Within the European tour called “FOLK METAL MARATHON”Russian metal bands GRAI, SatanaKozel and Czech/Russia metal band Welicoruss are going to held a concert in Belgrade at Club Fest in October 1st! The russia metal folk night is upon us, be there to witness the cool and magical power of raw and folk sound combined together. The price of the ticket will be RSD 700 in pre-sales, and on the day of the concert it will cost RSD 900. Booking can be made via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The band was created on the 3rd of July in 2005. The style can be identified as folk-metal. At the very beginning the name of the band was changed several times. It was “Raven Blood”, then “Vorog” ( the enemy), and in February of 2007 it finally got it’s name “GRAI” (meaning the bird’s cry). Gradually the material for the new album has been composing and there were given a few concerts. One of the first band’s appearances took place on the 6th of May in 2006 together with such folk-metal bands as Alkonost, Svarga.
On the 2nd of December in 2006 the band participated in Folk/Brutal Metal Fest jointly with Rossomahaar, Alkonost. From February to August of 2007 there had been recording an EP(demo) entitled “Ot Istoka”( From the Source), which included 4 compositions: The Birch, Winter, The Winds, The Source. The recording was proceeding at the studio of Sergey Kamyshansky in Naberezhnye Chelny, RF.
On the 1st of November in 2007 there was held a performance at the presentation of the new album by Arkona from Moscow ”Ot Serdza k nebu” (From heart to heavens”) within the framework of their tour of 2007. At that very concert ”GRAI” presented their EP ”Ot Istoka”.
During the period from February till June of 2008 at the studio of Sergey Kamyshansky in Naberezhnye Chelny, RF had been recording the band’s first LP ”Polyn” and ”Trava” (”The Sagebrush”). The album consisted of 9 compositions. It’s no mere chance that the album has such a name – it’s symbolical and reveals the concept of creative work and the world – outlook of the band musicians. The Sagebrush is a symbol of grief and sorrow for the times which had passed – the times of Slavic pride, valour, courage and honour.
The album is just permeated with the spirit of those ancient times, each song’s reflected in a striking image. And there’s more in this than meets the eye! Folk tunes, excellent wind-instruments parts coupled with guitars and splendid female voices of the band vocalists produce their own certain effect. The album is released by the Moscow label VOLH Records(www.volh.net/news.html). During the period of the album presentation there had been given a set of concerts joined with many groups including Alkonost, Svarga, Arkona, Rossomahaar.
After the edition of the album two members left the band Darya “Rodonitsa” and Andrey “Char”. Meanwhile a new bass player Yury Bedusenko , appeared in the group. Since that time the role of the second vocalist had been performed by Alija Latypova the flutist.
On the 10th of September in 2009 the album ”Polyn” ”trava” was represented in a Moscow club “Relax”.
On the 25th of of 2010 at the studio of Sergey Kamyshansky the band began recording the second LP consisting of 10 tracks.
As the members of the group see it the album would be stirring and cheerful. On the 27th November in 2010 in Nizhniy Novgorod was held a concert together with Arkona. Continuing working at the studio the band didn’t stop giving concerts. At this very period the group hired Irina Zybina as the third vocalist who participated in recording one of the Alkonost’s albums as folk vocalist.
Irina’s beautiful powerful voice blended with the band repertoire perfectly.
Now work in the studio is finished and the group continues to do concerts in various cities throughout Russia. The group’s going to release the album and to make it’s super-presentation!=)
On the 27 of September the label Sound Age Prod (www.soundage.org) released a new album of Grai-band entitled “O Zemle Rodnoi” (”Our native land”).
Having released it’s first CD ”The sagebrush” in 2009 the band Grai is now presenting a new album entitled ”Our Native Land”. The album to come is going to include 10 conceptual tracks, which create remarkably profound images forming the musical unity in the familiar band’s style.
