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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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Paganfest Destroys The Palladium

There are few places I would rather see an event like Paganfest more than at The Palldium in Worcester. It is currently the venue in which I see the majority of great metal event pass through the Northeast. Needless to say, when I found out long ago that the great hall (which would have been more fitting the lineup here) would remain empty as Pirates and Vikings would be facing off in the dreaded upstairs portion, my heart was heavy. For one, the sweat soaked sardine fest that would come is not conducive to a man my size who generally enjoys a four foot warzone to avoid striking any of my metal brothers with lumbering limbs and no sense of balance. Secondly, even though I would witness my first live exposure to Alestorm and Turisas, two of many personal favorites, I would not actually hear OR see the event properly. The sound in the upstairs portion is absolutely unfixable no matter what the venue does and the stage is at least three feet lower. Unless you plow your way through the crowd of men, women and children leaving a trail of destruction behind to get to the front, photography with any camera is an epic fail. Even if you are that lucky, the frighteningly horrible house lighting rig showers the bands in merely blood red. So was the night that awaited me. But alas, the crowd was entertaining enough, the beer doth flow and above all the four main acts were there. For metal, we do most anything. More...

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Forgotten Tomb Confirmed For Extremefest 2012

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:

5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The organizers of Extremefest have now issued the following announcement about confirming Forgotten Tomb and Ultrawurscht:

"Forgotten Tomb been around since 1999 and the Italians have caused quite a stir in the black and dark metal underground! 'Songs To Leave' (2002) or 'Love`s Burial Ground' (2004) are rightfully considered milestones of melancholic dark metal that the fourpiece infuses with doom and black metal elements. In 2011, Forgotten Tomb released their most recent effort 'Under Saturn Retrograde' and fans can look forward to one of the rare appearances of the Italians at the Austrian and German editions of Extremefest!

"It´s all about the sausage with Bavarian / Austrian act Ultrawurscht! Their highly explosive mixture of death metal, grind and hardcore – or simply 'Wurschtcore' – will one day conquer the world, and if you had the chance to check out albums such as 'Cheese Ass Built My Hot Dog' you`ll agree! Mixing metal and sausages should be declared a form of art anyway, so slap some wieners on the grill before checking out Ultrawurscht`s exclusive set at the Austrian edition of the Extremefest 2012!"

So far these bands have been confirmed to play Extremefest 2012: More...

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Turisas Posts Paganfest III North America Trailer

Finnish symphonic metal band Turisas posted a trailer for the upcoming Paganfest III North America tour, which starts next week on March 29, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The festival also features Alestorm, Arkona and Huntress. Ex Deo was recently forced to cancel its participation.

Check out the trailer here:

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Napalm To Release Free Sampler At PaganFest

Three Napalm Records recording artists - Alestorm, Arkona, and Huntress - will be joining headliners Turisas as direct support for this year's installment of the PaganFest America tour. To celebrate this monumental tour, Napalm Records is giving away a free label sampler on a first-come/first-served basis to all PaganFest America Part III ticket-buyers. Entitled "With Us Or Against Us - Operation Bald Eagle," this Napalm label sampler includes the following track list:

1) HUNTRESS - Spell Eater
2) MOONSPELL - Lickanthrope
3) MOONSPELL - White Skies
4) CANDLEMASS - Dancing in the Temple of the Mad Queen Bee
5) KONTRUST - Sock 'n' Doll
6) NACHTBLUT - Eiskönigin
7) ATOMA - Rainmen
8) LONEWOLF - Army of the Damned
9) THE GRAVIATORS - Häxagram
10) XANDRIA - Valentine
11) HEIDEVOLK - Een Nieuw Begin
12 DIABULUS IN MUSICA - Sceneries of Hope
13) HELLSAW - Silence
14) IRON FIRE - Taken
15) NEMESEA - Afterlife
16) SVÖLK - 52
17) ARKONA - Slovo
18) THULCANDRA - Black Flags of Hate More...

