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Trivia / Drudkh

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  • Genre Adultery: Songs of Grief and Solitude is an acoustic folk album with no vocals or traces of metal.
    • Handful of Stars is basically their take on blackgaze, with the influence from Neige made obvious by their short-lived project Old Silver Key.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: While the original prints of Forgotten Legends and Autumn Aurora aren't hard to find or buy, it is difficult to find copies that aren't the constant reissues by Season of Mist. Since the remasters are louder than the originals, this may frustrate some fans.
    • The 7" vinyl EP Anti-Urban only had 992 copies pressed before being re-released on CD in a limited edition box set. It was later given a second vinyl pressing, also of 992 copies, but all printings of the EP to date remain limited. (Both pressings were said to be 999 copies, but apparently this was incorrect both times.) Fortunately, the two songs from the EP are also available on the compilation Eastern Frontier in Flames.
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    • All vinyl editions of the band's music to date have been limited pressings. Since The Swan Road and Blood in Our Wells were mastered from lossy sources that caused frequencies above 16 kHz to be cut off, this means the vinyl editions sound much better (due to the natural harmonic resonance of the format) and fall under this. The vinyl editions are frequently quieter than the CD pressings as well (a typical result of the Loudness War), which may also cause them to appeal more to fans. Vinyl rips of most of the band's music are fairly easy to find, thankfully, and are typically high-quality.
  • Old Shame: The band members appear to regard their earlier flirtation with authoritarian ideologies as Hate Forest as this. This is also rumoured to be the primary reason Hate Forest disbanded and it seemed they only reunited in 2019 for a live performance simply for Money, Dear Boy.
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  • Reality Subtext: The LP gatefold of They Often See Dreams About the Spring has a tribute to a group of martyred Ukrainian artists and writers who were murdered in Stalin's purges, collectively referred to as Executed Renaissance. The gatefold also refers to Cherkasy and Sandarmokh, sites of two of the purges, and also contains the photo of the Krushelnytsky family that currently graces the Ukrainian-language Wikipedia article on Executed Reniassance. Given the present-day conflict over the Crimean peninsula, this can be read as a rare political statement from Drudkh, suggesting that they would very much prefer to maintain Ukraine's independence from Russia, thank you very much. This is also the only Drudkh album with no English-language song titles; in fact there isn't an English word to be found anywhere in the LP packaging apart from the names of the label, the visual artist, and the recording studio, unless you count "33 RPM". (Even "side A" and "side B" are listed in Ukrainian.)
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  • Reclusive Artist: They don't give interviews, don't play live, and don't release many of their lyrics. Heck, there aren't even images of them by some variation. The most you'll get is a close image of Thurios and Roman during their time in Hate Forest.
  • Screwed by the Network: Issues with royalties were evidently the reason Drudkh left Supernal Music. They're now more famous on Season of Mist than they ever were while on Supernal's roster, so it's probably helped them in multiple ways.


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