"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 2002
From: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Drudkh News

Below is our complete Drudkh news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Drudkh Streaming New Track

The enigmatic Ukrainian black metal pioneers from Drudkh are streaming the first new track taken from new album, "A Furrow Cut Short." The track, titled "Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover the Eyes," is streaming below courtesy of No Clean Singing.

"A Furrow Cut Short" will be released by Season of Mist on April 20th, and will be available across several CD and limited edition LP formats. The album's track listing is:

1. Cursed Sons I
2. Cursed Sons II
3. To The Epoch Of Unbowed Poets
4. Embers
5. Dishonour I
6. Dishonour II
7. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes More...

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Drudkh Announces New Album

The Ukrainian black metal pioneers from Drudkh have revealed the title of their next full-length, which will march under the flag of "A Furrow Cut Short."

The album has been scheduled for release on the 20th of April 2015. Pre-sale will commence late February, which will also mark the revealing of the album's cover art and tracklist. Season Of Mist comments:

"Drudkh maintains a strict policy of no interviews, no pictures, no live performance, and no statements. Yet everybody following the career and art of the band's mastermind Roman Sayenko will be aware that 'A Furrow Cut Short' cannot have been conceived without the dire situation of his Ukrainian homeland under military attack of a nuclear power playing a role in its inspiration."

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Season Of Mist's Folk Compilation Streaming

The forthcoming "One And All, Together, For Home" compilation - featuring a group of European metal bands paying homage their distinct, unique heritages - is streaming below via AllMusic.com.

"One And All, Together, For Home" was assembled by Drudkh main-man Roman Sayenko. Each band employs its own means to find and present cultural roots to the world via song. The eight appearing artists contribute a total of 17 tracks in the form of traditional song interpretations, cover versions of folk artists, or the use of themes and melodies from their musical heritages in original compositions. The track listing is:

1. PRIMORDIAL (Ireland) - "Dark horse on the wind"
2. DRUDKH (Ukraine) - "Forgotten Lullaby"
3. HAIVE (Finland) - "Ei Kuule Emo Minua" *
4. KAMPFAR (Norway) - "En Hymne Til Urd"
5. WINTERFYLLETH (England) - "Abbots Brommley Horn Dance"
6. WINTERFYLLETH (England) - "John Barleycorn"
7. MONDOVOLLAND (Netherlands) - "Montferland I" (with Folkcorn)
8. MONDOVOLLAND (Netherlands) - "Montferland II"
9. HIMINBJORG (France) - "Esprit De Brave"

CD 2

1. WINTERFYLLETH - (England) - The Three Ravens
2. KAMPFAR (Norway) - Bannsull
3. DRUDKH (Ukraine) - Dovbush
4. MONDOVOLLAND (Netherlands) - Montferland III
5. AVA INFERI (Portugal) - Ao Teu Lado
6. HAIVE (Finland) - Ukon On Tulinen Turkki
7. HAIVE (Finland) - Onpa Tietty Tietyssäni
8. PRIMORDIAL (Ireland) - The Foggy Dew More...

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Season Of Mist Releasing Folk Compilation

On May 23rd (5/27 in North America), Season of Mist will release a special compilation entitled "One And All, Together, For Home."

Initiated by Drudkh main man Roman Sayenko, this project consists of established bands from the metal world recording between and three folk and mostly acoustic songs. The band lineup consists of:

Primordial (Ireland)
Drudkh (Ukraine)
Ava Inferi (Portugal)
Kampfar (Norway)
Winterfylleth (England)
Häive (Finland)
Himinbjorg (France)
Mondvolland (Netherlands)

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Drudkh Streaming Singles Collection

Ukrainian black metal pioneers Drudkh are streaming their new singles collection, "Eastern Frontier in Flames," which can be heard below courtesy of Metal Bandcamp.

"Eastern Frontier in Flames" compiles rare Drudkh material taken from the long out of print "Anti Urban" and "Slavonic Chronicles" EPs. The track listing is as follows:

1. Fallen into Oblivion 07:00
2. Ashes 06:25
3. Tam Gdzie Gasnie Dzien 10:24
4. Indianska Pisen Hruzy 05:34
5. ...W Krainie Drzew 05:45
6. Ten Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu 05:13
7. Recidivus 04:58 More...

