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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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Darkest Era Joining Arkona For European Tour

Northern Irish Celtic-themed metal band Darkest Era will be joining Russian pagan metallers Arkona for their European tour kicking off the 27th of September in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Darkest Era comments: "We are delighted and very grateful that Arkona have been good enough to take us out with them and we're looking forward to finally playing songs off the album for folk metal fans right across Europe!"

27/09/12 – CZ – Ostrava – Samhain Fest
28/09/12 – CZ – Brno – Samhain Fest
29/09/12 – HU – Budapest – Club 202
30/09/12 – SK – Bratislava – Randal Club
01/10/12 – AT – Wien - Escape
02/10/12 – SI – Maribor – Pekama
07/10/12 – ES – Barcelona – Sala Mephisto
08/10/12 – ES – Madrid – Ritmo & Compas
09/10/12 – PT – Lisboa – Republica da Musica
10/10/12 – ES – Valencia – Rock City
13/10/12 – PL – Szczecin – Rock in Szczecin
14/10/12 – PL – Wroclaw – Firlej
15/10/12 – PL – Warsaw- Progresja

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Wintersun Posts Song Snippets In Heidenfest Clip

Finnish metal act Wintersun debuted clips from the upcoming "Time I" release via the new trailer for the upcoming Heidenfest 2012 tour. "Time I" (shown below) is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

The Heidenfest 2012 tour features Wintersun as headliners along with Korpiklaani, Varg, Trollfest, Krampus and special guests extended shows. Confirmed dates are as follows:

+ SPECIAL GUESTS at extended shows*

19.10.2012 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle *Extended Show*
20.10.2012 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn *Extended Show*
21.10.2012 NL - Tilburg, 013 *Extended Show*
22.10.2012 CH - Pratteln, Z7
23.10.2012 CH -- Fribourg, Fri-Son ***NEW***
24.10.2012 IT - Bologna, Estragon
25.10.2012 AT - Wien, Gasometer
26.10.2012 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
27.10.2012 CZ - Prague, KD Vltavska
28.10.2012 PL - Krakow, Studio
29.10.2012 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
30.10.2012 DE - Berlin, Postbahnhof
31.10.2012 DE - Munich, Backstage
01.11.2012 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
02.11.2012 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall *Extended Show*
03.11.2012 DE - Giessen, Hessenhallen *Extended Show*
04.11.2012 BE - Antwerp, Trix

Check out the trailer and new Wintersun song sound bytes here: More...

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Arkona Performance Footage Available

Superskum has uploaded new footage of Arkona performing live in Denver on April 13th, 2012. Check out the clips below to see the band playing "Slavsia, Rus" and "Stenka na Stenku." You can also catch Arkona live on the upcoming Extreme fest in July, with full details available here.


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Extremefest 2012 Confirmed For July

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on July 5th through the 7th in the three cities of Hunxe, Salzburg and Pratteln. It will feature over seventy bands on two stages, with acts still confirming. Head on over to the Extremefest website and Facebook events page for more information. The event is being presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Blast Corpse Promotion (DE) and Catapult Promotion (AT). Check out the list of confirmed bands below, which includes the first European performance of Guttural Secrete.

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

Cannibal Corpse
Suicide Silence
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
All Shall Perish
Suicidal Angels
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Deströyer 666
Cephalic Carnage
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Nexus Inferis
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Severe Torture
Hellish Crossfire
Gama Bomb
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Rectal Smegma
Dawn of Disease
Hour of Penance
Guttural Secrete More...

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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!"

Dates are as follows: More...

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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:

Ex Deo

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:

Cattle Decapitation
Dimmu Borgir
General Surgery
Heaven Shall Burn
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
The Black Dahlia Murder

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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
Suicidal Angels
Destroyer 666
Milking the Goatmachine
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hellish Crossfire

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:

Cannibal Corpse
Deströyer 666
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hellish Crossfire
Milking The Goatmachine
Suicidal Angels

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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