They’re at it again.
In my opinion, Drudkh is by far the most consistent and prolific black metal band of recent times. Beginning with 2003’s Forgotten Legends, the Ukranian band led by the genius that is Roman Saenko has carved their own niche in atmospheric black metal. Often imitated, they have loomed large in the scene despite their utter lack of live appearances. The members of Drudkh have side projects (Blood of Kingu, Precambrian, Windswept) that have left a bigger impression on me than some people’s “masterwork”. While many will debate their mid era’s quality (Anything after Blood In Our Wells until A Furrow Cut Short), it is hard for anyone to debate that as a whole, Drudkh is a genre main stay, bordering on legendary. They’ve gone from doing small runs of CDs on obscure labels, to as “mainstream” as an underground black metal band gets doing large pressings on Season of Mist. Their records are in common circulation. Their merch is easy to get. You would be hard pressed to find a true fan of the genre completely unfamiliar with their work. While none of this necessarily speaks to quality, all of these characteristics of Drudkh are well deserved.