aster formed in 1987 as one of the first-generation Russian Metal bands when Sergey Popov (ex-Aria; guitar), Alik Granovsky (ex-Aria; bass) and Igor Molchanov (ex-Aria; drums) had a falling out with the management of Aria. Adding Mikhail Seryshev (vocals), Andrei Bolshakov (guitar) and Kirill Pokrovsky (keyboards), Master would rise to become one of Russia's most popular Metal bands with the first two albums selling some 3 million copies collectively. Indeed, those first two albums in question, Master (1987) and S Petl'oy Na Sheye (1988), showed the band on their rise with a Speed/Thrash Metal sound, a sound that would soften slightly over their career. Talk Of The Devil (1991) featured only Seryshev, Bolshakov, Popov and Granovsky, with Seryshev sounding much like Scorpions' Klaus Meine (if Meine sang in Russian of course). On Maniac Party (1994) onlyGranovsky andSeryshev returned with Vyacheslav Sidorov (guitar) and Anatoly Shenderov (drums) joining them to replace the other members. Sergey Popov returned to replace Sidorov on Live (1995; live), Pesni Mertvyh (1996) and Live II (1997; live).
Granovsky would be the only remaining original member, for the line-up shifted again on Labyrinth (2001) to includeLex (vocals), Leonid Fomin (guitars) and Oleg Milovanov (drums) with their sound likewise changing to a lighter Thrash with their best of compilation following in the form of Classics 1987-2002 (2001) with Aleksei Strike replacing Fomin.