Origin: Russia
Genres: Hard Rock
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Black Obelisk  


Black Obelisk is regarded as one of Russia's most popular early metal bands, formed in 1986 by one Anatoly Krupnov, one of the countries most respected musicians. Their early work (not reviewed here) is often described as thrash, but by the early nineties the style had shifted to an intriguing form of hard rock/metal (often incorporating traditional Russian themes), quite original and interesting, led as always by Krupnov's gruff vocals (often reminiscient of Lemmy of Motorhead). Most of the band's material was only released in Russian (the album titles below are translated), though at least one album (One More Day) did see an English release. The first version of the band lasted until 1988, at which time Krupnov disbanded the group, joined fellow Russian thrashers Shah for an album, and later put together a new version of the band. The band prospered in the early nineties, but tragedy struck in early 1997, when Krupnov died of a heart attack while in the midst of recording the next Black Obelisk record. Eventually most of the remaining members decided to continue the band in tribute to Krupnov, and as late as 2004 the band has recorded. The last recordings of Krupnov were later released as Anatoly Krupnov - Postalbom rather than as a Black Obelisk album.

Current Members

Mikhail Svetlov

guitars

Dmitry Borisenkov

guitars/vocals

Daniil Zakharenkov

bass

Maxim Oleynik

drums

Former Members/Guests

Anatoly Krupnov

vocals/bass (Shah) RIP: March 27, 1997, heart attack

Yuri Alekseyev

guitars

Yuri Anisimov

guitars

Vasily Biloshitzky

guitars

Igor Zhirnov

guitars

Nikolai Agafoshkin

drums

Sergey Komarov

drums

Vladimir Yermakov

drums


Discography



Apocalypse 
1986
  1. Intro
  2. └pocalypse
  3. Midnight
  4. Disease
  5. Trojan Horse
  6. Fantastic Engraving
  7. └badonna
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Yuri Anisimov
  • Nikolai Agafoshkin




Flowers Of Evil 
1987
  1. └pocalypse
  2. └badonna
  3. Litanies of Satan
  4. Spleen
  5. Midnight
  6. Fantastic Engraving
  7. Flowers Of Evil
  8. Black Obelisk
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Mikhail Svetlov
  • Nikolai Agafoshkin




Last Live In Kishinev 
1988
  1. └pocalypse
  2. └badonna
  3. Litanies of Satan
  4. Grey Saint
  5. Ave Caesar
  6. Woman In Black
  7. Midnight
  8. Flowers Of Evil
  9. Black Obelisk
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Mikhail Svetlov
  • Nikolai Agafoshkin




(EP) Life After Death 
1990
  1. Sword
  2. The Wall
  3. We Got Enough
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Vasily Biloshitzky
  • Sergey Komarov




The Wall 
1991
  1. The Wall
  2. We Got Enough
  3. Grey Saint
  4. Ave Caesar
  5. Sword
  6. Midnight
  7. Gambler
  8. Touch Too Much
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Vasily Biloshitzky
  • Vladimir Yermakov




One More Day 
1991
  1. City's On Fire
  2. Perfect Day
  3. Stop The World (I Wanna Get Off)
  4. The War
  5. Who Cares
  6. Always The Same
  7. Better Be High
  8. One More Day (Day Is Gone, You're Still Alive)
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Vasily Biloshitzky
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Esche Odin Den' 
1992
  1. City's On Fire
  2. Road To Nowhere
  3. House Of A Yellow Dream
  4. Kill Them All
  5. The War
  6. Here And Now
  7. Day Is Gone, You're Still Alive (One More Day)
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Igor Zhirnov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




I'm Staying 
1993
  1. We're On The Way
  2. I'm Staying
  3. The 5th Song
  4. The 7th Song
  5. Who Are We Now?
  6. A New Life
  7. The 9th Song
  8. 96 + 415
  9. About Love
  10. Alcarel
  11. House Of A Yellow Dream (pt.2)
  12. Pelmennaya (live)
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Stena 
1994
  1. The Wall
  2. House Of Yellow Dream
  3. Ave Caesar
  4. Sword
  5. Gray Saint (In Rock'n'Roll)
  6. The Gambler
  7. Sickness
  8. Black Obelisk
  9. The Wall (Acoustic)
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Memory Of The Past  LIVE
1994
  1. The Wall
  2. I'm Staying
  3. Ave Caesar
  4. Road To Nowhere
  5. House Of A Yellow Dream (pt. 1)
  6. Gambler
  7. Apocalypse
  8. Abadonna
  9. Trojan Horse
  10. Midnight
  11. Black Obelisk
  12. Day Is Gone, You're Still Alive (One More Day)




86-88 
1995
  1. Apocalypse
  2. Abadonn
  3. Spleen
  4. Woman In Black
  5. The Fantastic Engraving
  6. Troyan Horse
  7. Midnight
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




(EP) Songs For The Radio 
2000
  1. Winds & Fogs
  2. There
  3. You're Gone
  4. Smoke (dedicated to Anatoliy Krupnov)
  5. Seek & Destroy
  • Mikhail Svetlov
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Daniil Zakharenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Ash 
2002
  1. Sorry and Goodbye
  2. Ash
  3. Earth To Earth
  4. You're Gone (ver. '02)
  5. There (ver. '02)
  6. Winds & Fogs (ver. '02)
  7. Alone
  8. Smoke (ver. '02)
  9. Spring
  10. You Cheated Me
  11. Strange Song
  12. I'm Leaving With You
  • Mikhail Svetlov
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Daniil Zakharenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Nerves 
2004
  1. Nerves
  2. The Dead Don't Write Letters
  3. Weekdays
  4. Too Late
  5. Give Me A Chance
  6. Freedom
  7. Bitch (Talking ...)
  8. Other Heroes
  9. Don't Tell Me
  10. Songs of ...
  11. Shock & Shiver
  12. Drops Of Rain
  • Mikhail Svetlov
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Daniil Zakharenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Friday 13 - Live Presentation Of Esche Odin Den' 
2004 Grand
  1. Gorod V Ogne
  2. Stena (beginning)
  3. Seryj Svyatoj
  4. Stena (ending)
  5. Doroga V Nikuda
  6. Mech (in memory of S. Komarov)
  7. Voyna
  8. Ave, Caesar
  9. Ubei Ih Vseh
  10. (untitled interlude)
  11. Pelmennaya
  12. Zdes' I Seychas
  13. Igrok
  14. Esche Odin Den'
  15. Polnoch'
  16. Chyornyj Obelisk
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Yuri Alekseyev
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Vladimir Yermakov




Green Album 
2006




Apocalypse Live  LIVE
2006




(EP) Black & White 
2009




Off-Season 
2012




My World 
2013
  • Mikhail Svetlov
  • Dmitry Borisenkov
  • Daniil Zakharenkov
  • Maxim Oleynik


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