Jun 212012

At NCS, we follow Moscow’s Kartikeya like hawks, because their music is excellent, because they don’t sound quite like anyone else, and because they don’t stand still. The band are at work on a new album, to be called Samudra, which we understand should be ready for release later this year, and they’ve been teasing their fans about a new single from the album to be released June 22.

Well, it may only be June 21 in the U.S., but it’s June 22 in Russia — and so the song is ready for release now. And to our very happy surprise, we get to premiere it!

The single is called “The Horrors of Home”, and the artwork features the photography of Greg Shanta. The song itself also includes some noteworthy guests, in addition to the members of Kartikeya: NCS favorite Keith Merrow, who contributes a winding, rippling guitar solo, and vocalist Aleksandra Radosavljevic.

“The Horrors of Home” may be the most multi-faceted piece of music that Kartikeya have yet created, combining complex hammering rhythms, passages of ethnically-influenced dreamlike ambience (made even more otherworldly by Aleksandra Radosavljevic’s wordless vocals), a soaring chorus, sections that put me in mind of the dark melodic death metal of bands such as Insomnium, and maybe even a flavor of Devin Townsend and Machina-era Smashing Pumpkins. And the male vocals on the album really provide an array of tones — from bestial death metal howls to blackened shrieks to rousing cleans.

Do listen to this piece of dark, transfixing music right after the jump . . . and then we’ll tell you how to get it for yourself.


To download this song for yourself, go to Kartikeya’s Bandcamp page using THIS LINK.

If you’re new to Kartikeya, you can find out more about their previous releases by checking out our previous posts about the band via this link. And here are links for Kartikeya’s various web pages:




    Kartikeya never Disappoints!

  2. Durga Puja knocked my socks off. In comparison, this sounds kind of bland.


    …er, That audio pleased my cranium. I thoroughly anticipate further collections of sounds created by these individuals compiled into album format in the near future.

  4. Fuck. These guys sound awesome! The production really compliments their sound

  5. shit didn’t know NCS was from Russia!

  6. The funny thing is I didnt even notice it up here until I got the link on Facebook via Kartikeya and noticed the No Clean Singing mark on the vid.

    Great Job Guys.

  7. That was minty fresh. Although was that a George Bush sample like halfway through?

  8. Greetings from Nepal,
    This is one of my favorite band. I have been listening this band from Mahayuga. From that very album this band made me crazy. Love this new track . Jay Nepal from Nepal.
    For Nepali Underground Scene You can check our site.
    Nepal Underground.

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