Karizma (hard rock band)

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For the Bulgarian pop band see KariZma (pop band)
Origin Belgrade, Serbia
Genres Hard rock, glam metal
Years active 1985 – 1994
2005 – present
Labels PGP-RTB, One Records
Associated acts Sick Mother Fakers, Straight Jackin'

Karizma (Serbian Cyrillic: Каризма; trans. Charisma) is a Serbian and former Yugoslav hard rock/glam metal band.

Band history[edit]

1985 - 1994[edit]

Karizma was formed in Belgrade in 1985. They were inspired by bands such as Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard.[1] In 1988 Karizma won the first place at Gitarijada festival in Zaječar and released their debut album Vreme je za nas (It's Time for Us) in 1989, in the following lineup: Dušan Zarić (vocals), Dušan Janićijević (guitar), Dragoljub Popović (guitar), Zoran Miletić (bass guitar), Dejan Tomović (keyboard) and Srđan Milenković (drums). After the album was released Zarić left the band due to his army obligations. A former Otkrovenje member Dejan Jelisavčić replaced Zarić. In 1990 the band was awarded with MESAM's award for the best debut act in 1989. The same year Karizma was an opening band on Kerber tour.

In 1991 the band released its second studio album U snovima (In the Dreams) with Goran Tadić (drums) as Karizma's new member. Album featured a cover of Oliver Mandić's song "Ljuljaj me nežno". In 1993 bass guitarist Saša Đokić and drummer Dragan Živković replaced Tomović and Tadić. Živković was previously a member of the band bride with Slav Simanic. In 1994 the band recorded demos for the album that was never released and disbanded soon after. During the same year, the band's song "Daj mi" ("Let Me") was released on Komuna compilation album Pakleni vozači: Jugoslovenski hard rock (Hell Riders: Yugoslav Hard Rock).[2]

2005 - present[edit]

In 2005, Karizma reunited with Nemanja Petrović (keyboard) and a former Jugosloveni and Tifa Band member Saša Đokić (guitar) as the band's new members. During the same year band released the compilation album Retro-active, which consisted of the remastered songs from U snovima, song "Ludnica" ("Madhouse") recorded in 1994 and the new version of "Vrati se". In 2006, a former Ruski Rulet and Alisa keyboardist Nenad Đorđević replaced Petrović, and one of the original Karizma members, Dragoljub Popović returned to the band. In 2007, Karizma performed on the Peace Festival, headlined by Glenn Hughes and held in Dimitrovgrad, Serbia.

In June 2014, the band a remixed version of "Vrati se", announcing their new studio album, expected to be released during 2014.[3]


Studio albums[edit]