Arkona are a band from Russia that plays a mixture of pagan and folk metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Khram" which will be released on January 18th by Napalm Records.
A very ritualistic sounding intro starts off the album along with some grim black metal screams, spoken words and whispers a few seconds later and after awhile folk instruments and shaman style percussion is added into some parts of the songs and also mix in with the heavier sections of the music.
Death metal growls are also used quite a bit throughout the recording along with a great amount of clean female vocals while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody as well as most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard.
When synths are utilized they give the songs a more atmospheric feeling while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some songs also bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars, when tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a black metal edge.
Arkona plays a musical style that takes folk, pagan and black metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Slavic Paganism, Folk Tales, Legends and Mythology themes.
In my opinion Arkona are a very great sounding mixture of folk, pagan and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shtorm" "Khrom" and "Volchitsa". 8 out of 10.