Pagan Metal Unit ARKONA Unveil Second Single “Mor” + Animation Video | Watch HERE!
New Album, Kob’, out June 16, 2023 via Napalm Records! | Pre-Order NOW!
Today, pagan metal unit ARKONA unveils their ominous second single, “Mor”, taken from their upcoming ninth studio album, Kob’, out June 16, 2023 via Napalm Records! After five years of silence, the band presents their darkest creation to date. Based on current events of our time, each problem of mankind is indicated in the album in the order of its inevitable emergence.
Forming the epic hymn, “Mor” (ENG: plague), merges the energy of raw black metal and the spirituality of pagan metal. Injecting both darkness and hopelessness into her vocal delivery, the impressive vocal range of mastermind Masha “Scream” is underlined by soothing acoustic guitar elements, unsettling wind instruments and relentless drums. Followed by a spiritual animated video, ARKONA delves deep into the realities of epidemics, diseases and the main plague of our time: the human existence.
ARKONA on “Mor”:
“This track, “Mor”, represents the fourth step of the immersion of all of mankind into the abyss. This song is about epidemics, diseases, and multiple deaths that have been haunting mankind through centuries, but subsequently, man himself artificially created the main plague of our time, which has become his next step on the road to hell.
The indescribable gloomy images in the video, which were created by the skilled hands of Cybermind Abyss using neural network technology, will help the listener immerse themselves most deeply in the dark atmosphere of the track, by drawing their terrible pictures through the absorbing abyss of our time, thereby predicting the approach of the inevitable apocalypse.”
Pagan metal leaders ARKONA return after five years with intriguing Kob’!
Preparing listeners for the first step into the abyss, the album opener “Izrechenie. Nachalo” (ENG: The Speech. The Beginning) gently takes the listener’s hand, leading them into trancelike realms of ominous whispers and murmuring voices – a recurring motif on the album. Dominated by rhythmic synths and a catchy bassline, “Ugasaya” (ENG: Fadin’ Away) represents the modern era of ARKONA’s pagan roots, as well as the great diversity in their music. Not only articulating through lyrics, Masha also sets the tone with her keyboard solo on the emotional “Razryvaya plot’ ot bezyskhodnosti bytiya” (ENG: Tearing the flesh owing to the despair of being). While society digs its own grave through wars, religious beliefs and environmental problems, pensive wind instruments and acoustic guitar interludes transform the aggression of deep low growls and fast-paced guitar shredding. Closing the album with the world’s absolute apocalypse on “Izrechenie. Iskhod” (ENG: The Speech. The Conclusion), Kob’ is deeply rooted in pagan metal stylings of the old days, but offers a modern spirit via its production and variety alike.
Get Your Copy of Kob’ HERE:
1. Izrechenie. Nachalo
6. Na zakate bagrovogo solntsa
7. Razryvaya plot’ ot bezyskhodnosti bytiya
8. Izrechenie. Iskhod
Kob’ will be available in the following formats:
Ltd. Deluxe Wooden Box (incl. Flag, Patch, Pendant, 6 x Collectors Card) – limited to 300 copies, Napalm Records Shop exclusively
Ltd. 2LP Gatefold Black/White Marbled (12″ Booklet (20p), Slipmat, Record Butler) – limited to 300 copies, Napalm Records Shop exclusively
2LP Gatefold BLACK
Masha “Scream” – Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion
Sergei “Lazar” – Guitars
Ruslan “Kniaz” – Bass
Vladimir “Volk” – Wind Instruments
Alexander Smirnov – Drums