I hadn’t listen to this album in a while. At one time I owned the vinyl version of this release – I cant believe I sold it. I suppose the music on this release wasn’t enough to keep me fully tuned in other than the title song “Lunar Poetry”. But the only reason I would regret selling it would be because it serves as a great art piece on vinyl format. The CD versions have a different artwork and not nearly as majestic.
After listening to a lot of Drudkh I finally decided to look back into Nokturnal Mortum. Although I have some of their albums mentioned in my blog already, I decided to try the ones over again that I hadn’t mentioned to see if anything would catch my attention. I had the hardest time trying to locate the CD so I finally resorted to a digital version of this now rarity by Nokturnal Mortum entitled Twilightfall. Nokturnal Mortum seem like a more extreme version of Drukdh when it comes to black metal. I thoroughly enjoy them more even though they are both from Ukraine. Nokturnal Mortum had enjoyable acoustic elements in this album as well my favourite track quickly became “Cry of Ukraina”. Interestingly enough the name seems fitting for the current political turmoil the country is facing.
The opening track Solitary Endless Path drew me in quickly to this album. Released in 2007 the band developed their sound and made 3 long tracks each at about 10minutes in length for this release. I enjoyed the track Skies At Our Feet. Coming off an acoustic album “Songs of Grief and Solitude” this was a stark contrast in where I thought the band was headed.
Drudkh is the first band that I have known for so long but have never bothered to listen to them despite the hype around them for years. After listening to their albums in sequence from Forgotten Legends, The Swan Road, and Autumn Aurora which all failed to truly capture my interest level – the first release that finally kept my interest level up was Blood In Our Wells. Although Drudkh has been known for their great imagery the artwork on this release was very emotive and full of despair and drudgery. Their was a re-release of this album through Season of Mist which doesn’t have the same artwork or effect. The vinyl album was issued by Northern Heritage and is now an extreme rarity. If your going to listen to any Drudkh album – this should be the one you give your first listen to. Although I look forward to hearing the rest of their discography as I am behind on hearing them.