GRAI is a Russian folk metal band playing lively, merry and dynamic music interlacing the guitars with wind instruments. The music describes the way of life of a common man as well as the concealed mysterious beauty of our Nature. The band was created on July 3, 2005, under the name “Raven Blood”. Shortly after it was changed to “Vorog” (the healer, the wizard), and in February of 2007 it finally settled its name on “GRAI” (meaning the bird’s cry).
Since 2006, GRAI has performed at concerts and festivals along side Arkona, Alkonost, Alestorm, Cruadalach, Dalriada, Percival Schuttenbach, and Radogost. Recently, the band toured Russia and Europe in support of their latest album “Mlada“. The first track on the album is called “Beard” so it has to be amazing! Journey on over to Bandcamp and pick it up! Also, this November will yield the highly anticipated re-release of “About Native Land” on Völuspá Records (Brazil).
With a new album in the works and and the possibility of more viking-clad music videos, GRAI is a band you should keep your ears and eyes on!
“От Истока” (EP) – 2007, self –released (“From the Source”)
“Полынь-трава” (LP) – 2009,Volh records (Russia) (“Warmot The Bitter Grass”)
“О Земле Родной” (LP) – 2011, Sound Age Рrod (Russia) (“About Native Land”)
“About Native Land” (LP, reissue) + bonus-track – 2012, Vic Records (Holland)
“Warmot The Bitter Grass” (LP, reissue) – 2013, Vic Records (Holland)
“Mlada” (LP) – 2014, Noizgate Records (Germany)
“In the arms of Mara” (vinyl-compilation) – 2014, Spirit of Ancestors Productions (Czech Republic)
Irina Zybina – vocals
Ruzel “Ruzveld” – guitars
Aliya “Leta” – flutes, bag-pipes, vocals
Yuri “Sadist” – bass, growl, kaljuka, jew’s-harp
Vitold Buznaev – guitar
Ilnur Zarev – drums