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Butterfly Temple

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Moscow, Russian Federation (1995 – present)

Butterfly Temple is a band from Moscow, Russia formed in 1995. They are signed under Metalism Records. Their lyrics are influenced by fantasy, paganism and legends. So far, Butterfly Temple released seven albums.

Butterfly Temple was formed by Sergey ‘Aven’ Avanesov (keyboards), Mikhail Shmatko (rhythm guitar) and now former screamer Alexey ‘Lesyar’ Agafonov in Moscow, Russia back in 1995. All three were friends even since elementary school.

In 1993 they formed kind of amateur band finding out if they could play something more or less harmonious together. In May of the year 1995 ‘of our Ford’ (if Aldous Huxley’s chronology can be trusted) this unbeatable triumvirate accompanied by Sergey Tambiev aka Dobriy (which is ‘a Goodman’ in Russian and, by George, Goodman he is) who played drums and Andrey Nagaytsev on the bass recorded the first 7-tracks demo entitled The Great Pentacle Of Solomon. (No one knew what it is meant, but the word ‘pentacle’ sounded mysteriously, and indeed it was spotted by Lesyar in one of those penny dreadfuls that provide you an insight into mysterious realm of inner sanctum and astral geography for a few earthly shekels.)
The recording took place at Aven’s cottage house some 50kms west of Moscow and the less is spoken of the equipment used (that had survived Battle of Britain) the better. That was the ‘official’ beginning of Butterfly Temple.

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