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  • Archive Panic: In addition to all that listed on the main page, there's all the Drudkh precursors and side projects, like Hate Forest, Astrofaes, Blood of Kingu, Old Silver Key, Rattenfänger, Precambrian, Windswept, Deliberate Chaos, and so on, plus other bands the members have contributed to (Pragmatik, Kladovest, and so on). As of March 2018, Drudkh alone has eleven full-length albums, four splits, and two EPs, totaling up to about nine and a half hours of material on their sides; considering that they started releasing material in 2003, this means they've averaged just under thirty-six minutes of music per year. And that's leaving all the side projects aside.
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  • Awesome Music: A veritable goldmine. Special mention goes to Autumn Aurora, at one point even ranked best album of the year. Forgotten Legends and Blood in Our Wells are also quite widely liked, and it's difficult to go wrong with Estrangement, Microcosmos, A Furrow Cut Short, They Often See Dreams About the Spring, or any of their splits, either. Beyond that, it's not too difficult to find people who will vouch for even most of the band's more divisive releases, though Anti-Urban seems to be the most widely disliked.
  • Broken Base: The band's flirtation with Post-Rock on Handful of Stars didn't go over well with some fans. The band did future Post-Rock experiments with Old Silver Key, a short-lived Supergroup they formed with Alcest's Neige, which wasn't received much better.
    • This seemed to fit with every release following Blood in Our Wells/Autumn Aurora, usually several albums would just be ignored all together and such, but seemed to be averted with A Furrow Cut Short and They Often See Dreams About the Spring.
    • While we won't go into heavy detail, some are very iffy in regards to Drudkh's emphasis on the national heritage of Ukraine, which became a center of criticism in recent years in regards to Blood in Our Wells being dedicated to controversial nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, former leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, a far-right political party that openly collaborated with the Nazis during World War II among other things.
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  • Dork Age: Most of the band's releases have their defenders, but almost everyone agrees Anti-Urban wasn't one of their best works. Luckily, it's just a thirteen-minute EP so it's not a major blemish.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Some albums such as The Swan Road and Estrangement, heck even Microcosmos are labeled as good records that aren't usually Forgotten Legends, Autumn Aurora, Blood in Our Wells, and A Furrow Cut Short.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The band have explicitly disavowed any political interpretations to their music, despite some strong nationalist subtext (or in some cases, like "Ukrainian Insurgent Army", outright text) running through much of their material. This seemed to have stopped around Songs of Grief and Solitude in 2006 however and only make nationalism references in terms of historical context, with 2018's They Often See Dreams About the Spring being the only implied political statement in nearly a decade from the band.
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  • Win Back the Crowd: After many years of releases with divided fan reactions, A Furrow Cut Short has had an almost unanimously positive reception, with many listeners citing it as the band's strongest release since Microcosmos, Estrangement, or even Blood in Our Wells. This has continued with the band's split albums and full-length(s) since then as well; it may qualify as a case of re-Growing the Beard.

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