Ария

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Ария (Aria), the oldest and most famous russian metal band that plays classical Heavy metal in the vein of NWOBHM, was founded in 1985 in USSR by Vladimir Holstinin (guitar), Alik Granovsky (bass) and Valery Kipelov (vocal). Since 1986 band (produced by Victor Vekshtein) started playing in small clubs and festivals. In 1985 and 1986 they recorded two debute albums "Mania Velichia" (Megalomania) and "S Kem Ty?" (Who Are You With?), released on tape.
In 1987 more than half of members, including Granovsky and Andrey Bolshakov, left Aria and founded Мастер (Master) to play Thrash metal. New Aria, though, became more successful. With Vitaly Dubinin (bass), Sergey Mavrin (guitar) and Maxim Udalov (drums) they recorded their new album "Geroy Asfalta" (Hero of Asphalt), the first one released by state publishing monopoly "Melodia". This album discovered Aria to public and they toured to Germany.
In 1989 the band dismissed their manager Victor Vekshtein. Also Maxim Udalov was replaced by Alexander Maniakin. Aria released next two albums "Igra s Ogneom" (Playing With Fire) and "Krov Za Krov" (Blood For Blood), where their lyrics (all written by poetess Margarita Pushkina) shifted from social problems to mysticism and history. In 1994 was founded band's own studio "ARIA records", and two debute albums was remastered and re-released. After Europe tour in 1994, Mavrin and Kipelov declared their leaving from the band, but label producers convinced Valery to stay. Mavrin was replaced by Sergey Terentiev. In 1995 new lineup released "Noch Koroche Dnia" (Night Shorter Day), and in 1998 - "Generator Zla" (Generator of Evil). This year was also made the biker-themed EP "Harley-Davidson Tribute" which contained covers on Manowar and Golden Earring; with it, band gained the support of Harley Davidson company. In 2001 Aria's ballad "Потерянный Рай" (Lost Paradise), recorded featuring Russian President's Orchestra, became the first metal song in Russia that reached the top of radio charts. Following album "Himera" (Chimaera) was band's most best-selling work.
In 2002 the band nearly broke up when Kipelov rowed again with Dubinin and Holstinin' and Aria was claimed to disband. After the farewell tour "Classical Aria", (finished by a stadium gig "Judgement Day" at August 31, 2002 in Luzhniki, Moscow); Kipelov, Terentyev and Maniakin left the band and started Кипелов project named after their leader. Holstinin and Dubinin, keeping name Aria, continued with Arthur Berkut (vocals), Sergey Popov (guitar) and returned Max Udalov. With this lineup, Aria recorded "Kreshenie Ogneom" (Christening by Fire; 2003) and "Armageddon" (2006).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Мания величия 5
1986 С кем ты? 4
1987 Герой асфальта 5
1989 Игра с огнём 4
1991 Кровь за кровь 5
1995 Ночь короче дня 3
1998 Генератор зла 3
2001 Химера 2
2003 Крещение огнём 2
2006 Армагеддон 2
2011 Феникс 1
2012 Live In Studio 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1997 Легенды русского рока Compilation 2
1999 2000 и одна ночь Compilation 2
1999 Лучшие песни Compilation 4
2000 Grand Collection Compilation 1
2002 Штиль Compilation 4
2003 Легенды русского рока, выпуск 2 Compilation 1
2004 Миссия Compilation 1
2004 Беспечный ангел Compilation 2
2005 Grand Collection Compilation 2

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1996 Сделано в России Live 3
2003 "В поисках новой жертвы..." Live 2
2003 Живой огонь. Часть 1 Live 1
2003 Живой огонь. Часть 2 Live 1
2004 Живой огонь Live 3
2007 Пляска ада Live 3
2008 Герой асфальта: 20 лет Live 5
2012 В жёлтом круге арены Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
2000 Дальнобойщики-2 Soundtrack 2

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
2000 Потерянный рай 2
2002 Колизей 2
2006 Чужой 2
2009 Поле битвы 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
1999 Tribute to Harley-Davidson 1

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