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Drudkh Streaming New Song

Ukrainian black metal pioneers Drudkh have released a track from the new split EP alongside Winterfylleth. The first track, titled "...W Krainie Drzew" is streaming now in the player below courtesy of Stereogum.com.

"...W Krainie Drzew" was originally written and recorded by Hefeystos (Poland) in 1997. The song's emotional black metal and heathen background rooted in ancient Slavonic nature was a natural precursor to Drudkh's signature sound.

The split EP, titled '‘Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates," will feature four-tracks taking the shape of cover songs recorded by both bands paying tribute to their early influences. The track listing is as follows:

1. Drudkh - …W Krainie Drzew (Hefeystos cover)
2. Drudkh - Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu (Unclean cover)
3. Drudkh - Recidivus (Sacrilegium cover)
4. Winterfylleth - The Gates (Hate Forest cover)

"Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates" will see a release on January 2014 as a dark blue, hand-numbered 12" Lp limited to 666 copies. More...

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Drudkh Reveals Full Details On Split EP

Last month Drudkh announced a forthcoming split EP with Winterfylleth, and now full details on the coming release have been made available.

The split EP, titled "Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates’," is to be released on January 17th (January 21st in North America) and features four songs. The track listing is as follows:

1. …W Krainie Drzew
2. Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu
3. Recidivus
4. The Gates

The first three tracks were recorded by Drudkh, covering respectively Hefeystos, Unclean, and Sacrilegium. “The Gates” is a Hate Forest classic covered by Winterfylleth.

"Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates" will be only available on vinyl and on digital. The 12” vinyl disc will be dark blue, hand-numbered and limited to 666 copies worldwide.

Drudkh's three tracks will also appear separately on a compilation CD entitled "Eastern Frontier in Flames." More...

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Drudkh Announces Split With Winterfylleth

On January 17th (January 21st in North America), Season of Mist will release a vinyl split EP by Drudkh and Winterfylleth, entitled "Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates."

The four-track release will include cover songs recorded by both bands, paying tribute to their early influences. Season of Mist comments:

"The split brings together two of Europe's leading black metal bands for the first time on one LP and represents two genre challenging bands drawing on their own influences and re-imagining songs that are important to them.

"Ukrainian poets Drudkh continue to pay homage to old, talented, but forgotten Slavic bands after 2010’s ‘Slavonic Chronicles,’ their previous cover EP.

"Those of you who don’t own a record player will still be able to listen to those songs, since the EP will also be released digitally. As for the CD format, a new compilation will also hit the stores on January 17th/21st.

"Entitled ‘Eastern Frontier in Flames’, it will include all Drudkh’s tracks from ‘Thousands of Moons Ago,' as well as the ‘Anti-Urban’ and ‘Slavonic Chronicles’ EPs, which have never been available separately on CD so far."

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Woods Of Desolation Working On New EP

Australia's Woods of Desolation has checked in with the following update about working on a new EP and recruiting a guest musician:

"Secretly planned for some time, I can now confirm the next Woods of Desolation chapter shall be a very special, conceptual EP featuring guest drums performed by Vlad of Drudkh/Old Silver Key!

"Further news and info will follow when it is available, until then, please spread the word and get ready!"

You can also check out the song "Enshrouded by Solitude" from the band's "Sorh" EP in the player available below. More...

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Drudkh Reveals New Album Details

As previously announced, Drudkh's forthcoming album is entitled "Eternal Turn of the Wheel" and has been scheduled for a February 24th (28th in North America), 2012 release. Here is the cover artwork and track list of the Ukrainian black poets' new offering:

1. Eternal Circle
2. Breath of Cold Black Soil
3. When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls
4. Farewell to Autumn's Sorrowful Birds
5. Night Woven of Snow, Winds and Grey-Haired Star

"Eternal Turn of the Wheel," which reportedly marks a return to the band's roots and early sound, will be available as CD digipak limited to first pressing and vinyl LP with download card. Both can be pre-ordered on Season of Mist's e-shop here.

