The fifth full-length album by the Russian Pagan/Folk Metal band.
The album has a large cast of guest vocalists and musicians, most notably on the track "Na Moyey Zemle" which features vocalists from Månegarm of Sweden, Obtest of Lithuania, Menhir of Germany, Skyforger of Latvia, and Heidevolk of the Netherlands. Each sings in their native language, playing the role of warriors from that region describing their homeland to a traveler.
"Goi, Rode, Goi!" is an gripping and eclectic Folk Metal album filled with everything that we like about Folk metal: the accordions, the mouth harps and the catchy-as-hell melodies. Then, using that formula, they add in very smartly used keyboard “orchestras” and even harmonized “lai, lai, lai” sections. The music is well-paced, though mostly fast enough to encourage copious amounts of headbanging and, generally epic as hell.
While many bands push their way from one record to the next using the same style and writing songs that are nearly indistinguishable from their previous album, Arkona seems to have completely avoided this trap. While "Goi, Rode, Goi!" definitely shares elements with "Ot Serdca K Nebu" it is actually much less Death Metal influenced than the previous album. Instead this record shares a lot more in common with Finntroll and Ãsmegin and other more Black Metal influenced Folk Metal on this album. This isn’t necessarily an improvement, but in general it works. And since the band produced "Goi, Rode, Goi!" in about a year since the last album, it’s definitely worth the change!
The album received positive international reviews. About.com marked a combination of powerful vocals with deep and dynamic compositions but observed a mostly light-hearted atmosphere reminiscent of Finnish Humppa Metal acts like Finntroll and Korpiklaani. The reviewer rated Arkona as one the best Pagan bands. The German Sonic Seducer wrote that this album was more Epic and more Orchestral but also more playful than previous releases. Metal Hammer Germany lauded singer Arkhipova's vocal range and the consequent traditionally Russian melody lines.
This album is great and while it’s maybe not genre defining (since the genre defining stuff happened before these guys got signed), it is still an excellent album in the Folk Metal genre and totally worth your time and effort. Strongly suggest you pick this album up if you like the genre even a little bit! Arkona does it extraordinarily well!!
Napalm Records/SoundAge Productions, 2009, (SAPCD 200). Made in Russia. Please note: although the CD is new and has never been played, there are light shabby on the disc surface.
1. Goi, Rode, Goi! 6:15
2. Tropoiu Nevedannoi 6:24
3. Nevidal 4:40
4. Na Moey Zemle 15:09
5. Pritcha 0:55
6. V Tsepiakh Drevney Tainy 6:30
7. Yarilo 2:30
8. Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov 5:18
9. Kolo Navi 4:17
10. Korochun 2:12
11. Pamiat 5:46
12. Kupalets 2:51
13. Arkona 6:37
14. Nebo Hmuroe, Tuchi Mrachniye 10:27
Total playing time: 79:51