Arkona – “Decade Of Glory – LIVE”

Arkona – “Decade Of Glory – LIVE” (Napalm Records)

Apparently killing with numbers was a widely employed Russian military tactic during WWII. Well Arkona seem to have done the same by issuing this monstrous 31 track live album – possibly the largest in rock history!? Celebrating their 10th anniversary at the prestigious People Concert Hall in Moscow, these pagan metallers spared no expense in dragging in a 9-piece choir, a string quartet and 2 background vocalists to accompany the band’s own folk instruments. Unmistakeably driven by the louder than loud Masha Scream, the crowd is whipped into patriotic national fervor through songs like ‘Skvoz’ Tuman Vekov’, ‘Slavsia, Rus’ and ‘Goi, Rode, Goi!’ that are a mixture of upbeat and slow tranquil pieces. Given Arkona sing exclusively in their native Russian their international appeal beginning in central Europe speaks bounds about the power of their music and their entertaining live show – of which Masha is no small part! I’m not sure how many concerts they performed to compile this album as the tracks have been edited rather than continuously rolling which sorta takes away from the full ‘live’ experience but given the sheer number like I said you’ll still be exhausted well before the end!

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