Verka

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Verka
Origin Delčevo, Republic of Macedonia
Genres Macedonian metal
Years active 1999 - present
Members Vlatko Gjorgievski – Dalton
Mars Marsovski
Mazdrak
Hristijan Nikolovski-Hiko
Past members Brane Antovski – Blackie

Verka (Macedonian: Верка) is a music band from Delčevo, the Republic of Macedonia. They play authentic metal combined with elements of traditional Macedonian music that includes folk instruments[1] such as folk drum, kettle drum, bagpipes, clarinet and bendir. The members of the band are Vlatko Gjorgievski – Dalton (drums), Mars Marsovski (guitar), Mazdrak (bass guitar, vocals) and Hiko (folk drum, kettle drum).

Beginnings[edit]

Verka was formed in 1999 by Mazdrak (synthesizer, vocals), Mars Marsovski (bass guitar) and Vlatko Gjorgievski – Dalton (drums) who were at that time members of the bands Modified Gods (Mars and Dalton) and New Age Messiah (Mazdrak). During that period, the band played several gigs throughout Macedonia (in Skopje, Štip, Kratovo, Delčevo, Probištip, Ohrid). After one of these shows, Mazdrak’s synthesizer was stolen together with its entire programming. Because he had no finances to buy a new synthesizer, he started playing the bass guitar, Mars moved to playing the guitar, a new member, Brane Antovski – Blackie, joined them and started playing folk instruments (folk drum, kettle drum, bagpipes, clarinet, bendir) and thus the band changed their sound.

Activity[edit]

In 2001, Verka won the first prize from both the jury and the audience at Rock Fest music festival in Skopje. As winners, they recorded several tracks at the M2 Studio of the Macedonian Radio Television. These tracks were later released as their demo EP. That same year, as winners of the Demo Taksirat Festival, they got the privilege to play at the prestigious festival of that time – Taksirat 1+2 in Skopje.

In 2003, the band released their first album named Jaggah (Macedonian: Џага) through Lithium Records – Skopje and it became one of the most selling albums of that year.[2] After the release of Jaggah, they actively performed at clubs and festivals (Alarm Festival – Macedonia, ExYu Rocks – Bosnia and Herzegovina). One of their most significant shows during that time was playing as a support band for Soulfly in Skopje.

Despite already having their debut album recorded, Verka didn’t get a real opportunity for promotion because the record company, Lithium Records, didn’t stick to the agreement. As a result, in 2003 the band took an unintended break that was used for creating new music.

In 2009, Verka promoted the video for their new song called Ogin and returned to the music scene. In December 2010, the band released their second album on their own - the album was entitled Motorni Pesni (Macedonian: Моторни песни) after the poetry book by the Bulgarian poet Nikola Jonkov Vapcarov.

During 2011, the band promoted the new album with several concerts around the country (in Skopje, Delčevo, Kumanovo, Bitola).

In June 2012, Verka went on a Balkan tour and promoted its latest material performing in Subotica, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Kranj, Beltinci, Sarajevo and Podgorica.

Since August 2012, Brane Antovski is no longer a member of the band. He was replaced by Hristijan Nikolovski - Hiko.

Band members[edit]

  • Vlatko Gjorgievski – drums
  • Mars Marsovski – guitar
  • Hristijan Nikolovski-Hiko - folk drum, kettle drum

Discography[edit]

Demo (2001)[edit]

Never Going Out Love, from the first EP

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Verka's Demo is an EP that consists of 5 tracks recorded at M2 Studio of the Macedonian Radio Television. The tracks were released in collaboration with the record company Lithium Records and handed out for free. Shortly after, the EP was reissued by the popular fanzine Cor, Cordis and distributed together with the magazine.

Track listing:
1. Jaggah
2. Never Going Out Love
3. M.H.O. Parade
4. Veronica Dies
5. Flowers For Rose

Jaggah (2003)[edit]

Porazličen svet, from the album Jaggah

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Jaggah is the debut album by Verka released in 2003 through Lithium Records. That year, the album became one of the most selling albums in Macedonia. Being their first album, Jaggah gave the band an opportunity to promote their music, even though the poor sound quality of the album did not present the real potential of Verka’s music. The album consists of 10 tracks which are written in Macedonian and English.

Track listing:
1. M.H.O. Parade
2. Jaggah
3. Teško!
4. Industrija
5. Porazličen svet
6. Makedoncite
7. Never Going Out Love
8. Veronica Dies
9. Testimony
10. Flowers For Rose

Motorni pesni (2010)[edit]

Ogin, from the album Motorni pesni

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Motorni Pesni is the name of Verka’s second album which the band members released on their own in 2010. The title of the album as well as its cover are taken from the poetry book by the Macedonian poet Nikola Vapcarov. Two tracks titled Pesni and Gjerdanot contain verses from Vapcarov’s poems A Farewell and The Very Last, respectively. The album consists of 8 tracks and all of them are written in Macedonian.

Track listing:
1. Pank! Pank! Pank!
2. New Found Faith
3. Crno oro
4. Pesni
5. Gjerdanot
6. Idnina nebidnina
7. Ogin
8. Takametera

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