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Review: Drudkh - Microcosmos

Label: Season of Mist
Year released: 2009
Duration: 39:17
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3.9/5 (77.93%) (29 Votes)

I heard about Drudkh a while ago, although I had never listened to a full album until now. Russian and Ukrainian bands often incorporate traditions, nostalgia and mysticism into their Folk/heathen and Black Metal arts. This type of metal is made to include these fundamental elements and emotions.

Drudkh are not resting on their laurels, since Microcosmos is the band's 7th release since their apparently acclaimed debut, Forgotten Legends. To add to the logic of it all, Drudkh write their lyrics in their native tongue. The overall feel of this album is good heathen music with a rugged edge, although the sound production is more than good. The distorted guitars are mostly responsible for this rawness. Even if they use keyboards, no such things as symphonic parts are to be heard. In fact, this instrument is rather discrete. You'll mostly find them in the instrumentals opening and closing the album when they take the form of violin and string instruments. Distorted arpeggios, acoustic guitars and some tremolo picking are responsible for the melodic tones. Distorted riffs, sometimes very crushing and powerful, are commonly heard in their songs.

Although I was looking for more folksy and acoustic moments, Microcosmos remain a very interesting and pleasant album for my Pagan soul. My favorite trio is formed by tracks #2, 3 and 4, namely "Distant Cries of Cranes, "Decadence" and "Ars Poetica".

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