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4.04 | 53 ratings | 6 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Завмирання (Fading) (1:31)
2. Закликаючи дощ (Summoning the Rain) (5:41)
3. Відблиски осені (Glare of Autumn) (5:09)
4. Сонячне коло (Sunwheel) (8:47)
5. Вітер нічних лісів (Wind of the Night Forests) (9:59)
6. Перший сніг (The First Snow) (9:10)

Total time 40:19

Line-up / Musicians

- Roman Saenko / guitars
- Thurios / vocals, keyboards
- Gretchet / bass
- Vlad / drums, keyboards

Releases information

CD Supernal Music Ferly012CD (February 1, 2009)

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DRUDKH Autumn Aurora ratings distribution

(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

DRUDKH Autumn Aurora reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
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3 stars It's getting better with this release, because there are actual feelings from this album. They are harsh, cold and quite moldy, but they are here and this counts as advantage. This time we also are given new sounds, variable melody (that has depth, it's not shallow mountain creek). This is the main moving force that can raise rating very high. Don't forget that rating is just interpretation of my opinion, which is partly given by my words here. One can't capture his opinions and ideas perfectly, but for sure I'm trying.

Even limited by genre boundaries (you can't make something nice and symphonic here), basically each track here has its own sound, own path where it's taking listeners ("to the forest, to the forest"). Certainly improvement, but one must ask himself how much he can love something.

4(-), maybe more, that's unsure.

Review by Conor Fynes
5 stars 'Autumn Aurora' - Drudkh (88/100)

While Blood in Our Wells may be Drudkh's better album musically, I cannot think of another album that captures natural atmosphere as profoundly as Autumn Aurora. When September or October roll around, this album always comes into mind. Drudkh may have not had the most consistent career around, this album alone could have ensured their place among the greatest their genre has ever laid host to. They're rarely the sort of band that would sound interesting without the atmosphere, but it's hard to hold that against them when they conjure a mood so well. There is a magic to behold in the sense that a collage of raw guitars, tumbling drumwork, screams and the occasional nature sample can evoke such a strong picture in the mind's eye. For me, listening to Autumn Aurora is like taking a brief retreat from society, becoming alone and one with nature; ancient, vast, and glorious.

The fact that Drudkh nail that atmosphere so well is made more impressive by the fact that every second or third black metal band has meant to do the same. Most grasp at echoes of the magic, but ultimately sound grounded, and not in the earthly way they're intending. Drudkh made great lengths towards achieving this on their debut Forgotten Legends, but that album was otherwise held back by its trying repetition and monotony. While I'm convinced a grasp of atmosphere is something you either 'have' or don't have from the start, Drudkh became far more adept at bringing their atmosphere to light via more dynamic means. Their composition is still pretty minimalist by most band's standards, but Autumn Aurora finally employed the band's inherently strong riffs in such a way that they never get boring to listen to.

Drudkh's ideas tend to be solid by and large, but Autumn Aurora carries a mystical undercurrent that sets it apart from their other albums. There's a really organic feel, for example, to the way the lead guitar in "Summoning the Rain" is handled. The rough-yet-controlled feel to the guitars sounds like it was concocted simultaneously, or drawn out from the floor of a lake. The expected folkish undercurrent remains strong throughout the album; acoustic guitars are rarely given a spotlight outside of brooding intros, but you can almost always hear them strumming away behind the wall of distortion. Such a simple addition to Drudkh's sound makes Autumn Aurora much prettier-sounding than its barebones predecessor.

There's an emotional aloofness throughout Autumn Aurora; it is vast and plenty reverent to nature, but it lacks an intimate touch. This would make most other albums sound relatively cold, but I think it works for what Drudkh were trying to accomplish here. The gritty, repeating riffs, the sparse growls, everything sounds warm without giving the impression you're in the company of others. It is purely solitary art, and that's a good part of the reason why the atmosphere works so well. With regards to atmosphere, the are only a handful of albums that see fit to create a 'mental cinema' in my mind while I'm listening to them. In Autumn Aurora's case, I'm regaled with images of wind rustling through trees, of twilight sweeping across a forest. Those images are par for the course for most any nature-themed black metal, but it's very seldom that music ever evokes it as well as here.

