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1. Vozrosdenie (Vic Records, 2007) buy

2. Lepta (Vic Records, 2007) buy

3. For the Glory of the great (Vic Records, 2007) buy

4. Life for the Great (Vic Records, 2008) buy

5. Life for the Great DVD (Vic Records, 2008) buy

Arkona (Moscow Russia) is formed early 2002, when members of local Moscow pagan community Vyatichi, Maria 'Scream' Arhipova and Alexander Korolyov met eachother and found out they shared ideology and musical taste.


Initially the band was called Hyperborea and consisted of Maria 'Scream' Arhipova and several local musicians. February 2002 the band was renamed into Arkona. The musical concept was pagan/folk metal and lyrical inspiration was found in ancient beliefs and history of Slavonic Russia.


In the end of 2002, Arkona recorded its debut demo at CDM-Records studio in Moscow. Unfortunately shortly after the demo recordings several band members lost their interest. September 2003, Arkona broke up. Maria decided to continue on herself and asked the members of her side project Nargathrond for help.


Maria wrote all the orchestration and during March 2004 she recorded the Arkona debut album 'Vozrozhdenie' (The Revival) with the assistance of members from well know Moscow band (Sergey 'Lazar' on guitar, Ruslan 'Kniaz' on bass and Vlad, drums). Arkona's musical direction can be described as pagan/ folk metal, covering the metal spectrum from elegant, almost gothic parts to fast and furious pagan metal. Never chaotic, always catchy and very melodic. Several songs on the Arkona albums feature authentic Russian Folk lyrics and music.


Immediately after the recordings, Maria wrote several new songs and by the end of summer 2004 all the songs for the second album named 'Lepta' were ready. It was recorded the following autumn with the same musicians.


The album 'Lepta' was released in December 2004 and featured the same old themes from their debut 'Vozrozhdenie'. The album had a guest role for vocalist Les'yar ( Nevid', ex-Butterfly Temple ), not only as a singer, but he also wrote lyrics for the song 'Zarnitsy Nashei vobody'.


During summer 2005 the band started recording their third album, 'Vo Slavu Velikim' (For the Glory of the Great), their most complicated and varied album thus far.


On this album Arkona decided to give up on using synthesizers and used only real ethnic authentic instruments like gaita, din whistle, low din whistle, sopilka and vargan. One of the invited musicians on the third album was the famous Rusian folk-musician Vladimir Cherepovskiy (Mervent, ex-Voinstvo Sidov, Veter Vody) and members of bands as Svarga and Alkonost. In September 2005 the album went gold in Russia.


During one of their many live performance Arkona recorded their debut DVD 'Live For The Great' and also released their live album 'Zhizn' vo Slavu' (Live for the Great) on which the debut demo tracks were added.


All albums are recorded, mixed and mastered at CDM Records in Moscow, Russia. Produced by Masha Scream and Sergei Lazar. Vic Records bought the rights of all Arkona albums and will release these world wide.


Arkona was an ancient Temple Fortress on the former Slavic Island of Rugia (nowadays known as Rügen, Germany) in the Baltic Sea. The temple was dedicated to the ancient Slavic God Svantevit, the four-headed God of war, fertility and abundance. Svantevit had two heads at the front and two at the back and had his characteristic horn of abundance.


In 1168 AD, Arkona was destroyed by Danish invaders.


IN THE NAME OF THE GREAT ONES (VIC-012)


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  Arkona performs a very diverse type of pagan metal, from elegant gothic parts to fast and furious pagan metal blasts. Never chaotic, always chatchy and melodic. Some (parts of) tracks are authentic Russian folk. Lyrical inspiration is found in the glory of the ancient Rus. 'Vo Slavu Velikim' (in English: 'For the Glory Of The Great Ones') is Arkona's third studio album, recorded in Moscow during 2005.

The album The Glory of the Great will feature several authentic Russian instruments like gaita, din whistle, low din whistle, sopilka and vargan. The album has an excellent production and can easily compete with Western European pagan metal bands. Artwork by top Russian artist Vladimir " Smerdulak " (Rossomahaar, Asguard, Infestum, Stalwart).

Playlist:
1. Intro (Kolymiyka)
2. Skvoz' Tuman Vekov
3. Rus' Iznachal'naya
4. Vo Slavu Velikim
5. Po Syroi Zemle
6. Tuman Yarom
7. Zov Bitvy
8. Vedy Proshlogo
9. Velikden'
10. Gnev Vremen
11. Na Svarogovoi Doroge
12. Vyidi, Vyidi Ivanku
13. Vosstanie Roda
14. Sila Slavnyh
 
LEPTA (VIC-018)
  Arkona performs a very diverse type of pagan metal, from elegant gothic parts to fast and furious pagan metal blasts. Never chaotic, always chatchy and melodic. Some (parts of) tracks are authentic Russian folk. Lyrical inspiration is found in the glory of the ancient Rus.

