I guess that the success of Arkona has opened for more Russian bands with an interest in the country’s ancient heathen history getting the chance to be heard. Welicoruss seem to be one of these bands. Not that I know what they sing about as it is all in Russian. Musically it is easier to understand them. This is basically what is known as pagan metal (black metal with some folkish parts/melodies). I don’t know what it is but there is something very intriguing to this kind of music that transcends the usual black metal aesthetic. I don’t know if it is because it triggers emotions that come with our mother milk. A basic idea of a simpler life away from modern technology. Just you and Mother Earth, alone. Welicoruss struck a nerve in me that I haven’t felt for a long time. This record was just what the doctor ordered. Majestic and grand in a way that I haven’t heard in a long time. Avoiding being pretentious this managed to bring a big smile to my face. Anders Ekdahl

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