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Drudkh – A Few Lines in Archaic Ukrainian (Season of Mist)

Let’s be clear from the outset, this is not a “new” Drudkh album,  rather it is a compendium of Ukrainian black metal poetry pieces which have previously been released across three split EPs. As such, the material will probably be… Continue Reading →

Windswept – The Onlooker (Season Of Mist)

Despite my love for all things Drudkh flavoured, I must confess to not initially being overly enamoured with Windswepts debut album in 2017. The project was conceived by Roman Saenko and his Drudkh/ex-Hate Forest companions as a way of re-capturing… Continue Reading →

Interview – Saqra’s Cult

2019 certainly got off to a fiery start courtesy of The 9th King, second album from Belgian band Saqra’s Cult. Although fairly new on the scene with debut demo ‘Initiation To Forgotten Rites’ being unleashed in 2015 the quartet have… Continue Reading →

Saqra’s Cult – The 9th King (Amor Fati Productions)

It’s not unusual to have bands from one geographic region dipping back in time and getting thematically entranced by a far removed and often ancient civilisation. Just think about the amount of Americans who walk like an Egyptian for example…. Continue Reading →

Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About The Spring (Season Of Mist)

There was apparently a bit of s scrum to get this review, and I was the lucky winner. but before I begin, let’s address the elephant in the room…..I am often told that I shouldn’t listen to Drudkh as they… Continue Reading →

Windswept – The Great Cold Steppe (Season of Mist)

Windswept represents yet another outlet for the prolific mind behind some of the most renowned acts to have emerged from Ukraine over the last fifteen years (Hate Forest, Drudkh, Blood of Kingu) – one Roman Saenko – to engage in… Continue Reading →

Drudkh – A Furrow Cut Short (Season of Mist)

It’s about 2 and a half minutes into the second song, ‘Cursed Sons II’ that ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ really begins to sink in and the chills descend. It’s a typically strident refrain – at once stately yet laced with… Continue Reading →

Rattenfänger – Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum (Dark Essence)

Der Rattenfänger von Hameln, otherwise known as the Pied Piper of Hamelin, was a vengeful dude who used his pipes to lure kids to their doom after stingy parents refused to fork money over for pest removal services.  A truly… Continue Reading →

Zgard – Reclusion (BadMoodMan Productions)

Can’t argue with a country that produced the likes of Drudkh, Hate Forest and Blood Of Kingu; yup, Zgard is a one man black metal act from the Ukraine, and according to trusty old Metal Archives the second full-length our… Continue Reading →

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