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Bjesovi

Bjesovi
Niš
Background information
Also known as Baader-Meinhof, Saint Gallen, China Blue
Origin Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
Genres Alternative rock, grunge, doom metal, hard rock, neo-psychedelia
Years active 1989 – 1997
2000 – present
Labels Sound Galaxy, ITV Melomarket, Metropolis Records, One Records, PGP-RTS
Associated acts Hazari, YU grupa
Website bjesovi.rs
Members Zoran Marinković
Miroslav Marjanović
Marko Marković
Dragan Arsić
Slobodan Vuković
Ivan Kovačević
Ramon Hamel
Past members Goran Marić
Predrag Dabić
Goran Filipović
Božidar Tanaskovic
Goran Ugarčina
Dejan Petrović
Igor Malešević
Vladimir Krstić
Zoran Filipović

Bjesovi (Serbian Cyrillic: Бјесови; trans. The Demons) are a Serbian grunge/alternative rock band from Gornji Milanovac.

Biography

Formation and breakup (1985-1997)

The band's history began in the mid-eighties when two seventeen-year-olds, Zoran Marinković and Goran Marić "Max", started writing for the famous Yugoslav music magazine Džuboks under the names McCrywack and Max Radackow. At the same time, they began making some home demo recordings which led to the decision to form a band. The band was formed in 1989 under the name "Baader-Meinhof". After changing the name to "Saint Gallen" and later to China Blue, the band got the name Bjesovi (which is a Croatian language title of Dostoyevsky's novel Demons). Marić and Marinković, both vocalists and songwriters, were backed by Predrag Dabić and Goran Filipović on guitars, Božidar Tanasković on bass and Goran Ugarčina on drums.

The band then won the Čačak Guitar Festival in 1989 and recorded their debut album U osvit zadnjeg dana (At The Last Day's Dawn) released only on cassette on October 1990. Guest appearances featured Vladimir Vesović and Nikola Slavković on guitars and Dejan Marinković who provided narration on the track "On je sam" ("He Is Alone"). The album featured their version of Philippe Soupault’s poem "Georgia" (Serbian: "Džordžija") to which Zoran Marinković wrote the music, as well as the cover version af the Yugoslav beat band Tomi Sovilj i Njegove Siluete track "Vule Bule", which itself was a cover of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully". On the track "Zli Dusi" (a Serbian language title of Dostoyevsky's The Possessed), the lyrics included lines from the Gospel of Luke and Pushkin's poetry.

The year 1991 brought the band a new lineup since Ugarčina and Tanasković left the band and were replaced by Dejan Petrović on bass and Miroslav Marjanović on drums. The band then won the Zaječar Gitarijada in 1993 and Brzi Bendovi Srbije festival (Fast Serbian Bands Festival) in 1994, which eventually led to a recording of a new album. The untitled album, also known simply as Bjesovi, proved not to be their finest studio effort. It showed the band in a new, more recognizable style. Heavy riffs, dark ambient, pessimism and unique vocals on each track of the album proved that the band could handle with more complicated themes than the common rock topics. Two tracks from the album, "Vreme je" ("It Is Time") and "Ime" ("Name") were included on a various artists tape New Rock Power '93-94. A promotional video was recorded for the former and the latter included a quotation from the novel Dune by Frank Herbert.

Following the success of the second album, the band entered the studio to record their third studio album Sve što vidim i sve što znam (All I See And All I Know) and after thirteen months the album was released. The lineup, which recorded the album, included a new drummer, Igor Malešević from the band Hazari, and the original bassist Božidar Tanasković. Unlike the previous record, the band dealt with religious topics, the end of socialism and more optimistic ambient. Musically, the style did not change gradually and was still recognizable. The track "Sve će se doznati" ("All Will Be Revealed") included the theme from James Bond combined with quotations from the Gospel of Luke. The album was produced by Aleksandar Radosavljević, and Danilo Pavicević (guitar), Miša Savić (keyboards) and Nebojša Zulfikarpašić (guitar) appeared as guests. This album is considered to be one of the most expensive albums recorded in Serbia. Promotional videos were recorded for the tracks "Dar" ("The Gift") and "Kad mi stane dah" ("When I Lose My Breath"). Soon after the release of the album, the band ceased to exist.

