Khram, the Russian word for temple and title of ARKONA's upcoming, hotly anticipated studio album will see the light of day on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records. Just recently the band fronted by scream queen Masha unveiled a first album sneak preview, as well as a full audio premiere for the track 'Shtorm'. In their early days ARKONA may have used sound samples, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes. Russia's finest pagan metal band have re-invented themselves and with their upcoming album 'Khram' they deliver an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untamable spirit!


Today ARKONA premiere a first video for the song 'V pogonie za beloj ten'yu'. Get this tasty appetizer on ARKONA's brand new album and check out the band's video right HERE!





Vocalist Masha comments: “We’d like to present our animated music video for the song "In Pursuit of the White Shadow" taken from our new album “Khram” (“The Temple”). The song’s title means "in pursuit of non-existent".

The video footage is based on the song’s plot, and it concerns the pursuit of an illusion – the pursuit of something invisible, that, in fact, does not exist at all, but we blindly strive for it without realizing the existing fact of this illusion. The protagonist of the video is a faceless silhouette symbolizing mankind, and it is depicted as a figure drifting on water. The figure strives to an unattainable lighthouse located at the other side of the world and hypnotizing with its tempting illusory light. This light shines from time to time, and disappears in the darkness, leaving the protagonist lost and alone to drift on the river of our life – forever.

The video presents the designed Rune graphics based on the hypothetical pre-Christian Slavonic writing, which is called in modern Russian sources as “Boyanovitsa”.
"Boyanovitsa" is a common name of the alphabet, which was used in "Boyan’s Hymn" (skalds of Rus were called as “boyans”). "Boyan’s Hymn" was a part of antiquities’ collection of A.I. Sulakadzev, the collector from St. Petersburg. In the 19th century "Boyan’s Hymn" was copied and partially published by G.R. Derzhavin, a statesman, and one of the most highly esteemed Russian poets before Alexander Pushkin.

The author’s Runes appear one after another throughout the video, and form a whole phrase in the end – the title of the song "In Pursuit of the White Shadow". This font also emphasizes the song’s idea concerning non-existent, but hypothetic realities of mankind, thereby highlighting the song’s concept meaning "in pursuit of non-existent".



Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, 'Khram' is available to pre-order HERE!


The track list reads as follows:

1. Mantra (Intro)

2. Shtorm
3. Tseluya zhizn'
4. Rebionok bez imeni
5. Khram
6. V pogonie za beloj ten'yu
7. V ladonyah bogov
8. Volchitsa
9. Mantra (Outro)

In support of their upcoming album, ARKONA will be heavily touring in early 2018, including an extensive European tour with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK, TROLLFEST & many more!
Make sure to catch ARKONA live on the following dates:

01.02.2018 - SI - Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 - HR - Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 - RS - Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 - RO - Cluj Napoca / From Space
08.02.2018 - GR - Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 - GR - Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 - BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 - RO - Bucharest / Fabrica

24.03.2018 - RU - Moscow / RED
30.03.2018 - RU - St.Petersburg / Aurora
28.04.2018 - SE - Stockholm Slaughter

22.06.2018 - BE – Graspop Metal Meeting

24.06.2018 - FR - Hellfest Open Air

12.07.2018 - CZ - Masters Of Rock




15.02.2018 - BE - Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 - DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 - DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 - NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 - FR - Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 - FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 - FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 - ES - Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 - ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 - FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 - DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 - DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 - CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 - DE - München / Backstage
03.03.2018 - DE - Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 - CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 - IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 - AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 - AT - Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 - DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 - DE - Hannover / Capitol

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