Arktida (Cyrillic, Арктида) is a Russian band that was formed in 2003 in Moscow, Russia. Its genre is power metal with influences of symphonic metal. The band was formed on March 2, 2003 in the city of Moscow, Russia under the name of Arkaim. Soon before releasing their first full-length album, they realized their name was not too unique. Because of this, they changed the name of the band to Arktida. Initially, there were just three members of this band. Alexander Tratsky, who was the drummer, and also the founder of the band, Vladimir Lebedev, the singer and songwriter, and guitarist and composer, Denis Boatmen. On March 2, 2003, the band formed and had their first session together. They all decided to dedicate their music to the genre of power metal. A little later into the band's existence, the bassist and guitarist, Basil Smolin and Alexander Prikhodchenko joined the group. On April 6, with their new line-up, they played their first successful gig. Later in the summer of 2003, Dimitry Mashkov joined as the keyboardist and they toured Russia until the beginning of winter. In February 2004, Alexander Prikhodchenko left the group. In autumn of 2004, the group started recording their first EP entitled, Cry of a Hero, which ended in early spring of 2005. They soon released two more EPs entitled, Nothing to Lose (2005), and The Right Strong (2006). More information...

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