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Лебединий шлях (THE SWAN ROAD)


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3.37 | 20 ratings | 3 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 1648 (1:40)
2. Вічне сонце (Eternal Sun) (7:42)
3. Кров (Blood) (9:02)
4. Заграва 1768-го (Glare of 1768) (5:58)
5. Ціна волі (The Price of Freedom) (8:12)
6. Доля (Fate) (6:42)
7. Дума про руйнування січі (Song of Sich Destruction) (4:17)

Total time 43:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Roman Saenko / guitars, bass
- Thurios / vocals, keyboards
- Amorth / drums

Releases information

CD Supernal Records Ferly022CD (March 13, 2005)

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DRUDKH Лебединий шлях (The Swan Road) ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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DRUDKH Лебединий шлях (The Swan Road) reviews

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Review by EatThatPhonebook
3 stars I'll say that the thing I like the most about this album is the cover, a true work of art. The album itself, well, isn't as good. Usually, a band creates with their album their most mature and acclaimed album. Drudkh wasn't one of these cases.

What changes and makes everything different? Well, the music doesn't sound so Atmospheric anymore, all the progressive is gone, more songs, this is just a plain black metal with a few good songs. And when it tries to get a little atmosphere, it just doesn't work, or at least not as well as in other occasions. One thing if the album that I really like was what, in the end, it transmitted me, which is the love for the antique, the old world, and especially the love for Ukraine, the country where the band is from. Their patriotism in fact has always been very highlighted and proven, thanks also to some moments, during the album, like in the whole final song, where Drudkh gives an open tribute to Ukrainian folk music, or maybe just general eastern folk music. But the Black Metal moments didn't always appeal to me, unfortunately. Like I said, though, I really like the intentions the band had in making arrangements.

Despite all the bad things said earlier, they are some great moments and songs here; "Eternal Sun" isn't a typically Drudkh song, but it works, thanks to it's brilliant melodies and ideas. "Fate" is a surprisingly haunting piece of music, being at the same time rough and strong, but the clean guitar that echoes in parts of the song is something I'd die for. The final "Song Of Such Destruction" is the folkish song mentioned earlier, without growls or electric guitars; just a melancholic voice singing in Hungarian and an old sounding guitar playing from a radio. I'm really glad the band decided to insert a song like this one in one of their albums.

The Swan Road is an album I wouldn't recommend to everyone, being mainly a very rough Black Metal album with some calmer moments in the middle of the songs; if you loved the first two Drudkh albums, I can't guarantee you'll feel the same for this one.

Latest members reviews

4 stars After the pastoral Autumn Aurora established their signature sound, Drudkh decided to switch things up on the following album, The Swan Road. The transition is roughly comparable to what Opeth did on their third album, My Arms, Your Hearse: shorter songs, more aggressive production, and an overall i ... (read more)

Report this review (#1313067) | Posted by CassandraLeo | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A band that sounds like a crossbreed between (old) Enslaved and Bathory with a mix of death and black metal vocals is surely a winner. Add the obvious Ukraine folk music vibes too and the band's unwillingness to do any interviews & answer fan-mail and the scene really begin to take notice. ... (read more)

Report this review (#297510) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, September 5, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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