Where Volga and the Kazanka river confluences, lies the thousand year old city of Kazan, the capital of the republic of Tatarstan. Named the sport capital of Russia, it was one of the cities that hosted FIFA World Cup in 2018. With a population of over a million, it is also a cultural center, and where the folk metal band Baradj is located.
When the band was formed in 2004 in the town of Yelabuga, there were no other metal artists on the Tatarian scene, and they were free to developed their own brand of folk metal, not only adding their people’s ethnic heritage to the music, but including progressive rock and metal elements, atmosphere and melodic death metal.
To distinguish themselves even further from other folk metal bands, they decided to explore the history and myths of their people. They chose their name from a mythical creature in this folklore, the dragon Baradj, a winged beast composed of three different animals, a snake, a snow leopard and a falcon, a being which can also be found in viking art.
The band recently released the first single from their upcoming third album Hunnar, that will be released in the first half of 2019. On this first track they explore the spirits of nature, and the deity called Tengri, in Norse mythology its equivalent is Thor, the god of thunder. Baradj takes their ancestors history serisously, and tries to shed light on forgotten stories in their people’s heritage, to be able to build their music on a solid foundation, and at the same time looking towards the future.