История творчества группы "Ария"

“Night is Shorter Than the Day” was released at the end of 1995. The album was still Aria style, but the style seemed to be changing; in addition to their usual crisp, angry, Good vs. Evil songs, there were several mellow songs, more associated with rock than heavy metal. Opinions about the album split. Some called it the best to date, while others attributed it to the death of metal.

The tour following the release of “Night is Shorter Than the Day” was in the best traditions of the 80’s, loud and nerve-wrecking for local governments. This could be attributed to the new manager Sergei Zadora, who did a large advertising campaign for the tour. It is on that tour that the band celebrated its ten-year anniversary and released a live album titled “Made in Russia” as its gift to all the fans.

In 1997 Moroz Records released the second of its “Legends of Russian Rock” series, with Aria being one of the six performers in that series. The compilation is a “best of” collection, with digitally re-mastered sound and a detailed band history booklet. It also included the song “Give Me Your Hand” previously only released on the tape version of “Hero of Asphalt”, a song that was for marketing reasons excluded from the re-mastered CD version of the album re-released in 1994. The song expressed the musicians’ feelings during the break in 1986 when Master was created.

Also in 1997, the musicians decided to realize their differences in music without jeopardizing the band; they recorded individual projects. Valery Kipelov, along with his old friends Alex Granovsky, Sergei Mavrin, and Pavel Chinjakov recorded a pure hard rock compilation that is full of patriotic and cultural themes of Russia. At the same time Vitaly Dubinin, Vladimir Hosltinin, and Alexandr Manjakin recorded a “hits re-mixed” album titled “Accident”, where old hits were given a new life when played in a mellow soft-rock style. The album was somewhat comical, which was reflected in the album title, and even in the caricature portrayal of the musicians on the cover. Nevertheless it was not to be taken lightly – it took a lot of work, and it contained two new songs.

In 1998 the band released another masterpiece for its fans. The quality of their work was getting better and better, which was possible due to fewer disagreements among the musicians and less shuffling between other bands. The reason for the latter was a lack of new bands being created, and the old ones settling their ranks. One way or another “Generator of Evil” once again topped the charts and brought the band’s fans together for yet another tour. The songs in this album still followed the Good vs. Evil theme, but they were more down to earth, creating more realistic images than those of Pontius Pilate as does “Blood for Blood”, or Queen Zhanna of France as does “Street of Roses”. The songs convey the messages that were too dangerous during the communist reign. Being a decade too late with their messages was the price they paid for freedom to perform for the past fifteen years.

In 1999 the first part of the long anticipated “best of” album was released. It contained hits from 1985 to 1989 and brought new popularity for old songs. The album was meant to be a taste of what the future holds, with the next album anticipated early in the year 2000. The times that were chosen to separate the “best of “ album were meant to divide the music into pre- and post- communist periods.

Aria is unique in many ways. No other band in Russia has known so much popularity for so long, no band has been able to attract generation after generation of fans for fifteen years. Not too many bands during soviet time were able to perform their music so close to what they wanted it to be; almost none were known to be as much trouble for the government and were still kept around. Aria started out as “Russian Iron Maiden”. Many still say they are. However, you will never hear Maiden address the themes encountered in Aria’s songs – love, loneliness, as well as the usual themes in Heavy Metal – Good vs. Evil, tales of things from long ago, and mystical heroes. Very few bands outside USSR ever had cope with censorship in music and lyrics in order to play. In Russian Rock, emphasis is placed on lyrics, people sing to express themselves, Aria expresses everything through music, perhaps because lyrics were off limits for a long time. Very few bands went through so many changes and still stayed together. Aria is inherent to Russia – its’ success anywhere in the world is highly doubtful.