Khram is the Russian word for temple – and the upcoming title of Arkona‘s hotly anticipated, eighth studio album, set to be released on January 19th, 2018 via Napalm Records!
A khram is a temple shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and leading lady Masha‘s lyrics that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! Arkona may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band’s harsh metal tunes.
King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. Mark your calendars for January 19th, 2018, as Arkona‘s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untamable spirit!
The beginnings of Arkona date back to 2002, when members of local the pagan community ‘Vyatichi’, Masha “Scream” Arhipova and Alexander “Warlock” Korolyov, decided to form a band that mirrored their individual philosophy and musical tastes. The band, at the time still known as Hyperborea, comprised Masha “Scream” Arhipova (vocals), EugeneKnyazev (guitar), EugeneBorzov (bass), IlyaBogatyryov (guitar), Alexander “Warlock” Korolyov (drums), and OlgaLoginova (keyboard), but it wasn’t until February 2002 that Arkona surfaced from the depths of Russia’s underground scene.
Arkona began performing live in early 2003. Many concert-goers experienced the band for the first time at the Yazycheskaya Rus” Festival. By the summer of 2003, Arkona was ready to record their debut, but disinterest in the band by some of its members saw the band disappear from the scene as quickly as it had arrived. Yet Masha’s perseverance would not subside. Continuing on her own, and with the help of the members of Nargathrond, she proceeded to compose new material. Her fellow musicians readied their instruments, read through the partitions, and without ever looking back, recorded their debut album Vozrozhdenie(Revival) in March 2004.
Since then there has been a steady stream of albums/tours until 2013 when the band decided to take a break. Until now, when Khramwill be released on January 18, 2017.
This is the current line-up:
Masha “Scream” – voice Sergei “Lazar” – guitar Ruslan “Kniaz” – bass Andrey Ischenko – drums Vladimir “Volk” – wind/ethnic instruments