Arkona have been in the pagan/folk metal game for quite some time, now approaching their 15th year as an active band. 2004 saw the release of their debut album Vozrozhdeniye (meaning “revival” in their native tongue) and 2016 will see the same record re-recorded with modern production techniques and a greater level of musicianship.
Longtime fans of the Russian fivesome can certainly hear a difference, especially in the maturation of frontwoman Maria “Masha Scream” Arkhipova’s voice, as well as the tighter instrumentation by the rest of the band. Make no mistake—this is not a simple remix or remaster of the beloved 2004 album. The entire band put their respective weapons to the grindstone and really honed their abilities to breathe new life into the record that helped make their mark.
We’re proud to premiere (re-premiere?) the title track of the re-recording in “Vozrozhdenie” right here on Heavy Blog is Heavy!
We’ve been getting a lot of comments asking for us to talk about books, so we spend the majority of this episode talking about our favorite sci-fi/fantasy novels. But before that, we talk about some news as well. News involving Cilice, Arkona, Slice The Cake, Dark Tranquillity and Schammasch. We also talk about a couple of cool releases we discovered, namely Fractal Cypher and Crator. Then we do the underrated release highlight of the week, which is Defiant Imagination by Quo Vadis. And then there’s books. Many books. We cover authors like the big R.R.s (Tolkien and Martin), Robert Jordan (ugh), Brandon Sanderson, Roger Zelazny, Hannu Rajaniemi, Thomas Sturgeon, Gene Woolfe, V.E. Schwab, Greg Egan, Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie and more. We had a great time with this! Also, if you want to check these books out and also support the podcast at the same time, you can get an audiobook for free at audibletrial.com/heavy. Seriously. Even if you get one book, it helps support the podcast for several weeks. We really appreciate your patronage and here’s to another year of HPIHC.
Yeah, we love pretty much everything on Season of Mist. So what? This week we talk about new music from Thy Catafalque, Brain Drill, Opeth, Snowy Shaw, SHOKRAN (teaser here), Noctem, Victor Wooten’s new band Octavision, Oxiplegatz, Exotype, Sleep Token, Hannes Grossmann, and Watchtower. Then we go over some news, like Darkthrone’s Fenriz getting elected for city council, Persefone announcing a new album, Sikth reissuing Death of a Dead Day, and Enslaved announcing a rarities collection. Then we discuss two albums that have been on our minds: Insomnium’s Winter’s Gate, and Misery Index’s The Killing Gods. We introduce our new segment, “Underrated release highlight of the week” – this week we talk about Arkona’s Yav. Finally, we talk about our process for discovering and ingesting new music. Enjoy! Also cool people time has some cool stuff.
For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as…