Albums like these make me happy that black metal has become one of my favorite genres. Ukrainian band Drudkh’s newest release, A Furrow Cut Short, was a refreshing listen to say the least. Drudkh play a certain style of black metal that not many groups are still able to pull off, and it’s nice to see a band that can still successfully execute this kind of playing. Long story short, the music is pretty, melancholy, and heavily influenced by nature.

A Furrow Cut Short, to me, sounds like what Enslaved would sound like today, if their progressive influences weren’t present. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the release “depressive,” but it definitely has its more morose moments. A Furrow Cut Short is beautiful all the way through and really represents the artful side of the genre.

Highlights are “To the Epoch Of Unbowed Poets”, “Embers” and “Cursed Sons I” – I feel these tracks really exemplify Drudkh and their talents, raw emotion, and style of song writing. I personally don’t speak Ukrainian, but I still feel connected with the music itself, and that to me is more important than understanding lyrics.

Track Listing:

01. Cursed Sons I
02. Curse Sons II
03. To the Epoch of Unbowed Poets
04. Embers
05. Dishonour I
06. Dishonour II
07. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes

Run Time: 58:50
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Check out the song “Cursed Sons I” here.