Autumn Aurora continues in the spirit of Forgotten Legends with the band's trademark Slavonic Pagan Metal sound, which embraces epic folk-influenced melodies and creates cinematic and luxuriant atmospheres charged with melancholy. To this Autumn Aurora adds synthesizer and keyboards for the first time and has been quoted as the most atmospheric album of the Ukrainians. Lyrically DRUDKH's creative figurehead Roman Sayenko once more delves 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.
The raw emotion woven into every chord makes "Autumn Aurora" one of the finest Black Metal releases of the decade, breaking out of the genre limitations and straying on its own path. DRUDKH presents the primal sound of nature in such a majestic way that it's difficult not to be moved, and this remains one of their greatest achievements so far. If you're new to the band, this makes an excellent starting point, and if not you should already be familiar its resonating greatness. Either way, the album is essential listening, and today it's still the crowning achievement of eastern-European Black Metal. - Metal Observer5/5
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