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

Rating:

7.1 | 83 votes

Owners:

57 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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Oaken - 17.11.2011 at 16:37  
Rating: 7 Anticipating this. Hope it doesn't disappoint.
Troy Killjoy - 17.11.2011 at 19:48  
  Thankfully we don't have to wait too long, assuming all goes according to plan and this actually sees the light of day by the end of February.
Yugosaki - 17.11.2011 at 20:06  
Rating: 7 Very good news... this guys are working non-stop
-DC-002- - 18.11.2011 at 06:43  
  Interesting title, I wonder if they'll go back to their roots because of it.... or has the damage been done?!
drudkhsheepdawg - 08.01.2012 at 14:25  
  Http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006T3MB86/ref=dm_sp_alb/276-8287266-9656466

These samples make me happy
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.01.2012 at 14:51  
Rating: 4 I was a lot less inspired by them. They're only samples of course but rather flat sounding samples at that.
drudkhsheepdawg - 10.01.2012 at 16:26  
  Yeah true i guess i was thinking more in comparison to Handful of Stars (nothing against it), it at least gives me hope.
pisymbol - 18.01.2012 at 16:47  
  First song will be released tomorrow on NPR's All Songs Considered.
pisymbol - 20.01.2012 at 21:41  
  News submitted yesterday but for those interested, first single released here via NPR.
Kenos - 20.01.2012 at 22:10  
 
Written by pisymbol on 20.01.2012 at 21:41

News submitted yesterday but for those interested, first single released here via NPR.


I can see the "Listen: Drudkh, 'When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls'", but there's no link/player. Am I blind? :|
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.01.2012 at 22:29  
Rating: 4
Written by Guest on 20.01.2012 at 22:10

I can see the "Listen: Drudkh, 'When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls'", but there's no link/player. Am I blind? :|

Same here, thought it might be a problem with my browser o.O
Kenos - 20.01.2012 at 22:41  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.01.2012 at 22:29

Written by Guest on 20.01.2012 at 22:10

I can see the "Listen: Drudkh, 'When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls'", but there's no link/player. Am I blind? :|

Same here, thought it might be a problem with my browser o.O

Don't know about you, but I use Chrome.
Whatever, I listened to it on Youtube. First impression: it's an OK song, I like it, but obviously I'll wait to hear the whole album before giving a definite opinion.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.01.2012 at 22:43  
Rating: 4
Written by Guest on 20.01.2012 at 22:41

Don't know about you, but I use Chrome.
Whatever, I listened to it on Youtube. First impression: it's an OK song, I like it, but obviously I'll wait to hear the whole album before giving a definite opinion.

Ah I use Opera so probably not a browser issue then. I'll catch it at some point, after the last album and samples on Amazon I'm not exactly excited about this release to be honest.
Daniell - 20.01.2012 at 23:15  
Rating: 6 Very decent I'd say. Whets my appetite for the whole album.

!J.O.O.E.! - 21.01.2012 at 00:02  
Rating: 4
Written by Daniell on 20.01.2012 at 23:15

Very decent I'd say. Whets my appetite for the whole album.



Oh... that was horrible. All I hear are nasty, ill-fitting industrial-esque vocals, overbearing synths and over-trebled, tinny guitars (generic structuring too). It would be boring if it didn't sound so awful.

Yeah, if I even listen to this album it'll be a surprise even to myself.
Mr. Doctor - 21.01.2012 at 00:18  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.01.2012 at 00:02

Oh... that was horrible. All I hear are nasty, ill-fitting industrial-esque vocals, overbearing synths and over-trebled, tinny guitars (generic structuring too). It would be boring if it didn't sound so awful.


Well, I do think you are overreacting with the word "horrible" but yeah... this is a pretty damn MEH song tbh.
Yes, the keyboards in the second half of the song are pretty fucking bad tbh
Yes, the guitar sounds is kind of fucked up... Don't know nothing about effects and stuff but it just sounds wrong to me.

...But I don't get where the heck you got that "industrial vocals" idea... They don't seem really weird or unusual at all compared to the rest of their discography.

This guys are way psat their glorious days it seems.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.01.2012 at 00:21  
Rating: 4
Written by Mr. Doctor on 21.01.2012 at 00:18


Well, I do think you are overreacting with the word "horrible" but yeah... this is a pretty damn MEH song tbh.
Yes, the keyboards in the second half of the song are pretty fucking bad tbh
Yes, the guitar sounds is kind of fucked up... Don't know nothing about effects and stuff but it just sounds wrong to me.

...But I don't get where the heck you got that "industrial vocals" idea... They don't seem really weird or unusual at all compared to the rest of their discography.

This guys are way psat their glorious days it seems.

The industrial vocals aspect is mostly derived from how they approached the vocals on their last album. To me they sounded like your generic, German industrial metal, aggrotech band's vocals. On this album they seem to have adopted the same approach.

Any other band it would be "meh" but for a band with such a pedigree this to me is horrible.
Daniell - 21.01.2012 at 00:56  
Rating: 6 I guess I just like Drudkh too much...
Mr. Doctor - 21.01.2012 at 01:32  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.01.2012 at 00:21

The industrial vocals aspect is mostly derived from how they approached the vocals on their last album. To me they sounded like your generic, German industrial metal, aggrotech band's vocals.


