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Drudkh is a Ukrainian tech/extreme prog metal band which formed in 2003. They have a very unique sound that few other bands can capture. They combine folk metal, black metal, and add in some progressive elements. DRUDKH is notoriously known for being rather secretive, giving no interviews, in addition to never putting their lyrics in the liner notes.

As for their music, they have released 7 albums as of now, and their style has become more progressive in the last few albums, while maintaining their black metal roots. Roman Saenko is the mastermind behind this band, and has really pulled off some excellent progressive black metal albums.

DRUDKH will surely appeal to progressive metal fans, and they have some excellent progressive black metal albums.

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Blood in Our WellsBlood in Our Wells
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Season of Mist 2009
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2.68 | 14 ratings
Forgotten Legends
2003
3.85 | 35 ratings
Autumn Aurora
2004
3.13 | 10 ratings
The Swan Road
2005
2.34 | 9 ratings
Songs of Grief & Solitude
2006
3.83 | 17 ratings
Blood In Our Wells
2006
4.50 | 6 ratings
Estrangement
2007
3.09 | 10 ratings
Microcosmos
2009
3.16 | 11 ratings
Handful of Stars
2010
3.71 | 9 ratings
Eternal Turn Of The Wheel
2012

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2.00 | 4 ratings
Eastern Frontier In Flames
2014

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2.05 | 3 ratings
Anti-Urban
2007
2.71 | 3 ratings
Slavonic Chronicles
2010

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 Eternal Turn Of The Wheel by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.71 | 9 ratings

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Eternal Turn Of The Wheel
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars A return to form that takes slight influence from, but is a great improvement over Handful of Stars.

Ukrainian band Drudkh have been pumping out some of the best raw Burzum-esque black metal for almost a decade now. Their sound is dreamy and autumnal while remaining predominantly raw and heavy. Their previous album, Handful of Stars, however, being entirely post-rocky shoegaze black metal, was kind of a disappointment for their fans. Upon hearing that album, I became confused and scared for Drudkh's future. It seems now that there was no reason to fear.

Eternal Turn of the Wheel takes its name from a song on their debut album, Forgotten Legends, signifying that this is a return to form album along with the music that this album contains. The angry, melancholic, cold, nature-inspired black metal sound is back in full force, but I'd be lying if I said the post-black metal guitar tones from the previous album are completely gone. Compared to albums like the masterful Autumn Aurora and similarly breathtaking Estrangement, the guitars on this album sound somewhat cleaner (though always filtered through raw black metal distortion), similar to the electric tone during the heavier parts of an Agalloch album. Still black enough to satisfy fans of straight-up black metal, this new tone adds considerably to the dreaminess in Drudkh's sound, though it's very possible that this would also make long-time fans still worry about the band's future output.

In addition to the newer guitar tone, this album showcases very well the steadily improving skills of drummer Vlad; as per the black metal standard, Eternal Turn of the Wheel is full of relentless blastbeating, but Vlad does a great job at sounding varied and very muscular while attacking the kit. Also, as per the usual black metal standard, the vocals are delivered in a blackened, heathenish shout (nothing special). It is the bassist, however, who offers up my favorite moment on this album; he delivers a fantastically groovy bassline at the beginning of "Night Woven of Snow, Winds and Grey-Haired Stars" that sounds more like Chi Cheng from Deftones on the song "MX", and it is placed perfectly in the mix -- above everything else. On the other songs, the bass is audible while it thumps away steadily alongside the guitar melodies, but overall doesn't stick out too much.

The progressiveness of this album lies mainly in the construction of each song rather than in flashy showmanship. The track lengths each run over eight minutes (except the obligatory intro track) and goes through multiple repetitive and heavy atmospheric passages that beat themselves into your mind. For people unfamiliar with black metal and its progressive version, this album may just sound like constant offensive noise, but given close attention, this album can be as atmospheric and beautiful as the post-metal and post-rock genres that so heavily influenced the previous album.

