Roel de Haan : It has been a while since the Ukrainian pagan black metal masters of Drudkh released ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ and although they released a few excellent split albums, a full-length is always the most rewarding format for this band’s music. Now finally, we can welcome ‘They Often See Dreams About The Spring’ in our midst. Their eleventh full-length already. Drudkh’s style is so solidified by now, one could argue they are formulaic, but somehow every Drudkh album has entity of its own and so has this one. Harkening back to the days of ‘Autumn Aurora’ and even their debut ‘Forgotten Legends’, ‘They Often See Dreams About The Spring’ is boasting with a melancholy atmosphere, longing for times past and typically Ukrainian sorrow. In lengthy tracks Drudkh unravels emotions through repetition and hypnotizing riffs. And Drudkh shows they are masters at this. ‘They Often See Dreams About The Spring’ has a fittingly grim yet defined production which enhances the material quite bit. Gone are all stylistic elements that could dilute the typical Drudkh sound, but their experience in song-writing make up for this in spades. The result is an album that easily ranks in the higher echelons of their discography. Pagan black metal fans know what to do.