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- Black Metal/Post-metal
This is one of those black metal albums that I have a bit of difficulty reviewing because it’s in a language I can’t even begin to understand and it’s drawing from some influences I’m not as familiar with. What I can tell, is that it is amazing. This album has some true old school influences infused into a post-metal composition without becoming folk metal in the vein of Agalloch and Arkona (review).
The composition is similar to one of my favorite bands of all time, Isis. They layer extended notes and have strong resonance. The drums have a punch that put a cherry on top of every riff and seem to tell a story on their own. Drudkh take their time with the music and channel something authentic, something outside of current trends and scenes. Vocally there’s a resemblance to Burzum but with polish. It all works and allows me to feel the emotion behind the music rather than holding the listeners hand and telling them how to feel. I imagine the vocalist being a screaming jellyfish being carried across the ocean on waves of sound.
This will no doubt be one of my go to albums for long walks at nights and completing creative writing assignments for uni. Or even to go to sleep, not in a way where I’m saying it’s boring or soft but, in a way where you could just listen to the little changes and variations until you pass over into the realm of dreams. It never goes too grandiose, it remains grounded and measured. This is shown by the album length too which for black metal sticks to an easily digestible length. It’s five stories. It’s just phenomenal.
A short review because there’s nothing left to say about something this solid. If you like black metal, then this is a no brainer. If you like profound music in general give it a go.