For the genus of gossamer-winged butterflies, see Epidemia .
Epidemia (Russian: ????????, sometimes referred to as 'Epi' by fans) is a Russian Power metal musical band, famous for doing the Elven Manuscript metal opera in 2004. It was formed in 1993, whilst first songs were made back in 1991. Music of Epidemia reminds that of Blind Guardian and Rhapsody of Fire. The band was nominated on MTV Europe Music Award in 2002.
The band was formed by guitarist Yuri Melisov, nicknamed Juron. In 1994 still nameless collective recorded the demo album "Phoenix", with Melisov as both guitarist and vocalist. Yuri invited the name Epidemia (Russian for epidemic) in 1995. Vocalist Pavel okunev and guitarist-songwriter Roman Zakharov joined Epi to record the debut album "Volya k Zhizni" (Will to Live). The debut release was lo-fi EP and consisted of only 5 tracks, but its follow-up, "Na Krayu Vremeni" (At the Edge of Time) was the band's first full-length CD. It was recorded by the 'classica