Arkona - От Сердца К Небу

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Release date: 31 October 2007
Style: Pagan folk metal


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01. Покровы небесного старца
02. Гой, Купала!!!
03. От сердца к небу
04. Ой, печаль-тоска
05. Гутсулка
06. Стрела
07. Над пропастью лет
08. Славься, Русь!
09. Купала и Кострома [digipak bonus]
10. Цигулар
11. Сва
12. Катится коло

Masha "Scream" Arhipova - vocals, keyboards, tambourine, komuz, acoustic guitar
Sergey "Lazar" Lazarev - guitars, choir
Ruslan "Kniaz" - bass
Vladymir "Artist" Lyovushkin Sokolov - drums

Session musicians
Vladimir Cherepovsky - gaita gallega, small pipe, hurdy-gurdy, whistles, pipes
Andrey Bayramov - percussion
Alexandra Grakhovskaya - choir
Maria Sazonova - choir
Valery Naumov - choir
Aleksandr "Shmel" - choir
Aleksandr "Olen" Oleynikov - accordion
Vasiliy Derevyanniy - domra

Additional info
Recorded in May - September 2007 at CDM Records and Gigant Records studios.
Produced and mixed by Sergey "Lazar" and Masha "Scream".
Mastered by Sergey 'Lazar".

Track titles in English:
"From the Heart to the Sky"
1. The Veils of Celestial Elder
2. Hey, Kupala
3. From the Heart to the Skies
4. Oh, Sorrow
5. Gutsulka
6. Arrow
7. Over the Abyss of Ages
8. Hail Rus!
9. Tsigular
10. Sva
11. Kolo is Whirling

Guest review by
Masha Scream's Russian wolf pack Arkona always bemuse me with its crushingly powerful and original sound, a mix of black metally brutality, folkloric bounciness and mystical research of ancestral roots. Ot Serdca K Nebu is the epitome of what that incredible band has been developing in the past years.

The musicality of Ot Serdca K Nebu is not quite as fast and heavy as Arkona's previous release Vo Slavu Velikim: only 5 tracks out of 12 (or 14 depending on the version) can be considered Extreme metal, while other ones are either folk music or a softer kind of Folk metal, which makes this album one of the most various I ever heard. For example, Strela, a traditional chant, is followed by Nad Propatsiu Let, a brutal and passionate track, and then by Slavsia Rus'!, a clean and catchy song. If you're an extreme metal fan, it might be tedious to go through this album and you might just skip to the growled vocals.

published 17.05.2009 | Comments (2)

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17.01.2012 - 01:51
Rating: 8
Grandiose album, with a few 'fillers', but even they keep the listener occupied with russian war chants and sounds of the wilderness...almost too much to take in in one listen.
21.10.2014 - 18:55
Rating: 8
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This album has some really great songs and some that are more like fillers. Somehow I don't like very much more brutal and aggressive songs on this record, but the folk songs are great.
Favourite tracks: Покровы небесного старца; Ой, печаль-тоска; Стрела; Славься, Русь!; Купала и Кострома.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
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06.05.2016 - 14:20
Rating: 8
The closest band, regarding to the folk sub-genre, to Eluveitie. They produced the same quality music on the same time. Of course Eluveitie added a melodeath aspect to the celtic hymns. But Arkona are unique too and this is their finest release.

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