ARKONA "Ot Serdca K Nebu"

 •  Posted in: Kogaionon ReviewsRating: 0.93/1
ARKONA "Ot Serdca K Nebu"
  • Album: Ot Serdca K Nebu
  • Year: 2008
  • Label: NAPALM
  • Artist: 
  • Russia

I first listened to the album last year when I went to their concert in Iasi, same place where I bought their digipack! The issue released by Napalm presents two extra tracks, both instrumental ones (“Prologue” and “Epilogue”), plus the 12 tracks officially released last year. I saw them live, listened to their music continuously for some months, so what could be there more to say: ARKONA is one of the most representative Slavic Pagan Metal bands and I grant my respects for their activity! Maria’s voice is quite explosive and full of energy, sometimes brightly entwining with the throaty one, while the guitars are saturated in riffs, Black Metal ones even, yet on the whole everything consisting in melodious harmonies, even though there are some rhythm changeovers that scratch my ears… Otherwise, beautiful traditional folk instruments, irreproachable traditional rhythms, two tracks that could easily turn into ballads, and heart warming riffs… It’s the best album in the Russians’ history, even though I cannot say it’s perfect. Those changeovers from atmospheric, lent passages towards violent, ultra-rapid ones frame a far too brutal disruption for such a well conceived album. I am sure this contract with the Austrian label will bring them all the needed financial support for creating a masterpiece album that I am estimating will come to light shortly. “From The Heart To The Sky” is an elegant material, that shouldn’t lack from your collection, because, even if it doesn’t seem to be complete, certainly is representative for ”Mother Russia-Mother Nature” current, so progressive and familiar in Lenin’s country. I find this contract to be an inspired decision, and I am convinced there’s no place for regrets for either one of the parts involved!