Much like getting that semi-hot bar slut home for the first time only to find out her cavernous vagina is where they filmed The Descent, there’s a slight degree of disappointment involved when getting this ultra-rare split from Drudkh and Winterfylleth undressed. Unless, of course, pussies so large there’s graffiti inside is your thing… or you’re just really into obscure cover songs. First off, this isn’t technically a split. Ukrainian mainstays Drudkh get three covers, while British Black Metallers Winterfylleth only get one. You don’t need to major in economics to realize that isn’t a fair deal, and it’s the better band being shafted to boot. Drudkh is a mysterious horde. Not just in terms of their elusive nature, but of their inconsistent album-to-album effort level. On some records, Roman Saenko & Co. prove to be the real wolves in Black Metal’s throne room, then on others they merely coast on atmospheric autopilot. Their renditions of Heyfestos’ “…W Krainie Drzew” and Unclean’s “Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu” are as bland and forgettable as I can only assume the originals are. They do end their
half three-quarters of the “split” in fine fashion with a blistering recreation of Sacrilegium’s “Recidivus,” but as far as this personnel is concerned, I much prefer Hate Forest and Old Silver Key. (Sad to say I’ve only recently discovered the latter, and if you still haven’t, I must insist you immediately track down their sole full-length at all costs. Absolutely amazing stuff with Neige from Alcest on vocals. Essential.) Hey… speaking of Hate Forest, Winterfylleth fucking nails “The Gates” to the point of outright ownership. That instantly recognizable guitar sound, that instantly recognizable tortured scream, that second-to-none drumming… If there’s a better Black Metal band going right now —that isn’t named An Autumn for Crippled Children or Deafheaven— I’d really like to know about it. More Winterfylleth, please.
Note: this 12-inch vinyl collector’s piece is cruelly limited to 666 copies. So, yeah… don’t illegally download it or anything.
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