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Samudra

by Kartikeya

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mathmetal2020 The whole album is SO GREAT! Namaste & thank you! Favorite track: The Horrors Of Home.
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metalheadchris Hard to choose a song as this felt like one continuous spiritual journey, musically it's sporadic containing black metal, folk metal, and progressive metal but maintaining the melo tech death approach throughout the whole album. This is incredible as with songs like Samudra and Dharma Pt. 1 and 2 it felt like I was hearing some Devin Townsend influence. This is more than an admirable mention as for Nile fans Karl Sanders shreds on Kannada - Munjaaneddu Kumbaaranna. Definitely worth checking out! Favorite track: Dharma pt. 2 - Into The Tranquil Skies.
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ArpKor Clean, badassly produced and mixed album! The djenty touch to that groove metal, melodic death metal sound + the indian/asian/middle-eastern influences build up a very very cool atmosphere! A fantastic record and IMO one of the best from russia! 5 out of 5 Favorite track: Pranama.
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1.
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!
2.
08:15
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!
3.
05:05
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
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01:06
Instrumental
5.
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...
6.
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
7.
03:45
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
8.
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!
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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!
13.
Instrumental
14.
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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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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Dharmic metal band from Moscow/Russia

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