Sieta is a folk metal project by Aleksandr Mokin. Its first album Novgorod tells a story about the baptism of Russia, combining black and folk elements. The lyrics for the album are written in Old Russian and Old Church Slavonic.
Russian Slavic folk metal band Sieta have crowdfunded 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 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 Knyaz,
Aleksandr Mokin – music, lyrics, vocals, recorder, zhaleika
Sergey Stepanenko – guitars
Viktor Khaychenko – bass
Dmytro Herasymov (Kim) – drums
Artemiy Gorchakov (Morgoth Hel) – backing vocals
Svetlana Myznikova – domra, mandolin
The Raven’s Stone – hurdy-gurdy
Vladimir Arkhipov – bird recordings
Mixing and mastering by Holy Tube Studio
Guitar re-amping by EverestMedia
Artwork by Vsevolod Ivanov
Illustrations by Alexis Susani
Logo by Vladimir Chebakov