Kroda is a pagan folk / Black Metal band from Lemberg, Ukraine formed by Eisenslav and Viterzgir in 2003. They describe their music as "True Ukrainian Heathen Metal" and their lyrics deal with themes like nature, paganism and history, as well as anti-Christianity. Although starting as a studio project, Kroda became a live band in 2007, drafting in musicians from Ruina to flesh out what was a two-man lineup.
Despite several protests by the band to the cotnrary, they are often considered part of the National Socialist Black Metal scene by the fans of the genre. The band members themselves have stated that "Kroda's lyrics DO NOT contain any political appeals or proclamations!"
On the 14th of February, 2005, they published their first release, "Cry to Me, River...", on Stellar Winter Records (Russia) and Rarog Production (Ukraine). This was then followed by a split-album with the Russian band Oprich, "Legend (And Poppyflowers are Blossoming)", on the 26th of April of the same year, and 3 months later on the 20th of July by their second full-length "Towards the Firmaments Verge of Life...".
Due to the creative disagreements author of Kroda’s music and visual conception Viterzgir leftthe band in 2010. Eisenslav continues as the band's sole member.
2004 - Cry to Me, River...
2005 - Legend (And Poppyflowers are Blossoming) (Split with Oprich)
2005 - Towards the Firmaments Verge of Life...
2006 - By A Hammer Of Spirit And Identity Of Blood (Split with Velimor)
2007 - Fimbulvinter
2008 - Live in Lemberg (Live album)
2009 - Fünf Jahre Kulturkampf (Compilation)
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