WEEK 234 – BaYat

My HeadBangers this week I am revisiting a band that was on the blog for Week 100 from Novi Sad, Serbia.  Yeah that was quite a while ago.  This week an interview was scheduled, but times and studio sessions are interrupting it for now.  As soon as it comes in I will do a Part II as I have in the past.  In the meantime let’s take a look at the band now.

“Wasted Land”

“So It Begins”

The band has had some major changes like a whole new band except for Milos (M8) the vocalist.  I have to say that I love their sound so much I went and bought the new EP “Purge”, and I have everyone listening to, so everybody check it out.  Let’s look at some bio on the band:

The Hard Rock Band’s Path of Transformation

Born in the cradle of Novi Sad, Serbia, BaYaT isa formidable five-piece hard rock band with a passion for powerful,  honest lyrics and electrifying live performances. Echoing the style of influential rock groups like Audioslave and  Godsmack, BaYaT has carved its unique space in the global rock music scene.

Their music is an unfiltered reflection of society’s complexities and personal experiences, mirrored through their evolving perspective on life and change. Each composition packs a powerful punch, setting listeners on a profound sonic journey.

Finding their strength in the true values of community, family, and love, their songs represent a refreshing perspective in a world full of materialism. Acknowledging the power of personal transformation, they aim to inspire others to make the world a better place. 

BaYaT first set the world ablaze with their debut album “So It Begins”, known for its raw power and compelling storytelling. The band has also released several singles over the past three years. They were also finalists in the 2020 Wigwam UK radio online awards for best global alternative rock band.

The next step in their journey came in 2023 when they signed with Rexius Records. As they continue to deliver powerful music, BaYaT is undeniably on a meteoric rise, solidifying their place as a global rock phenomenon.

Let’s meet the new band:

Milos Bajat ( M8 ), Vocals,  was born in 1987, Novi Sad, Serbia. His early influences were David Coverdale and Steven Tyler. However, as time went by some other artists made an impact on him as well. In particular, the late Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Rock and Roll has always been his genre as it is the one area of music that just makes sense to him. 

In 2010 he won “The Battle of the Bands” in Sarajevo with his former band “Supernova”, competing with 300 other bands from the Balkans. He also participated in music competition shows: “The Voice of Serbia” & “The X Factor Serbia” in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 he joined “Generacija 5”, an iconic Serbian band. Together they performed at “Zajecarska Gitarijada”, one of the longest lasting festivals in Serbia and in South Eastern Europe.

M8 says music is not just a vocation, but a way of life. Therefore, his primary focus is to record more songs with BaYaT, so that he can share them with people all around the world.

Born Nikola Odradović in 1995, in Novi Sad, Serbia. Johnny, Lead Guitar, started playing guitar when he was 11, just a few months after his older brother got an acoustic guitar. He grew up listening to classic rock bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath and started learning to play their songs.

Johnny attended a show where his guitar teacher was playing, after that  dreamed of having a rock band, writing songs and performing on the big stage. At the age of 14, he formed his first band. Influenced by Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Andy Timmons and Richie Kotzen, he developed advanced guitar playing skills.

He has since played with many local bands through the years and had hundreds of gigs. His passion for music, guitars and equipment has also led him to learn how to record and produce music.

Johnny says that playing music is his reason for being on this planet and that music always inspires him and shapes his life.

Born Zlatko Ljubović. Mr. Z’s, Rhythm Guitar,  musical journey started in his early childhood. When he was just eight years old, he found an old guitar in his father’s closet and taught himself to play. His first guitar heroes were David Gilmour, Adrian Smith and Dave Mustaine, who have helped him find his style throughout the years.  

Mr. Z has  played in several notable bands in the Balkans: a cover band called Mandrake from Kikinda; Aura+ from Novi Sad, in which he participated in the making of three albums, and which won a competition hosted by a famous Serbian band called Neverne Bebe for best original song; Nemir, which came first in the Gitarijada Vojvodine battle of the bands; as well as many other, less notable ones.

Some of his favorite artists are Pink Floyd, Megadeth, Nevermore, Black Label Society, Devin Townsend, Wovenhand, Mastodon, Gojira, and many more. In addition to rock and metal, he enjoys dark ambient and atmospheric. Besides music, he is an amateur astronomer, and spends his spare time gazing at the Moon and stars. He is also a huge fan of the Witcher books and games.

Born Laslo Kočiš  in 2002, Zrenjanin, Serbia. Blitz, Bass Guitar, started playing bass in 2018 when he got into his first high school band “Bullet Kiss”. Before that he went to music school, where he played the violin for 6 years.  

He was influenced by Steve Harris, Roger Glover, Victor Wooten and Justin Chancellor. Two years ago he joined  a band called “Affliction”. They released one song “Bring the fear” and one demo song “Attention”. He is also playing in a band called “Fatal error”, which is a cover band. He has  played at many moto gatherings, concerts, pubs and festivals.

Music makes him feel safe, a forest of emotions where he can be himself and not have to worry about a single thing. It’s his escape from this harsh reality. 

Born Dušan Marković in 1977, in Novi Sad, Serbia. Ghost, Drummer, as a young teenager was mostly disruptive due to his constant tapping on everything that he got his hands on. Since music was his first true love, drums were the only logical thing, and when he heard Billy Cobham, it was a done deal.

Ghosts’ early influences were NoMeansNo, Primus, Jamiroquai, Megadeth and Sepultura. Later, he developed a taste for more classic forms, such as ZZ Top, ACDC, old school delta blues and funk.

He spent most of the 90s playing with different local bands which dragged him through a few genres, mostly progressive rock and even laid back lounge jazz and evergreen gigs. In the late 2000s, Ghost participated in local trash metal for a few years.

Ghost’s philosophy is that sound and music are universal languages. It’s made to communicate emotions directly, without the interference of language or culture barriers. It’s the one thing that connects us all…  Especially at this moment in human history.

Well my HeadBangers I hope you really listen to their music, it will really make you think.  As I said as soon as I get the interview I will do a Part 11.  

That’s it for this week.  Join me Wednesday for Hump Day and next Saturday for the weekly band.  In the meantime, don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…

Please feel free to leave me a comment or question, I appreciate it HeadBangers:

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