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Drudkh - Їм часто сниться капіж - 95%

Patricide, March 13th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2018, CD, Season of Mist Underground Activists (Digipak)

For 16 years, Drudkh have crafted wonderfully atmospheric, captivating, and hypnotic music. Their take on atmospheric black metal is a logical progression from the groundwork lain by Burzum, an evolution thereof.

In all truthfulness, Drudkh simply cannot do any wrong, in my opinion. With the mesmeric prelude that is Forgotten Legends, to the intensely forged Microcosmos, to this beautifully crafted opus, and everything in between: Drudkh have evolved, and expanded in songwriting and atmosphere. Each track is a journey, with plenty of movement and spirituality. None of which show trace of album "filler"; they all contribute to the overarching idea of the piece. And that's one principle I'd like to touch on here: you must enjoy this work in its entirety. You will do yourself no favors by fragmenting it.

Їм часто сниться капіж is a beautiful, melancholic, and timeless effort, rivaling the best releases thus far from Drudkh. Melodies dance in and out of major keys, with harmonies texturing and completing them. Thurios' vocals are strong, punctual, and hate filled. Vlad's drumming utilizes numerous and memorable techniques, from double bass laden work, to colorful cymbal heavy passages, and even some very tribal sounding tom work. The synths, while not overly prevalent help overlay the chordal progressions of the rest of the instrumentation, adding pigment to the already lush groundwork. Krechet's bass playing is phenomenal as always, without needing to rely on over complexity; he fills out the sound nicely. Lastly, Roman's compositions show mature, and remarkable musicianship, and his guitar work with Thurios is ingenious.

All in all, no corners are cut in Їм часто сниться капіж; everything has purpose and meaning. This is quite simply my favorite release by Drudkh since (the massively underrated, in my eyes) Handful of Stars, or perhaps even Autumn Aurora. Do yourself a favor and pick up this album, you won't regret it.