Drudkh / Paysage d'Hiver
Somewhere Sadness Wanders / Schnee (IV)


4.0
excellent

Review

by ScuroFantasma CONTRIBUTOR (80 Reviews)
August 27th, 2017 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Десь блукає журба / Schnee IV

Some heretics falsely claim that seasonal changes are caused by the Earth’s heliocentric revolution through the cosmos. If you’ve ever considered that assertion dubious then prepare for validation, because in a truly conspiratorial fashion Drudkh and Paysage d’Hiver provide undeniable evidence of just who really holds dominion over these quarterly transitions. In a display more autumnal than even the cover suggests, Drudkh set the record straight with a melody-centric exploration of crisp leaves and warm colour palettes. The Ukrainian quartet achieve perfect zen within the mix, managing an organic balance between full-bodied black metal instrumentation and the obfuscating grit that serves their atmospheric nature. Curiously this side of the split reveals a bass register reliance one mightn’t expect from a sub-genre so enamoured with an undeniable treble-fetish – however, the truly interesting quirk tucked away in Drudkh’s opening track ‘All Shades of Silence’ is the sizeable ambient break in the centre. Evidently all it takes to be plucked from lonely Autumn woods and tossed into the isolating vacuum of space is a surprisingly smooth transition, something Drudkh handle with expert ease. Elsewhere, they employ perhaps my favourite manifestation of the atmospheric black metal style, featuring a relentless rhythmic foundation adorned with high-pitched guitar riffs serving as the main melodic force. Inevitably, however, the days grow colder...

As an emissary for the first new Paysage d’Hiver material in quite some time, iconic ambient wind courtesy of the one-man-juggernaut himself introduces the monolithic ‘Schnee IV’ and steals the Earth from the previous season's grasp. After immediately setting the tone for the tumultuous walls of tremolo picking and muffled double bass to follow, the previously desolate forests of Fall are descended upon by a snow-storm tsunami, becoming entirely blanketed beneath the dense powder accompanying Winter’s arrival. Waves of intersecting riffs coalesce and pulse with the energy of a living entity, represented clearly through a slicker production than is usual from Wintherr. Expectedly, the Swiss orchestrater of this display proves his mastery over enveloping atmospheres like no-one else, with countless minute details captured and smothered by the auditory avalanche. Regardless of whether your allegiance lies within the yellowed foliage of Autumn or the frozen tundras of Winter, Somewhere Sadness Wanders / Schnee (IV) is an unmissable coalition of the two.



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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2017


10934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://drudkh.bandcamp.com/album/somewhere-sadness-wanders

https://paysagedhiver.bandcamp.com/track/schnee-iv



Album rules of course. Feedback appreciated (:

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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2017


1923 Comments


loooooooove this review, especially this image: "Evidently all it takes to be plucked from lonely Autumn woods and tossed into the isolating vacuum of space is a surprisingly smooth transition"

i like as well how you've formatted this in two clean paragraphs to give yourself space to analyse both bands' contributions equally and clearly. love your work scuro.

zaruyache
August 27th 2017


18093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Paysage track is very good.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2017


10934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awww thanks Jack (: that means a lot

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2017


55389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will check

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BlackwaterPork
August 27th 2017


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the review this needed

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Essence
August 27th 2017


5913 Comments


give it to me straight doc

does the drudkh track suck

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2017


10934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad I could do it justice BWP (:



@Essence there's two of them and they're both great

AsleepInTheBack
August 27th 2017


5209 Comments


Wonderful review as per, lovely summing up of the concept with appropriately colourful language

jesterhead92
August 27th 2017


3503 Comments


I've had a hard time getting into any Drudkh after Microcosmos, how does this compare?

Essence
August 27th 2017


5913 Comments


word on the street says it's good drudkh, not "the past 7 years" drudkh

update: yeah it's the good drudkh

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2017


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you know they put out two EPs in a row of quality material right?

BlackwaterPork
August 27th 2017


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Slavonic chronicles is great

zaruyache
August 27th 2017


18093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it's OK Drudkh. Which for me is basically every Drudkh.

EphemeralEternity
August 27th 2017


3004 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ye ye bloody beaut review, great imagery , compendious and eloquent. fuck you.

Essence
August 27th 2017


5913 Comments


i haven't liked anything since microcosmos

TheSonomaDude
August 27th 2017


5753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoaaaa didn't even know this was happening

jesterhead92
August 27th 2017


3503 Comments


Same Essence, just hasn't had the same feel since Microcosmos.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2017


10934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, thanks Balls and Asleep.

Hawks
August 27th 2017


52296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ohhhhh gotta jam this asap.

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