Review Summary: Drudkh
Drudkh is a folk influenced black metal unit hailing from Ukraine. They have released 6 full length albums in a 5 year span with Anti Urban being released as a limited EP in 2007. Containing two new tracks and just coming in at 18 minutes, this is not a very long album yet when you put it on it tends to last longer than the actual duration. In a good way though. On this EP, Drudkh strip down their folk influenced black metal sound and create an album full of drone atmosphere and buzzing riffs. They have dropped the keyboards and standard folk instrumentation common to their previous albums, only relying on the guitar and drums to create an in depth and challenging listen. With each track averaging around the 9 minute mark, Drudkh manage to waste no time in getting started.
The first track, “Ashes” is a purely instrumental track driven by mesmerizing guitar riffs and rocking drum beats. The guitar work displays raw emotion with catchy slow tempo riffs that grind their way into the listener‘s ears. The second tracks displays the same tone in riff structure and drum patterns but soon treads back to familiar Drudkh territory with deep guttural vocals that seem to echo from miles away. Anti Urban is fit with the standard production of the band with a low fi and heavily atmospheric approach . The production has always worked with Drudkh’s sound and continues to benefit their music.
In short, if you’re a fan of Drudkh or black metal in general this is definitely worth checking out. Although at this point it might be hard to find due to it‘s limited pressing. You might have to download this EP to add to your collection but it’s a worthy addition at that.