ARKVEID "Arkveid" 2018
/Another Side Records/

Tracklist:
1. I 39:11
Total playing time: 39:11

                                                             

 

 

 

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Rock Hard 378 From The Undergr1ound 1ARKVEID sind ein Ein-Mann-Projekt aus Russland, das Doom, Dark Rock, Gothin, Black Metal und Folk vermischt. Der einzige Song auf diesem Album ist mal schwermutig, mal bissig, mal atmospharisch. Der russischprachige. Gesang tut sein Ubriges dazu, dass ARKVEID ein Unikat sind. Wer doe Mube hat, sich auf diese Reise zu begeben, erhalt das ausschileblitch digital verfugbare Werk zum Minipreis von 1,90 Euro im "Total Metal Shop" des Labels: www.metalscraprecords.com/shop

8/10
Stefan Glas (Rock Hard #378)

legacy115Der Preis für die kreativste, jedoch umständlichste Beschreibung des eigenen Schaffens geht in dieser Ausgabe an ARKVEID aus Russland. Die Ein-Mann-Band spricht von sich selbst als „Fusion aus Melodic Gothic Doom Metal mit Atmospheric Black Metal und Melancholic Dark Folk“. Noch Fragen? Nun, die Geschichte der Band ist ähnlich verworren. Angefangen haben ARKVEID bereits 2006, damals noch als Duo. Im Laufe der Jahre sind so über 40 Songs zusammengekommen, die ein breites Spektrum an Genres abdecken. 2012 wurde aus dem Duo ein Solo-Projekt, das nun das erste selbstbetitelte Album präsentiert. ARKVEID spielen romantische Musik, deren Black Metal-Anteile sehr ungezwungen, aber nicht gerade evil rüberkommen. Das gesamte Album besteht aus einem Song, bei dem man jedoch – je nach Zählweise – fünf Kapitel erkennen kann. Wichtiges Element ist die regelmäßig wiederkehrende akustische Gitarre. Der Gesang teilt sich auf in schwarzmetallisches Keifen und Cleangesang, wobei letzterer oft haarscharf die Töne verpasst. Im Zusammenhang mit der russischen Sprache hat dies jedoch einen gewissen Charme. „Arkveid“ erinnert oft stark an Agalloch, was ja nicht gerade eine schlechte Referenz ist. Die Band nennt in diesem Zusammenhang noch Empyrium und October Falls, was recht akkurat ist. Inhaltlich soll sich das Werk um innere Konflikte, die Schwächen der Welt sowie um Tod und Wiedergeburt drehen. Die Texte wurden inspiriert durch kalte Winter, endlose Wälder, die uralten Berge des Urals und – das liegt doch auf der kalten Hand – Fabriken(!). Leider gibt es dieses wunderbare Album aktuell nur als Download und als Stream.

11/15
LS (Legacy #115)

Necromance 54Desde Rusia nos llega el debut de ARKVEID editado bajo Another Side Records/Metal Scraps Records y con nombre homónimo “Arkveid”, tras el que se esconde el proyecto de un músico en solitario para traernos un viaje inmersivo repleto de un melodic gothic doom metal con toques de dark folk y black donde el invierno los frondosos bosques y la cordillera formada por los Urales y la apropiación indebida de la industria dan rienda suelta a una historia contemplativa. Bajo el nombre se “I”, se nos presenta una oda oscura de cuarenta minutos, una historia que contar que se inicia con un pasaje triste y melancólico marcado por una instrumentación sin distorsión y una voz narrativa enigmática y tenue que va introduciéndonos cada vez más en su mundo particular, hasta dejarnos una melodía de guitarra como luz guía a través de frondosos bosques y una noche cerrada y pensativa donde los doce primeros minutos son una delicia creciente y continua. Tras este pasaje se abre el apartado más agresivo y black del álbum, que también es su parte más floja para mi gusto, donde las voces rasgadas quedan bien insertadas, pero la percusión y la guitarra en sonido parecen muy sintéticas y artificiales, aunque esto solo dura 3 minutos y pasa casi desapercibido, dejándonos de aquí al final un desarrollo melódico de gran altura y factura, introduciendo elementos folk mágicos y muy plausibles. Solo matizar una parte más oscura ya casi al final, donde acelera la composición y se transforma en una pasaje épico para terminar de forma intimista y delicada. No soy muy fan de las canciones de 40 minutos, sin cortes, pues si quieres escuchar solo una parte es casi imposible o tienes que pasarte “media hora” buscando el corte en cuestión en un reproductor, más si cabe cuando a lo largo de la misma hay cortes y cambios que dan opción a introducir o dividirla sin cortes, aunque a pesar de todo es un trabajo de una gran belleza y factura que merece mucho la pena ser escuchado, pues ARKVEID consigue trasladarte hacia otra dimensión repleta de magia, naturaleza y una música elegante.

