Arkona (RUS) – Vozrozdenie CD
Arkona (Russian: Аркона) is a Russian pagan metal band. Their lyrics are heavily influenced by Russian folklore and Slavic mythology, and their music incorporates several traditional Russian musical instruments. The name of the band “Arkona” refers to the last pagan Slavic city-castle.
Their singer and songwriter, Maria “Masha Scream” Arkhipova, is one of relatively few successful female vocalists to sing in a death growl style. She is married to fellow band member Sergei “Lazar” Atrashkevich.
In September 2003 Arkona disbanded, due to the general lack of enthusiasm on the part of some of Maria’s colleagues. Arkhipova opted to continue and wrote the material for a solo album, which she presented to the members of Nargathrond, another project she was singing for at the time. The resulting debut album Vozrozhdeniye came out in March 2004 on Soundage Production. By this time the band featured three new members: guitarist Sergey “Lazar”, bassist Ruslan “Knyaz” and drummer Vlad “Artist”.
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