Metal Review: Drudkh: Eastern Frontier in Flames (2014)

Drudkh Eastern Frontier in Flames

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Hailing from Kharkiv, Ukraine, black metal band Drudkh’s latest release, “Eastern Frontier in Flames,” is a compilation album covering some of the band’s rare tracks and covers from their back catalog. The long out-of-print EPs and split releases that fans have been clamoring for are finally represented with this release. 2007’s “Anti-Urban” EP encompass the first two tracks, Fallen Into Oblivion and Ashes. Unfortunately, the production of these two songs were never amazing, so the quality of these two tracks shows it.

2010’s “Slavonic Chronicles” is also represented on this release with covers from Sacrilegium and Master’s Hammer. The final three tracks are from the Drudkh/Winterfylleth split EP entitled “Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates” and features another cover from Sacrilegium as well as covers from Hefeystos and Unclean.

Overall, the covers save the album because the first two tracks show promise, but the guitar tone are tough to swallow, especially from songs ranging 6-7 minutes in length. Both Sacrilegium covers are nice, with the closing track, Recidivus being the better of the two slightly. It is somewhat of an odd song in structure, but it is dark and evil.

Eastern Frontier in Flames Track Listing:
1. Fallen Into Oblivion
2. Ashes
3. Tam Gdzie Gasnie Dzien (Sacrilegium Cover)
4. Indiánská Písen Hruzy (Master’s Hammer Cover)
5. …W Krainie Drzew (Hefeystos Cover)
6. Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu (Unclean Cover)
7. Recidivus (Sacrilegium Cover)