Kroda

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Kroda
Kroda logo.jpg
Background information
OriginDnipro, Ukraine
GenresBlack metal, pagan metal, Ambient
Years active2003 (2003)–present
LabelsPurity Through Fire[1]
Websitekroda.com.ua

Kroda (Ukrainian: Крода) is a Ukrainian pagan metal band formed in 2003 in Dnipro. The band's primary lyrical themes are heathenism, history, nature, traditionalism and anti-Christianity [2] Their sixth full-length album was released on May 1, 2015.[3][4][5] The band has been labeled as a National Socialist black metal band due to the Holocaust denial expressed in its lyrics and its connections to neo-Nazism.[6][7]

History[edit]

The band was formed by two musicians, Eisenslav and Viterzgir, in March 2003. The name of the band was taken from the Old East Slavic language and means "The fire of burial bonfire". According to legend, when the bodies of the warriors burned, their souls were carried away with the smoke to the Heavenly Palaces of the Gods. The smoke was a kind of a guide to the Rod.[8]

In May 2004, Kroda released their debut full-length album Поплач мені, річко... (Cry To Me, River...) on Stellar Winter Records.[9]

Their second album До небокраю життя... (Towards The Firmaments Verge Of Life...) was recorded from January to April 2005, and was released on 20 July the same year.[10] In 2012 it was remastered and reissued on Purity Through Fire Records in Germany.[11]

In August 2007, Kroda made their first live performance at the Ukrainian metal music festival "Svarohovo Kolo II", which was held in Sevastopol.[12] On December 22, the band participates in the "Kolovorot Fest" in Kharkiv.[13]

Members[edit]

Current line-up
  • Eisenslav – vocals, bass (2003–present)
  • One of Thorns – bass (2014–present)
  • Rungvar – drums (2014–present)
  • Clin – keyboards (2014–present)
  • Olgerd – keyboards (2011–present)
Past members
  • Viterzgir – guitars, bass, folk instruments, keyboards (2003–2010)
  • Khladogard – guitars (2014–2015)
Live musicians
  • Beralb – bass (2007–2014)
  • AlgizTyr – drums (2007–2008)
  • Yurii Krupiak – guitars (2007)
  • Serejen – guitars (electric and acoustic) (2007–2010)
  • Jotunhammer – sopilka (2007)
  • Tur – drums (2008–2010)
  • Olgerd – keyboards (2008–2010)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Поплач мені, річко... (2004)
  • До небокраю життя... (2005)
  • Похорон сонця (Fimbulvinter) (2007)
  • Fünf Jahre Kulturkampf (2009)
  • Schwarzpfad (2011)
  • GinnungaGap GinnungaGaldr GinnungaKaos (2015)
  • Навій Схрон (Navij Skhron) (2015)[14]
  • Selbstwelt (2018)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Purity Through Fire - Artists". Purity Through Fire. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Kroda - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ GinnungaGap GinnungaGaldr GinnungaKaos at Discogs
  4. ^ "GinnungaGap GinnungaGaldr GinnungaKaos". Bandcamp. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ "A review of Ginnungagap-Ginnungagaldr-Ginnungakaos". nocleansinging.com. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  6. ^ Semenyaka, Olena (January 3, 2013). "When the gods hear the call: the conservative-revolutionary potential of Black Metal Art". Politosophia. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Learmonth, Andrew (March 4, 2020). "Glasgow metal festival organiser denies bands on bill have links with neo-nazis". The Herald. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  8. ^ Ukrainian Extreme metal magazine "Atmosfear". Issue №4.
  9. ^ https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Kroda/%D0%9F%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%87_%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%96%2C_%D1%80%D1%96%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%BE.../77176
  10. ^ "Kroda - До Небокраю Життя... (Towards The Firmaments Verge Of Life..)". MetalStorm.net. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  11. ^ Towards The Firmaments Verge Of Life... at Discogs
  12. ^ "Folk Metal фестиваль "СВАРОГОВО КОЛО II"". Crimean musical portal (in Russian). Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Kolovorot Fest 2007". Kroda.com.ua. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  14. ^ "KRODA: Навій Схрон (NAVIJ SKHRON)". www.nocleansinging.com. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  15. ^ "KRODA: Selbstwelt". www.bandcamp.com. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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