Drudkh - _Autumn Aurora_
(Supernal Music, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
Last year's _Forgotten Legends_ was a major hit with a significant part of the CoC staff (myself included), so it was with considerable eagerness that I first listened to _Autumn Aurora_. That was the wrong state of mind to enjoy Drudkh, however -- you really need to sit back, dim the lights, relax and just let the music sink in. It is only when one finds the time to do so and step away from daily life for a while that _Autumn Aurora_ (much like its predecessor) unveils its full potential, as the music has a natural feel to it; it doesn't seem rushed, instead flowing as if it followed the moon like an aural tide. This is music that can take your mind to some vast ancient forest or an imposing cliff beside a turbulent ocean. On occasion, slight similarities to the guitar style of another extraordinary band (although from a very different geographic origin) can be heard, as some of "Sunwheel" brings to my mind memories of Primordial. And while this time around Drudkh ventured into previously uncharted territory by adding a guitar solo to "Wind of the Night Forests" and some keyboard work to their very own kind of pensive black metal, the atmosphere remains intact and the style virtually the same. _Autumn Aurora_ is an album that demands to be experienced; there is a great deal of hidden beauty and tranquillity to be found in its music if one knows how to look.

Contact: http://www.supernalmusic.com

(article published 6/19/2004)


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