The main problem with Eternal Turn of the Wheel is that it does seem to be slightly less energetic and inspired as Drudkh's classic albums, which kind of seems inevitable given the extent of this band's discography in only nine years. Regardless, this album is a huge improvement over the boring post-black metal shoegaze compositions of Handful of Stars that seemed to lead to nowhere except down a road of disappointment for the fans of the classic Autumn Aurora. With Drudkh's attempt at experimentation shot down entirely by a huge majority of their fans, the band forced themselves to attempt recreating the cold, autumnal atmosphere of past efforts, only to come up sounding a bit short of their goal. Despite the lack of intensity and atmosphere of their back catalogue, this is still a good album put out by one of this decade's most revered black metal darlings.

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 Microcosmos by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.09 | 10 ratings

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Microcosmos
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
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3 stars I'm not sure how to properly pronounce the name Drudkh, but it sounds like a noise I would make into a handkerchief. This band belongs on that part of the black metal spectrum that focuses on atmosphere, ambience and subject matters invoking concepts of nature and general moodiness as opposed to Satan worshipping mayhem with raw angry riffs. Years from now I would not be surprised if bands like this one, Alcest, WiiTR and others are regarded as some sort of different genre entirely rather than black metal itself.

Microcosmos has an almost shoegazing aspect to their music, with layered distorted guitars smoothly unleashing melancholic riffs, with one truly interesting aspect to their sound, that being the bass guitar. Not just in presence, but in technique and utilization, particularly during "Distant Cries of Cranes", in which the latter half of the song features bass soloing. The rhythms and tempos vary and change in an almost random fashion, which in this case is a positive aspect since this sort of droning tremolo riffage can get tiresome after awhile without occurrences to shake things up. There's also some guitar soloing and mellow passages to add variety to these tunes, and the album is bookended by folksy instrumentals.

Vocals are of a mid to high range growl as opposed to a more hysterical shriek normally associated with black metal, which is fine but gets monotonous as the album wears on. With not much variation in tone and volume level, the vocals seem more as just a means in which to display the lyrics into the song rather than an important piece of each song's construction. Production overall is fairly high quality going by black metal standards, with the drums loud and clear without overpowering the guitars whatsoever.

Strength-wise, "Distant Cries of Cranes" and "Everything Unsaid Before" are the most memorable cuts to me, possessing all of the best qualities of this album's ideas into two strong tracks that sound dissimilar from each other while sharing the mutual overall style and instrumentation. The remaining tracks are not bad by any means, but merely more of the same but at a less enticing level to my ears. Microcosmos is a fine addition to those fully immersed in their genre, but for the uninitiated, it might still be worth checking out for the unorthodox structures and cool bass lines.

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 Blood In Our Wells by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.83 | 17 ratings

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Blood In Our Wells
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Blood In Our Wells (Кров у Наших Криницях, Krov u Nashykh Krynytsyakh) - Drudkh (7/10)

Often matched up against their second work 'Autumn Aurora' as Drudkh's crowning achievement, it has been a long time coming for me to get around to hearing 'Blood In Our Wells'. They are a band who require no introduction; since their decidedly Burzum-inspired 'Forgotten Legends', they have represented Ukraine's enigmatic black metal scene with a particular focus on atmosphere. 'Blood In Our Wells' sees the band incorporating a greater measure of melody into their arboreal style, and while I might still point towards 'Aumn Aurora' as the greatest of what these Ukrainians have to offer, their fourth album is an ambitious expansion on their already intriguing sound.

One thing that's often mentioned about these guys is that they refuse to post their lyrics, and paired with the fact that most of the band's listeners will not be familiar with the finer elements of the Ukrainian tongue, this leaves the band's subject matter up to the listener's imagination. Like its predecessor 'The Swan Road' however, 'Blood In Our Wells' uses the work of regarded Ukrainian poets, complimenting the romantic lyrical imagery with an introspective atmosphere. Although Drudkh's sound still lurks about the lo-fi depths, the instruments are well mixed and clear. The vocals (presumably done by Thurios) are surprisingly distinct for a genre that often defaults on rasping; his delivery is aggressive and intelligible. Although the lyrical content is not 'original' to the band, it is incorporated beautifully into their music. It is not a far stretch to hear Drudkh's dreamlike atmosphere being matched with Lina Kostenko's agrarian metaphor.

