Drudkh
Autumn Aurora


5.0
classic

Review

by skywards16 USER (1 Reviews)
November 11th, 2008 | 365 replies | 26,345 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stunning second album and probably a good one to start at.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written


Most people in the black metal scene know about Drudkh, recently gaining many fans after their recent release, Enstrangement. However, if you look further into their back catalogue, especially Autumn Aurora, you really find some of their best and most interesting material. This album made them come right into the forefront of the Eastern European black metal scene, within the ranks of Nokturnal Mortum and Graveland.


The first thing I noticed when I fist listened to Autumn Aurora was the stunning synths, which I would say are some of the best I have heard in black metal music. They feel so over-powering, which take your mind into a trance throughout the whole length of the album and give to mind such vivid images.
The synths give the music an organic feel, making it sound natural and fresh, with enough room in the production for each instrument to breath and to be appreciated. However, the bass, like with most black metal records, are stuck underneath the other instruments and don't serve any real important purpose.

Drudkh brings to you a scene of forests, lakes and mountains, just as autumn begins. With leaves turning brown and the fresh autumn wind. This is pretty much unlike any other album. One which can set a mood and a scene, so vividly even the album cover seems to be so reflective of the music contained. On the last track titled 'The First Snow', it has a completely different atmosphere, feeling much colder and completely acoustic, almost as if the song represents the ending of autumn into winter, with the shedding of all the drums, vocals and electric guitars.


The drums throughout Autumn Aurora are also pretty impressive, enhancing the overall atmosphere and sound. An example of this is at the beginning of 'Summoning The Rain' when the drummer uses the toms abundantly, contributing to the atmosphere immensely and really helping the feeling of autumn landscapes to come though. Although in some parts of Autumn Aurora with the drums blast beats do occur, but they sound well placed. Like in ‘Sunwheel’ where they feel so powerful and skillfully played, just showing how if a band comes together with all the elements of one feeling, in this case autumn, they can create such an album like this.


Well, finally onto the vocals. They simply fit the music and atmosphere perfectly, having a certain amount of reverb, which to say the least sound superb. The vocals also have the right amount of presence, not getting in the way of the guitars or synths, which is the case with much black metal music. But simply enhancing the overall sound at times.


Overall, what can I say, this album is a superb listen and if you are looking for atmosphere-it has it in abundance and the skills in all areas to match. From the drums and synths. To the guitars and vocals. This band is superb and so is this album. Simply a must buy for black metal and would be my first choice for a person who has never listened to Drudkh.


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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

Essence
November 11th 2008



3578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is ace.

BallsToTheWall
November 11th 2008



44164 Comments


Oh shit, this was reviewed. I planned on it but never got around to it. The community knows my prefrence for Eastern European black metal and this happens to be one of my favorites. Good work.

skywards16
November 11th 2008



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My first review, so it's not great. It's a bit mish-mash, but i just wanted something up for this album.

username345
November 11th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album, my fav Drudkh, surprised it wasn't already reviewed before.

Wish
November 11th 2008



262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good album.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not a 5. Great album, but I prefer Blood In Our Wells over this by a lot.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Angmar
November 11th 2008



2689 Comments


Amazing album, the absolute beauty of this album is pretty much untouchable.

masscows
November 11th 2008



2236 Comments


I found this quite insipid tbh

Yazz_Flute
November 11th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album to listen to during rainy days.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

BallsToTheWall
November 11th 2008



44164 Comments


Agree with Angmar and bodom. I still need Estrangement.

Angmar
November 11th 2008



2689 Comments


Apparently their new one should be out soon...

BallsToTheWall
November 11th 2008



44164 Comments


Wait? They even got a new album coming out? Sweet. That would truly make my 2008 and/or 2009. I've never bothered to see if Drudkh an official site other than the myspace fan page I friended.

Angmar
November 11th 2008



2689 Comments


I don't think they have an official site, I just saw they had a release planned for 2008 on RYM.

Hawks
November 11th 2008



34582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need this album. I've been wanting it forever, but haven't checked it out yet. Hopefully I can download it, but my computer sucks.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

rasputin
November 11th 2008



14517 Comments


Haven't heard this yet.

BallsToTheWall
November 11th 2008



44164 Comments


Both of you. have been missing out. Some of the best b.m in recent years.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2008



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Drudkh is one of those bands which still keeps me optimistic about modern black metal.

Wizard
November 12th 2008



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still really need to hear this. Good for a first review. My recommendations for future reviews are to work on some sort of transition into your ideas. Have a vote!

Welcome to the site .

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

ikarus
November 13th 2008



560 Comments


What's the deal with all the silly painting images on their myspace...

suprisingly listen-able black metal :O



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