Drudkh

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Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - DAYAL PAT­TER­SON

SOM – UN­DER­GROUND AC­TIVISTS EAST EUROPE’S ENIG­MATIC BM PI­O­NEERS RAMP UP THE AG­GRES­SION

Ukraine’s Drudkh hold a unique place in the black metal canon, hav­ing main­tained a sig­nif­i­cant fol­low­ing for a decade and a half de­spite a re­fusal to do in­ter­views and ques­tions over po­lit­i­cal sym­pa­thies. The rea­son for this quiet suc­cess is the qual­ity and hon­esty of the band’s out­put and this, the band’s 13th full-length re­lease, does noth­ing to tar­nish their stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion. Dense and earnest BM with lengthy mid­paced riffs and fast per­cus­sion is the or­der of the day, the songs lean­ing away from the group’s more folky and melan­cholic man­i­fes­ta­tions. Not to sug­gest the ma­te­rial is par­tic­u­larly up­beat mind you, but this is Drudkh at their more ag­gres­sive and stead­fast, with min­i­mal di­ver­sions or breaks in the tracks. Some will pre­fer the more dis­tinc­tive and sor­row­ful works of the past but it’s hard to deny the qual­ity here.

FOR FANS OF: WIN­TERFYL­LETH, KRODA, AGALLOCH

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