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Alkaloids Live

by The Seeds of Datura

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Unbound 05:19
Nisaidie 02:28
Snake God 03:22
Lyrics by Martin Kanja and Daniel Kobimbo
Seductress 04:54
Lyrics by Abdul Rauf
Written by Abdul Rauf and Martin Kanja


Alkaloids refers to the psychotropic compounds found in many plants. Alkaloids [a]Live is a Heavy Metal opera based on the book of creation from the bible.

Neither Obsydian Media, Nor the Seeds of Datura recommend the use or experimentation of any psychotropic substance and this is not what the band nor the album promotes.

This is not a live album though some of the album was recorded as live multi-track takes run by recording engineer Saviour Kumwaka. Check the individual track credits for song writer and musician credits as they involve different members of the band for each song. The bulk of the recording of the album took place at Temple Studios in Ndenderu, Kiambu Kenya in a converted apartment. All of the instrumental recordings for the album were completed thanks to Saviour with help from Wilson, the band's guitarist by October 2018. Attempts to produce the album into a final state after that where interrupted by several cataclysms. A hard disk failure followed by an incident whereby the band were evicted from the studio after an armed raids by police and confiscation of the band's computers. 2019 saw The Seeds of Datura without a studio to work from and with no material to show for their 6 months of recording. This left the band in disarray and saw the departure of lead singer Martin Kanja to Uganda with Sam Karugu (former bassist of Powerslide) to form the now internationally acclaimed band Duma.

A full length documentary about the recording of the album produced by Sam Karugu and Obsydian Media can be watched here:

In April 2020 Harvey managed to pay for the recovery of the hard disk and began work in earnest on getting the album to a final stage of production. The absence of Kanja and the hiatus of the rest of the members meant that some of the vocals are yet to be recorded.


released May 23, 2023

Producer - Wilson Muia, Harvey Herr
Engineer - Saviour Kumwaka
Vocals and synths - Lord Spikeheart the Eternal Child
Vocals - Daniel Kombimbo
Bass guitar - Mordecai Otieno
Guitar - Wilson Muia
Guitar - Amen Ra Ny'Kang
Drums - Lawrence Muchemi

All songs written by the Seeds of Datura
Copyright Obsydian Media 2018

Cover art by Martin Kanja


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The Seeds of Datura Nairobi, Kenya

Coming from a long tradition of heavy metal bands like Last Year's Tragedy, Mortal Soul, Void of Belonging, "Seeds" emerged with an uncanny translation of metal music that refuses to be tied down to any particular sub-genre. To this band of six the music always followed the edict of the shamanic "Datura" plant, evoking dynamism & all the heavy metal elements found in mother nature. ... more

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