Today, Czech death metallers Arawn stream their highly anticipated second album, Odkazy doby, at heavily trafficked web-portal Friedhof-Magazine.com. Set for international release on December 24th via Slovak Metal Army, hear Arawn‘s Odkazy doby in its entirety exclusively HERE.
The year 2017 is written, and the new North Bohemian band Arawn is crawling on the surface. Jirka (alias Suky), Milan (alias Zakk), Tomáš (alias Hroch), and Petr (alias Viking) met at the right time, and the remnants of various bands give birth to a new and crucial moment in their musical lives called Arawn.
According to mythology, the name of the band is given by the strict, but at the same time non-negotiable Welsh god of the underworld Arawn. Zakk – guitar / scream (ex-Audiens, ex-Imperium, ex-Sixth Dimension ex-Final Pain), Viking – drums (ex-Psychotherapy, ex-Self Sacrifice), Jirka – growl / scream (ex-Furt2n, ex- Fetus in fetu), and Hroch – bass (ex-Final Pain) met and formed only a momentary project at the beginning, but later they became a regular band. There is a period full of unclear situations around the band’s operation before Jirka’s arrival as a singer; the band rehearses several adepts, but it was not until Jirka was the real fool like everyone else who gave the band the right face. Here comes the period of doing everything differently.
The band is diligently rehearsing the material, and in less than a year, they do not set out to occupy the stages and clubs but go straight to the Sonidos studio to record their first single called “Zrozeni” (Birth) under the baton of sound expert Zdeněk Ondráček. It isreally one year since the band members met and the birth of the album Zrozeni (also Birth). The album first became exposed as a digital release only, but after less than half a year, it found a publisher. The record was taken over by Slovak Metal Army, and thanks to that, it is beginning to spread across the world as a physical album release. Thanks to the digital form, it found its way allover the world. Several reviews are published at home and abroad and enjoy unusual success and interest.
After two months of demanding work on the album, it is finally becoming reality that fans can witness Arawn live at many concerts. The band is reassured that the steps they took were right. The Arawn fans family is growing every day, and the band is getting increasingly famous. We can highlight successful events with the bands Debustrol, Hate, Asmodeus, Root, Mortifilia, Anime Torment, Konfront, Miloš Dodo Doležal, and many others. Clubs were slowly becoming larger, individual concerts were becoming tours throughout the whole country, and the band also played in Slovakia.
Three music videos were created to support the album, of which the video for the song “Lidice” caused a huge stir in all the media. The band was not afraid of the sensitive topic “Burning of the village of Lidice,” during World War II. The controversial video caused a huge wave of questions in all the media and for the first time is under pressure between underground vs. mainstream. The band has withstood the pressure, they are firmly behind their opinion, and after a year, they went to the Sonidos studio again to create a second album called Odkazy doby (Links of the Time). The album was created with the continued support of fans and the Startovac project. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic’s effect (canceled festivals, concert tours, etc.), paradoxically, the band had time to create a successor to the debut album.
In the leadup to its international release this week, stream Odkazy doby in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Friedhof-Magazine.com. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Arawn’s Odkazy doby
4. Nemysli, Zaplati
6. Hlasy z Tartaru
8. Divej, venku uz svita
9. 9 Krizu