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Arkona

Formed: 2002
From: Moscow, Russia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Arkona News

Below is our complete Arkona news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Arkona Releasing Split With Illness

September 1st will mark the release of a vinyl split containing the newest recordings from Polish frostbound pagans Arkona and Polish-Norwegian squadron Illness.

The 7” EP release will contain one track by each band prepared especially for this occasion. Arkona will bring "Klucz Do Istnienia," a track recorded during the "Chaos.Ice.Fire" sessions, while Illness will hammer the nail with "Zaraza," a song kept in dehumanized, industrial-black style.

The EP will be released by the joint force of Godz Ov War Productions and Third Eye Temple as a standard sleeve with two-sided insert in a limited amount of 300 hand numbered copies. More...

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Arkona Streaming New Track "Na Strazhe Novyh Let"

Russian folk metal act Arkona is streaming the new track "Na strazhe novyh let" over at this location. The song appears on the upcoming new album "Yav," which is set for release on the following release schedule:

April 25th: GAS
April 28th: FR
April 30th: ESP/SWE/NOR
May 2nd: FIN & BENELUX
May 5th: UK/Rest of Europe
May 6th: USA/CAN

The band is set to embark on a fall tour with Eluveitie and Skalmold. For details head over here. A preview clip for the "Yav" release can be heard at this location. The track listing is:

1. Zarozhdenie
2. Na strazhe novyh let
3. Serbia
4. Zov pustyh dereven'
5. Gorod snov
6. Ved'ma
7. Chado indigo
8. Jav'
9. V ob'jat'jah kramoly

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Eluveitie To Embark On Tour With Skalmold

After previously revealing the first details for an upcoming new record, the Swiss folk metal leaders in Eluveitie now announce a European tour in support of the successor to "Helvetios."

Commented the band: “In September, 2013, our massive 'Helvetios world tour' came to a well-deserved end - after just over 200 shows, spread over 3 continents and including over 30 countries, it was time begin work on new music for you. Now, after half a year off the road, we have completed our new album and it is time to announce the first European leg of our next tour. In tow we will have our most elaborate work yet, and the determination to bring you the most memorable Eluveitie show to date. See you soon in a town near you!“

Alongside Eluveitie will be Russian folk metal outlet Arkona and Icelandic Viking metal formation Skalmold. Dates are as follows: More...

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Arkona Posts Preview Of New Album "Yav"

Russian folk metal act Arkona released a preview clip of the upcoming new album "Yav." The clip features snippets of the entire album and can be heard in the player below. The album is set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

April 25th: GAS
April 28th: FR
April 30th: ESP/SWE/NOR
May 2nd: FIN & BENELUX
May 5th: UK/Rest of Europe
May 6th: USA/CAN

The track list is as follows:

1. Zarozhdenie
2. Na strazhe novyh let (streaming here)
3. Serbia
4. Zov pustyh dereven'
5. Gorod snov
6. Ved'ma
7. Chado indigo
8. Jav'
9. V ob'jat'jah kramoly

Check out the preview here: More...

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Arkona Streams Preview Clip Of New Track

Russian folk metal act Arkona is streaming a clip of the new track "Na strazhe novyh let" over at this location. The song appears on the upcoming new album "Yav," which is set for release on April 25th via Napalm Records.

The track listing for "Yav" is:

1. Zarozhdenie
2. Na strazhe novyh let
3. Serbia
4. Zov pustyh dereven'
5. Gorod snov
6. Ved'ma
7. Chado indigo
8. Jav'
9. V ob'jat'jah kramoly

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Arkona Reveals "Yav" Artwork

Arkona has today revealed the artwork for new album "Yav," which was created by Gyula Havancsák and can be seen below.

Pre-orders for "Yav" are also available online at this location, with the full-length due out April 25th. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Zarozhdenie
2. Na strazhe novyh let
3. Serbia
4. Zov pustyh dereven'
5. Gorod snov
6. Ved'ma
7. Chado indigo
8. Jav'
9. V ob'jat'jah kramoly More...

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Arkona Finishes New Album

Arkona has checked in with the following update about completing a new album:

"We can proudly announce, that the work on our new album 'Yav' is finished and master CD was sent to Napalm rec. few minutes ago!

"Those 70 minutes of music took a lot of nerves, time and power, and now we finally can say: 'Yes, we made it!'

"All musicians, who took part in album recording, showed the highest level of their musical skills. Sometimes we had to go back and learn how to play an instrument again, but now, when the whole work is behind, we can tell, that it is new step in our art and this 3-years long path is finished!"

Further details on the new album's release are forthcoming.

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Arkona Splits With Drummer

Russian outfit Arkona has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Vlad Sokolov:

"We have a sad news - Vlad 'Artist' Sokolov left our band. It's first change in our line-up for the last 10 years and it is hard for us to realize it.

"Vlad decided to leave the band at the beginning of summer 2013. The main reasons are tiredness of live shows and his desire to spend more time with his family.

"We are very thankful for everything he made for the band during these 10 years! But, our journey continues and we are ready to turn the next page of our history... More...

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Arkona Announces North American Tour

Russian pagan metallers Arkona are set to hit North America for a full headline tour this fall. The band will be hitting the road beginning October 28th in Frederick, MD and wrap things up November 22nd in Tampa, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below.

