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Alisa (Russian: Алиса) is a Russian hard rock band, who are credited as one of the most influential bands in the Russian rock movement.
Alisa was formed in April 1983 by bassist Svyatoslav Zadery after his previous band, Хрустальный Шар (Crystal Ball) split. The band's name originated from Zadery's nickname. Zadery invited several musicians to the new band, including Pavel Kondratenko, Andrei Shatalin and Mikhail Nefyodov. This first incarnation of Alisa had one of its first larger performances at the II festival of the Leningrad Rock club.
The band's lineup was finally completed in 1984, when new vocalist Kostya Kinchev (real name Konstantin Panfilov, who had heard the band during their performance at the Leningrad rock festival) and guitarist Petr Samoylov joined. Their debut album Energia was recorded between 1985 and 1986 at Andrei Tropillo's studio, released by state publishing monopoly Melodiya in 1988 and sold more than a million copies. In 1985 they also stared in the Cross the Line (Переступить черту) television movie and Kinchev played a supporting role in the 1987 film Hacker.
The relationship between the band's two leaders, Konstantin and Zadery, began to sour, and in 1986 Svyatoslav departed from the band. This occurred just one hour before Alisa was to perform at a concert, with the band having to ask Kino bassist Igor Tihomirov to replace him for one concert. Later Zadery created his own band Nateh! (Russian: НАТЕ! - "Take that!"). Zadery died on 6 May 2011 due to complications from a stroke at the age of 50.
The growing popularity of the band created a fan community called the Army of Alisa, known for their rough behaviour at concerts. It led to animosity between the band and Soviet officials. In 1987, the newspaper Smena accused Alisa's leader Kinchev of Nazi propaganda and worshiping Hitler. Kinchev filed a suit for libel and moral loss compensation. After the year-long court process the magazine published the refutation. Alisa's next album was titled Article 206 part 2, a chapter ("Hooliganism") of the USSR Procedural Code, alluding to this process. It was recorded in 1989, but would not be released until 1994 due to the tapes going missing.
There were more changes in 1988, when guitarist Igor "Chuma" Chumychkin joined the band. This change was followed by the heavier sound of next two albums, Shabash and For those Who Fell From the Moon. Alisa toured through Europe and Israel together with fellow Russian heavy metal band Aria. In 1989 the band, as part of the Red Wave tour, would play several dates in the United States. The album Black Mark, released in 1994, was dedicated to the memory of Chuma, who committed suicide by jumping from a window.
In the new millennium, with albums such as Seychas Pozdnee Chem Ty Dumaesh (It is Later Than You Think, 2003) and Izgoy (Exile, 2005), the sound of Alisa was changed to a heavier one, including elements of nu, industrial and Heavy Metal. Music critics credited Clawfinger as Kinchev's greatest new music influence. This gave Alisa a new fan base among Russian hard rock fans, and three songs from Izgoy continually reached the top of the NASHE radio chart. Follow-up "Stat Severa" and "Puls Hranitelia Dverey Labyrintha" were less alternative-oriented and made a blend of older and newer styles. Alisa shot a video for the Wolfhound fantasy movie, though the song itself was cut from the soundtrack.
According to public polls, Alisa enjoys high popularity in Russia and around, ranking among top ten most popular russian rock bands, and ranked 1st in Komsomolskaya Pravda readers poll.
Kinchev was baptized in 1992 after a series of concerts in Jerusalem, and since then Christianity has been the main influence on his direction and his lyrics. Although early Alisa lyrics were typical for Russian rock - social protest and rock 'n' roll hype - since the late 1990s their main theme has been ideas of Christianity, as well as Russian patriotism and nationalism.
Konstantin is in good relations with the priests of the Russian Orthodox Church, especially Andrey Kuraev. The band has participated in many religion-supporting festivals, such as Musicians for the Christ Savior Cathedral.
