Ride to Ruin: “Plagues Upon Arda” and a Conversation With Khazzadum’s Luka Djordjevic

Khazaddum - Plagues Upon Arda

Metal Archives’ database lists 174 Tolkien-inspired acts. One-hundred and seventy-four. Sub-genres range from traditional power metal to atmospheric black metal and beyond. So if you said heavy music may not need any more Tolkien worship, you’d be forgiven, but you’d also be wrong. In August, Wisconsin’s Khazaddum will self-release their debut full-length, Plagues Upon Arda. As a fan of both Khazaddum and JRR Tolkien, I’m excited to say the new record is a solid, meaty effort, marked by significant improvement over their (also really enjoyable) 2015 EP, In Dwarven Halls. This is a fantastic first full-length, and Plagues Upon Arda feels like an engrossing, if still somewhat cursory, study of the line that separates the band’s musical delivery from the literature that inspires its lyrical material. Continue reading