Arkona (band)

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Arkona live @ Crana Historica 2010.jpg
Background information
Origin Moscow, Russia
Genres Pagan metal
Folk metal
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels Sound Age, Napalm
  • Masha "Scream"
  • Sergei "Lazar"
  • Ruslan "Kniaz"
  • Vladimir "Volk"
  • Andrey Ishchenko
Past members
  • Vlad "Artist" Sokolov

Arkona (Russian: Аркона) is a Russian pagan metal band.[1] Their lyrics are heavily influenced by Russian folklore and Slavic mythology, and their music incorporates several traditional Russian musical instruments. The name of the band "Arkona" refers to the last pagan Slavic city-castle.

Their singer, also historian and songwriter, Maria "Masha Scream" Arkhipova, is one of relatively few successful female vocalists to sing in a death growl style. Maria "Masha Scream" Arkhipova is married to fellow band member Sergei "Lazar" Atrashkevich with whom she has two children.


The band was founded in February 2002 by two members of Dolgoprudny Slavic Neopaganism Society: Masha "Scream" Arkhipova and Alexander "Warlock" Korolyov. The first name of the band was Giberboreya (Гиперборея – Hyperborea). In the end of 2002 they recorded the demo Rus' and started giving concerts. They performed with other Russian folk metal bands such as Butterfly Temple, Pagan Reign, Svarga, Rossomahaar. Then the band had a pause because of lack of musicians. Eventually Arkona released their first album Vozrozhdeniye in 2004 and in December of the same year their second album Lepta.

In 2008, Arkona signed to the Austrian label Napalm Records and re-published the studio album Ot Serdtsa K Nebu,[2] which had already been released in Russia by Soundage Productions in 2007.[3] In 2012, the band toured through Europe with Dalriada and Darkest Era.[4]

Arkona's albums have been widely acclaimed and the band has repeatedly been called one of the best pagan metal acts.[5][6] All the members except Vladimir "Volk" have another band named "Nargathrond" a Pagan/Goth Rock band that they put on hold since the international success of Arkona.

In January 2014, Arkona announced on its Facebook page that drummer Vlad "Artist" Sokolov left the band citing personal reasons, marking its first lineup change in 10 years.[7] Andrey Ishchenko joined the band as the new drummer.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

On March 11, 2010, a clip of the song "Yarilo" from Goi, Rode, Goi! was featured on the St. Patrick's Day episode of the U.S. version of the television series The Office. Three (apparently Russian) janitors walked in with the song playing while the workers were still in the office, forced to work late.


Current members
  • Maria "Masha Scream" Arkhipova – vocals, keyboards
  • Sergei "Lazar" Atrashkevich – guitars
  • Ruslan "Kniaz" Rosomaherov – bass
  • Vladimir "Volk" Reshetnikov – wind ethnic instruments
  • Andrey Ishchenko – drums
Past members
  • Vlad "Artist" Lyovushkin Sokolov – synths, drums


Studio albums
Live albums and DVDs
  • Rus (2002)
Music videos
  • "Slavsia, Rus!"
  • "Pokrovi Nebesnogo Startsa"
  • "Goi, Rode, Goi!"
  • "Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov"
  • "Yarilo"
  • "Stenka na Stenku"


  1. ^ "History. Arkona – official web-site". Arkona. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Napalm Records melden Verstärkung!" [Napalm Records announce Support!]. Orkus (in German). 16 May 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Arkona 'Ot Serdtsa K Nebu'". Soundage. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hírek" [News]. Dalriada official website (in Hungarian). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Eck, Markus (2008). "Arkona – Vo Slavu Velikim". Sonic Seducer (in German) (12). "Mit diesem zeitlos schönen Geniestreich offenbart sich, dass diese russische Gruppe zum Allerbesten und auch Ästhetischsten gehört, was der gesamte internationale Pagan Folk Metal überhaupt zu bieten hat. [This agelessly beautiful stroke of genius reveals that this Russian band belongs among the very best and the most aesthetic that the entire range of international pagan folk metal has to offer.]" [dead link]
  6. ^ Pacheco, George. "Arkona – 'Goi Rode Goi'". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Arkona-Timeline Photos". Facebook (in English). 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Patrashov, Roman (29 January 2014). "Новым барабанщиком АРКОНЫ стал Андрей Ищенко". (in Russian). Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Arkona – New Album Teaser Online

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