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

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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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Graveshadow Kicking Off Tour

Having just completed a U.S. tour opening for Anvil and Nightdemon, now symphonic metal band Graveshadow will begin a west coast tour today in Seattle opening for Russia’s Arkona and Norway’s Sirenia.

“It’s great to be back on the road, especially with bands that have had a profound impact on the genre and us as musicians,” states guitarist Will Walker. “We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, it promises to be one helluva week!”

In between tours, Graveshadow has continued working on new material for the follow-up to 2015’s :Nocturnal Resurrection," which will be the band's M-Theory Audio debut.

“The new album is shaping up very nicely and all that’s really left is to fine-tune arrangements and continue rehearsing,” continues Will. “We will record in July with Night Demon's Armand [John Anthony - guitarist] and we’re very excited about the project. It’s interesting to see how the new material has developed and we can’t wait to share with everyone. Keep an eye out!” More...

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Arkona Kicking Off Tour With Sirenia

Napalm Records artists Arkona and Sirenia are ready to kick of their North American tour tomorrow night in New York, NY at Webster Hall. This tour serves as a special 15th anniversary run for Arkona and is also Sirenia's first ever North American tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Anton of Arkona on what fans can expect on tour: "For our Anniversary set list we have chosen the songs, which we never played in North America before, from each of 7 albums we released. These songs are very well describing our 15th year path. Also we added 2 new songs from our upcoming album, which we are going to record right after out return from the tour. And of course our well known hits will not be forgotten!"

Morten of Sirenia added: "We are very excited about touring North America for the first time. It's something that we wanted to do for years and years. This time it will finally happen. A special thanks to our fans supporting this project via our pledge campaign, together we made this happen. See you in the US and Canada in a few days. First show in NYC on the 13th of May already. Be ready, 'cause we sure are!" More...

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Arkona, Sirenia Announce North American Tour

Russia's Arkona has teamed up with Norway's Sirenia for a North American tour this May. Direct support will come from Pennsylvania's MindMaze. Additional support will come from Graveshadow (05/23 to 05/27) and Sicosis (05/13 to 05/21; 05/28 to 05/30).

The tour marks the first North American run for Sirenia. Confirmed dates and venues are as follows:

05/13/2017 New York, MY (The Studio @ Webster Hall)
05/14/2017 Providence, RI (Firehouse 13)
05/15/2017 Quebec City, QC (L'Anti)
05/16/2017 Montreal, QC (L'Astral)
05/17/2017 Toronto, ON (MOD Club)
05/18/2017 Chicago, IL (Subterranean)
05/19/2017 Minneapolis, MN (Cabooze)
05/20/2017 Kansas City, MO (The Riot Room)
05/21/2017 Denver, CO (Marquis Theatre)
05/23/2017 Seattle, WA (Studio Seven)
05/24/2017 Portland, OR (Bossanova Ballroom)
05/25/2017 Oakland, CA (Metro Opera House)
05/26/2017 Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex)
05/27/2017 Scottsdale, AZ (Pranksters)
05/28/2017 El Paso, TX (Rockhouse)
05/29/2017 Dallas, TX (The Curtain Club)
05/30/2017 Austin, TX (Grizzly Hall) More...

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Arkona Debuts New Lyric Video

Arkona debuts a new lyric video for the title-track of the band's upcoming re-recorded album "Vozrozhdenie", due out in stores November 11th via Napalm Records.

Check out now "Vozrozhdenie" below.

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Arkona Premieres Newly Re-Recorded "Pod Mechami"

Russia's Arkona's debut album "Vozrozhdenie" was originally released in 2004 and firmly entrenched both the band and its mother country squarely on the pagan/folk metal map. Frontwoman Masha's powerful performance, plus Slavic mysticism and varied songwriting, turned the first release (its name means "revival") of a young Arkona into a success story, launching a remarkable career that has spanned 14 years and eight full length studio releases.

To celebrate that landmark release, the band has re-recorded "Vozrozhdenie" to truly revisit their roots! The re-recording of lets those old songs shine with a massive new production and instrumental skills! "Vozrozhdenie" will be released on November 11th.

Today, Arkona has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the newly re-recorded "Pod Mechami," which you can check out streaming in the player below.

The band commented: "Friends, we would like to present you the song 'Pod Mechami' from our re-recorded album 'Vozrozhdenie,' which will be released on November 11th in a super fat digibook with beautiful illustrations of "Pagan artist" Kris Verwimp! It can be ordered right now at this location."

The band also provided insight in to the album and "Pod Mechami" itself:

"Initially the album 'Vozrozhdenie' was planned as an album with 9 songs, from the repertoire of the first line-up of Arkona. Songs 'Pod Mechami,' 'K domu Svaroga,' 'Zov Predkov' were created by Masha in the summer of 2003, when all the other band members had left the band. [The] song 'Pod Mechami' was planned for the common project with the band members of 'Pagan Reign,' but, for some forgotten reasons this cooperation has not worked out. Later this song was moved to the debut album and became a track with guest participation of Alexei Agafonov, the member of the band 'Butterfly Temple.' More...

