It feels like it’s been forever since I last heard K.AFKA. If you never heard of them, they perform a blend of electronic industrial rock. It reminds me a lot of NIN in song arrangements. While the style might not be so visible anymore, ASURA definitely shows that the band hasn’t lost any power or talent.
I don’t listen to industrial music so hearing K.AFKA perform it is interesting. They have a love for slow tempos, an obsession with the low end with all melodies living in bass cleft, and vocals that are the total opposite of the instrumentals. I believe that’s the strength of K.AFKA. The difference between melodies gives their tracks an addictive feeling.
The eight songs of ASURA lead you on a strange journey. I don’t feel like there is a single from the album, but rather that you have to listen to it from start to finish every time or you miss something. The dark tones of their songs can get overwhelming, feeling like a big weight, but I think that’s one of the highlights. The music has a dense feeling that washing over you and requires you to sit and listen.
ASURA isn’t like anything you’ll hear recently. There aren’t that many bands who play this style. ASURA is a great album and can guide your emotions easily if you let it lead you. I’m glad that K.AFKA didn’t disappear because this band is one of the few ways to get this type of music.