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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 →

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 →

Panphage – Drengskapr (Nordvis Produktion)

This second full-length from Panphage follows hot on the heels of last year’s debut album ‘Storm’, demonstrating that sole protagonist Fjallbrandt is certainly in a rich vein of form currently. Now signed to Sweden’s Nordvis label, this sophomore effort shows… Continue Reading →

Fluisteraars – Luwte (Eisenwald)

The ever-reliable Eisenwald label delivers the goods here yet again by unearthing a real underground talent. In keeping with the label’s philosophy, this Dutch trio successfully blend soaring melody, palpable aggression and a tangible, arboreal atmosphere on their second full-length… 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 →

Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry (Debemur Morti)

Is there no end to this man’s creativity? Seriously? By ‘this man’, I refer of course to enigmatic Frenchman known as ‘Vindsval’ who across the best part of two decades, has released album after album of mesmerizing, haunting and forward-thinking… Continue Reading →

Stryvigor – Forgotten By Ages (Svarga)

I think some of us take black metal from Ukraine a bit for granted. Sure it is an underground thing but many of us into the music look to the region for releases of a consistent high quality at least… Continue Reading →

Blood of Kingu – Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon (Season of Mist)

My first introduction to the work of Roman Saenko (and by extension, the Ukrainian Black Metal scene) was the debut demo from Hate Forest, ‘Scythia’ that saw the light of day back in 1999-2000. This 25-minute recording showcased a unique… Continue Reading →

Drudkh & Winterfylleth – Thousands Of Moons Ago/The Gates + Drudkh Eastern Frontier In Flames (Season Of Mist)

When are two EPs not two EPs? When it’s Ukrainian masters of their own destiny Drudkh, it seems. You see three quarters of the Winterfylleth split also make up three sevenths of the Eastern Frontier In Flames EP, with the… Continue Reading →

Interview – From The Bogs Of Aughiska

‘ The Roots Of This Earth Within Your Blood,’ the remarkable second album from Irish mist weavers From The Bogs Of Aughiska is a dark, frightening and compelling ambient work and one that had coils within coils. So given the… Continue Reading →

Raventale – Transcendence (BadMoodMan Music)

One of those couple of yearly, very well wrapped packages of discs from Russia courtesy of Solitude Productions turned up and I wondered if it was going to contain anything new from the mighty Raventale, surely it was about time,… Continue Reading →

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