10/28: Frederick, MD @ Café 611
10/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/30: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
10/31: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
11/1: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/2: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
11/4: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
11/5: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
11/6: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
11/8: Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winker Bean's
11/9: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/10: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/11: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex Arts Center
11/13: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
11/14: Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live (Outdoor Stage)
11/15: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/16: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/17: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
11/19: Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
11/20: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
11/21: New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
11/22: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum More...

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Arkona Comments On Lack Of Mexican Shows

Arkona, which is currently recording a new album and will be heading out for tour dates this winter, has checked in with the following statement to Mexican fans:

"Unfortunately, we have to tell you, that we will not visit Mexico in October-November this year. We tried our best to book the show in your country, because we know how you are waiting for us.

"But the problem is that both weekends, which were possible for Mexico, are already booked for the other bands. As you know, we are living very far from you, so it would be impossible to fly to one single show.

"But we want to ask you to wait a bit more and we will come to you after release of new album 'Yav,' be sure! We will wait for the next Mexico show together with you all! So don’t be sad and prepare for the next battle!" More...

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Arkona Issues Recording Update

After releasing the "Decade of Glory" live album, Arkona is now working on a studio full-length titled "Yav."

The band recently finished recording guitars and is now beginning work on vocals. Further details will be announced as they are available, and you can follow the recording process over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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More Bands Added To The Eindhoven Metal Meeting

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be taking place this December 12th - 14th, with full details available at the festival's website here.

Several new bands have now been announced, including Napalm Death, Carpathian Forest, Gothminister, Aborym, and the Monolith Deathcult. Check out the announcement clip below.

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Arkona Live Footage Available

Drugmetal.ru has posted a 13 minute video report from the latest Arkona show in Moscow, featuring parts of the performance and mini-interviews with the band's members in which they discuss an upcoming new album. Check out the clip below.

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Therion European Tour With Arkona Announced

This December the new tour dubbed "Rock Opera Unveiled" will hit Europe with Swedish symphonic masters Therion, Russian folk metal band Arkona, Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm and gothic metal act The Devil. Dates are set to begin on December 6, 2013 in Krakow, Poland and end in Franfurt, Germany on the 22nd.

The dates are as follows (venues TBA):

Dec. 6th: Krakow, Poland
Dec. 7th: Warsaw, Poland
Dec. 8th: Wroclaw, Poland
Dec. 10th: Budapest, Hungary
Dec. 11th: Vienna, Austria
Dec. 12th: Brno, Czech Republic
Dec. 13th: Iena, Germany
Dec. 14th: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dec. 15th: Lausanne, Switzerland
Dec. 17th: Romagnano, Italy
Dec. 18th: Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 19th: Paris, France
Dec. 20th: London, UK
Dec. 21st: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Dec. 22nd: Frankfurt, Germany More...

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Arkona Streaming Track From Live Album

Arkona will be releasing the “Decade of Glory” live album on February 22nd, 2013 via Napalm Records, and now the band has posted a track from the release online. Check out the song below, and Arkona also comments:

"Today is 11th birthday of Arkona and to support expectations of the album '10 Years of Glory,' we are uploading the first song, which was written for the band Arkona and which became a kind of anthem for many Slavs. It is the version with chorus and orchestra, it was recorded exactly a year ago at the Moscow show." More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Arkona Posts "Slavsia, Rus´" Clip From New Live LP

Arkona posted a live video clip of the song "Slavasia, Rus'," which appears on the band's upcoming live album “Decade of Glory” live album. The release drops on February 22nd, 2013 via Napalm Records. The 2CD set was recorded during the band's 10th anniversary show in 2012.

Details and track listing for the release can be found over at this location.

Check out "Slavasia, Rus'" here:

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Band Lineup Announced For Darkness Rising Fest

This year's edition of the Serbian "Darkness Rising" festival will take place in Belgrade from May 30th - June 1st, 2013. The festival features 27 black metal bands from a variety of countries, with full details available at the festival's website here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Desaster (Germany)
Horna (Finland)
Enthroned (Belgium)
Behexen (Finland)
Infernal War (Poland)
Urfaust (Netherlands)
Sargeist (Finland)
Fides Inversa (Italy)
Inferno (Czech)
Frostmoon Eclipse (Italy)
Silva Nigra (Czech)
Arkona (Poland)
Sekhmet (Czech)
Somrak (Slovenia)
Handful Of Hate (Italy)
The One (Greece)
The True Endless (Italy)
Emptiness (Belgium)
Simargal (Serbia)
Ater Era (Slovenia)
Svartgren (Serbia)
Triumfall (Serbia)
Samrt (Serbia)
Terrörhammer (Serbia)
Prognan (Croatia)
Zloslut (Serbia) More...

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Paganfest Europe 2013 Trailer Posted

A trailer for the legendary Paganfest was posted for the 2013 tour featuring Alestorm, Arkona, Thyrfing and Ex Deo with Wolfchant and Varg on special extended shows. The confrimed dates are as follows:

28.02.2013 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
01.03.2013 DE - Wuerzburg, Posthalle *Extended*
02.03.2013 DE - Essen, Weststadthalle *Extended*
03.03.2013 NL - Eindhoven, Effenaar
04.03.2013 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
05.03.2013 CH - Solothurn, Kofmehl
06.03.2013 AT - Vienna, Szene
07.03.2013 DE - Berlin, K17
08.03.2013 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser *Extended*
09.03.2013 DE - Munich, Backstage *Extended*
10.03.2013 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle *Extended*

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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