Arkona - Явь



7.8 | 114 votes |
Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Pagan folk metal

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Disc I
01. Зарождение
02. На страже новых лет
03. Сербиа
04. Зов пустых деревень
05. Город снов
06. Ведьма
07. Чадо индиго
08. Явь
09. В обьятьях крамолы

Disc II [10th Anniversary Show at P!IPLE Concert Hall (Moscow)]
01. Азъ
02. Аркаим
03. От сердца к небу
04. Гой, Роде, Гой!
05. Леший
06. Заклятье
07. Лики бессмертных богов
08. Невидаль
09. Коло нави
10. Славься, Русь!
11. Одна
12. Сва
13. Купалец
14. В цепях древней Тайны
15. Слово
16. Больно мне
17. Память
18. Аркона
19. Ой, печаль-тоска
20. Стенка На Стенку
21. Ярило
22. Катится Коло
+ Лики бессмертных богов [video]
+ Ярило [video]
+ Стенка На Стенку [video]

Line-up
Vladimir "Volk" - wind ethnic instruments
Masha "Scream" Arhipova - vocals, keyboards
Sergey "Lazar" Lazarev - guitars
Vladymir "Artist" Lyovushkin Sokolov - drums
Andrey Ischenko - drums
Ruslan "Kniaz" - bass

Additional musicians:
Thomas Väänänen - vocals
Olli Vänskä - violin
Aleksey "Mister Alafern" - violin
Vika "Vkgoeswild" Yermolyeva - piano
Radimir - voice

Additional info
Produced by Sergey "Lazar" Lazarev and Masha "Scream" Arhipova.

It took me a few listens to let this album fully sink in, but Arkona wisely drops their light-hearted, catchy hooks to bring us an album with a much better flow and sense of focus. That doesn't mean they aren't as dynamic, progressive-minded and aggressive as ever though. These Russian folk metal giants are still on top of their game.

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17.08.2014 - 19:08
Rating: 9
Rulatore
I had no idea Thomas Väänänen was doing some guest vocals and, as usual, he sounds AWESOME. Glad he still can do some wild vocals.
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17.08.2014 - 20:13
BitterCOld
Gringo
Staff has no issue with his current voting record, though i might strongly suggest an attitude adjustment. Same goes for the "bitch" comment which prompted this. play nice.
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get the fuck off my lawn.
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19.08.2014 - 14:42
Dima
Surprised this kept my attention for the whole 66 minutes. I likey.

This comment section is also full of lolz.
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20.08.2014 - 00:45
Rating: 9
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
Written by Dima on 19.08.2014 at 14:42

Surprised this kept my attention for the whole 66 minutes.


Yeah, me too. If someone were to objectively describe the album to me, I'd prob predict that I would think it would boring. What a really like about this album is that due to some very smart songwriting, it holds a more constant tone better than their previous albums. Like, it's a dynamic album, but all the transitions and ideas thrown around are pretty subtle but still obvious enough to be interesting under careful listening. For example, in the title track, there is a pretty fuckin' rockin' riff that gets introduced five minutes in, but it doesn't totally fuck up the tone of the song with a jarring transition. And hearing a good amount of (smartly under-mixed) non-string synth in Arkona's music is a pleasantly interesting surprise.
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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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21.08.2014 - 07:41
moe5512
Funniest read in a while this is.
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