Drought are an international band that plays a modern form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 ep "Rudra Bhatki" which will be released by Avantgarde Music on April 15th in digital format and May 5th in digipack format.
Ambient style sounds start off the ep giving the recording an atmospheric feeling along with some avant garde elements along with a touch of experimental and noise and on the second track the music starts to speed up and go into more of a raw black metal direction along with some tremolo picking, blast beats and grim yet high pitched screams.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while also using melodies at times and the music is evenly balanced between both old school and modern influences along with the slower riffs adding in elements of sludge and the guitar leads add more of a melodic style to the recording and clean singing is also added on the 3rd song while the last track is very long and epic in length and also introduces clean playing along with acoustic guitars into the music as well as bringing back the avant garde elements of the intro.
Drought plays a style of black metal that has the rawness of the second wave while also mixing in more modern elements and also experimenting on a couple of tracks to create something very original, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover the philosophy of Nietzsche and Eastern Mysticism.
In my opinion Drought are a very great sounding modern black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fire Breating (Urdva Kundali Arise)" and "Collapse Of Maya (Transfiguration of the Warrior)". 8 out of 10.