears
of children, as they cry,
begging mothers to breathe...

as a traitor you are sentenced to live your life in fear
and face death with a sudden dagger in your back!
as a traitor you are sentenced to fall from the throne
as you left endless veins without serum...

for you betrayed the divine!
you have betrayed your kin!
but they shall suffer no more!

the horrors of home
feel the weekness of your soul,
the horrors of home -
so unforgiven...
the horrors are not alone
in their sacrificing role.
the horrors of home...

the curse is forming roads
that promise no return,
leaving no time to think
and look behind.
bleeding your way
to end the terror from inside?
bodies shall pave the trail...

as a traitor you shall be denied by every single being
which bears the spark of mind in its eyes!
as a traitor you shall never survive the billion arrows you shot
as they turn back upon you and strike!

for you betrayed the divine!
you have betrayed your kin!
but they shall suffer no more,
your horrors freed them from sin...

the horrors of home
feel the weekness of your soul,
the horrors of home -
so unforgiven...
the horrors are not alone
in their sacrificing role.
the horrors of home...
Track Name: Mask Of The Blind
crossed circles
upon the face
of the shivering,
upon the gathering cattle,
selling man's only hand
to gather what's left of the land,
once rising above the sun

as whoredom
prospers in the deep dark tunnels
buried in bodies
as slaves are silent,
choked by the chains
that slowly grew around their necks

two demons
each guarding an angel's prison,
laughing at divinity,
once holy themselves,
poisoned by the shadows
defiled by the treacherous schemes

each feather
plucked from the sacred skin
burns in the hand of the butcher
as a million funeral piles
burn in the name of sin

raised by the dead
in the cradles of ghast
where acts of mercy
were buried in time
the curse of doom
shapes itself around the mask
of the stillborn whore
as she gives birth to the blind

as said by the twisted mob, -
"o, harlot of fire,
we are one with thee
let us entwine in an act of
sodomy and be finally free"

the stench of ignited skin
desecrated once holy grounds
and the blasphemous swarm danced
in a vortex of sounds

raised by the dead
in the cradles of ghast
where acts of mercy
were buried in time
the curse of doom
shapes itself around the mask
of the stillborn whore
as she gives birth to the blind

to find the truth
one should gaze through time
and the glance, reflected by the void
shall pierce through the mask of the blind

the glance, reflected by the void
shall pierce through the mask of the blind

raised by the dead
in the cradles of ghast
where acts of mercy
were buried in time
the curse of doom
shapes itself around the mask
of the stillborn whore
as she gives birth to the blind
Track Name: Samudra
lead me through the waves...

i never saw the light so clear,
but always followed with no fear

i once dreamt,
as the tides
lead me through the waves
Track Name: The Golden Blades
see the waters divide
as we rise from below
see the sparks in our eyes
as the sun guides our will to grow

see the vortex
churning the ocean
raising waves to the sky
see the fire
burning all demons
gracefully muting their cry

gather, gather
warriors of light
we stand united
and ready to fight
let the sacred virya
prosper within
cleansing our souls from sin
gather, gather
sons of the gods
never surrender
against all the odds
we are born to bring down
thousands of gates
we are the golden blades!

feel the prescence, divine
as our blades turn to gold
pave the way of the prime
as we gather to face the world

hear the horns of
the holy parade,
the victorious call
hear the voice of
the devas upon you
blessing to conquer all

gather, gather
warriors of light
we stand united
and ready to fight
let the sacred virya
prosper within
cleansing our souls from sin
gather, gather
sons of the gods
never surrender
against all the odds
we are born to bring down
thousands of gates
we are the golden blades!
Track Name: We Shall Never Die
wake my second self, my flame
and let the sun unleash my light
i hear the heavens call my name
i make the moon and stars my guide
pave my way, o lord of all
i shall follow you to transcendence
i walk your path, I shall not fall
i see beyond mortal sense

we shall never die
we shall follow angels to the sky
we shall never die
we shall live forever, while the world is on fire

wake my second self, my might
and make my vices disappear
i lay my hands upon my sight
and follow you with no fear
pave my way, o lord of all
i shall free the light beneath my skin
i walk your path, I shall not fall
my fire burns from within

we shall never die
we shall follow angels to the sky
we shall never die
we shall live forever, while the world is on fire
Track Name: Kannada - Munjaaneddu Kumbaaranna
munjaaneddu kumbaaranna haalu-baa-nundana
haaryaadi manna tulidaana
haari haaryaari manna tuliyutta maadyaana
naaryaaru horuvanta ayraani

kumbaarannanaa madadi kadadaaga kai-ikki
kodadaa myalaena baredaala
kodadaa myalaena baredaala kalyaanada
sharanaa basavannana tulisyaala
Track Name: Tunnels Of Naraka
dive inside
the serpent's wide open gorge
as the monstrous jaws
collide behind your back
the endless hands of those
devoured before
plough your skin
in a gruesome attack

hold your scream
before the deaf and blind
as waters rip your soul
and merge it again
the vile cursed air
holds your desperate cry
as the serpent
paves the way to its den

o, lord of ghouls,
cursed is thy world!
breathe sweet revenge,
he who dwells in the
deep dark grounds

fall inside
the boiling cauldrons of blood
as the bone-waiting dogs
humbly stare at the flames
all the lost souls
being strangled at once
sing an unending dirge
over themselves

souls:
i, once murderous
now am banished and raped
in the depths of the worlds
i, once murderous
now am drowning in slime
in the deep dark tunnels
Track Name: The Crimson Age
i am the sculptor of souls, the creator
i lay my hands on the sacred flame
i ask none, as I give no answer
i shall grant the heavens a new name

speak to me, o fire of the earth,
as I prepare thy womb for the act of divine birth!

i, the constructor of gods, am awaken,
without sin and karmic debt
all I have made and destroyed is forsaken
my path lies beyond death

speak to me, o fire of the earth!
speak to me, creation of my own!
speak to me, o child of divine birth!
speak to me, one whose name has been unknown!
Track Name: Kumari Kandam
Instrumental
Track Name: Dharma pt. 2 - Into The Tranquil Skies
countless eyes of the dead stare upon thee
all as one, calling out your name
the spirits rise from the void, gather to set you free
they rip your heart out, they drive you insane
summoned souls, we arise, your seal is broken
the living force is torn off your bones
with your last breath, with your last words spoken
your new abode is built without stones

gather around the burning pile,
see ones life transform

you no longer shall walk with the living
you no longer shall breath with your lungs
no more lust, no more taking and giving
you no longer shall speak with your tongue
without body, paving a new path
with a mind free from sin
the sacred flame burns with divine wrath
wiping your life from within

free from the flesh
you are free from the flesh
burning through the darkest realms
free from the flesh
you are free from the flesh
free from the chains of your old self

free from the flesh
by the ashes,
burning souls, arise!
free from the flesh
by the fire,
sacrifice yourself
in the name of new life!

see through the night
through the million stars above
be without fright
and submerge in cosmic love

through the void I see the light within you
i see the flames of the funeral piles
all that once was closed shall break through
as a cry of a newborn child
i shall walk through countless bodies
giving fuel to the sacred waves
all that was possessed has found peace
no more masters, no more slaves!

through the void I see your eyes
they shall guide me
free of vices, free of lies
we shall set each other free!

into the sacred waves
you were born to live a life
in the human hive
into the tranquil skies
you shall rise with the flames of the funeral piles

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