NOIZGATE records announces the conclusion of an exclusive contract with Russian folk-metal band GRAI. The quintet from the Republic of Tartary in the east of Russia stands for a multifarious mixture of delicate folklore sounds and powerful metal and won the scene over with two successful album releases already. GRAI are planning the release of their third long-player in September 2014 via NOIZGATE Records – right on time for the start of their next big European tour.
Founded in 2005, GRAI can already look back on numerous festival shows and concerts alongside well-known bands such as Arkona, Dalriada or Alestorm. Irina Zybina (vocals), Ruzel ‘Ruzveld’ (guitar), Aliya ‘Leta’ (flutes, bag-pipes, vocals), Yuri ‘Sadist’ (bass, growls, kaljuka, Jew’s harp) and Andrey Smirnov (drums) combine ‘classic’ metal elements with traditional folkloristic instruments and clear, two-part female vocals. Vivid and thoughtful, swift and soulful: With their dynamic plaiting of tunes GRAI are long since impressing the critics well beyond the Russian borders.
NOIZGATE Records will release the third album of the Russians in September 2014. ‘GRAI directly blew our minds: We heard the songs for the first time and were absolutely thrilled! The decision for a cooperation with GRAI was reached almost immediately and we’re absolutely looking forward to it’ says Susanna from NOIZGATE Records.
Right on time with the album release, GRAI are planning a big tour in Europe. As guitarist Ruzel reveals: ‘Together with SatanaKozel from Russia we will play shows in Poland, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. We’re happy to be able to present our new baby to such a vast audience. We have toured Poland last year already, but the other countries are virgin territory to us. We’re really excited!’
For more information on GRAI please go to www.facebook.com/GRAI.folkRussia.