On September 1, 2002, the day after Kipelov left Aria, Kipelov, Terentyev, Mavrin and Maniakin launched a new band named Kipelov (named at Terentyev's suggestion as the bandmembers couldn't come up with any better name). In 2003, they released the live album Put Naverh (Way to the Top), recorded in Saint Petersburg . It contained Aria's songs by Kipelov, Terentyev and Mavrin. The ballad "Ya Svoboden" (I am Free) became a top hit in the Russian rock charts. The "golden" voice of Kipelov enticed many Aria fans to his new project. Terentyev, and later Mavrin, left Kipelov in the next two years, explaining that the band was too slow in releasing the new album. From 2002 to 2005, the only new release was the EP Babylon . To record his new album, Kipelov invited Victor Smolski . Kipelov's first LP, 'Reki Vremen' (Rivers of Time), came out in 2005.