The new album by Grai is a distinctive synthesis of traditional pagan metal elements based on the rhythms and the atmosphere of traditional Russian folk-rock. In this synthesis the flute-sounds are interwoven with solo guitar play against the dynamic rhythm-section. Hard imposing fragments being intensified by the bagpipes sounds are enriched by appeasing keyboard passages. But the main piquancy of new songs is lace like well balanced vocal trio of the band-singers. With their voices they plunge a listener into the world of our forefathers and ancestors and make us fly by the fields, meadows and forests with fresh wind. And they open to our eyes and hearts the hidden beauty of Native Land.Also the T-shirts are printed.
We tried to make this album as much merry, dynamic, diverse as possible, with a particle of good humor and the sunlight so that everyone could find something to one’s taste.
Moreover, one of the songs was written under the influence of sharing stage and getting acquainted with a splendid band, our friends now – Leshak-band (Moscow).
We hope, all the listeners would like this album.
During 2012-2103 the band participated in many concerts and festivals. Such fests as Bylinnyj Bereg-2012-2013 (the prominent historical reconstruction fest), Zov Parmy-2013, Folk Summer Fest-2103, Slava Vesne-2012, Peredvizhenyje-2012, Uletaj-2011 are among them.
In September 2012 the band signed a contract with the Dutch label Vic Records, which re-released the band’s album ”O Zemle Rodnoy” (About Native Land) including bonus track ”V Objatyach Mary” (”In the arms of Mara”).
In March 2013 the recording of the 3rd LP album is began.From the 4th to 13th of October 2013 the band went to the tour abroad. 10 concerts were held in Poland jointly with such bands as Dalriada, Alestorm, Radogost, Percival Schuttenbach, Cruadalach. On the 26th of October the Dutch label Vic Records re-released the first album ”Polyn’-Trava” (”Sagebrush”).
In 2013 there was shot the first official video for the song ”In the arms of Mara” (”V obyatyjach Mary”). Presentation clip was held in October 2013.
At this very moment the 3rd album is recorded and in the process of mixing at the ”Drygva Studio” by Alexey Stezyk (Drygva band). The new album is going to be released soon and is waiting for it’s listener!
In September 2014 it is planned to tour Europe.
Check out the music video for ”В объятиях Мары” here, enjoy it:
The band SatanaKozel was founded in 2003 by Vasiliy Kozlov and Nickolay Kuskov. Soon the band grew up and started to rehearse. During the next 5 years the band had been taking part in some gigs and making few demos, which didn’t have wide distribution. The band had changed its members several times during all this time. SatanaKozel started to record their 1st full-length album in march of 2007, which is called ”Rogatiya”. It consists of songs that were made in the very beginning of the band’s existing.
”Rogatiya” was released by the independent finnish label Varjot Productions in summer of 2008, russian digi-pack version was released by SoundAge Productions. Two years later the band released their second album named “Solntse Myortvih” (The Sun of the Dead).
The band SatanaKozel will never collaborate with any political movements or parties ’cause our creativity is aimed to glorification of the Nature and propaganda of Fun!
Check out the song ”Banja” here, enjoy it:
Founded in 2005 by Alexey Boganov, the band Welicoruss have established themselves in the top ranks of pagan metal scene with intense live gigs and striking, full-length masterpieces that were appreciated by fans and critics both.
Throughout its history band has released two full-length albums on the major russian metal label CD-MAXIMUM, shot 4 official video, blast the scene of many cities in Russia and CIS as well as participated in many large-scale festivals.
Welicoruss posted on the internet new videos ”Kharnha” and ”Sons Of The North”, which received high marks in the press and made a new coming album very anticipated for the fans of as well as symphonic as pagan / black metal. At this time, band is actively working on his long-awaited third album, making new video “Az Esm`” and prepares for fans an intriguing DVD with delicious moments of life and stage presence.
Welicoruss delivers dark, intense and mystic sound that demonstrates how to impressively unite the contemporary metal with the dim and distant mythological past. Their music recreates the Old Rus solemn and sunless atmosphere, expressing both national feelings and personal perception of the Ancient Northen Rus Spirit through the lyrics. Devoted to their pagan heritage, Welicoruss reflects in their compositions their admiration of Nature and search for the hidden mysteries of the secret Powers that rule the Universe.In autumn 2013 the band decided to change their place of location and moved to the center of Europe – Prague.
Check out the music video ”Sons of the North” here, enjoy it: