Drudkh - Microcosmos (CD)
Deep melancholy and ancient longing permeates the heart and soul of Ukrainian music. Drudkh capture that precious essence of sadness in their brand of Slavonic Pagan Metal. The cinematic, folk influenced music of Microcosmos focuses on luxuriant atmospheres charged with strong emotions. Lyrically DRUDKH delve into nature mysticism, the passing of seasons, philosophy, Ukrainian mythology, legends and history - often inspired by the works of nineteenth and twentieth century Ukrainian poets.
...these rare reversions to black metal "normalcy" wind up giving Microcosmos just the sort of sporadic, emotionally cathartic punctuations it needs to humanize its otherwise sweeping, cinematic flow, and keep it from descending into the calculated numbness of soundtrack reverie. Indeed, for a genre (black metal) characterized by grim-faced bands set on showing as little emotion as possible (lest it be violently negative emotion), Drudkh's astonishingly candid, almost romantic, approach to their craft allows their music to emote and, one might venture, say all that is left unspoken by their aversion to publicity. And going by the rich musical evidence provided on Microcosmos, perhaps there really is nothing else for Drudkh to say... - All Music 4/5