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Ex Deo Drops Off PaganFest

Battle metallers Turisas will be heading back to North America this spring for "PaganFest: America Part III," their first-ever U.S. headlining run. Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's Alestorm, Russia's Arkona, and U.S. act Huntress. Ex Deo has now dropped-off the tour, and in regards to the band's departure from PaganFest, Maurizio Iacono comments:

"It is with deep disappointment that I am obliged to pull EX DEO off this year's PaganFest. We were all excited to play this festival and premier some new material, but unfortunately our new album 'Caligvla' has been delayed, and we need to finish it and make it perfect. Add to that, the Kataklsym DVD is also on its final production phase...We decided it would be best to concentrate on giving every bit of attention to the album you have been waiting for, and also for the Kataklysm documentary to kick major ass.

"This being said, we will still perform with EX DEO on the Montreal & Toronto shows with PaganFest, as we will be in studio in the area, closing up the album 'Caligvla'. Everything else is cancelled for EX DEO. We will return to support the album in the fall...

"Word from Rome is that the plans are already in motion for world conquest! We ask our fans to support PaganFest and the great bands playing this year!"

Dates for the PaganFest tour are as follows: More...

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Turisas Comments On Headlining PaganFest

Turisas will be heading back to North America this spring for "PaganFest: America Part III," the band's first-ever U.S. headlining run. Joining the Finnish sextet on this triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's Alestorm, Rome's Ex Deo, Russia's Arkona, and the US's very own Huntress.

In regards to the upcoming tour, Turisas frontman Mathias Nygard comments: "It took time, but finally we had a chance to make it back to North America. After many successful tours there with acts like Cradle of Filth and Dragonforce during the past few years, it's great to return as a headliner. This is a killer combo with great variety-- some of the most twisted acts of the folkier side of metal! Be prepared for a great night out-- I expect to witness some crazy audiences!"

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Huntress To Join Paganfest III 2012 In The U.S.

California metal band Huntress, newly signed to Napalm Records, announced that the band will provide support on the Paganfest III Tour for the U.S.A. in March of 2012.

The Paganfest III Lineup is as follows:

Turisas
Alestorm
Ex Deo
Arkona
Huntress

The following dates are confirmed (more expected to be added):

Thu 3/29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Fri 3/30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Sat 3/31 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sun 4/01 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Mon 4/02 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Tue 4/03 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Wed 4/04 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
Thu 4/05 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Fri 4/06 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sat 4/07 - Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
Sun 4/08 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Fri 4/13 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sun 4/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mon 4/16 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Tue 4/17 - San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Wed 4/18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

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Amon Amarth Confirms For Brutal Assault 2012

Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.

Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:

Arcturus
Arkona
Be'lakor
Cattle Decapitation
Converge
Dimmu Borgir
Dodheimsgard
General Surgery
Heathen
Heaven Shall Burn
Immortal
Incantation
Ministry
Moonspell
Norther
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
Sodom
Textures
The Black Dahlia Murder
Virus

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Extremefest Trailer Posted

A new video trailer was posted for the 2012 Extrmefest to be held in Hünxe, Germany and Salzburg, Austria from July 4-7, 2012. The festival will feature over 70 bands, including the following:

Cannibal corpse
Exodus
Nasum
Asphyx
Suicidal Angels
Arkona
Destroyer 666
Whitechapel
Dornenreich
Milking the Goatmachine
Trollfest
Inquisition
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hellish Crossfire
Eis
Disavowed
Hellsaw
Rompeprop
Benighted

Check out the trailer here:

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Eisregen To Play Extreme Fest

Germany's Eisregen will be appearing at the Extreme Fest 2012, which takes place on the following dates and locations:

July 5-7, 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
July 5-7, 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
July 5-7, 2012 CH – TBA, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The current lineup is as follows:

Arkona
Asphyx
Benighted
Cannibal Corpse
Deströyer 666
Disavowed
Dornenreich
Eis
Eisregen
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hellish Crossfire
Hellsaw
Inquisition
Milking The Goatmachine
Origin
Rompeprop
Suicidal Angels
Whitechapel

For further information visit the festival's official website at this location.

