Drudkh (allegedly from a Sanskrit word for "Forest") is a Ukrainian metal band that mixes elements of folk metal and black metal. They were formed by Roman Saenko, the leading member of Hate Forest, Dark Ages and Blood of Kingu, who releases about two to three albums per year over various projects; Thurios, the leading member of Astrofaes and, with Saenko, a former member of Hate Forest; and Yuriy Synytsky, of Lucifugum (session drummer) and Definition Sane. Their strongly folk-influenced music focuses on a strong atmosphere with a lot of feeling, and the lyrical contents embrace Slavic mythology, seasons and poetry. Many of the band's lyrics are derived from the works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ukrainian poets, especially Taras Shevchenko.
Drudkh have been particularly secretive throughout the course of their career, even for a black metal band, giving no interviews and not releasing the lyrics to several of their albums.
From their conception until 2009, Drudkh did ...