Kartikeya are a band based in Moscow, Russia. They play a mix of ethnic-influenced extreme metal and "djenty" progressive metal with lyrical themes centered around Hindu concepts and mythology. They are currently working on their third full length release, "Samudra", with an expected release in 2016.
Having met each other through the Chicago-area music scene, the members of Rooks formed in 2009. Ever since then, they have been quickly making a name for themselves among metal fans with their unique sound. They have risen above the typical “metal band” stereotypes by bringing a new genre to the table through the use of abstract time signatures. Rooks creatively fuses rhythmic metal and hardcore in order to create a sound that provides an intense experience for listeners. The music is easy to listen to, yet somewhat difficult to grasp.