This four track split EP – appropriately limited to 666 12” pressings – sees mysterious Ukrainian black metal overlords Drudkh teaming with their English pagan counterparts Winterfylleth to deliver a collection of four cover versions.
Drudkh explore the darkest depths of the eastern European underground for their triptych of contributions, featuring rare tracks by Poland’s Hyfestos and Sacrilegium and the Czech Republic’s Unclean, while the Brits return the compliment by interpreting a long lost track from Drukdh mainman Roman Sayenko’s alternative Hate Forest project.
Not being familiar with any of the source material concerned, it is obviously hard to comment upon the interpretations thereof: so, leaving that aside, what we are presented with, on the part of progenitors Drudkh to start off with, is a short collection of (un)pretty decent blackened death metal tunes played with passion and commitment, which in turn makes up for the extremely simplistic nature of the material – not that the latter comment is meant as a criticism, as it is simplicity which makes it all the more effective.
Winterfylleth’s contribution, ‘The Gates’, however, is mundane and lifeless: maybe the latter is the intention, but even the bleakest of darkness possesses a vitality and passion which this fails to achieve, as admirable and technically flawless as its delivery may be.
W Krainie Drzew / Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu / Recidivus / The Gates