Rock-band Opium was founded in 1997 by Sasha Ivashchuk and Andriy Elistratov. Brothers Yuri and Andriy Rebrina were engaged in a project by joint efforts of Sasha and Andrij. At the time of creative collaboration an album "Angelic Soul" was created. But it was not recorded because of absence of sufficient sponsorship.
Concerts with bands "Black&White", "Stroke", "Tramway #2", "Jeff"...
The first composition of rock-band existed till 1999.
Thanks to acquaintance of Sasha Ivashchuk and Maksim Shurpeta the second composition of band appeared in 2001. Soon Stepan Kukhmistr and later Rostyslav Yakuts joined to the group. In such composition a group created an album "Anatomy of the Pain" (that was not recorded for the same reasons) and existed till 2003. Dmytro Golub and Volodymyr Dubetsky also worked with band in the set time. Dmytro "Mad" Kapranov provided technical support.
Concerts with bands "Perlyna Stepu", "Toksychnyy Fayl", "Manuskrypt", "Neon"...
Former members Rostyk Yakuts (presently group "Tini Zabutykh Predkiv") and Stepan Kukhmistr (presently group "Postfactum") continue to play music in other bands.
Rock-band "Opium" is thankfull to all who helped to support creative life of collective and forgets none of his former participants.
The third composition of group appeared in July, 2006. Drummer Taras Basarab was working with band till July, 2007.
Today rock-band "Opium" it is:
Sasha Ivashchuk – vocal, guitar
Roma Kucherak – guitar
Yurko Bakovskyy – bass
Anton Minchuk – drums, percussion
Slavko Shved – electronics
We’ll be glad to see you on our concerts :)
information, photo from official site: http://www.opium.lviv.ua/


Opium. Molysja na mene. (Pray to Me)

"Opium" honestly searches for its own rock language in texts and in music, and this is nice. In our opinion, "Opium" plays simple classic rock – and this, you should agree, is not that easy. Besides, the song lyrics do not resemble a simple set of rhymes and meter at all – the experience lived through, live thoughts and feelings are obviously inlaid into these words.
Domestic price: 166.60UAH, International price: $11.90USD

Opium. Pochuttya i Medali. /digi-pack/. (Feelings and Medals)

It's nice that there are still bands that undertake performing just rock, without flirting with unclear definitions of style, without the pop aplomb or pretended mystery. And the cello as part of it does not interfere. Just honest music, straight and simple (but not empty) lyrics – you know, not that much is needed...
Domestic price: 250.60UAH, International price: $17.90USD


Yevshanzillya 4. Rock Collection 2010. (mp3).

In 2010, following the tradition now, "Yevshanzillya" (already for the fourth year in succession) has become the first rock collection in the New Year. And, again as usual, the main focus is not on pop-rock and heavy alternative – as it happens in the majority of rock collections – but on a wide range of every other rock music.
Domestic price: 250.60UAH, International price: $17.90USD