Mizar [Special]

Mizar [Special]

Mizar (Macedonian: Мизар) is a Macedonian rock band from Skopje. They achieved a status of a cult band, especially in Republic of Macedonia and across the former Yugoslavia. Mizar was a part of the Makedonska Streljba movement.

The group is notable for its first self-titled album, as it was the first Yugoslav rock record solely in Macedonian language. Previously, Macedonian bands often recorded in Serbo-Croatian for marketing reasons, as it was the most widespreaded language in the multilingual former Yugoslav Federation. The album was a major success and it is listed among the top ten rock albums ever released in Yugoslavia.

Mizar was formed in 1983 in the then Socialist Republic of Macedonia, a constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Because of the band's avant-garde sound and image, its Orthodox Christian leanings and support for Macedonian self-determination, they were viewed with certain degree of suspicion by the former communist regime. Still, the group received great media attention including numerous appearances on the national television.

In their long history Mizar had 3 Revelations, all of them with different singers.

The First Revelation (Risto Vrtev)

The band was formed in 1983 in Skopje, but their first self-titled album came out in 1988. The first line up of Mizar was:

The Second Revelation (Goran Tanevski)

In 1985 Vrtev left Mizar and was replaced by Goran Tanevski. Also the keyboardist Slobodan Stojanovski joined in. This change affected their musical style as well. They started to use elements of the traditional Macedonian folklore and Byzantin

e music blended with post-punk, darkwave and gothic rock. This phase of Mizar is known as Мизар - Второ ОткровениеArhangel (Archangel) which was awarded as the best rock act in Macedonia during the 1990s. Arhangel inherited certain features of Mizar but with a more conventional rock approach which is why Arhangel was sometimes referred as the Rock Mizar. During 1986 and 1987 there were many changes in the line-up, which during a certain period included the prominent Macedonian musician Goran Trajkoski as a bass player. Later he was a lead vocalist of Anastasia) . (Mizar - The Second Revelation). Vrtev later founded

In 1987 they recorded a few demos and were a support act for Laibach and Disciplina Kičme on their Yugoslav tour. The following year they were awarded for their unique sound at the most significant rock music festival in the former Yugoslavia which was held in Subotica.

They released their first, self-titled album, in 1988 with the following line-up:

  • Goran Tanevski (vocal)
  • Gorazd Čapovski (guitar)
  • Boris Georgiev (drums) (formerly of Badmingtons)
  • Sašo Krstevski (bass guitar)
  • Kate rina Veljanovska (keyboards)

The producer was Goran Lisica-Fox. Beside their own songs, the album also included a cover version of the notable Macedonian folk song Zajdi, Zajdi under the title "Златно сонце" (Golden Sun). One of the best known songs from the album is "Девојка од Бронза" (Girl made of bronze).

Their second album Svjat Dreams was released in 1991. The title of the record is inspired by the song Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics. On this album they covered the traditional song 1762 and a song written by Vrtev, the first singer of Mizar titled "Дом" (Home).

After the release of the band's second album Tanevski left the group and was replaced by the frontress Nora, but soon by the end of the 1991 the band split. Tanevski got involved in organising concerts, Kaevski restored his old band Kiborg, while Chapovski left to Australia. There he formed Kismet in 1993 which is considered a sort of continuation of Mizar's work because the musical style was similar. Kismet's existence ended in 1999 when he went back to Macedonia.

The Third Revelation (Goran Trajkovski)

In 2001 a tribute album named Tribute to Mizar was released. It was a collection of Mizar cover versions by some of the most notable groups in Macedonia incl. Majakovski, the black death metal band Syniac and others. Two years later the first two albums of Mizar were re-released on CD solely for the Macedonian market, but the record quickly spread across the countries of former Yugoslavia. Beside the albums, the CD also contained demos and live recordings.

Mizar was reunited in early 2003 with their former member Goran Trajkovski as a vocalist, with whom, first they released the single Macedonian: "Почесна Стрелба" (Honouring Salute). That summer they played at the Exit festival in Novi Sad and in the alternative club Mochvara in Zagreb. The entrance tickets included give-away records featuring the new single. The following year a new album titled Terrible Beauty (is born) came out. During 2005 Mizar toured ex-Yugoslavia, and in the beginning of November they visited Serbia and Montenegro playing in Panchevo, Belgrade and Kragujevac.

During the summer of 2006 the former Mizar vocalist Goran Tanevski replaced Goran Trajkovski. In the beginning of November that year Mizar played in Belgrade and announced their new album featuring Tanevski as a vocalist.

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1988 - Mizar
1997 - Svedozba
2001 - Tribute to Mizar
2003 - Pochesna strelba
2008 - Pogled kon cvetnata gradina/A View To A Flower Garden
2010 - Deteto i Beloto More/The Child and the White Sea

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