Arkona's second album 'Lepta' was recorded in the end of 2004. So far only released in Russia.

Playlist:
1. Sotkani Veka (Centuries are Woven)
2. Lepta o Gneve (A Tale about Anger)
3. Chiornie Debri Voini (The Black Abyss of War)
4. Zarnitsi Nashe Svobodi (Summer Lightnings of Our Freedom)
5. Viydu ia na Volushku (There I Will Be in an Open Space)
6. Voin Pravdi (Fighter of the Truth)
7. Marena
8. Epilogue
9. Oi Ti ne Vecher (Oh, Not That Evening)

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LIVE...FOR THE GREAT/NARGATHROND - INEVIVITABILITY (VIC-018)


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  Now captured on this excellent live album 'Jizn' Vo Slavu' (in English: Live...For the Glory), an overview of the best 11 tracks from their first 3 studio albums. Also included on the first disc is the one and only ARKONA demo as a special bonus (3 tracks).

the 2nd disk in this set is the 3rd full length album of ARKONA's side project, called NARGATHROND. No pagan metal this time around, but epic, gothic metal, 11 tracks in total. Recorded and produced at the same studio where all ARKONA albums are recorded (Studio CDM, Moscow).

DISK I ARKONA - LIVE... FOR THE GLORY
1. Intro (Kolomiyka)
2. Skvoz' Tuman Vekov (Through a Fog of Centuries)
3. Po Syroi Zemle (On the Crude Ground)
4. Maslenitsa
5. Chiornie Debri Voini (Black Abyss of War)
6. Tuman Jarom
7. Gnev Vremen (Anger of Times)
8. Po Zverinym Tropam... (On Animal Paths)
9. Rus (Russia)
10. Vosstanie Roda (The Rod's Arise)
11. Oi, To Ne Vecher (Oh, not that evening)
Bonus: 'Russia' (demo 2002):
12. Kolyada
13. Solntsevorot (Solstice)
14. Rus (Russia)

DISK II Nargathrond - Inevitability
1. Teni nochi (Shadows of the Night)
2. Sily vetra (Forces of the Wind)
3. Neizbezhnost' (Inevitability)
4. Plenja zabludshie ogni (Capturing Lost Blazes)
5. Volki (Wolves)
6. Na poroge (At a Threshold)
7. Oblaka (Clouds)
8. Kak byt' mne zdes'?
(How should I be here?)
9. Rasterebil tvoj den' (Your Day was Pulled to Pieces)
10. Ptica-dusha (Soulbird)
11. Oblik tvoj (Your Appearance)
 
VOZROGDENIE (VIC-017)
  Arkona performs a very diverse type of pagan metal, from elegant gothic parts to fast and furious pagan metal blasts. Never chaotic, always chatchy and melodic. Some (parts of) tracks are authentic Russian folk. Lyrical inspiration is found in the glory of the ancient Rus.

Arkona's debut 'Vosrozdenie' (in English 'Rebirth' or 'Renaissance') was recorded in 2004. It was the first of so far 5 very well received pagan metal albums.

Playlist:
1. Koliada
2. Maslenitsa
3. K domu Svaroga
4. Chornie Vorioni
5. Vozrozdenie
6. Russ
7. Brate Slaviane
8. Solntesvororot
9. Pod mechami
10. Po zverimim tropam
11. Zalozniy
12. Zov predkov

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LIVE...FOR THE GREAT (DVD)
  Arkona: Jizn'Vo Slavu: Live in Moscouw DVD!!!

12 tracks from their first 3 albums, plus a photo gallery.

Playlist:
CHAPTER I:
ARKONA live at Club ‘Relax’, Moscow, Russia 23-10-2005:
1. Intro (Kolomiyka)
2. Skvoz' Tuman Vekov (Through a fog of Centuries)
3. Po Syroi Zemle (On the crude Ground)
4. Maslenitsa
5. Chiornie Debri Voini (Black Abyss of War)
6. Tuman Jarom
7. Gnev Vremen (Anger of Times)
8. Po Zverinym Tropam (On Animal Paths)
9. Rus (Russia)
10. Oi, To Ne Vecher (Oh, not that evening)
11. Vosstanie Roda (The Rod’s Arise)


CHAPTER II: Photo Gallery

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Masha Scream - vocals, keyboards and flute
Sergey "Lazar" Atrashkevitch - lead and rhythm guitar
Kniaz - bass
Vlad - drums
 
Internet: http://www.arkona-russia.com/
Myspace: www.myspace.com/arkonarussia