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B.T.R. is a Bulgarian modern rock band, founded in 1984.
Some members of B.T.R. with special guest Glenn Hughes
|Genres||Heavy Metal, Hard rock|
|Members||Atanas "Nasko" Penev (vocals), Slavcho Nickolov (vocals & guitars), Ivan Kalfov (vocals & bass guitar), Ilian Dikov (drums), Kiril Bojkov (guitars)|
Formation & Early Years (1984 - 1993)
BTR was established in the period 1984-86. During the early years up to nearly thirty musicians pass through the band.For the first time BTR is on stage on the rock festival in Troyan in 1990.For their first album, the band consists of: Hristo Angov ( vocals),Valentine Guevski (guitar), Kiril Bozhkov (guitar), Ivan Kalfov (bass), Georgi Milev (drums). It was released by "Riva Sound" in a concert, with performances from the concert hall "Valentin Andreev" of 29.01.1992 g. In 1993 BTR released their first studio album Bending the Rules. The album consists of powerful heavy metal tracks, mixed with some more melodic ballads. It is distributed by Unison - RTM and became one of the best-selling albums in Bulgaria during 1993.
New members & International Success (1993 - 2004)
Since 1993 B.T.R. consists of Kiril Bojkov (guitars), Ivan Kalfov (bass guitar), Ilian Dikov (drums), Slavcho Nikolov (guitars, vocals) and Atanas Penev (vocals). Their first album with this lineup is "Feel the Life" and it consists of traditional heavy metal tracks. Following extensive promotion in small clubs and concert halls, the band makes an impression in France and gets positive reception amongst the French fans. B.T.R.'s arrival in Nice coincides with the soccer victory of Bulgaria over France, and the band is invited to play soccer with the semi-professional University of Nice soccer team.
In 1997, "B.T.R. '97" is released, which is a significant step forward for the band. The album is actually recorded in 1996, but not released until a year after. Amongst the songs is the instant hit, and perhaps one of B.T.R.'s most recognized songs "Elmaz i Staklo" (Diamond and Glass). Following the critical success of "'97", the band is again invited to perform in the French festival Cosmopoliten, featuring various international acts.
1998 marks the release of the hit single Salvation, their most acclaimed song to date. The song becomes an anthem of the anti-drug movement in Bulgaria and received considerable airtime on radio stations all over the country. December of the same year the album 7 Ballads is released, which includes Salvation and various songs from Feel The Life, but all in Bulgarian language. The album is also the first Bulgarian Enhanced Audio CD and features music videos for Salvation and Elmaz i Staklo, as well as interviews from all the band members.
In 1999 the band records Dreams. It differs from previous albums in style, and features more complex compositions, as well as a more melodic style, with more developed lyrics. Their first single Flower from the Moon is an instant success and demonstrates the band's maturing and professional tone. Both the album and the single reached the number one spot in many different billboards across the country. The album followed with extensive touring with different sponsors (over 30 gigs) with many of the venues being sold out.
In 2002 they release The Game, followed by their most well-known performance, in the National Palace of Culture with a special guest Glenn Hughes, the bass player of Deep Purple. Together they play some of Deep Purple's biggest hits, such as Stormbringer and Mistreated. The concert also featured a symphonic orchestra for two of their songs.
From 2003 onwards, the band has played countless shows in many countries, and has also played in Beijing, recording Meet in Beijing. B.T.R. has also visited Vietnam where a recorded show of the band has been watched by over 50 million Vietnamese people.
In 2008 the band released Deja Vu, which contains covers of famous Bulgarian rock songs. They are also chosen as band of the year by Bulgarian audiences.
In 2009 they are touring in over 13 cities in Bulgaria.
2014, March 15: Live Concert in Toronto, Canada
|1993||Bending the Rules|
|1993||Feel The Life|