ARKONA - Goi, Rode, Goi!

Arkona - Goi, Rode, Goi!

14 songs
79:59 minutes
***** *****


Arkona from Russia combine traditional sounds with metal music. By itself this is certainly nothing new, but Arkona do their thing in an incredibly exciting way. Goi, Rode, Goi!, their already fifth album since 2005, deals unsurprisingly with Slavic mythology.

Goi, Rode, Goi! is about a traveller who encounters warriors from various places who are all interpreted by different guest vocalists using their own native tongues. Arkona recruited them from bands like Manegarm (Sweden), Obtest (Lithuania), Menhir (Germany), Skyforger (Latvia) and Heidevolk (Netherlands).

It’s unbelievable how amazingly pagan and folk metal are combined on this CD. The seamless flow from harsh elements into danceable folk passages works perfectly. The liberal use of traditional instruments from the Balkan region and the goose bumps inducing female choirs help transform Goi, Rode, Goi! into one of the most impressive albums I have heard in a very long time. The songs are without an exception structured impeccably, and despite the strong folk component, they never shed any of their power. Undisputable highlight is the quarter hour long In My Land. Mystic sounding female vocals, impressive keyboards and string arrangements culminate into something unheard of. But also the remaining tracks are all exceptional. Arkona put more ideas into one song than other bands have in store for an entire album.

Goi, Rode, Goi! is so far the band’s catchiest album. Despite a few black metal parts, the melodic elements dominate. Especially the last third of the record is more easygoing, because the traveller has found his fortune. Those who love long albums full of unpredictable twists and turns must get their hands on it immediately. Arkona have raised the bar in all things folk metal quite high with their new CD.

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