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Drudkh To Release New Album Next Year

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Drudkh in 2012:

"Drudkh is back! The Ukrainian black poets' forthcoming album is entitled 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' and has been scheduled for a February 24th (28th in North America), 2012 release.

"'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' marks a return to the band's roots and early sound. More news soon!"

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Drudkh Announces New Album Title and Release Date

Ukrainian black metal band DRUDKH has announced that their brand new album has been set for a September 20th release through Season of Mist and will be entitled "Handful of Stars." Like 2009's "Microcosmos," the band's eighth full-length will be available as a limited box set edition including many special items.

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Drudkh's "Lebedynyy Shlyakh" Reissue Announced

Season of Mist has announced that the latest in a series of back-catalogue reissues from Ukranian metal band Drudkh will be the restored and remastered edition of "Lebedynyy Shlyakh (The Swan Road)," which will hit the stores on next January 18th.

In the meantime, you can now hear a full song from the reissue of "Autumn Aurora" on the label's MySpace player.

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Season Of Mist To Reissue Drudkh's Back Catalog

Ukrainian folk metallers DRUDKH, whose upcoming album "Microcosmos" will hit the stores next week, have entrusted Season of Mist with re-releasing the band's whole back catalogue. The reissues will come out as remastered CD's with new artwork, sold separately and in a collector's box. Vinyl LP versions will be available too. More details will be revealed later.

You can still pre-order "Microcosmos" box set, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide, and exclusively available through Season of Mist's e-shop.

Here is the content of this exclusive solid wood box (30 x 26 x 4 cm) in premium dark finish with raised sliding cover and cut-out DRUDKH logo on top:

-Digipak version of the upcoming "Microcosmos" album
-CD reissue of the long sold-out "Anti-Urban" 10"EP originally limited to 999 copies
-Limited "Microcosmos" t-shirt
-Special DVD format additional booklet

Except for the "Microcosmos" digipak, all goodies included in this box won't be available anywhere else.

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Drudkh Streaming New Song Online

Ukranian black metal band Drudkh are set to release their upcoming album "Microcosmos" through Season of Mist Records on June 22nd. A new track from the album titled "Distant Cries of Cranes" is currently streaming online at the Season of Mist MySpace page.

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Drudkh Releases New Album, "Microcosmos," Details

Ukraine's DRUDKH will release their new album, "Microcosmos," on June 22nd in Europe and on July 14th in the USA. The artwork can be seen here. The tracklisting for "Microcosmos" is as follows:

1. Days That Passed
2. Distant Cries Of Cranes
3. Decadence
4. Ars Poetica
5. Everything Unsaid Before
6. Widow's Grief

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Drudkh Signs To Season of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the freshly inked deal the label signed with play Slavonic heathen metal band DRUDKH. Their cinematic, folk-influenced music focuses on a strong atmosphere with a lot of feeling, and the lyrical contents are about nature mysticism, seasons, philosophy, Ukrainian mythology, legends and history. Many of the band's lyrics are derived from the works of nineteenth and twentieth centuries Ukrainian poets.

DRUDKH decided to issue this one public statement only. They will also in future stick to their general rule, which means that DRUDKH will not be giving interviews nor make use of any internet platform:

"During all its history, the band followed a 'no photos, no interviews, no website, no gigs' policy, which was nobly accepted by DRUDKH's new label Season of Mist. The absence of any comments or information from DRUDKH's side gave an opening to a few ignorant internet warrior-fans to spread rumors, that the band embraces some extreme political views. This is absolutely misleading and a total profanation, since there is nothing in DRUDKH's music or lyrics that would suggest any political outlook. DRUDKH praise individualism, self-improvement and estrangement from modern values."

DRUDKH's upcoming album, whose title will be announced shortly, is set to an early 2009 release.

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Drudkh Plan To Release New Album Next Year

Atmospheric Ukrainian black-metal force Drudkh will release their forthcoming album River of Tears sometime next year. No official date has been set for that release.

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Headline News

Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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