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Posts Tagged ‘Drudkh’

DRUDKH – A FURROW CUT SHORT 2LP (Season Of Mist)

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Drudkh - A Furrow Cut ShortSo what does ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ bring to the pagan altar that wasn’t delivered on the previous nine Drudkh full-lengths? Absolutely nothing, to be fair. Yet, strangely, that is almost as much a compliment as criticism.

See, Drudkh was the finished article pretty much from the word go, so there hasn’t really been anywhere for them to evolve into since opening gambits ‘Forgotten Legends’ and ‘Autumn Aurora’ established them as a byword for Ukrainian Black Metal excellence.

Okay, they’ve tweaked their sound here and there along the way and those who live and die by the band (if such fuckers exist) will point knowingly and cerebrally to the various eras and epochs of their history inseminated along the way, but I never really listened quite closely enough and honestly would struggle to determine one Drudkh song – or album – from the next if played to me blindly (and I own (and appreciate) them all).

Is the law of diminishing returns setting in? Possibly. Is this mandatory? Probably not. But Drudkh are still recording very good Black Metal and long may it continue. I suppose it all comes down to how much of a Drudkh addict you are. Personally, I like ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ but won’t get withdrawal symptoms when I file it away.

I suppose the bottom line is that Drudkh has become such a safe bet that it’s hard to get overly excited – but the mark below speaks for itself. Double-vinyl edition is very smart, indeed, by the way.

Evilometer: 555/666

DRUDKH – ETERNAL TURN OF THE WHEEL (Season of Mist)

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Hard to believe this is already Drudkh’s ninth full-length. While for some the law of diminishing returns seems to have kicked in regarding the Ukrainians, I personally have always found their releases to be rather excellent. And ‘Eternal Turn Of The Wheel’ ranks right up there alongside the finest efforts of their illustrious recording career.

The blurb / gossip / bullshit circulating before this album landed suggested that we were going to be treated to a back-to-basics album – something more along the lines of ‘Autumn Aurora’ than ‘Handful of Stars’. Whatever. I’m always dubious about such assertions because it isn’t possible for a band to eschew its evolution and natural progression. How can you roll back the clock to 2003 and de-volve?

To me, this is just Drudkh, pure and simple. Obviously, it sounds a lot like most of their other releases – but not exactly the same as any of them (hmmm…). Another solid (if somewhat short) full-length from a band that’s received an undue backlash recently. Drudkh remain as fresh and relevant as they’ve ever been and if you’re waiting for them to come up with something new and different then you are a fool.

If you’re already a fan, you’ll love this. If not, don’t listen to the snobs … this is as good a place to start as any. Great emotional, epic, frozen Black Metal with a distinctly Ukrainian feeling. Superb.

Evilometer: 555/666