In 1999, Marić took part in a Christian rock various artists project called Pesme iznad istoka i zapada (Songs Above East and West), which consisted of tracks recorded on lyrics written by Saint Nikolaj Velimirović. The project was released on Easter, April the 15th, 2001 through PGP-RTS and Radio Svetigora.[1]

Reformation (2000-present)

On Spring 2000, Marinković, accompanied by two old members, Zoran Filipović (guitar on all three albums) and Miroslav Marjanović (drummer on the untitled album), and two new members, Slobodan Vuković (guitar) and Dragan Arsić (bass) reformed the band. In the meantime, the untitled album was re-released by One Records.

On March 22, 2002, the band recorded their appearance in Gornji Milanovac. During the summer in the Free Zone Studio in Belgrade the recordings were remixed and post produced. Aleksandar Petrović "Alek" and Dejan Utvar both percussionists from the band Eyesburn made guest appearances. Na živo skipped the first album and focused on the second, with five, and third, with two songs. It also featured three new tracks, "Čekam dan" ("I Am Waiting For The Day"), "Čak i da mogu" ("Even If I Could") and "Kiša" ("Rain"). The track "Raduj se" ("Be Happy") featured lyrics "Vreme mu ističe, zato besan je" ("His time is out, that is why he is mad") which were not included on the studio version since it was dedicated to the former president Slobodan Milošević. The album was produced by Zoran Đuroski "Đura" from the band Eyesburn. The cover was designed by Marinković and the original band drummer Goran Ugarčina.

On May 31, 2003 at Belgrade's KST the band, consisting of Marinković, Marjanović, Vuković, Arsić who played guitar and Marko Marković on bass, recorded a live show and released it as an official DivX Live at KST, Belgrade 31.05.2003, free of charge and available to anyone. The band itself financed the release and made a thousand copies given to the fans, reporters and TV stations. On the disc there is a text file where it is clearly written that this was a present to all fans and that the copying of the disc is allowed and preferable. The DivX contains songs from all four albums plus all lyrics, biographies and interviews. The band’s performance featured light show, girls painted in black, psychedelic effects and even Marinković was taken to the stage in a coffin at the beginning of the concert. The track "Avioni pevaju" ("Aeroplanes Sing") was sung by Marić who had a guest appearance.

In 2006, the band appeared at Zaječar Gitarijada festival and beside their classics presented a new track "Bolje ti" ("You Better") which would appear on the new album. In the meantime Zoran Filipović, who played guitar on the first three albums, returned to the band as a bass player. The band recorded twelve new songs in Češnjak studio in Kragujevac, and then moved to Vršac for the mixing of the album. Bolje ti (You Better), beside the title track, featured tracks "Ko te vide taj se seća" ("Who Has Seen You Remembers"), "Istina" ("The Truth"), "Besan pas" ("Mad Dog"), "Laku noć" ("Good Night") (dedicated to the band's late friends Dragan Milekić, Vlastimir Matić and Boško Drljić) and others. Part of the material has already been promoted on various radio stations. The band recorded videos for all tracks on the album and the first video presented to the audience was for the track "Laku noć" ("Good Night"). In the meantime, on March 7, 2007, the band performed as an opening act for Type O Negative. Having finished the album recording, the band started looking for a record label

On December 26, 2008, the band signed a contract with the PGP-RTS record label[2] and the album was released on April 2009. It was released in a DVD package, featuring the album itself and a DVD featuring promotional videos recorded for all the album tracks, plus an alternate version of the album title track. The following year, Multimedia records released a various artists compilation featuring a live recording of "Ne budi me (Ubij me)" recorded at the band performance at the KST on November 4, 1995.[3]

At the beginning of 2011, the band was joined by the guitarist Ivan Kovačević "Kovač", a member of the band Plišani Mališan.[4] In March 2011, Marinković announced that the band is working on the new album, which will feature covers of songs by former Yugoslav bands.[5] On June 30, the band performed on the last evening of the first Belgrade Calling festival.[6]

In 2013, the band was joined by the second drummer, Ramon Hamel, a Gornji Milanovac-based Dutch. On the band's performances, Marjanović performs old songs with the band, while Hamel plays the ones that will appear on the band's cover album.[7]

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

Singles

  • "Vreme je" / "Ime" (1994)
  • "Dar" (2002)
  • "Kad mi stane dah" (2002)
  • "Ne budi me (Ubij me) (Live at KST)" (2009)

Video albums

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Official myspace
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