Slovo (album)

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Slovo
Слово
Arkona - Slovo.jpg
Studio album by Arkona
Released August 26, 2011
Recorded CDM-Records Studio, Moscow, Russia, November 2010 – April 2011
Genre Pagan metal, folk metal
Length 57:24
Language Russian
Label Napalm
Producer Masha "Scream", Sergei "Lazar" Atraschkevic
Arkona chronology
Stenka na stenku
(2011)
Slovo
(2011)
Yav
(2014)

Slovo (Russian: Слово, A Word) is the sixth full-length album by the Russian pagan metal band Arkona. It was released on August 26, 2011 through Napalm Records.[1] An academical choir and a chamber orchestra were used on the album.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blistering (7.5/10)[3]
Jukebox Metal 3.5/5 stars[4]
Metal Hammer (GER) (5/7)[5]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Metal Underground 3/5 stars[7]

A review by the webzine Jukebox Metal called the album "imaginative and lively" but criticised a lack in musical consistency and identity.[4] Metal Hammer Germany was more positive and lauded the evolution in the band's musical quality, writing that the songs were more complex and sophisticated than those on the previous studio album Goi, Rode, Goi!.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Masha "Scream", except "Zimushka".

No. Title Writer(s) Translation Length
1. "Az" (Азъ)   I 2:12
2. "Arkaim" (Аркаим)   Arkaim 5:54
3. "Bol’no Mne" (Больно Мне)   I'm in Pain 5:43
4. "Leshiy" (Леший)   Leshiy 4:21
5. "Zaklyatye" (Заклятье)   Incantation 5:16
6. "Predok" (Предок)   Ancestor 2:14
7. "Nikogda" (Никогда)   Never 4:44
8. "Tam, za tumanami" (Там, за туманами)   There, Beyond the Mists 3:53
9. "Potomok" (Потомок)   Descendant 0:55
10. "Slovo" (Слово)   Word 5:28
11. "Odna" (Одна)   Alone 5:52
12. "Vo moyom sadochke..." (Во моём садочке...)   In My Garden... 5:10
13. "Stenka na stenku" (Стенка на стенку)   Wall to Wall 2:36
14. "Zimushka" (Зимушка) traditional Winter 5:50
Total length: 57:24

Personnel[edit]

Arkona[edit]

  • Masha "Scream" – vocals, keyboards, tambourine, khomus, shaman drums, shaker, choirs, acoustic guitar on Bol’no mne, producing, engineering, mixing
  • Sergei "Lazar" Atrashkevich – lead guitar, acoustic guitars, balalaika, additional vocals on Arkaim and Nikogda, producing, engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Ruslan "Kniaz" – bass
  • Vlad "Artist" Lyovushkin Sokolov – drums and percussion, synthesizers
  • Vladimir "Volk" – gaita gallega, tin whistle, low whistle, sopilka, zhaleika, blockflute, hurdy-gurdy

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Chamber Orchestra of Kazan State Conservatory N.G. Zhiganov (under the direction of Darya Ivanova)
  • The choir of Moscow State Conservatory students (conducted by Alexandra Sidorova)
  • Meri Tadić (Eluveitie) – violin
  • Anna Kalinovskaya (Rodogost) – symbaly
  • Tatiana Narishkina, Dariana Antipova (Vedan’ Kolod’) – vocals on "Zimushka"
  • Ilya "Wolfenhirt" (Svarga), Aleksandr "Shmel" (Rarog) – choir on "Stenka na Stenku"
  • Aleksandr Oleynikov (Kalevala) – accordion on "Stenka na Stenku"
  • Ilya "Hurry" (Svarga) – accordion on "Leshiy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARKONA Slovo". Napalm Records. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Discography – Solvo (2011)". arkona-russia.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  3. ^ E. Gehlke, David. "Arkona – Slovo". Blistering. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  4. ^ a b Donovan, James. "Arkona – Slovo". Jukebox Metal.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Bösch, Simone (7 September 2011). "Arkona: Slovo" (in German). Metal Hammer. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Davis, Robert (17 May 2012). "Arkona – Slovo". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Arkona – "Slovo" (CD)". Metal Underground.com. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-21.