Can't discuss then, haven't listened to their latest. If it sounds similar than this one I might get the fuck off.
I liked Estrangement quite a lot so I'm just going to go backwards (probably avoid the folk one as well, didn't seem that good then last time I listened to some youtube tracks)...
Vombatus - 21.01.2012 at 01:57  
Rating: 6 Hmmm to me, that song sounds great. All of it, except maybe the vocals... not industrial like... but has a less harsh vibe compared to previous stuff (though I skipped last album).

Totally looking forward.
pisymbol - 21.01.2012 at 07:01  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.01.2012 at 00:21

Written by Mr. Doctor on 21.01.2012 at 00:18


Well, I do think you are overreacting with the word "horrible" but yeah... this is a pretty damn MEH song tbh.
Yes, the keyboards in the second half of the song are pretty fucking bad tbh
Yes, the guitar sounds is kind of fucked up... Don't know nothing about effects and stuff but it just sounds wrong to me.

...But I don't get where the heck you got that "industrial vocals" idea... They don't seem really weird or unusual at all compared to the rest of their discography.

This guys are way psat their glorious days it seems.

The industrial vocals aspect is mostly derived from how they approached the vocals on their last album. To me they sounded like your generic, German industrial metal, aggrotech band's vocals. On this album they seem to have adopted the same approach.

Any other band it would be "meh" but for a band with such a pedigree this to me is horrible.


You guys IMO are over-reacting. I heard some of the clips on Amazon's UK site as well as this song. Its not that bad at all. Let's see how the whole album shapes up...I have a feeling its going to be *good* but not *great* but seriously not *horrible.* :-)
Slayer666 - 21.01.2012 at 11:35  
Rating: 8 Well, decent song, although I wasn't exactly blown away. Then again, I wasn't blown away by Autumn Aurora either during the first 2-3 listens, so we'll see how this pans out.
Mr. Doctor - 21.01.2012 at 12:19  
Rating: 6
Written by pisymbol on 21.01.2012 at 07:01

You guys IMO are over-reacting. I heard some of the clips on Amazon's UK site as well as this song. Its not that bad at all. Let's see how the whole album shapes up...I have a feeling its going to be *good* but not *great* but seriously not *horrible.* :-)


I don't remember saying it was horrible, just plain meh.
Kenos - 21.01.2012 at 13:03  
 
Written by Daniell on 21.01.2012 at 00:56

I guess I just like Drudkh too much...


Same here.
pisymbol - 21.01.2012 at 15:08  
 
Written by Guest on 20.01.2012 at 22:10

Written by pisymbol on 20.01.2012 at 21:41

News submitted yesterday but for those interested, first single released here via NPR.


I can see the "Listen: Drudkh, 'When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls'", but there's no link/player. Am I blind? :|


I think this *may* have been just Thursday. How lame is that?

Anyway, the YouTube link posted is just as good.
pisymbol - 31.01.2012 at 14:48  
 
Written by pisymbol on 21.01.2012 at 15:08

Written by Guest on 20.01.2012 at 22:10

Written by pisymbol on 20.01.2012 at 21:41

News submitted yesterday but for those interested, first single released here via NPR.


I can see the "Listen: Drudkh, 'When Gods Leave Their Emerald Halls'", but there's no link/player. Am I blind? :|


I think this *may* have been just Thursday. How lame is that?

Anyway, the YouTube link posted is just as good.


NPR has it back up.
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.02.2012 at 02:39  
Rating: 5 The album is a lot better than the previous two. But still not up to par with their best.
Kenos - 08.02.2012 at 13:03  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.02.2012 at 02:39

The album is a lot better than the previous two. But still not up to par with their best.


Waitwaitwaitwait, has it leaked?!
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.02.2012 at 13:10  
Rating: 5
Written by Guest on 08.02.2012 at 13:03

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.02.2012 at 02:39

The album is a lot better than the previous two. But still not up to par with their best.


Waitwaitwaitwait, has it leaked?!


No idea.
Slayer666 - 08.02.2012 at 16:53  
Rating: 8 Is there a review coming for this any time soon?
Mr. Doctor - 08.02.2012 at 17:12  
Rating: 6
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.
Kenos - 20.02.2012 at 19:49  
  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.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.02.2012 at 19:55  
Rating: 5
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.
Urs Blank - 20.02.2012 at 20:00  
Rating: 6 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.
Kenos - 20.02.2012 at 20:07  
 
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.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.02.2012 at 20:10  
Rating: 4 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.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.02.2012 at 20:12  
Rating: 5
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.02.2012 at 20:16  
Rating: 4
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 ;]
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.02.2012 at 20:17  
Rating: 5
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.02.2012 at 20:19  
Rating: 4
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
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.02.2012 at 20:21  
Rating: 5
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.02.2012 at 20:22  
Rating: 4
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.
Kenos - 20.02.2012 at 20:30  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.02.2012 at 20:19

horribly overbearing, fuzzy and generic mess


This.
Slayer666 - 20.02.2012 at 20:32  
Rating: 8
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.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.02.2012 at 20:33  
Rating: 5
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.
Slayer666 - 20.02.2012 at 20:35  
Rating: 8
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.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.02.2012 at 20:38  
Rating: 4
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.
Slayer666 - 20.02.2012 at 20:42  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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.
Bad English - 22.02.2012 at 20:27  
  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
Slayer666 - 24.02.2012 at 14:55  
Rating: 8 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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