Sleep, Cossack, earnest soul!
May someone yet recall you.
- spoke Yarema, "Haidamaks" by Taras Schevchenko, 1841
"The Swan Road" continues in the spirit of "Autumn Aurora" with the band's trademark Slavonic Pagan Metal sound, which embraces epic folk-influenced melodies and creates cinematic and luxuriant atmospheres charged with melancholy. Lyrically DRUDKH's creative figurehead Roman Saenko draws heavily from the poem "The Haidamakas" of Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), a humanist, painter and the founding father of Ukrainian literature.
Each song essentially uses a few basic riffs and chords, often slightly atonal, and utilizes subtle movement within the songs. The prime example is "Eternal Turn of the Wheel", which puts shoegazer music's wall of hazy guitar through a black metal blender and absolutely nails it. Of all the material here, this one has the speediest tempo and best example of Drudkh's approach. Forgotten Legends is an entirely impressive debut that should be sought by any black metal fan. - SSMT Reviews 4/5
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