Release date: 24 February 2012
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Pagan black metal

Rating:

7.2 | 81 votes

Owners:

59 have it
24 want it


01. Eternal Circle
02. Breath Of Cold Black Soil
03. When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls
04. Farewell To Autumn's Sorrowful Birds
05. Night Woven Of Snow, Winds And Grey-Haired Star

Review


Line-up
Roman "Thurios" Blagih - keyboards, vocals
Vlad - drums, keyboards
Roman Saenko - bass, guitars, vocals
Krechet - bass


Additional info
Eternal Turn Of The Wheel, which 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.

Staff review by
Daniell

Rating:
5.8
A shameless, abortive attempt at re-creating the old sound and atmosphere. That's a TL; DR version for you if you aren't too big on reading. If you are, find out why below.

Drudkh is my second favourite black metal band, with only Enslaved in front. I really love them and regard their back catalogue as one of the strongest in black metal. But when I found out about Eternal Turn of the Wheel back in December, something smelled fishy to me. The title of the new album screamed to me: "Hey dudes, we're back to our roots, forget the post-black experiment that Handful of Stars was." A new song that was published a few weeks afterward alleviated my fears a bit because I quite liked it. Chalk it up to my blind love for Drudkh...

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published 27.03.2012 | Comments (24)

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Jerm666 - 26.02.2012 at 12:02  
  Drudkh is one of my fav bands.. They say this is the album coming back to the roots ... ?? It is boring ... I love this band, Drudkh needs to press foward.. U can still keep it raw n yet make it different ... Its riff lingering on and on ... Drudkh vocs. are some of the best.. the riffs keep goin on n on .. Drudkh has so much potential ... Especially with all their musicians.... Why repeat boring doom metal riffs when they have shown in the past they can surpass all music! Drudth went from from fav to boring...
Boring..
Urs Blank - 01.03.2012 at 21:30  
Rating: 6 Ok, maybe not as bad as I initially thought after 5 listens, but still a clear step down after the already disappointing Handful Of Stars.
IronAngel - 01.03.2012 at 23:08  
  Meh. I'd rate this 3/5 on my RYM scale. I believe the explanatory text for that is "Good stuff" whereas 3,5 is "Very good." It's a bit toothless and bland. I imagine it would be better received if it wasn't Drudkh, who had a really strong start. The production is generally pleasant, but I'm not convinced I'll go back to the record any time soon.
Daniell - 08.03.2012 at 23:58  
Rating: 6 Drudkh is my favourite black metal band. The atmosphere they (used to) create is simply unique, and no other black metal band comes even close. I've just listened to the whole new album and then I played one old song, False Dawn. It's LIGHT YEARS in front of the new stuff in terms of quality. Even if one put all good stuff from the new songs into one and created a super duper single song, it wouldn't even come close to the wake that False Dawn leaves behind.

As much as I love Drudkh, I must acknowledge the fact that they have burnt out and now are only a pale shadow of their old glory.
Kenos - 09.03.2012 at 15:04  
 
Written by Daniell on 08.03.2012 at 23:58

[...]
As much as I love Drudkh, I must acknowledge the fact that they have burnt out and now are only a pale shadow of their old glory.


And the fact they keep releasing one album every fuckin year is probably contributing to their downfall.
Come on guys, how about taking a little break...?
Marcus - 13.03.2012 at 06:40  
  Probably listened to it 10 or 15 times, although I couldn't really tell you why. It's a pretty solid album and arguably a step up from A Handful of Stars, but that's about it. Although I think all the hate so far is a major overreaction
King Bonzo - 27.03.2012 at 14:34  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 09.03.2012 at 15:04

Written by Daniell on 08.03.2012 at 23:58

[...]
As much as I love Drudkh, I must acknowledge the fact that they have burnt out and now are only a pale shadow of their old glory.


And the fact they keep releasing one album every fuckin year is probably contributing to their downfall.
Come on guys, how about taking a little break...?


I wouldn't be opposed to a break, but remember it's not as if they tour or do interviews etc so I guess they have to fill up their days with something.
Troy Killjoy - 08.04.2012 at 19:58  
  Huh. I was expecting something much worse but this was semi-enjoyable. High six/low seven for me. Still not anything I'd listen to more than once.
Oaken - 16.08.2012 at 01:50  
Rating: 7 My first two listens were terribly affected by the general negative reaction towards this album, so I dismissed it as a boring album. However, I tried listening to it again, and found that it had some good riffs, but in general it was monotonous and repetitive. I'd give it a high seven if not for the horrendous guitar tone, so I gave it a high six.
Feng - 03.09.2014 at 01:51  
  I can't help but feel that this album was sabotaged a little by the stupid promotion of it as a return to the sound of the first two releases. This not only sets it up with ridiculously huge boots to fill, but isn't even that accurate, at least to my ears. If you try and detach the album from the first two, I think its a pretty enjoyable release. Sure, it doesn't capture the wonder of the first two, but its still not that bad!

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