Though not too rich in
archive data, the chronicles of Bulgarian rock'n'roll keep ŕ distinctive
memory about the road traveled by couple of long-haired lads, who had
chosen the short name of the semi-precious stone.
the band was formed in 1986 in Sofia by a bunch of talented college students:
Keremidchiev - vocals;
Glavev - guitars;
Hadad - guitars;
Gueorgiev - keyboards;
Petrov - bass and
Kotzev - drums.
A year later - in 1987
- Daniel Rizov replaces Ivailo on bass and the group
shapes its' stable line-up to march towards success through darkness,
dust and cold.
The first documented gig
of AXAT is on December 22, 1986. It's followed by numerous loud and triumphant
performances at rock festivals and big and small stages all over the country.
The band quickly establishes its name as the leader of Bulgarian heavy
rock and their fan base expands like an avalanche.
In 1988 AXAT record their
super hit "The Black Sheep", which is the signature track of
Bulgarian heavy metal up to this day.
After the illusions of the "new era" failed in ashes, AXAT became
one of the first bands with enough courage and skills to emerge from the
local scene and go out to play in Western Europe. Their tour in Netherlands
in the middle of the 90-ies was a sensation in its time, although today
the guys refer to it mostly with beer jokes and good-hearted irony.
The international "map"
of AXAT's quests includes, except Netherlands, as well Russia, Czech Republic,
Yugoslavia, Austria and, of course, "the land of the free, home of
Meanwhile Bojidar Glavev
abandons the rock guitar and finds peace and spiritual harmony in religion.
For the rest of the gang comes the time for... "adventures across
the Atlantic". First, the singer Zvezdi explores his luck in USA,
but eventually comes back to Bulgaria for good. Then Denis produces the
biggest AXAT project ever - recording of a long play album in the infamous
studios in Orlando, Florida, the shrine that is the recent base of Deep
Purple! During the two unforgettable live shows of Purple in Sofia AXAT
also got the historical chance to share the same stage with their idols
- and this turns out to be the key point in their decision to re-activate
the band in the new millennium.
From now on for AXAT -
as Denis likes to put it - "everything happens in future tense".
Tours, new releases, maybe… brand new songs and recording sessions.
Long Live Rock'n'Roll