Goi, Rode, Goi!

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Goi, Rode, Goi!
Гой, Роде, Гой!
Arkona – Goi, Rode, Goi!.jpg
Studio album by Arkona
Released October 28, 2009
Recorded October 2008 – May 2009 at CDM Records, Gigant Records and Astia studios
Genre Pagan metal, folk metal, black metal
Length 79:39
Language Russian
Label Napalm Records
Producer Masha "Scream", Sergei "Lazar"
Arkona chronology
Noch Velesova (Ночь Велесова)
(2008)
Goi, Rode, Goi! (Гой, Роде, Гой!)
(2009)
Stenka na Stenku
(2011)

Goi, Rode, Goi! (Russian: Гой, Роде, Гой!) is the fifth full-length album by the Russian pagan metal band Arkona. It was released on October 28, 2009 through Napalm Records.[1] "Goy, Rode, Goy!" means "Hail, Rod, Hail!". Rod is the Slavic Great God, Father of the Universe.

The album has a large cast of guest vocalists and musicians,[2] most notably on the track "Na Moyey Zemle" which features vocalists from Månegarm of Sweden, Obtest of Lithuania, Menhir of Germany, Skyforger of Latvia, and Heidevolk of the Netherlands.[3] Each sings in their native language, playing the role of warriors from that region describing their homeland to a traveler.

The album was also one of the band's few to be released on LP, strictly limited edition, with only 500 printed, each individually hand numbered with blue pen marker. Gatefold, two LPs, plain white inner sleeves, it is all very well put together, released by Napalm Records and made in Germany. There is a reversal of the order of songs "Pritcha" and "Na Moey Zemle" in comparison to the CD version, leaving four songs to each side of a record except for side B which has only the two.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com[2] 4/5 stars
Kerrang![5] 3/5 stars
Metal Hammer (Germany)[6] 5/7
Sonic Seducer[3] favourable

The album received positive international reviews. About.com marked a combination of powerful vocals with deep and dynamic compositions but observed a mostly light-hearted atmosphere reminiscent of Finnish humppa metal acts like Finntroll and Korpiklaani. The reviewer rated Arkona as one of the best pagan bands.[2]

The German Sonic Seducer wrote that this album was more epic and more orchestral but also more playful than previous releases.[3] Metal Hammer Germany lauded singer Arkhipova's vocal range and the consequent traditionally Russian melody lines.[6]

The album was favourably reviewed by Kerrang! which emphasized that, unlike many in this subgenre, Arkona "are genuine pagans and formed this band in an effort to mirror their philosophies." "The title-track and "Nevidal" provide galloping warrior metal, while the bouncy "Yarilo" is Jolly Roger flying Turisas-style fun that sadly clock in at less than three minutes. It's sung entirely in Russian, and is, bizarrely, all the better for it," reviewer Steve Beebee argued, giving it a 3 out of 5K's rating.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Masha "Scream", except where noted..

No. Title Lyrics Translation Length
1. "Goi, Rode, Goi!" (Гой, Роде, Гой!)   Hail, Rod, Hail! 6:13
2. "Tropoyu Nevedannoy" (Тропою неведанной)   On the Unknown Trail 6:24
3. "Nevidal" (Невидаль)   The Wonder 4:34
4. "Na Moyey Zemle" (На моей земле)   In My Land 15:10
5. "Pritcha" (Притча)   The Parable 0:54
6. "V Tsepyakh Drevney Tayny" (В цепях древней Тайны) В цепях древней Тайны In the Chains of an Ancient Mystery 6:26
7. "Yarilo" (Ярило)   Yarilo 2:31
8. "Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov" (Лики бессмертных Богов)   Faces of Immortal Gods 5:19
9. "Kolo Navi" (Коло Нави)   Kolo of Nav 4:18
10. "Korochun" (Корочун)   Korochun 2:11
11. "Pamyat" (Память)   Memory 5:46
12. "Kupalets" (Купалец)   Kupalets 2:49
13. "Arkona" (Аркона)   Arkona 6:36
14. "Nebo Khmuroye, Tuchi Mrachnyye" (Небо Хмурое, Тучи Мрачные)   Sullen Sky, Gloomy Clouds 10:28

Personnel[edit]

Arkona[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Aleksandr: accordion
  • Vladimir Cherepovskiy: bagpipes, tin whistle, low whistle, recorder, ocarina & flute
  • Cosmin "Hultanu" Duduc: alphorn (track 1)
  • Kaspars Bārbals: bagpipes
  • Jan Liljekvist: flute, violin (track 4)
  • Vasily Derevyanniy: domra
  • Vladimir "Volk": bagpipes, recorder
  • Dmitriy "Vetrodar" mandolin
  • Baalberith, Edgar "Zirgs", Erik Grawsiö, Heiko Gerull, Joris "Boghtdrincker", Mark "Splintervuyscht", Peter, Sadlave: vocals (track 4)
  • Alexsandr "Shmel", Ilya "Wolfenhirt" choir

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Masha "Scream" & Sergei "Lazar"
  • Recorded, engineered, mixed & mastered by Sergei "Lazar"

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARKONA: 'Goi, Rode, Goi!' Trailer Available". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Pacheco, George. "Arkona – 'Goi Rode Goi'". About.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Eck, Markus (2009). "Arkona – Goi Rode Goi". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. 11. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. 
  4. ^ NPR 307LP; Copy Number 010/500
  5. ^ a b Beebee, Steve. Kerrang! #1286, November 7, 2009. Album reviews. "Lively Russian folk metal ideal for fancy-dress parties". p. 49.
  6. ^ a b "Arkona – Goi Rode Goi!". Metal Hammer (in German). No. 11. 2009.