История творчества группы "Ария"

Despite the loss of the larger part of the band, its spirit was still strong. About half a year after the break, the “new” band released a fantastic album “Hero of Asphalt”. The words for this album were finally written by a professional poet, Margarita Pushkina, whose lyrics enhanced and empowered the band's music. The album is still considered one of their best, and the songs that comprised it are played at every concert. Unlike the first two albums, this one was released on an LP rather than on tape. The communists finally recognized the band – and LP release was official. However, they renamed the album without ever consulting the band (the original album name was same as one of the songs -- “Serving Evil Forces”) to make it “less offensive”. Also, they chose not to pay the musicians a dime.

For two years after the release of “Hero of Asphalt” Aria was on tour, going from city to city in Russia, as well as the satellite countries. However, when an invitation came in 1988 to go to the Capital Radio festival in London, the government informed the festival authorities that the band did not perform live. They were clearly threatened by the effect the band might have on the opinion of the West, as well as the satellites, by going to an international music festival.

Same year the first music video got filmed for the song “Street of Roses”. The filming caused chaos, since instead of having two or three hundred onlookers, about seven thousand people showed up for the filming; as a result the musicians were practically torn to pieces by the adoring fans that wanted to get close to their idols. The musicians and the administrations learned a lesson in popularity, and the video took the number one spot in the rating.

In the summer of the same year, Aria finally went abroad to Germany, where the musicians got an invitation to the “Days of the Wall” festival, where they surprised everybody with their music and won the sympathy of the people.

Around the same time the band's manager, whose outstanding leadership took the band past all the barricades built by communists, suddenly lost interest in the group. He told the band that their music was loosing popularity, that they should try to give as many concerts as possible and retire. He insisted that there was no need to work on a new album. The lack of productivity and the uncertainty of tomorrow took its toll; the drummer, Maksim Udalov, left for a band called Zenitsa Oka. Aleksandr Manjakin took his place. In the fall the band was forced to retire its manager, since the musicians were not ready to give up what they have so hard worked for. Their next album titled “Playing with Fire” was released the following spring. Margarita Pushkina became the official writer for the band, Yury Fishkin became the manager.

Another long tour followed, with visits to Germany, where the group lost its guitar and base players to a local band. Their places were taken by Dmitry Gorbatikov and Andrey Bulkin. The tour continued, but professionally, the band was going nowhere. Fortunately, the two “traitors” come back, just in time for their fifth anniversary shows in October of 1990.

The next album “Blood for Blood” was released in the fall of 1991. The album had a new crisp sound, the band was experimenting with new types of guitars, but their theme of Good vs. Evil continued. However, Sintez Studios where the album was recorded was definitely not equipped to handle the heavy guitar riffs or the drumbeat the band produced. The recorded version sounded distorted, but the tour that followed the album release made up for that and once again crowds gathered in all parts of the country to see their idols perform live.

In 1993 Aria decided to create its own recording studio in order to avoid the problems they faced with their previous albums. In 1994 they signed a contract with MOROZ Records – one of the largest recording companies that produced for many of the artists that came out of the Soviet era. The studio released compilations entitled “Legends of Russian Rock” with digitally re-mastered sound for such monsters as Alisa, Akvarium, Kino, Krematorii and many others. Since then Moroz Records had re-released all five of Aria’s earlier albums, and published all of their following projects.

In 1994, after their fourth Germany tour, the band came to the brink of extinction, when the vocalist abandoned Aria for Master several months before recording their next album. Sergei Mavrin (guitar) became discouraged and also left. Fortunately, Sergei Terent’ev, a very talented guitar player who had just recorded his solo album at Aria Records offered his services. After several months of trying to record with Aleksei Bulgakov (vocalist from Legion), the band got Kipelov to record the vocals for the new album. It took a threat of pressing charges for breach of contract from the owner of Moroz Record to get Kipelov to come back.