Origin: Russia
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Kruiz  


Kruiz is one of Russia's oldest metal bands, with a storied and sometimes confusing history that dates back to 1980, when they formed in Moscow. At that time (indeed, for the first several years of their existence), they had nothing to do with metal, instead playing soft and hard rock with Russian lyrics. Nonetheless, they somehow drew the ire of the Communist government, who ordered them to disband in 1985. Guitarist Valeri Gaina wanted to push forward, and decided (with permission) to reform the band, with a new lineup and a new sound, and thus the metal version of Kruiz was born. A demo (featuring Gaina and drummer Sergey Efimov) was recorded, and eventually was released in 1986 as Kruiz-1, followed by a proper full-length album (self-titled as Kruiz) released in 1988, by which time they were a proper trio. A European tour ensued, but they weren't able to keep it together, and so they broke up, with Gaina moving to San Francisco, recruiting another new lineup, and recording the poorly-received Gain before disbanding. Meanwhile, several of the original Kruiz members (minus Gaina) reformed and released a couple of new albums, and may even be active to this day, though they still don't play metal and in fact want nothing to do with the "Metal Kruiz". Finally, in 2002, Gaina regrouped the 1988 lineup, recorded a demo, and announced plans for a full reunion.

Of the many albums Kruiz has released over the years, only two are really worth mentioning in a metal context (and thus the only two reviewed here), those being Kruiz* and *Kruiz-1. Kruiz-1 is a bit rough (sounding like the demo it is), with the followup Kruiz being the far more mature and better recording. The style, especially on Kruiz, is speed/power metal, sounding a bit like some of the German metal bands of the day. It's hard to know exactly how they intend to sound now, as it's been fifteen years since Kruiz's release, but there is certainly potential here.

Current Members

Valeri Gaina

guitars/vocals

Fyodor Vasilyev

bass

Sergey Efimov

drums

Former Members/Guests

Alexander Monin

vocals

Vladimir Bajin

vocals

Konstantin Titov

guitars

Grigorij Bezuglyj

keyboards

Alexander Kirnitsky

bass

Oleg Kuz'michov

bass

Piotr Makienko

bass

Alexander Shprot

bass

Sergey Sarychev

keyboards/backing vocals

Matvey Anichkin

keyboards

Vladimir Kapustin

keyboards

Vsevolod Korolyuk

drums/backing vocals

Nickolay Chunusov

drums/percussion

Igor Drozdov

drums

Andrey Novikov

drums

Andrei Shatounovsky

drums


Discography



Krutits'a Volchok 
1980
  1. Bezumtsy!
  2. Krutits'a Volchok
  3. Chto Podelayesh, Rabota
  4. Ne Ver'te Tishine
  5. Srednij Chelovek
  6. Viza Dl'a Kruiza
  7. Kto-to Dolzhen
  8. Stremlenija
  9. Ya ne veril
  10. Gonka
  11. Bach (J.S.)
  12. Krasota
  • Alexander Monin
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Alexander Kirnitsky
  • Sergey Sarychev
  • Matvey Anichkin
  • Vsevolod Korolyuk
  • Nickolay Chunusov




Poslushaj, Chelovek 
1981
  1. Popugaj
  2. Muzyka Nevy
  3. Ne Pozvol'aj Dushe Lenit's'a
  4. Grom
  5. Krasnaya Kniga
  6. Poslushaj, Chelovek
  7. Kak Skuchno Zhit' Bez Svetloj Skazki
  8. Odin Krasiv, Drugoj Um'on
  9. Grazhdanstvennost'
  10. Koshmarnyj Son
  11. Upr'okov L'od
  12. Tetradi
  • Alexander Monin
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Alexander Kirnitsky
  • Sergey Sarychev
  • Matvey Anichkin
  • Vsevolod Korolyuk
  • Nickolay Chunusov




Puteshestvije Na Vozdushnom Share 
1983
  1. Vozdushnyj Shar
  2. Mongol'fjer
  3. Poslushaj, Chelovek
  4. Kak Skuchno Zhit' Bez Svetloj Skazki
  5. P.S. Prodolzhenije Sledujet
  6. Krasota
  7. Ne Pozvol'aj Dushe Lenit's'a
  8. Stremlenija
  9. Krutits'a Volchok
  • Alexander Monin
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Grigorij Bezuglyj
  • Oleg Kuz'michov
  • Vladimir Kapustin
  • Nickolay Chunusov




P.S. Prodozhenije Sledujet 
1983
  1. Dni
  2. Sonet
  3. Tolko Tak
  4. Vershina
  5. P.S. Prodolzhenije Sledujet
  6. Tsypa
  7. Li-li
  8. Odinochestvo
  9. Veter S Vostoka
  • Alexander Monin
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Grigorij Bezuglyj
  • Oleg Kuz'michov
  • Piotr Makienko
  • Vladimir Kapustin
  • Nickolay Chunusov
  • Igor Drozdov
  • Andrey Novikov




KiKoGaVVa 
1985
  1. Slova L'ubvi
  2. Ne Odin
  3. Moj Mir
  4. Parusnik
  5. Ne Padaj Duhom
  6. Mojo Zhelanije
  7. Zvezdnyj Katalog
  8. Ustalost'
  9. Mnogo Nas
  10. Ballada
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Alexander Kirnitsky
  • Vsevolod Korolyuk




Kruiz-1 
1986 Melodiya
  1. Intro
  2. Dalnij Svet
  3. Sluchilos'
  4. Poslednij Rassvet
  5. Idi Zhe S Nami
  6. Mirazh
  7. Vr'emya
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Sergey Efimov




Kruiz 
1988 WEA
  1. Knight Of The Road
  2. Brave New World
  3. Heaviest In Town
  4. Avenger
  5. In Flames
  6. Dream 5000 Years Long
  7. Iron Rock
  8. Possessed
  9. V Ogon'
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Fyodor Vasilyev
  • Sergey Efimov




Live At Robin Hood Festival  LIVE
1994
  1. Krutits'a Volchok
  2. Ne Ver'te Tishine
  3. Poslushaj, Chelovek
  4. Stremlenija
  5. Vsem Vstat'
  6. Chto Podelayesh, Rabota
  7. Ne Pozvol'aj Dushe Lenit's'a
  8. Kak Skuchno Zhit' Bez Svetloj Skazki
  9. Muzyka Nevy
  10. Spasibo
  • Alexander Monin
  • Grigorij Bezuglyj
  • Alexander Kirnitsky
  • Vsevolod Korolyuk
  • Nickolay Chunusov




Gain 
1995
  • Vladimir Bajin
  • Valeri Gaina
  • Alexander Shprot
  • Andrei Shatounovsky




Vsem Vstat' 
1996
  1. Vsem Vstat'
  2. Prid'osh
  3. I Voskrese Kruizenije
  4. Tri Dorogi
  5. Liven' Ognennyh Strel
  6. V Etom Mire
  7. Dozhd' Id'ot Kuda-to
  8. Zolotyje Nochi, Zolotyje Dni
  9. Podvodnaja
  10. Lunnyj Blues (Lu-Blu)
  11. Trava Vsegda Prava
  12. L'ubov', Nadezhda, Vera
  13. Progulka Na Sklone
  14. Teb'a Ne Ubili Vchera
  15. Kuznechik
  16. Elitnyje Vojska
  17. Tihij Angel
  18. Elitnyje Man'ovry
  • Alexander Monin
  • Konstantin Titov
  • Grigorij Bezuglyj
  • Alexander Kirnitsky
  • Nickolay Chunusov


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