Drudkh - _Autumn Aurora_
(Supernal Music, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
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.
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