Arkona - Гой, Роде, Гой!

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Release date: 28 October 2009
Style: Pagan folk metal


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01. Гой, Роде, Гой!
02. Тропою Неведанной
03. Невидаль
04. На Моей Земле
05. Притча
06. В Цепях Древней Тайны
07. Ярило
08. Лики Бессмертных Богов
09. Коло Нави
10. Корочун
11. Память
12. Купалец
13. Аркона
14. Небо Хмурое, Тучи Мрачные

Masha "Scream" Arhipova - vocals, keyboards, tamborines, jaw harp, shaker
Sergey "Lazar" Lazarev - guitars, balalaika, jaw harp, yakut
Vladymir "Artist" Lyovushkin Sokolov - drums
Ruslan "Kniaz" - bass

Additional musicians:
Vladimir "Volk" - gaita gallega, blockflute
Vladimir Cherepovsky - gaita gallega, pipes, whistles, sopilka, zhaleika, blockflute, ocarina
Ilya "Wolfenhirt" - vocals
Aleksandr "Shmel" - choir vocals
Aleksandr "Olen" Oleynikov - accordion
Erik Grawsiö - vocals
Janne Liljekvist - violin, flute
Baalberith - vocals
Evaldas "Sadlave" Babenskas - vocals
Pēteris "Peter" Kvetkovskis - vocals
Edgars "Zirgs" Grabovskis - vocals
Kaspars Bārbals - pipes, kokle
Heiko Gerull - vocals
Joris Boghtdrincker - vocals
Mark Splintervuyscht - vocals
Cosmin "Hultanu" Duduc - tulnic
Vasiliy Derevyanniy - dorma
Dmitriy "Vetrodar" - mandoline

Additional info
Album recorded at CDM Records studio (Moscow sound) (October 2008 - May 2009), except: drums recorded at Gigant records studio, guitars recorded at Astia studio.
Mixed at Deformation records studio (May, June 2009).
Produced by Sergey "Lazar" and Masha "Scream".
Mixing & mastering: Sergey "Lazar".

Release dates:

28 Oct: Finland, Spain
30 Oct: Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden
02 Nov: Rest of Europe
03 Nov: US, Canada

Track titles in English:
"Hail, Rod, Hail!"
1. Hail, Rod, Hail!
2. On the Unknown Trail
3. The Wonder
4. In My Land
5. The Parable
6. In Chains of Ancient Mystery
7. Yarilo
8. Faces of Immortal Gods
9. Kolo of Nav'
10. Korochun
11. The Memory
12. Kupalets
13. Arkona
14. Sullen Sky Lurid Clouds

Staff review by
Doc G.
Admittedly, I have been quite critical in the past of this genre called "folk metal". It was novel and fun at first, but after a while - like any other genre - it became watered down with a lot of worthless crap. It's a lot easier for me to put down crappy folk metal than any other genre. I'm a man who appreciates solid riffing above anything else, and when any potential riffing is completely drowned out in accordions or synthesizers (not mentioning a particular Finnish band that begins with a "K"), I get angry. No one likes a rabid reviewer when they're angry. However, every once in a while a band or album will come along to raise the bar for metal as a whole; using the folk sound to enhance the music rather than cover up any lack of song writing abilities with gimmicky child's play. With Goi, Rode, Goi!, Arkona have undoubtedly secured their place next to the more respectable folk acts out there these days such as Moonsorrow and Eluveitie.

published 02.12.2009 | Comments (41)

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14.11.2012 - 19:04
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Na Moei Zemle is in my opinion one of the best folk metal songs ever. It features members from Månegarm, Obtest, Skyforger, Menhir and Heidevolk

This is what I love about folk metal:
"This is a song about a warrior who leaves his motherland to seek happiness in other countries. He meets foreign folk and asks them what their happiness is about. And they tell him that their happiness is their beautiful land, traditions, folk, home, their children, and Gods. After a long journey, the warrior returns back to his native land to find peace and happiness there."
03.11.2013 - 17:47
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
One of the best band's recorded so far, in my opinion. As usually, it's diverse - it has folk numbers, fast and aggressive songs and long and epic tracks. What's peculiar about this particular album is that guitar riffs sound more intricate. Not really progressive, but with some nice breaks from the straight-forward riff barrage.
And surely На моей земле is a peculiar song because it features many singers, each one of them singing in their native language.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
19.11.2013 - 03:17
Rating: 9
Honestly the only significant drawback of the album is its gargantuan length. But, taken in bits, this is an amazing album and is one of my favorites ever.
17.07.2019 - 17:14
Rating: 9
Wow, what an album. Definitely, the best I've heard from them so far!

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