Mumiy Troll (Му́мий Тро́лль [ˈmumʲij ˈtrɔlʲ]) is a Russian rock group, founded in 1981 in Vladivostok by linguist Ilia Lagutenko (Илья Лагутенко). The literal name of the band, mummy troll, has no specific meaning in Russian, and is reminiscent of the Tove Jansson characters, the Moomintrolls.
Mumiy Troll began as a garage band during the last years of the Soviet Union- they preformed illegally and were even jailed on several occasions; as the climate improved for rock music, they became a popular act in Vladivostok. The band broke up when Lagutenko, who speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English, went to serve in the Russian army. But then he came back and they gained immense popularity with the release of their first (official) album Morskaya (Морская, Marine) in May 1997, which showcased a combination of melodic hard rock and Lagutenko’s offbeat lyrics and coy, androgynous performance style. The second CD Ikra (Икра, Caviar), followed seven months later, and was equally successful.
band’s logoHowever, apart from a few singles, it would be another three years until their third studio album, by which time the band’s popularity had peaked. Despite this loss of momentum, Mumiy Troll remains one of Russia’s most popular musical acts. The band represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen, where they finished twelfth with the song Lady Alpine Blue.
Mumiy Troll has a significant following in Scandinavia, and the band performed at the No Name Fever exhibition for AIDS in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2005.
In the same year, the band released a live concert DVD Rtut Aloe XXI (Ртуть Алоэ XXI).
On the symbolical date of July 7th 2007 Mumiy Troll’s latest studio album “AMBA” was released. The album can be heard entirely on Mumiy Troll’s official website, and four of the songs are available for download on their MySpace website. One music videos have been released off the album so far for the songs “Ru.Da”.