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Korpiklaani Announces North American Tour

Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani, who will be recording a new album in November, have announced their upcoming "Ukon Wacka" North American tour. Support will come from Russia's Arkona, who will be making a North American debut. Polkadot Cadaver and Forged in Flames will complete the package.

According to the band, "Ukon Wacka, or Ukon Vakat, is a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish. The album consists of 10 songs, among which you will find a song name 'Tequila', which is especially written for (and inspired by) our South American fans, with whom we celebrated such hard times, and who welcomed us so warmly, when we were touring in South America."

Dates are as follows: More...

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Cannibal Corpse Confirmed For Extreme Fest 2012

Both Cannibal Corpse and Whitechapel have been confirmed for the brand new festival series Extreme Fest 2012. The festival will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:

05-07/07/12 – DE – Hünxe
05-07/07/12 – AT – Henndorf bei Salzburg
05-07/07/12 – CH – t.b.a.

Besides Cannibal Corpse and Whitechapel, bands like Exodus, Arkona, Eisregen, Origin, Hellish Crossfire, Eis, Inquisitiomn and Rompeprop have been confirmed. All in all 70 bands will be playing on 2 stages. Tickets and further info are available at this location.

Cannibal Corpse has begun recording the band's twelfth studio album at Sonic Ranch studios in Texas with producer Erik Rutan. The band has spent months writing the album and has recorded at Sonic Ranch in the past, but never with Rutan at the helm. More details on the album, including art, songs, title and more will be revealed in the months to follow.

Cannibal Corpse will co-headline the Full Of Hate tour 2012 alongside Polish Extreme metal veterans Behemoth on the following dates: More...

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Bolero Announces Shows With Arkona

Symphonic Celtic death metallers Bolero will be joining Russian pagan metal band Arkona for two Canadian dates in Toronto on November 12th and Ottawa on November 14th.

In welcoming the Russian pagan metal act to Canada, Bolero has posted the track "O'Hail To The Northlander" for free download at this location. The track is from Bolero's debut full length "Voyage From Vinland," released earlier this year.

The upcoming Bolero tour dates are as follows:

Saturday November 12th - Toronto @ The Annex Wreckroom with Arkona and Talamyus
Monday November 14th - Ottawa @ Mavericks with Arkona, Talamyus and Sonburst
Saturday, November 26 - Montreal @ Club Saphir with Aegnymist

You can also check out the band's "Pints Held High" music video in the player below. More...

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Metalhit.com Offering 11 Free Songs

Metalhit.com is currently offering 11 free downloads from upcoming releases. You can download the tracks by heading over to this location.

The songs currently available for download are as follows:

TEXTURES - "Singularity"
ANTHRAX - "Fight 'em 'till You Can't"
DIAMOND PLATE - "Pull the Trigger"
MORDBRAND - "The Fall of Flesh"
ANTERIOR - "Tyranny"
GHOST BRIGADE - "Cult of Decay"
ARKONA - "Zakliatie"
NOCTURNAL FEAR - "Excessive Cruelty"
NIGHTBRINGER - "Lucifer Trismegistus"
THE BROWNING - "The Sadist"
VAN CANTO - "The Seller of Souls"

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Arkona Posts "Slovo" Track Breakdown Video

Russian folk metal outfit Arkona has posted a track-by-track breakdown of the band's upcoming album "Slovo." You can check out the track description, along with samples of the music, in the video clip below. "Slovo" is set for release on August 26th, 2011.

You can also watch Arkona's previously uploaded music video for the song "Stenka Na Stenku" by heading over here.

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Arkona Posts "Stenka Na Stenku" Video

Arkona has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's new EP "Stenka Na Stenku," which can be seen below. "Stenka Na Stenku" will be released on May 27th, 2011 in Europe and June 14th in North America.

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliners)
Volbeat
Korn
Journey
Foreigner
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Endless Dark
Revoker
Arkona More...

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
HATE
HEAVEN'S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KATATONIA
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN
ZONARIA

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