|#FOR FANS OF: Atmospheric Black|
Drudkh's contributions in “All Shades of Silence” and “The Night Walks Towards Her Throne” bring the stellar consistency expected from this Ukrainian black metal mainstay. Through Drudkh's twenty-one minutes in the spotlight stand tireless thicket sentries at the edge of the woods while waves of blaring melodies purify the lands within of the faint of heart. After wandering overgrown trails with intricate and labyrinthine harmonies, “All Shades of Silence” finds solace in a clandestine grotto watching night fall as the stars wink over the trickles of little waterfalls. These quiet introspective moments remind one of melancholic memories while the little escape becomes a prison of past regrets. As day returns the air becomes exasperated and ominous while the whirling harmonies quit their quiet getaway, refreshed and ready for another ambling adventure.
“The Night Walks Towards Her Throne” has the classic intensely hammering Drudkh tone reminiscent of those days when 'Forgotten Legends' and 'Autumn Aurora' rolled their lengthy repetitious rounds behind quick guitar slices and scattered shrill sound waves against garage walls. The professional production quality greatly enhances the impact of this song with prominent double bass kicking and enough distance between the distorted guitars to escape the black metal blend and soar across the gorgeous vista created by its second progression. A wail of guitars is joined by blast beating as it clambers into a whirl of drawn out vocals in a gorgeous turn of the eternal treble wheel. This reverberating harmony encapsulates the infusion of reverential folk tones into the sharp soundscape of black metal in a gorgeous cycle that longs to last an aeon. Drudkh is a band that never fails to impress and throughout these hypnotizing songs comes the foreboding knuckle-cracking chill that signals another adieu to warming sun and green grass.
Swelling in a breathy fashion bookended by quiet acoustic guitars and heaving winds, Paysage d'Hiver summons a blizzard of intensity where waves of distortion ebb and flow as the foreground is held up by sharp snaps of a snare center. Wailing lead guitar melodiously howls at the confining rhythm guitar and vocals give a gravely scream behind the higher leads in “Schnee IV”. Typifying the dreary, exhausting, and forlorn hope of an inescapable structure, Wintherr seeks inspiration from the likes of Darkthrone and Burzum to conjure this tempest. The guitars are winds of chaos with whispers of melody hidden in the maelstrom through seven minutes of a single structure before a riff change from the lead guitar attempts to scream its way out of the whirl of degradation. The crisp hail of mechanical drumming sets a stoic standard and inundates the air with flurries of momentary fills between hypnotic passages, compounding on each other and engulfing the landscape in this ferocious blizzard.
Drudkh's delicate autumnal passages beautifully flow into the harsh scarcity of Wintherr's savage storm creating a complimentary split that delightfully accompanies the atmosphere of this most precious time of year. With Drudkh's prolific discography and Paysage d'Hiver's experience, this professional presentation is keen to highlight the drastic changes endured throughout these unforgiving seasons. (Five_ Nails)