Kinchev's fairly conservative religious-patriotic shift was viewed unfavourably by some old fans that liked Alisa for their original "rock" message.
|Original title||Transliterated Title||Translation||Year of release|
|Блок Ада||Blok Ada||Block of Hell / Blockade||1989|
|Шестой Лесничий||Shestoy Lesnichy||Sixth Ranger||1989|
|Для Тех, Кто Свалился с Луны||Dlya Tekh, Kto Svalilsya s Luny||For Those Who Fell from the Moon||1993|
|Чёрная Метка||Chyornaya Metka||Black Mark||1994|
|Статья 206 часть 2||Statya 206 chast 2||Article 206 part 2||1994|
|Кривозеркалье||Krivozerkalye||Through the Crooked Glass||1997*|
|Сейчас Позднее, Чем Ты Думаешь||Seychas Pozdnee, Chem Ty Dumayesh||It Is Later Than You Think||2003|
|Стать Севера||Stat Severa||Grace of the North||2007|
|Пульс Хранителя Дверей Лабиринта||Puls Khranitelya Dverey Labirinta||The Pulse of Labyrinth's Doors Keeper||2008|
|Ъ||Ъ (Tverdii Znak)||Ъ ( The Hard Sign - Russian Letter)||2010|
|20.12 (Двадцать Двенадцать)||20.12 (Dvadtsat Dvenadtsat)||20.12 (Twenty Twelve)||2011|
- Recorded with Svetoslav Zaderii on vocals, before Kinchev joined
|Original title||Translation||Year and venue||Year of release|
|Шабаш||Sabbath||1990, Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium||1991|
|На Шаболовке||At Shabolovka||Shabolovka||1995|
|Акустика часть 1||Acoustics vol.1||1988, Perm||1995|
|Акустика часть 2||Acoustics vol.2||1985, Leningrad||1997|
|Пляс Сибири на берегах Невы||Dance of Siberia on Neva Shores||1997, St-Petersburg, Jubileiny||1998|
|Акустика часть 3||Acoustics vol.3||1988, Pskov||2000|
|Акустика часть 4||Acoustics vol.4||1986, Novosibirsk||2002|
|Мы Вместе XX лет||We Are Together XX years||2003, St-Petersburg, Jubileiny||2005|
|Звезда по имени рок||Star Called Rock||2005, Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium||2007|
|Original title||Translation||Year of release|
|Red Wave Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the USSR||1986|
|Легенды Русского Рока||Legends of Russian Rock||1997|
|Энциклопедия Русского Рока||Encyclopedia of Russian Rock||2000|
Current line up
- Konstantin Kinchev - vocals (1985–present)
- Evgeny Lyovin - guitar (1998–present), ex - N.E.P.
- Pavel Zelitskiy - guitar (2018–present)
- Petr Samoylov - bass (1984–present)
- Andrey Vdovichenko - drums (2003–present), ex - N.E.P.
- Dmitri Parfyonov - keyboards (2000–present)
- Svetoslav "Alisa" Zadery - bass, vocals (1983–1985)
- Andrey Shatalin - guitar (1983–2003)
- Mikhail Nefedov - drums (1983–2003)
- Pavel "Pol Khan" Kondratenko - keyboards (1983–1988)
- Alexander Zhuravlev - saxophone (1987–1988)
- Igor "Chuma" Chumychkin - guitar (1988–1993)
- Andrey Korolev - keyboards (1989–1993)
- Alexander Ponomarev - guitar (1996–1998)
- Boris Borisov - vocals, saxophone (1983)
- Lyudmila "Teri" Kolot - vocals (1986)
- Igor Romanov - guitar (2003-2018)
- Russian analogue to the female name Alice
- Святослав Задерий. Биографическая справка (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 7 May 2011.
- "Ромир: Цифры и факты". Archived from the original on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- Группы, которые изменили наш мир — Комсомольская правда
- Official Alisa website, in Russian
- Fan website, in Russian
- Alisa pictures, in Russian
- "Russian Rock. Alisa Band". Archived from the original on July 6, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2005., short history in English
- "Do Rock and Orthodoxy Have Anything in Common?". Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2005. Pravda 17 December 2003, in English
- Alisa discography at MusicBrainz
- Alisa on RussMus.Net: English translations to lyrics and more, in English
Text adapted from Wikipedia