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Arktogäa - Blood for Wotan - Demo Tape
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember correspondence taking a day or two, but they definitely will get back with you on it.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ough wrote:
Just checking to see if any US distros picked this up before I order direct? Killer riffs from what I've heard on YT!


Thank you for the interest! Check the e-mail
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new review
https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Arktog%C3%A4a/Blood_for_Wotan/573625/


Since this review was written by one of our sympathizers on MA but then it was deleted, by some moron, without any seemingly logical reason - we paste it directly here.


ONE OF THE BEST MODERN DEMOS IN EVERY SENSE - 92%
DwightSchrute, November 26th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2016, Cassette, Wotan Front (Limited edition)

With extremely high-quality professionalism all over this release, from production to design, to inlay, to cassette, gloss, and...well, everything really, Arktogäa are one of the most sought after groups out there currently. Talked about everywhere, and exclusively in a glowing manner, this Italian duo have put together something so solid, that for one of the first times ever in the history of the subgenre, the NS concepts and beliefs surrounding this seem to be overlooked, and everyone really wants a copy of this demo.

Even from the little touches; being shrink-wrapped when I bought it in mint condition, to the detailed artwork representing what to many would be an excellent re-work of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, quality is screamed out loudly, as if Hugin and Muninn themselves were cawing the name of this demo into each corner of Odin's realm : "Ark-toooo-gaaaa". Sometimes, one can afford to be pretentious. Is this one of those times? Oh, yes.

So competent and confident are Arktogäa that if I was handed this tape with no information about it, I simply would not accept that it was a demo. A demo is designed to show what a composer can do, a tool to attract interest and possible record deals. The fact that this is exactly that, a demonstration, is genuinelly astonishing. The first eighty seconds of this tape represent an introduction that could rival Wagner in pomposity.

"Ablaze Fyrfos Awakes" is Arktogäa through and through - this is produced to studio standards; perfect guitar work and bass doing what they should - leading and supporting the structures respectively. Drums are behind everything, but crisp and able to ebb in and out of the spotlight. Vocals are clear and easy to follow, and even understand. Although not entering into a traditional verse-chorus-verse narrative, the songs have breakdowns, drum-fills, and segues between verses. The complete package - and something so impossibly hard to find from bands with right-wing ideologies. A lot of the time, people that are willing to ignore politics and give bands a chance are put off because of how utterly terrible bands like this sound. Arktogäa is the Hammer that crushes all of these bands with derision and orgasmic delight. Funnily enough, this band sounds Polish, maybe it's the influence from bands such as Veles, Fullmoon that's never been confirmed but is all but obvious. Maybe there's not enough high quality Italian NS music to draw a comparison to, but regardless, "Blood for Wotan" is a find and then some.

Then you get tracks like "È l'ora di marciar" which is very good but enters "OI!/RAC" territory with it's vocal technique and guitar riffs. Clear influences ranging from Bound to Glory to Frank Rennicke are also present on here - the really important thing is that the music is at all times of the highest standard, even if this track isn't really for me.

Should neither of the above styles quite work for you, the lengthy instrumental "Hammer of the Gods" even manages to make obligatory Third Reich samples sound relevant, playing alongside some light synth work, moody backdrops, and a musical number that's actually fucking excellent both as an interlude and stand alone mood-builder. As much as I'd love the labor of stressing the rules of the review policy here and attempting a one-off track by track, such is the unmitigated prowess of everything this album can throw at you, it's also best just to leave this with a strong, shining recommendation to buy this. There's only 100 and they're already being relisted at stupid prices.

Like a perfect Storm.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Band of the year.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A handful of copies still available.
Shipping for Europe starting from 3,70€
Shipping for U.S. starting from 4,60€
Shipping for Oceania starting from 6,50€
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last copies are selling fast.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Close to the sold out, eight copies left.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you guys are working to new material already! Top notch band.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DEADLIFT wrote:
Hope you guys are working to new material already! Top notch band.

Affirmative, a new album is currently underway. Thanks for your words and support!
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