Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Favorite Metal Band from the Ukraine

Blood of Kingu is a side-project of members of Ukrainian pagan black metal band Drudkh. Drudkh is a very well-regarded band in their own right, but for some reason, I have just never checked them out. Blood of Kingu, on the other hand, I have heard and they are quite the interesting band. Playing an eerie style of atmospheric black metal with lyrical themes based on various ancient cultures' mythology, including Egyptian, Sumerian, and Tibetan. Definitely an interesting group that has flown under the radar so far.


  1. Ukraine seems to have a really strong pagan black metal scene. Personally I think Kroda is my favorite of the lot, but to be fair I haven't listened to as much material by Drudkh as I would like.

  2. That whole Eastern European area does have the most well-regarded pagan metal. Oddly, it seems to go hand-in-hand with NS ideology, not all the time but much of the time. I've always kind of wondered why that's so, as I don't think those countries have much diversity or immigration to begin with.

  3. I wonder if it might have something to do with formerly being occupied by the USSR? That might lend itself to a hatred of people outside their national bloodlines. Kind of a "return _____ to its roots by driving out everybody else" type thing.

    That's just a shot in the dark, but it seems to make some sense.