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Arkona To Release Re-Recorded Debut Album

Russia's Arkona's debut album "Vozrozhdenie" was originally released in 2004 and firmly placed both the band and its mother country on the pagan/folk metal map. Frontwoman Masha's powerful performance, plus Slavic mysticism and varied songwriting, turned the first release (its name means "revival," by the way) of a young Arkona into a success and launched a remarkable career.

The band has now re-recorded "Vozrozhdenie" and will truly revisit their roots! The re-recording of lets those old songs shine with a massive production and new instrumental skills! "Vozrozhdenie" will be released on November 11th. Pre-Orders will be available shortly.

The track list is:

1. Kolyada
2. Maslenitsa
3. K domu Svaroga
4. Chernye vorony
5. Vozrozhdenie
6. Rus’
7. Brate slavyane
8. Solntsevorot
9. Pod mechami
10. Po zverinym tropam
11. Zalozhny
12. Zov predkov More...

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The Negation Announces Shows With Arkona

In support of second album "Memento Mori," French black metal quintet The Negation just announced a new French invasion for November dubbed the "Lunaris French Tour," this time bringing along Poland's Arkona.

Starting with a U.K. tour alongside Gorgoroth last December and followed by a mainland European invasion with fellow countrymen Mortis Mutilati, the campaign for The Negation's call to rebellion and revolt of the masses continues.

Nov. 10 - FR - Lorient
Nov. 11 - FR - Bordeaux
Nov. 12 - FR - Lille
Nov. 13 - FR - Paris More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Arkona Headed To Latin America

Arkona has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming Latin American shows this fall:

"Arkona will return to Latin America in October 2015! Words can not express how happy we are to announce our return!

"It's been two years since we played for you last time and it is definitely too much! It is not enough just to say, that we are looking forward to see you all again! Also, we are very excited to come to El Salvador for the first time!

"We know that all shows will be absolutely warm and crazy! See you very soon, friends!"

11.10.2015 El Salvador - San Salvador - Buhoos
12.10.2015 Costa Rica - San José - TBC
13.10.2015 Colombia - Bogota - Ozzy Bar
15.10.2015 Chile - Santiago - Rock y Guitarras
16.10.2015 Argentina - Buenos Aires - Asbury Music Club
17.10.2015 Brazil - São Paulo - Clash club
18.10.2015 Brazil - Curitiba - John Bull
19.10.2015 Brazil - Porto Alegre - El Toro Pub
21.10.2015 Brazil - Rio de Janeiro- Teatro odisséia More...

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Arkona Releases New Video "Zov Pustyh Dereven'"

Russian blackened folk metal act Arkona premieres the new music video for "Zov pustyh dereven,'" which can be viewed in the player below. The song appears on the latest studio effort "Yav" (2014), which is available now through Napalm Records.

The Russian warriors revolving around the impressive frontlady Masha "Scream" Arkhipova have perfected their unique style. Like never before, the band interweaves brutal Metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Sweeping and profound songs, epic compositions and dream-like atmospheres create the distinctive and enthralling sound of Arkona!

Arkona will hit the road in North America this September/October with Heidevolk and California's Helsott.

The dates for the tour, with more still to be announced are:

Sep 09: Petit Campus, Montreal, Canada
Sep 10: Salle Multi, Quebec City, Canada
Sep 11: The Garrison, Toronto, Canada
Sep 12: Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
Sep 13: Reggie's, Chicago, IL
Sep 20: Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Sep 23: Metro Opera House, Oakland, CA
Sep 25: Complex, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26: The Merrow, San Diego, CA
Sep 27: Joe's Grotto, Phoenix, AZ
Sep 30: The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Oct 02: Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Oct 04: The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Metal Underground.com is proud to present the world premiere of the "Zov pustyh dereven'" here: More...

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Arkona Comments On Re-Recording Album

Folk metal band Arkona released new album "Yav" earlier this year, and now the band has announced the possibility of re-recording the "Vozrozhdenie" album as well. Arkona comments:

"Being on the road in 2014, we were listening to our old albums. We understood, that we definitely grew up music-wise, and we have much more capabilities right now as a band.

"So, now we have a huge wish to re-record our debut album 'Vozrozhdenie.' What do you think about that? Is that a good idea? Please don't hesitate to leave your opinion here, it is really important for us!" More...

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Dewar PR Offering Free Metal Compilation

Back in the day people used to make mixtapes for each other on actual cassette tapes. With the coming of CDs, CD compilations became a big thing.

The internet age in the 21st Century is now eroding the physical in music and digital is how everything is done. Compilations and mixtapes have not died away though. and thanks to such streaming sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube, people can freely share their favorite tunes.

Dewar PR, which specializes in heavy metal and hard rock publicity, has put together a digital compilation of some of the most interesting tunes coming from the heavy metal underground at the moment.

You can stream the 11-song compilation below, or download a free digital copy at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Thunderwar - Vimana (The Chariots in Heaven) 06:41
2. SoulSteal - Allegience 03:41
3. The King Is Blind - Revelation, Apocalypse 03:19
4. Decaying - One To Conquer 04:18
5. Dismanibus - Stamp On Your Grave 04:17
6. Diskord - Elytrous Oscillations 04:54
7. Jøtnarr - Relics 02:54
8. Illness - Zaraza 06:50
9. Praesepe - Acedia 10:11
10. Arkona - Klucz Do Istnienia 05:20
11. Ctulu - Mondsucht 07:21 More...

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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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