Drudkh - Вічний Оберт Колеса (Eternal Turn Of The Wheel)



7.3 | 91 votes |
Release date: 24 February 2012
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Pagan black metal

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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

Line-up
Roman 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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08.02.2012 - 17:12
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Slayer666 on 08.02.2012 at 16:53

Is there a review coming for this any time soon?


Dont know.... I can see Daniell as someone interested to make a review but that's just a thought, I don't know if someone in the staff/elite called dibs or something.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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20.02.2012 - 19:49
Kenos
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6/10.

Pretty damn dull listen... Wtf is wrong with you guys. You used to be so good. Why don't you stop making music for a while and just wait for some better ideas rather than releasing this pile of raspy droning riffs? Pffft. Vocals are the only thing I really liked.
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20.02.2012 - 19:55
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 19:49

5,5/10.

Pretty damn dull listen... Wtf is wrong with you guys. You used to be so good. Why don't you stop making music for a while and just wait for some better ideas rather than releasing this pile of raspy droning riffs? Pffft. Vocals are the only thing I really liked.


this one is laods better tan the previous two imo.
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20.02.2012 - 20:00
Rating: 6
Urs Blank
Now I just hope it's not going to the biggest letdown of 2012, even if I don't expect it to be excellent after listening to the song When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls.
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20.02.2012 - 20:07
Kenos
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Written by Urs Blank on 20.02.2012 at 20:00

Now I just hope it's not going to the biggest letdown of 2012, even if I don't expect it to be excellent after listening to the song When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls.


It's not quite a "big letdown"; just... Boring and uneventful.
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20.02.2012 - 20:10
!J.O.O.E.!
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From the few songs I've heard from this I can't see it even in the same league as Microcosmos, which is a solid and enjoyable album.
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20.02.2012 - 20:12
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 20:10

From the few songs I've heard from this I can't see it even in the same league as Microcosmos, which is a solid and enjoyable album.


I found that one to be overbearing noodling missing flow and direction.
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20.02.2012 - 20:16
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:12


I found that one to be overbearing noodling missing flow and direction.

Were listening to the same album? I found it to be simple, direct and efficient ;]
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20.02.2012 - 20:17
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 20:16

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:12


I found that one to be overbearing noodling missing flow and direction.

Were listening to the same album? I found it to be simple, direct and efficient ;]


even though there was too much noodling it was simple. But totally directionless and ineffecient.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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20.02.2012 - 20:19
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:17


even though there was too much noodling it was simple. But totally directionless and ineffecient.

Still better than this horribly overbearing, fuzzy and generic mess
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20.02.2012 - 20:21
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 20:19

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:17


even though there was too much noodling it was simple. But totally directionless and ineffecient.

Still better than this horribly overbearing, fuzzy and generic mess


Nope but still better than Handful Of Stars, Anti- Urban, SOngs Of Grief & Solitude, and The Swan Road
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20.02.2012 - 20:22
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:21


Nope but still better than Handful Of Stars, Anti- Urban, SOngs Of Grief & Solitude, and The Swan Road

Yes it probably is as it happens, haha.
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20.02.2012 - 20:30
Kenos
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Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 20:19

horribly overbearing, fuzzy and generic mess


This.
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20.02.2012 - 20:32
Rating: 8
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:21

and The Swan Road


I doubt it's better than Drudkh's 3rd best album, but I still haven't heard it, so I can't say for sure.
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20.02.2012 - 20:33
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Slayer666 on 20.02.2012 at 20:32

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:21

and The Swan Road


I doubt it's better than Drudkh's 3rd best album, but I still haven't heard it, so I can't say for sure.


Drudkh''s 3rd I still regard as the weakest by far of the the first four. Damn what a letdown that one was after the awesomeness of the previous two.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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20.02.2012 - 20:35
Rating: 8
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.02.2012 at 20:33

Drudkh''s 3rd I still regard as the weakest by far of the the first four. Damn what a letdown that one was after the awesomeness of the previous two.


For realz? I really love that one, like I said, I think it's their third best, after Autumn Aurora and Blood in Our Wells.
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20.02.2012 - 20:38
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Written by Slayer666 on 20.02.2012 at 20:35

For realz? I really love that one, like I said, I think it's their third best, after Autumn Aurora and Blood in Our Wells.

Forgotten Legends is missing from this list.
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20.02.2012 - 20:42
Rating: 8
Slayer666
Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 20:38

Forgotten Legends is missing from this list.


Never really understood all the praise for that one. It's quite nice, to be sure (rated it a 7), but nowhere near the throne.
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22.02.2012 - 20:27
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Masterchief
Just tryd it pretty awesome muiscaly I love it but cox could be lil calmer, not growish style, generaly OK, good for BM, but not all can be perfect, this will be in my play list this week ... will I buy it - no - why - no money , maybe some day, I like this band and Ukr BM scene, no metter NSBM whatever, music metters if its good , I dont care about band idiology
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24.02.2012 - 14:55
Rating: 8
Slayer666
After 3 listens, I am safe to say this is a kick ass album, which easily secured a spot as my 4th favorite Drudkh release. Things get especially spicy at the 3rd track and onwards.

Nice to see an old band kick some ass with a new album instead of just disappointing.
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26.02.2012 - 12:02
Jerm666
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..
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01.03.2012 - 21:30
Rating: 6
Urs Blank
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.
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01.03.2012 - 23:08
IronAngel
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.
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08.03.2012 - 23:58
Rating: 6
Daniell
No, you don't
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.
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Katatonia - Takeover
Kreator - World War Now
Ortega - Crows
Ahab - The Light In the Weed
Anaal Nathrakh - Depravity Favours the Bold
Dark Tranquillity - Encircled
Moonsorrow - Ihmisen Aika
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09.03.2012 - 15:04
Kenos
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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...?
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13.03.2012 - 06:40
Marcus
Doit Like Bernie
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
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27.03.2012 - 14:34
Rating: 8
King Bonzo
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.
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08.04.2012 - 19:58
Troy Killjoy
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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.
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16.08.2012 - 01:50
Rating: 7
Oaken
Hipster
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.
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03.09.2014 - 01:51
Feng
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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