Drudkh's masterpiece culminates with "The First Snow", a song that truly sounds like it was forged in the liminal region between autumn and winter. The black metal is distilled to none but its most beautiful, harmonious elements, the tempo slows down to a melancholic plod, and the acoustics take a higher priority in the mix. For a relatively long piece that doesn't use more than two ideas throughout, "The Final Snow" never wears thin. It could probably go on for half an hour and I wouldn't mind. That's the sort of atmosphere that Drudkh bring to the table; timeless, masterful and surprisingly authentic. There are plenty of times I think one of their later albums is my favourite, but I keep coming back to Autumn Aurora. For their part in it, Drudkh have created a work of art that would sound just as evocative if it were released twenty years from now, as opposed to over a decade ago. Don't try to figure this album out; there's nothing to unlock. Sit back, and let it pass over you. Real atmosphere is surprisingly hard to come by, and this album has it in droves.

Review by EatThatPhonebook
4 stars Whether you don't like Drudkh or you do, whether you like Atmospheric Black Metal or not, you absolutely cannot deny that the second album of the band has something to give for everyone. Indeed "Autumn Aurora" is, being so far the best Drudkh album, a near perfect masterpiece, an album full of mystery, darkness, as well as beauty and arcane wonder. It didn't take much for Roman Saenko, Thurios, Amorth, and Yuriy Synytsky to reach their best quality sound, and, in my opinion, they haven't been yet able to repeat such emotional intensity.

Things have changed, compared to the decent debut; first of all, other than having a rough, strong sound, the band puts in the music the use of synthesizers here and there, giving a progressive touch to all the songs. The arrangements thus are more refined and interesting, and definitely more Atmospheric. This kind of music in fact is, in my opinion, exactly how Atmospheric Black Metal should be, otherwise it risks to be boring and repetitive, like "Forgotten Legends" was in certain points.The mysterious lyrics are always present, in almost all the songs; even though the sheets were never released to the public, it is known that they're mainly influenced by Ukrainian literature and poetry, as well as myths and legends.

Beautiful, majestic, intriguingly vague and blurry like a cloudy yet sunny afternoon, "Forgotten Legends" is a wonderful collection of rough, dark melodies combined with dreamy, evocative atmospheres. So it can easily be considered a follow up to "Forgotten Legends" in a way, or, even better, an improvement.

The songs are of rare beauty at times, like in the delicate but creepy "The First Snow", which presents no drumming nor singing. "Sunwheel" has an unusual touch, since the melody is somewhat cheerful, but the arrangements make it sound frightening. From beginning to end, the album flows with cryptic beauty, in a way that makes every listener shiver, from both fear and pleasure.

"Forgotten Legends", even though it's a black metal album and not a lot of people would go and listen to this for this reason, is an album that everybody who loves metal or progressive should listen to. Keep aside your hatred for black growls for approximately 40 minutes, and to the sound of distorted nature.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Cited by many listeners as Drudkh's finest recording, Autumn Aurora is where Drudkh announced to the world that they had more to offer than (admittedly very well executed) Burzum worship. The acoustic intro "Fading" (later reprised as the ambient synth piece "The First Snow") announces to the world ... (read more)

Report this review (#1313066) | Posted by CassandraLeo | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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 t ... (read more)

Report this review (#743918) | Posted by Gard3n | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I must have dropped of the black metal planet during the last ten years. That explain why I did not knew about this band until recently when I got a handful of their albums from a friend who did not want them. That's his loss and my gain. This band is from Ukraine, but they sounds slightly ... (read more)

Report this review (#295804) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, August 22, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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