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Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About the Spring


Considering that Drudkh are forgotten legends when it comes to European black metal, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the title to the band’s latest effort concerns the very theme that has recurred in almost all albums during Romen Saenko’s busy musical career. After all, he has constructed the idea of black metal as being something which resounds with nature and its many, many stories to tell. Of course, to fans of black metal this is nothing new, given that the sub-genre is now (thanks in part to the burgeoning blackgaze scene) riddled with bands desperate to convey stories deeply intertwined with all that is organic and natural.

However, it seems that over the last decade or so, Drudkh have failed to achieve the essence of their earlier-and notably finest-records, particularly Autumn Aurora and Blood in Our Wells. In no way is this slight downward slump (creatively, at least) recognised in latest effort They Often See Dreams About the Spring-a title which already suggests there is a story of sorts to be told. There isn’t much to say about the album musically, but that it is simply some of the best and most passionate work heard from Drudkh yet. The spiralling melodies and haunting, mid-paced rhythms spread throughout “U Dakhiv Irzhavim Kolssyu…” and “Vechirniy Smerk Okutuye Kimnaty…” are wondrous and explorative, emotional turmoil and significant mood changes synonymous with the subject matter at hand. Basically, Saenko has managed to successfully find the right balance between conflicting areas. The transitions between faster, harsher rhythms complement rather than disturb the more atmospheric moments of, say, closer “Bilyavyi Den ‘Vtomyvsya I prytykh…” and most obviously on opener “Nakryta Neba Burym Dakhom…”, a song which although is the most repetitive is still kept fresh thanks to an underlying keyboard section in the background.

 

All that Saenko has done here seems fulfilling, organic and not too overproduced, as other groups in this very sub-genre of metal have been known (and criticised as a result) to do this all too desperately. Listening to the emotion and mood transitions beyond the musical front is difficult for some, but for those who are willing to find out just how well Drudkh’s latest effort stands against arguably their finest albums, rewards will be reaped. They Often See Dreams About the Spring is thus one of the best albums released under the Drudkh banner. It’s finally great to hear the band maintaining relevance again, in a style of black metal which often loses itself under the sheer weight of mediocrity.

 

4.0/5

Released: 9th March 2018

 

  1. Nakryta Neba Burym Dakhom …
  2. U Dakhiv Irzhavim Kolossyu…
  3. Vechirniy Smerk Okutuye Kimnaty…
  4. Za Zoreyu Scho Striloyu Syaye…
  5. Bilyavyi Den ‘Vtomyvsya I prytykh…

Official bandpage: https://drudkh.bandcamp.com/

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