Epidemia (Эпидемия) is a Russian Power Metal band, formed in 1993. Their name means "Epidemic" in Russian, but their songs are mostly Heavy Mithril, set either in Middle-earth, or their own Standard Fantasy Setting.
Main gimmick of the band lies in their "metal opera", set in said fantasy setting. So far four of their studio albums were part of this story. Epidemia also sometimes carries out theatrical performances of this opera, complete with several guest vocalists.
- Yury Melisov - guitar
- Dmitry Krivenkov - drums
- Ilya Mamontov - bass
- Dmitry Protsko - guitar
- Evgeny Egorov - vocals
- На Краю Времени (On The Edge Of Time) (1999)
- Загадка Волшебной Cтраны (The Quest Of The Magic Land) (2001)
- Эльфийская Pукопись (Elven Manuscript) (2004)
- Жизнь в Cумерках (Living In Twilight) (2005)
- Эльфийская Рукопись 2: Сказание На Все Времена (Elven Manuscript 2: Saga For All Times) (2007)
- Дорога Домой (Road to Home) (2010)
- Всадник из Льда (The Ice Rider) (2011)
- Сокровище Энии (Treasure of Enya) (2014)
- Легенда Ксентарона (The Legend of Xentharon) (2018)
The band provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Subverted with Deimos, he's just a Well-Intentioned Extremist and acts as Disc-One Final Boss. Demon queen Minatrix, however, plays it straight.
- Later ice dragoness Blizzard takes over this role.
- Big Good: Gold dragons. Too bad that they are all in magical hibernation.
- The Cavalry: Dwarves in the final battle of second album.
- Cue the Sun: In song "Saga For All Times" Desmond uses First God's staff to invoke this trope, destroy undeads and awaken gold dragons.
- Dimensional Traveler: Anyone who can cast "star portal" spell.
- HeelFace Turn: Deimos, after being betrayed by blue dragons. It helps that he wasn't really evil in first place.
- Interdimensional Travel Device: "Gates", stationary devices that can send whole caravans to another world.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Deimos, Greek for "dread". Justified, since this name was a result of Meaningful Rename.
- A Planet Named Zok: We have Enya, a planet that is a home to protagonists, that has a reasonable name, and we have Xentharon. Bonus points for resembling the word "Xeno".
- Standard Fantasy Setting: let's see Elves, dwarves, dragons (both good and evil), demons, and a song that's literally named "Sword & Sorcery". About the only part that is not standard are interplanetary travels, but their method is explicitly magical.