Russian Slavic folk metal band Sieta has started a crowdfunding on their debut album Novgorod. This is a way to finance music that is becoming more and more common, and which I think is a great and reasonable fashion. The album Novgorod is based on real events. It involves the times when in the 10th century Vladimir The Great declared Christianity as the state religion of Russia. He forced the people to renounce paganism. But there was one region that did not obey his will and fought for their freedom. This was Novgorod. Vladimir The Great was Knyaz or knez. Knyaz is a historical Slavic title, used both as a royal and noble title in different times of history and different ancient Slavic lands. Sieta has also made a full-band cover video of the legendary Forefather. The track Theodish Belief,
The album represents the opposing forces of the Knyaz and the people of Novgorod using black metal and folk metal. The lyrics are in two ancient languages, Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic. They also represent paganism and Christianity in the album. In addition, as part of the crowdfunding campaign they have released this video,
Line-up: Alexander Mokin – vocals, Sergey Stepanenko – guitars, Vuk Brankovich – bass, Dmitry Kim – drums.