7/10
Juan Angel Martos (Necromance #54)

2018 06 10 185902S ruskou metalovou scénou jsem doposud neměl žádný styk a víceméně tomu jsem se vždy vyhýbal. Všechno ale jednou končí a naprosto neznámý ARKVEID mi přišel být zajímavý. Jedná se o projekt tak zvaného one-man band. Historie ale sahá až do roku 2006, kdy dva velcí metaloví fanoušci se rozhodli založit vlastní kapelu. 6 let se pak intenzivně zkoušelo a byl připravován materiál pro debut. Bylo tu napsáno na 40 skladeb v různých stylistických zaměřeních od power metalu po black metal, avšak v konečném hledání byl jako nejvhodnější styl pro vhodnou náladotvornost vybrán atmosférický folk/ doom metal. Ze všech vytvořených skladeb bylo pak pro první album vybráno 5 nejlepších songů, z nichž pak vznikla jedna skoro čtyřicetiminutová kompozice. V roce 2012 nastala první komplikace, když se jeden ze členů po neshodách rozhodl opustit projekt, ovšem druhý člen, jehož jméno je tu anonymní, zahájil okamžitě v domácím studiu nahrávání sám. Od roku 2012 do roku 2013 byly nahrané jeho všechny strunné nástroje, poté v letech 2013 až 2015 bicí nástroje, vokály a syntezátory studiovými hudebníky. V roce 2016 byl materiál mixován a remastrován. Texty na „Arkveid“ jsou inspirované dlouhými chladnými zimami, nekonečnými lesy, starou uralskou horou a bezohlednými průmyslovými továrnami. Nápad to byl sice zajímavý, ale nedopadl nejlépe zvukově a má trhliny v samotném zpracování „Arkveid“. Nesedí mi tu ani ta ruština a také podoba se stejně zaměřenými kapelami, jakým je například fi nský one-man band OCTOBER FALLS.

3/5
KAREL „KAJAROCK“ ŠUSTÍK (Rock Hard #44)

And now for something completely different as well as out of season. Right now where I live it's the beginning of summer. It was in the high 80s today. So when I listen to this debut full length by Russian one man folk doom act ARKVEID it feels weird. I feel like it should be cold and miserable outside. It's all about the mood people.
I can't say I listen to a lot of music that falls under the genre of dark folk nor am I a huge fan of bands/artists who mix in a lot of folk into their metal. A little is fine by me. So this is a very new experience for me. This self titled debut is one long song titled "I" and lasts just short of forty minutes. For the first ten it's pretty much the artist singing while strumming an acoustic guitar folk melody. Next keyboards are added to give it some Gothic doom elegance.
After a minute and a half of that the electric guitars and drums kick in. Finally we have some atmospheric blackened music to excite a listener. The entrance of layered back growls, tempered tremolo riffs and melodic soloing doesn't last that long. The song reverts back into it's opening somber refrain. For interested party's I won't give away the store.
This is definitely an ambitious piece of work and I'd consider it perfect for late late late night listening. But overall it's not my cup of tea. To me it's too much folk, not enough metal and that dooms it. I was kind of hoping it to be multi faceted as far as it's soundscape. But if you are into the whole dark folk genre then this one will rip your heart out.

MR. WOLF (https://scumfeastzineblog.blogspot.com)

It’s a slight bit of a rarity to come across bands that can bring together the worlds of doom and folk metal in such a way that the ensuing material can truly be labeled as an engaging experience. Agalloch and Kauan are the two names that instantly come to mind for me, but the list tends to stop there. It’s a niche sound that not many bands bring to life, but the brand new Russian act of Arkveid sets out to bring a new example of folk-inspired doom to the world with this epic one-track album.
Arkveid had my attention well before I even heard a single second of this debut. A sound that blends together folk and doom metal sounds tasty enough with the aforementioned Kauan being a personal favorite, but it’s exceedingly tricky to pull it off given the stark differences the two styles can have when juxtaposed. Then, there’s the matter of this eponymous album consisting of a single 39-minute long song, and I fucking love ambitious ideas like this where an act has the balls to really try something that’s a challenge to listen to. It’s something I love exploring and Arkveid really did an immaculate job at creating a vivid and richly detailed experience with the music constantly swapping between acoustic guitars, clean vocals to growls, tempered solos, crushing presence at times, and a mystifying atmosphere to where there’s no denying that Arkveid has crafted an album that can only be labelled as an experience. We’re constantly shifting and going in between the worlds of doom and folk with plenty of heaviness and loads of nature soaking every morsel of this record that’s a tasty layer of the already delicious music. The overwhelming amount of different sounds, the brilliance of it all coming together seamlessly, and the sheer pleasure of a lengthy experience like this one is something we rarely get to see, and it’s only fitting that this band is brand new and still unknown in the grand scheme of the underground. That makes discovering this gem all the sweeter.
Russia is arguably the most picturesque country for a band like this to exist with the environment as a whole being absolutely perfect for something like Arkveid which embodies nature, chaos, and refined energy in such a way. A debut album that performs as well as this has no choice but to be a prelude for something tremendous. If there is any budding band that I’m going to do my damnedest to keep a close eye on in the coming future, it’s easily going to be Arkveid and I suggest you do the very same.

VINTERD (https://headbangerreviews.wordpress.com)

Arkveid are a band from Russia that plays an atmospheric mixture of black, doom and folk metal and this is a review of their self titled 2018 album which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Fire burning starts off the album along with some acoustic guitars a few seconds alter which also gives the recording more of a folk music feeling while stringed instruments and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and keyboards can also be heard in some parts of the song.
The song is almost 40 minutes in length while the guitar solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion when they are utilized and after awhile grim black metal screams start to make their presence known along with the slow heavy riffs bringing in elements of doom metal as well as some clean vocals also being used at times and some of the riffing also brings in a small amount of tremolo picking. and whispers can also be heard briefly and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Arkveid plays a musical style that takes black, doom and folk metal and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism themes.
In my opinion Arkveid are a very great sounding atmospheric mixture of black, doom and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band.

8/10
OCCULTBLACKMETAL (http://darkdoomgrinddeath.blogspot.com)

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