Arkona - Слово



8.4 | 191 votes |
Release date: 26 August 2011
Style: Pagan folk metal

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01. Азъ
02. Аркаим
03. Больно Мне
04. Леший
05. Заклятие
06. Предок
07. Никогда
08. Там За Туманами
09. Потомок
10. Слово
11. Одна
12. Во моём Садочке...
13. Стенка На Стенку
14. Зимушка

Line-up
Masha Arhipova - vocals, keyboards, tambourine, khomuz, shamun drums, shaker, acoustic guitars
Sergey "Lazar" Lazarev - guitars, balalaika, backing vocals, voice
Ruslan "Kniaz" - bass
Vladymir "Artist" Lyovushkin Sokolov - drums
Vladimir "Volk" - gaita gallega, tin whistle, low whistle, sopilka, zhaleyka, blockflute, hurdy-gurdy
Pavel Lukoyanov - gusli

Additional musicians:
Meri Tadić - violin
Anna Kalinovskaya - tsymbali
Tatiana Narishkina - vocals
Dariana Antipova - vocals
Ilya "Wolfenhirt" - choir vocals
Aleksandr - choir vocals
Ilya "Hurry" - accordion
Aleksandr Oleynikov - accordion
Radimir - voice

Chamber Orchestra of Kazan State Conservatory N.G. Zhiganov conducted by Darya Ivanova.
The Choir of Moscow State Conservatory students conducted by Alexandra Sidorova.

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by Sergey Lazarev and Masha Arhipova.

What is it? FOLKING BRILLIANT, that's what. Much more comparable to Serdca K Nebu than their last effort, which is a good thing to my ears. So much variety packed into each song without sounding messy or forced. Every song (minus the interludes) is like a little baby epic.

And just so you cats know, since I don't speak a lick of any Slavic languages, I sometimes pretend that the female singer is chanting about eating pizza for bonus-fun-time-points. You know... FYI.

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08.08.2011 - 23:10
Sasha Batrakov
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Awesome songs, freaking love this band.
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30.08.2011 - 15:04
max5892
Great album! Although I think Goi, Rode, Goi is a bit more cohesive, this album has a more mature and polished sound, and is thankfully not 80 minutes long
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31.08.2011 - 10:02
Rating: 9
drdml
Awesome!
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12.09.2011 - 02:06
tuerda
As I type I am giving it my first listen, and I am loving it. Goi, Rode, Goi had gotten dirtier and heavier than earlier albums, and I was wondering if it was an indication of what was to come. The answer is no. If anything the production is cleaner than before and the tracks are more varied. Not ready to form a full judgment yet, but the first impression is very favorable.
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14.09.2011 - 04:32
Rating: 9
Destructo
I don't get why this album is getting slightly negative reviews on other websites. All people keep complaining about is the "lack of cohesion" on the album. I mean, who the hell cares ?? I personally, love this album.
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23.09.2011 - 01:12
Rating: 8
MétalNoir
Fils du Lys
Written by max5892 on 30.08.2011 at 15:04

Great album! Although I think Goi, Rode, Goi is a bit more cohesive, this album has a more mature and polished sound, and is thankfully not 80 minutes long

Agreed. This one actually has more in common with Ot Serdca K Nebu than Goi, Rode, Goi, which was quite a shift in the band's attitude.
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Notre destinée n'est pas encore tracée....
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06.10.2011 - 23:22
Rating: 9
Pelcu
Hmmm... I think it's the most mature Arkona's album. Splendid orchestrations, less screems more singing, less chaotic and much more climatic. I wait with my opinion since I've listen to it several times cause initialy I thought Goi Rode Goi is the best album I've ever heard from Arkona, but after few listening this album sounds also great or even better as closed material. And this unique climate... Like during some ancient sacred slavic ceremony!
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Don't look for solution - look for EXIT!
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10.11.2011 - 14:40
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
Arkona shows that the band keeps progressing and maturing both in performance and in songwriting. They've taken a firm hold on leadership in Russian pagan metal scene combining in their music all the best qualities of it. This year brought us quite a few strong pagan metal albums (Moonsorrow, Primordial) and "Slovo" definitely stands proudly among them.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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14.11.2011 - 16:56
Rating: 9
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
A few hiccups towards the end of the album, but overall very, very good. Their best album to date for sure. And unlike their last album, it doesn't feel a thousand years long when listened to in one sitting! :3

Oh and PS
Tam Za Tumanami is butt-fucking awesome.
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"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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27.04.2012 - 23:58
Rating: 8
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
A good album but i wouldnt say its there best.
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pewpew.. gotcha
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20.08.2012 - 21:51
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Maybe not the best, but definitely a close one to that...i nearly forgot it close after first few listenings, but lately i re-discovered it and its just like "wow!"
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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