In 2012 we founded Imperial Age with Jane Odintsova. We recorded Turn The Sun Off!, filmed 2 video clips and released the record by ourselves with our own money (most of it borrowed) in November of the same year. We didn’t have a team, so we simply hired our friends and colleagues from the local Russian metal scene.
In 2013-2014 we mostly played as support acts for international bands visiting Russia: Epica, Paradise Lost, Finntroll, OOMH!, The 69 Eyes, Tarja and Therion. We also played a few headliner shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. Two of them with an 8-person choir and an 8-person orchestra )
In 2014 the breaking moment came. In September, we went on a month-long expedition to Tibet. We visited many magical places, to some of which westerners have never been admitted before. And in the end we did a Cora around Mt. Kailash. It is said that it helps to realise one’s inner dreams and most sacred goals… A month after that we were opening for Therion in St. Petersburg. All the time during the concert Christofer Johnsson was sitting behind the stage so that the crowd would not notice him, listening to the music. After the show he gave our music a very high assessment. Since that time we have been good friends and we are now.
In a few months he offered us to distribute our CDs via his label Adulruna Records. And after another few months he offered us to join Therion on a European tour. Christofer is the person who made us known and we are endlessly grateful to him and will always be!! he made our metalhead’s dream come true – when one of your idols becomes your friend in mentor. Now how probable is that?? ))
So, in 2016 we released the EP Warrior Race via Adulruna. It had only 3 new songs, the rest were from Turn the Sun Off!, recorded with Alexandra Sidorova, and a To Mega Therion cover, which Christofer wrote was the best Therion cover ever. And then our first international tour followed. After it we had problems with the team – and Alexandra parted.
Then you guys gave us 3600 Eur to record our new album.
We had to find a new soprano, held auditions and found Anna KiaRa, who has been with us ever since.
And then came another tour same year – this time with Orphaned Land! After that tour we lost almost all of our band members due to inner disputes within the band…
In 2017 we had the toughest year so far. There was a huge frenzy with the new album because once again Christofer offered us to join him on tour, but this time it would be the biggest tour ever for both bands – 57 shows in 25 countries!!! Of course this was an offer no one in their right minds would even consider skipping )) So we were in a huge stress, we needed to a) finish composing and recording the new album b) find a new team of musicians capable of sustaining such a huge tour and c) do other things not related to music – like work, because the band wasn’t bringing enough money to life off.
2017 was a year of total stress and big promises. We were working at a terrible pace with Sergei Lazar to finish recording all the vocalists and produce the album on time. Once again we had no team, so we asked Nalle Påhlsson to record bass and rhythm guitars, Christian Vidal to record the solos, Ischenko Andrey to record the drums and they did a great job in a very short amount of time, and thanks to them we managed it on time. Thomas Vikström sang his part on Domini Canes same day I sent it to him!
And at the same time, we spent countless hours auditioning new musicians for ourselves…
We made the album JUST in time to take it on tour. AND IT WAS SO MUCH WORTH IT!!!!
We found ourselves a great new team! Paul Maryashin, Max Talion and Dima Belf proved themselves tremendously during the huge tour that followed. The sales of Legacy of Atlantis have so far ripped the previous two releases without even a single review online or advertising before release and without any support from a major label! The tour was a fantastic experience and a great success for us.
After the tour, the sales of our merch did not stop! They did not fade away and we ship something to you folks every second day. We have a huge increase in online streams on Spotify, Apple Music etc. The CDs are still not in stores because we sold everything on tour ))) They are coming there, though.
We have put up the crowdfunding perks that we had promised 2 years ago and have rewarded our benefactors – YOU!!
This has been an amazing year and a very tough year for us. But we bow down to our fans and we say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your great support, without which this would have never been possible!!! Thank you for believing in us, we will never fail you! And we will soon start working on our next album and lets make all of this HUGE – TOGETHER!