Melody is a more prominent aspect of 'Blood In Our Wells', although this to realize itself most in the music's handful of dramatic climaxes; moments within the typically longwinded compositions in which all emotion is let loose. 'Furrows of Gods' and 'When The Flame Turns To Ashes' are both highlights on the album, maintaining the band's penchant for repetition only long enough to make their point. The latter of those two concludes on a particularly stunning note, collapsing into a melodic dirge among the greatest Drudkh have ever done. The album's second half becomes more longwinded, but the slight dip in quality does not break the atmosphere, which 'makes' the album. With the band's trademark addition of arboreal folk instrumentation into the black metal soundscape, 'Blood In Our Wells' makes for another stirring experience. It does not give the same shock, nor envelop me as much as did 'Autumn Aurora', but for the critical acclaim I had read of it, I have not found myself disappointed.

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 Autumn Aurora by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.85 | 35 ratings

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Autumn Aurora
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gard3n

5 stars Drudkh's first album, despite being quite enjoyable, was too repetitive and tends to bore me if I'm not in the right mood. "Autumn Aurora" is repetitive too, but this time they know where to stop. There's enough variety here to keep the listener paying attention through the whole album. This time they have added some keyboards, a very good addition to their sound if you ask me. They are not present all the time, in fact they are little used, never seem out of place and it helps to develop the atmosphere.

The album is rather short, and when the music is as good as this case, it's double short. The drums are another thing that needs to be mentioned. You will hear no better drumming in Black Metal as in this album. The harsh vocals are quite few, and are very low in the mix. The production in general is raw, but every instrument (except the bass) can be easily recognized.

Since the acoustic "Fading", to the upbeat "Sunwheel" (perhaps my favourite song on the album) and the droning "The First Snow" (Agalloch would come 2 years later with "Our Fortress Is Burning... III - The Grain" as an album closer with the same drone style), this album is a gem within the Atmospheric Black/Folk Metal and should not be missed by those who enjoy the most extreme branches of music.

Final Score: 4,8 rounded to 5. Best Tracks: "Sunwheel", "Wind of the Night Forests" and "The First Snow".

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 Eternal Turn Of The Wheel by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.71 | 9 ratings

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Eternal Turn Of The Wheel
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars 6/10

"Eternal Turn Of The Wheel" is a traditionally executed, yet pretty effective Atmospheric Black Metal.

Drudkh in 2012 are already considered Black Metal veterans. But the problem with veterans is that they get so used to the fact that they reach this status, that often they don't try as hard to make good music. Though it does, after a while, come out pretty naturally. "Eternal Turn of the Wheel" indeed feels almost effortless, in a good way, but you can tell that some of the excitement of the earlier albums is gone.

With the usual, rough production, the band delivers a pretty standard, typical Atmospheric Black Metal album, that remains extremely consistent with Drudkh's style. There is an overall less emphasis on the keyboards, which are used much more subtly. The vocals are probably the biggest change: much lower-pitched, less shrieked and a bit more human sounding, in contrast with the banshee vocals of the previous albums, a definitely interesting and quite different approach.

One of the darkest albums of the band, "Eternal Turn Of The Wheel" has a really intriguing, fascinating and gloomy atmosphere that reminds of a nocturnal, spectral, and especially, sylvan sight, where ancient ghosts roam around. The five tracks that together are only slightly more than thirty five minutes long, all feel very connected to one another, not only length-wise but also in terms of atmosphere: "Breath Of Cold Soil", "When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls", Farewell To Autumn's Sorrowful Birds" all feel like windy, crispy tracks that aren't at all estranged from the rest of the band's discography. They still deliver great, memorable moments and haunting atmospheres.

