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Arkona: Slovo

There are many reasons to admire Arkona; firstly, they're pretty good, secondly they put in that all important 110% effort Slovo appears hot on the heels of the Stenka Na Stenka EP and finally, they still haven't succumbed to the temptation to sing in English which gains them more authenticity points.Slovo is a record which just demands to be listened to from beginning to end and not just dipped into. There is a somewhat bewildering amount going on within its rich textures. There's Pagan Metal, folk inflections, gorgeous melodies and much, much more.

Led by vocalist Masha Scream the lyrics apparently concern Russian history but compared to previous releases the songs are arguably less epic and less progressive. I've seen some complaints that this may alienate some fans but surely no more so than singing in Russian!

It's difficult to convey in words the music of Arkona other than to say that if you like metal of the pagan or death variety and you are of open mind then Slovo would be a welcome addition to any collection.


Track Listing:
01. Az'
02. Arkaim
03. Bol'no Mne
04. Leshiy
05. Zakliatie
06. Predok
07. Nikogda
08. Tam Za Tumanami
09. Potomok
10. Slovo
11. Odna
12. Vo Moiom Sadochke
13. Stenka Na Stenku
14. Zimushka

Added: August 26th 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1480
Language: english

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