Impulse (band)

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Impulse
Origin Bulgaria
Genres hard rock, pop rock, progressive rock (early)
heavy metal, power metal, speed metal (later)
progressive rock (now)
Years active 1979–1991, 1995–1996, 2012–present
Labels Balkanton, Riva Sound
Members Teodor Koychinov
Peyo Peev
Vasil Stoev
Yana Georgieva
Boyan Parushev
Past members Iliya Kunchev
Vili Kavaljiev
Chavdar Panev
Biser Batov
Stefan Bachvarov
Chavdar Stefanov
Viktor Grancharov
Krasimir Manolov
Veselin Marinov
Nelko Kolarov
Nikolo Kotzev
Atanas Georgiev
Petar Petrov - Shushu
Galin Velichovski
Todor Varbanov
Kuzman Birbochukov
Danail Godzev
Ivo Komitov
Orlin Radinski - Lincha
Svetoslav Kolev
Vladimir Mihaylov
Georgi Enchev
Emil Stefanov
Ivo Ikonomov
Dimitar Karnev

Impulse is a Bulgarian rock/metal group, formed by Iliya Kunchev in March 1979. They have released six albums, the most famous being "Gladiator".

History[edit]

The band was formed in March 1979 by Iliya Kunchev. In the first line-up also were Vasil Stoev, Peyo Peev, Chavdar Panev and Vili Kavaljiev. The start of group came on Bulgarian National Radio. In the beginning they played melodic pop rock songs. Famous Bulgarian singer Veselin Marinov was the band's vocalist in 1981-1983. The most famous Impulse's song with Marinov on vocals is "Srednoshtna muzika" (en. "Midnight music"). In 1984 Impulse recorded their first album, called Impulse 1. The ballad "Ako ti si otidesh za mig" (en. "If you go away for moment") became a hit. This song is in the BG Radio's chart "500 greatest Bulgarian songs". In period 1985–1987 Impulse had a concerts in USSR and countries from Africa. The band recorded the album "380 volts", but he was forbidden from the communist regime. In this period they had only 2 new songs.

In the late '80s, Impulse was one of the first Bulgarian heavy metal bands. In December 1987 Iliya Kunchev changed the line-up. Vocalist and lead guitarist became Georgi "Dzoro" Encev (later played with Czech band "Titanic") . With Encev, Vladimir Mihaylov (bass) and Emil Stefanov (drums), the band released their most successful album "Gladiator". In 1988, the song "Gladiator" became the first heavy metal song played on the Bulgarian television on the show "Melodia na godinata" (en. "Melody of the year"). In 1990, Impulse were Scorpions's support band. In 1991, the band split-up. In 1993 the label "Hot metal records" released "Gladiator" in split with the first album of Hungarian band Missio.

In 1995 Impulse released their album "Bad chick". Iliya Kunchev, Atanas Georgiev, Dimitur Kurnev and Maxim Hristov recorded the new songs. In 1996 Impulse split-up again. In 1998 Iliya Kunchev released a compilation with the best songs of band. In this release were included rare live versions of "Gladiator" and "Srednoshtna muzika".

The band has been active again since September 2012 when the members of first line-up Vasil Stoev and Peyo Peev reunited Impulse.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Impulse 1 - 1984
  • 380 volts - 1986
  • Gladiator - 1989
  • Bad Chick - 1995
  • Autopsy of a state - 1998

Singles[edit]

  • VIG Impulse - 1980
  • Zakusnyalo echo - 1984

Compilations[edit]

  • 20 years strong rock - 1998

References[edit]