The closing track, "Nights Woven Of Snow, Winds and Grey-Haired Star" feels a lot sludgier and crunchier, still however maintaining the chilly aura of the previous tracks. "Eternal Turn Of The Wheel" is a interesting and enjoyable Drudkh album that offers hints of originality occasionally; tradition though is a big aspect of this record, and as a consequence it doesn't feel that different or distinguishing from other releases of this legendary Ukranian band, who I personally will always follow, no matter how habitual they might become.

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 Eternal Turn Of The Wheel by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.71 | 9 ratings

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Eternal Turn Of The Wheel
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by J-Man
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ukrainian black metal masters Drudkh have never been a band resistant to experimentation, and 2010's Handful of Stars showed the band adding more post-rock influences into their sound than ever before. Rather than signaling a change of direction for their future releases, Eternal Turn of the Wheel shows that this was more of a brief detour than a radical turnaround. The music here is dark, gloomy, and progressive black metal that signals a slight return to form for Drudkh while still remaining unique from the rest of the band's output. Eternal Turn of the Wheel is a good way to usher in 2012 for black metal fans; its ice-cold atmospheres and unique stylistic traits make it a highly worthwhile listen for fans of the forward-thinking variant of the style. Although I need to brush up on the rest of Drudkh's discography before I can claim that Eternal Turn of the Wheel is one of their finest works, there's not a doubt in my mind that this is one of the more impressive black metal records from the last few years.

While I've heard Eternal Turn of the Wheel described as Drudkh's return to their black metal roots, that shouldn't at all imply that this album is your standard-fare black metal effort. Drudkh still inject their raw sound with plenty of atmospheric soundscapes and progressive overtones, and the entire album is laden with a thick layer of gloom. In addition to plenty of somber chord progressions matched by miserable sounding vocal shrieks, an obscure fog of synthesizer melodies can be found throughout a majority of the album. The depressive and somewhat epic approach of Eternal Turn of the Wheel can make comparisons to acts like Burzum inevitable, but there's also a progressive edge that sets Drudkh apart from your average act in this increasingly stagnant genre. The beautiful acoustic break in "When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls" is a section that always jumps out at me, and the generally long compositions all have an epic sensibility. This is the sort of album that's absolutely perfect for appreciating with a pair of headphones on a pitch-black evening - the nature-based imagery that Drudkh's music portrays, while often dark and frightening, can take me to the emotional highs that I look for when we're talking about this style of atmospheric black metal.

Though most experts will argue that black metal is past its peak, albums like Eternal Turn of the Wheel prove that the genre is still alive and well in 2012. This atmospheric, mature, and intense journey shows Drudkh at a definite creative peak, and while it lacks that extra 'something' for me to call it a masterpiece, there are a number of times where I'm inclined to do so. Eternal Turn of the Wheel is an excellent listen for fans of Drudkh and atmospheric black metal in general; though 2012 is still young, this should stand the test of time as one of the year's strongest extreme metal releases. 4 stars are very well-deserved.

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 Handful of Stars by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.16 | 11 ratings

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Handful of Stars
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by JJLehto
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Drudkh, but with a more post influenced sound and cleaner guitar tone.

That is the simple review of this album. While the change in style was detectable on "Microcosmos" it really takes shape on "Handful of Stars". Much of the black metal is jettisoned and replaced with a much cleaner guitar sound, (there is still some distortion but not close to previous levels) and a more atmospheric, post rock structure, similar to Alcest. Some double bass thrashing and blast beats exist, and strictly harsh vocals, but that's about it. Obviously, the production is much improved, letting you hear every drum hit perfectly, and even bass!

This album has dense, drifty, subtlely changing walls of sound, subdued segments, and some great melodies. Even a guitar solo or two! All pushed forward with simple, yet effective drumming and topped off with gruff screams. They are not the most abrasive thing however, and work with the music.

