Yajna Vedana is a post-rock outfit from Colombo that was formed mid-2010. What began as a solo project of Imaad Majeed, going by the moniker "St. Fallen", eventually grew into the concept of a band that would aim to break through the conventianalities of heavy metal music, in the local scene as well as elsewhere.
Taking Eastern influences, such as the band name which is derived from a sanskrit phrase "vedana yajna", which translates to "sacrifice of senses", or in context "an offering of feeling", and putting it into a form that has its own sound, and its own message.
The music is characterized by the emphasis on instrumentation, and the "feeling" of the song in itself, and bringing that out through each respective instrument by the musician in their own way, through their own experiences.
Atma Shatakam, the first song to be composed and played takes it lyrics from a song by the same name written over a thousand years ago by Adi Shankara. The song itself relies mostly on the instrumentation, which goes on for 18 minutes, taking the song through as many of the motions possible. This is what the band attempts with every song, be it an original or a cover, to milk every last dro...