January 17, 2014

Drudkh - Eastern Frontier in Flames - Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates

Two new albums has just been released on the Drudkh Bandcamp. Eastern Frontier in Flames is oollection aimed at Drudkh completists. It contains the 2007 EP Anti-Urban, the 2010 covers EP Slavonic Chronicles, and a little surprising, the three Drudkh tracks from the Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates split with Winterfylleth. That split being the second album released today.

There can be many different reasons for bands to participate in a split album. In the case of Drudkh and Winterfylleth the goal is to pay tribute to some of the bands that influenced them. Drudkh turns in three covers of fairly obscure songs from the nineties Eastern European black metal underground. And Winterfylleth covers "The Gates" from Drudkh mainman Roman Saenko's now defunct band Hate Forest.

While not really polished this is not raw frost-bitten black metal. The songs are well crafted and have a epic, almost uplifting quality, mainly coming from the memorable melodies and a judicious of keyboards. Of course the war drums and horns of "Ten, který se vyhýbá světlu" also helps on that account. "Recidivus" and Winterfylleth's version of "The Gates" are the faster tracks and are both particularly soaring black metal anthems, This is a split that delivers many of the things I enjoy in black metal.

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As mentioned this collection is really only for Drudkh completists. That said the tracks from Slavonic Chronicles are quite lovely (and continues the covers theme from the split). The folk tinged "Tam Gdzie Gasnie Dzien" is good, and the more progressive "Indianska Pisen Hruzy", with the bleepy keyboard intro and the mournful guitar solo, is a standout. Pro tip: Eastern Frontier in Flames is selling for $9.99, but you can get all seven songs individually for $0.99 each! (or just pick up the Slavonic Chronicles tracks like I did).

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