Always glad to see a band change it up, (especially one from the dark depths of black metal) and this a great output from the obscure Ukrainian metal masters of Drudkh. Great songwriting that is truly moving, and ranging from hypnotic to powerful. Atmospheric metal.

Four Stars

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 Handful of Stars by DRUDKH album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.16 | 11 ratings

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Handful of Stars
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

1 stars How to rip off Katatonia's 'Brave Murder Day' and get away with? The clue to the answer must be that Katatonia was too much ahead of their time for success, or that fans of this style simply don't care.

Right from the start, 'Downfall of the Epoch' settles for the groove and signature riffing style that Katatonia developed on their 1996 blackened doom metal classic. That album also served as an inspiration for Agalloch so you may be reminded of Agalloch as well when listening to this. The tempo breaks down to a medium paced section that sounds a bit post-rock-ish but not as much as for instance Agalloch's 'Ashes Against The Grain'. The melodies here are too static for that. It's an acceptable song but it screams theft out of every pore.

The remainder of the tracks don't deviate too much from the formula, they may be somewhat faster or slower but the basic ingredients remain the same. The melodies are fairly average and the album becomes dreary fairly quickly. The vocalist never reaches the anger and threatening tone that Akerfeldt reached on that certain Katatonia album that I keep mentioning. Well it's not my fault, they're asking for it.

A lifeless clone of something that someone else did just perfectly 15 years ago. It's done with such lack of flair and skill that it hurts my ears. As it shows on the cover, one star.

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 Anti-Urban by DRUDKH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
2.05 | 3 ratings

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Anti-Urban
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Any Colour You Like
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Having established themselves as one of the more melodic and musical Black Metal artists of recent times, Ukraine's Drudkh present Anti-Urban, a short two track EP, released in 2007. Nothing in this release should come as any shock to Drudkh veterans. The melodic riffing is there, Roman Saenko's vocals are as frosty as ever, and the compositions flow evenly, albeit without too much dynamic divergence. That's my only real issue with this release, it's all fine to set an atmosphere with repetitive 'textural' riffs, but to repeat ad nauseum without any discernible artistic development leaves me feeling cold. Or maybe that was the point? Furthermore, the programmed drums feel too artificial, which is a shame considering Drudkh are usually all about natural textures and spiritually organic music.

Fans of the band will probably enjoy Anti-Urban, but don't hold your breath.

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 Anti-Urban by DRUDKH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
2.05 | 3 ratings

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Anti-Urban
Drudkh Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

2 stars 'Anti-Urban' - Drudkh (4/10)

Drudkh have always been a band that advocates a return to a simpler way of life, one that discards modern day conveniences and technology in favour of what they consider to be a more fulfilling existence in nature. This two song EP 'Anti-Urban' brings their message to the forefront, and delivers an afterthought of music to fans who may want an extra dose of the atmospheric black metal style that Drudkh plays. When it comes down to musical quality however, I find that 'Anti-Urban' is a fairly underwhelming and lacking experience, and while their style is nicely touched upon here, the music never gives enough depth to be worth more than a spin or two before moving on to better things that the band has produced.

'Anti-Urban' is a two track EP, and the first of these is 'Fallen Into Oblivion', an instrumental track that mostly consists of a melancholic melody getting looped and looped. It is a pleasant melody and even beautiful, but the track does not feel as if it builds up to much more than it is from the very beginning. The drums are simplistic and the way the guitars are played seems uninspired. 'Ashes' follows the same sound that 'Fallen Into Oblivion' started, but adds some ambient black metal rasps. They are mixed so low that it might as well have been another instrumental, but 'Ashes' does flow a little better than the first track... that is, until it just cuts out randomly, and then the EP is done. Drudkh has done some incredible things, but then, there are EPs like this (and albums like the bland 'Songs Of Grief & Soltitude) which make me wonder where their heads are at sometimes.

'Anti-Urban' is not necessarily bad, but just a tad unnecessary and uninspired.

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