Baradj is a metal band from Russia formed in 2003 in the town of Yelabuga (Tatarstan).The group’s music tends to comprise spacious, atmospheric sound along with the combination of folk motives of the ancient Bulgarian ethnicity and the elements of such genres as progressive metal, art metal, post metal, melodic death metal, ambient metal, post rock. The result of such combination is the fascinating compositional structure and melodies, which was called post folk metal by the band’s members. Baradj has released at lot of EP`s, but only two full-length released in 2012 and 2016. Now the third full-length Hunnar is released. The title track Hunnar,
The band comments on Hunnar: «We want to tell the story of a great historical nation to the world. It could be difficult to dance to our music, but it definitely makes you think and imagine. And if a person starts to think and gets to know the history, such person will be able to make the right choice in critical moments of his or her life. We did such a choice by putting our effort to make intelligent music with relatively small audience, as if we would say to the listener you can change your life in any way you want, but you need to know your roots and have your ancestors in honor. Despite all the obstacles, we took that risk and created this powerful, serious, rigorous music with elements of Bulgarian folk melodies».
The band states, «All music that we created before Hunnar was more or less experimental. After our two first albums Nardughan and Triptych, we wanted to create a more conceptual work, through which we could tell the history of centuries-long wars and the reign of great rulers, who had immense influence on the whole human world. So we created a totally new sound using good old ethnic motives of Volga-Bulgaria and powerful metal of our days together with various progressive tunes. Such an album doesn’t just sound, it speaks. And it won’t be as simple as Nardughan (although it’s quite hard to call it simple). Hunnar is a theatre of sound with the scent of history. It transmits the new vision of future of metal music combining the spirit of the old times together with the modern perspective».
Volga-Bulgaria was a historic state that existed from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries in the area around the Volga and Kama rivers in what is today Russia.
The band comments: «We chose a place far from cities and civilization to show the natural beauty of Bulgarian land, virgin place once imprinted by the foot of Hunnic nomad, Bulgarian warrior and other significant nations. The very place smells of unsullied flowers, endless fields, pure air and some living things. You would probably want to see a Hunnic battle in our video, but it won’t be there. You will see the most precious thing the Huns praised, nature and freedom. Nature is the very place where human beings came from, and they shouldn’t leave it. Our planet is the Noah’s Ark of different nations, animals and plants. It is our home».