Sunday, April 29, 2007


TESKA INDUSTRIJA (Eng. Heavy Industry) was formed 1974 in Sarajevo, now Bosnia and Herzegovina, by keyboard player Gabor Lendjel. Original line-up also included guitar player Vedad Hadziabdic, bassist Ivica Propadalo, drummer Senad Begovic and singer Fadil Toskic. Poet Dusko Trifunovic wrote most of the lyrics throughout their career. Seid Memic Vajta soon replaced Toskic as lead vocalist, while Sanin Karic replaced Propadalo on bass. This line-up was to gain most celebrity and they recorded several successful singles and the first album "Ho-ruk" in early 1976. The band developed a sort of "progressive hard rock" with elements of then popular traditional folk themes and "symphonic" arrangements. Lendjel's organ and Vajta's raspy baritone were trademarks of their sound. The end of 1976 saw major changes when new members, vocalist Goran Kovacevic, bassist Aleksandar Kostic, drummer Munib Zoranic and another keyboardist Darko Arkus, recorded the eponymous second album. Lendjel left the band in late 1977 leaving the others to complete their third album in 1978. It failed to attract the public attention, so shortly TESKA INDUSTRIJA disbanded. Kovacevic joined Laza Ristovski and Ipe Ivandic who recorded an interesting simphonic prog album "Stizemo" and in the 1980s tried unsuccessfully to launch a solo career. Vajta, on the other hand, enjoyed enormous popularity throughout 1980s and 1990s as a pop singer and occasional TV actor. Hadziabdic, as the only original member of TESKA INDUSTRIJA, together with drummer Zoranic, made an attempt to revive the band in 1984 with new members, singer Narcis Lalic, bassist Sead Trnka and keyboardist Zoran Krga, but the resulting album "Ponovo s vama" was unsuccessful. The founder Lendjel worked many years as producer and arranger at Radio Novi Sad, Serbia, while during the 1990s moved to Budapest, Hungary. The final comeback of the band so far happened in 1996 when Hadziabdic gathered another line-up, but again without any results worth mentioning, because the album "Ruze u asfaltu" was more pop than rock effort.In terms of prog rock recommendation, first album is worth listening especially if you like "heavy" side of prog (like URIAH HEEP or DEEP PURPLE).

1. Od Olova do Trnova
2. Bijeg
3. Ho-ruk
4. Koncert trocinski
5. Dijanin san
6. Zivot

Seid MemiƦ Vajta - vocal
Gabor Lendjel - keyboard
Vedad Hadziabdic - guitar
Senad Begovic -drums
Sanin Karic - bass


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Anonymous said...

i just found this blog. i'm just listening to the opening track and its wonderful. the ghostly guitar reminds me of more of edgar froese from tangerine dream than steve hackett but its still quite good. the song weaves a lovely space of sophisticated prog that is both adventurous but melodic. basically, my wife would let me play this in the car while we're driving together.