Drudkh
Anti-Urban


3.0
good

Review

by RATCHET SKANK 777 USER (203 Reviews)
May 20th, 2008 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

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.



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BallsToTheWall
May 20th 2008


44597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

2 songs so review's pretty short but fine to me nonetheless. Lost like 10 review and forgot them all so i'm starting new. And I guess I'll work on Drudkh's folk album as well.

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south_of_heaven 11
May 20th 2008


5435 Comments


Some spelling errors, and you continue to write choppy sentences (First paragraph: "In a good way.").

[quote=review]With each track averaging around the 9 minute mark[/quote]

Tracks are listed on here, as well as on MA (which I assume you got the track list from) as roughly being 6-7 minutes long.

Not only that, but the review is lacking in general. Shorten up the intro paragraph and just make it into a soundoff.This Message Edited On 05.20.08

BallsToTheWall
May 20th 2008


44597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's two songs, I don't feel the need to express myself any more. I torrented the tracks and they're both almost 9 minutes. This page is wrong and fuck me with more errors.

south_of_heaven 11
May 20th 2008


5435 Comments


You could have bad copies then. I've had tracks before that have a playing time of 8 minutes when they're only about four minutes cause people will loop the tracks again to make them longer for their own pleasure.This Message Edited On 05.20.08

BallsToTheWall
May 20th 2008


44597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Edited some kinks. I checked to read another review and it also explained the 18 minute duration so i'm not really sure of what's going on or what to believe in becasue I have full 9 minute tracks.

Angmar
May 21st 2008


2689 Comments


Pretty weak EP from a band who is capable of so much more.

BallsToTheWall
May 21st 2008


44597 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess but I liked the change on this ep. The droning atmosphere is pretty solid on the EP, if they only put on another track or two.

Angmar
May 21st 2008


2689 Comments


Eh, honestly I think this is the only actual weak thing they've done, and really I'm glad it was just a 2 song EP and not some flop of an album.

obi
September 3rd 2009


5 Comments


This was released as a vinyl maxi-single supposed to be played at 45 RPM.
However the first torrents that were seeded on the internet were ripped from an incorrect 33 RPM
playing of the record.
Hence the strange slow droning atmosphere and the 9 minute playing time.

The proper versions of the songs are:

"Fallen into oblivion" - 6:53
"Ashes" - 6:22

See Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Urban

I have the proper versions and believe me, it all makes sense when you hear the songs played at
their intended speed.

Bitchfork
September 5th 2010


7584 Comments


Did you ever get the real copy, Balls?



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