I've been on a metal kick the last couple of days, so here's one of the better relatively recent releases. Black metal from Ukraine, featuring some of the dudes from Hate Forest and a few other bands. Yeah, the quality of the recording isn't that good, yeah, the shrieking vocals are kinda off-putting before you develop a taste for them, but Drudkh combine both the great atmospherics of the best blackest of the black metal with really solid riffing, and a sort of Slavic mysticism thing going on too. "When The Flame Turns To Ashes" fucking slays.
(If you're unfamiliar with black metal, give it a shot. It is not the same thing as death metal, although a lot of people think it is. Black metal is atmospheric, even ambient lo-fi metal made by genuinely dangerous sociopaths in Europe; death metal is masturbatory pap made by misguided nerds with anger control issues, and is an American phenomenon in origin).
02 furrows of gods
03 when the flame turns to ashes
06 ukrainian insurgent army
Blood In Our Wells (2006)