The great success of the biggest Russian folk pagan black metal band and the “name” they created inside and outside Russia lead Vic Records to re-release all their albums, except for the last album that will be re-released by Napalm Records. After the re-release of “Vozrozhdenie” and “Lepta” (initially released in 2004), now it’s the time for “Vo Slavu Velikim – For the Glory of the Great Ones” from 2005 that was released by Sound Age Productions.
It is the third album of the band and in my opinion their most solid work. All the great “Arkona” characteristics are here: Masha Scream’s unique vocals changing from black to clean female vocals, amazing folk melodies and traditional instruments… The songs have a more “typical” pagan folk metal structure compared to their next album. The whole album is based on mid tempo melodies with many keys and folk tunes, while the more aggressive parts are less dominant than before. It is really very well written and all of the songs have excellent music and refrains. Every album of Arkona has something different to offer and to focus on. “Lepta” for example had some more brutal parts (with the help of Lesyar) that made it great, “Ot Serdtsa K Nebu” a more experimental mood, while this album’s strong card is its excellent folk melodies! And as I said, compared to their other works the whole album is more balanced with a “particular” solid sound from the beginning to the end. Of course there are also many acoustic and tranquil parts, but they are mixed inside the songs. There is variety in their music but in a smaller scale than in their next album. But they are so good at both albums and ways of composing that it’s really hard to choose… I guess it’s a matter of personal taste.
If you missed this album due to its lack of promotion now it’s your chance to get it much easier. If you don’t know this great pagan folk band here you can listen to them.
Originally published on HeavyMetalCosmos