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Below is our complete Aria news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
It’s interesting to think that this week will see a new album from one of the biggest metal bands in the biggest country in the world, one which has a long lasting love of metal music too, yet many, many head bangers will not have heard of them. We all know that back in the days of the Soviet Union, many freedoms were restricted by the regime, but this didn’t stop heavy metal music from leaking in and influencing the Russian youth to create their own bands. One such group hailed from the capital city of Moscow and was spawned when two Muscovite metalheads named Vladimir Holstinin and Alik Granovsky decided to pursue their beloved music with a new project named, Aria.
They chose the moniker so that it would be short, sweet and easily translatable, a memorable name inspired by the brand of guitar which Holstinin owned. They finished writing enough music for a full length album and began the process of looking for a singer, which they eventually found in the guise of Valery Kipelov. Before the end of 1985, the band released their debut album, "Mania Velichia," which attracted the attention of many rock fans in Russia because it was very different from anything else on show in the country at the time. It was even able to produce a music video for the song, "America is Behind," something which was not common for rock bands to do at the time. More...
Rage guitarist Victor Smolski will be joining ex-Aria singer Valery Kipelov at a Moscow studio in the second half of January for the recording of Kipelov's new solo album. After the CD is released, Smolski will perform several live dates with Kipelov's band. More information will be made available soon.
Rage will perform at the Rolling Hall in Seoul, Korea on February 3. The upcoming show will mark the group's second-ever appearance in Korea. Rage had previously headlined the Busan Rock Festival in 2003 alongside Skyfire, Arch Enemy, Soilwork and Neil Zaza, among others.
North Carolina's Aria have apparently decided to disband permanently (not that the group has done much since the departure of Paul Genet), as the band will be playing a final show in February. The event will take place on February 26th at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Aria members have since moved on to other projects, such as Seneca.