Eyesburn in 2005
|Genres||Hardcore punk, crossover thrash, reggae|
1994 – 2007|
2011 – 2016
|Labels||Silver Cross Records, Metropolis Records, B92, Ammonite, PGP-RTS|
|Crni Zub i Nova Mo?na Organizacija, Dead Ideas, Deca Lo?ih Muzi?ara, Del Arno Band, Plejboj, Sick Mother Fakers, Smoke'n'Soul, Sunshine, Svarog, URGH!|
The band was formed in 1994, and the original line-up featured former Dead Ideas guitarist Nemanja "Kojot" Koji? (guitar, backing vocals), who simultaneously worked as trombonist in Del Arno Band and bass guitarist in Sunshine, Nenad ?ivi? (vocals), former Bloodbath member Aleksandar "Alek" Petrovi? (drums), former URGH! member Vladimir "Laza" Lazi? (bass guitar) and Aleksandar "Gile" Radulovi?. The name, Eyesburn, was chosen as a comment on the Serbian TV programs which "burned the eyes".
The band's first release, the album Freedomized, was recorded live at Belgrade club KST. During this period Eyesburn mostly played in Belgrade clubs, occasionally elsewhere in Serbia. The band also started working on their first studio album, Dog Life. However, the band's vocalist ?ivi? left the band just several weeks before the band started recording in the studio, and Koji? took over the lead vocalist position. The album featured the songs written in English language and a cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers song "Exodus", which featured guest appearance by Del Arno Band vocalist Jovan Mati?.
At the same time, Koji? started playing trombone as well, and the band started musical exploration of other genres, such as reggae, dub and drum & bass. On the various artists compilation Korak napred 2 koraka nazad, the band appeared with a cover version of Haustor song "?ejn". Soon after, Eyesburn recorded their second album Fool Control, featuring a new guitarist, Ninoslav "Nino" Filipovi?. The album was produced by Sa?a Jankovi?. The songs "No Free Time", "Foolin' I & I", "Warning Dub", and others, presented the album as a form of modern rock, metal and breakbeat reggae fusion.
In 2001, "Fool Control" and the track "Rizlu ima?, li?nu kartu nema?" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Munje! in which the band appeared as a club band. As a result of their growing popularity, they received an invitation for the pre-election tours "IT'S TIME" and "USE IT (your brain)". The band started performing in former Yugoslav republics and became one of the most active bands in Serbia. During 2001, and 2002, Eyesburn performed at the EXIT festival in Novi Sad.
In late 2001, the band released the CD Gabau!, featuring eight songs, two of which, "No Free Time" and "Foolin' I & I" were recorded live in Belgrade on June 22, 2001. As guests on the album appeared Disciplin A Kitschme drummer Will Parker, percussionist Le?a, and Kanda, Kod?a i Neboj?a vocalist Oliver Nektarijevi?. iN 2002, with the Jamaican dub poet Ank Steadyspear, the band recorded the album Cool Fire - Eyesburn meets Ank Steadyspear. The album was recorded separately, as Ank Steadyspear sent the already recorded vocal sections over the Internet, and the band recorded the music to the recordings. The band appeared live with Ank Steadyspear as an opening act for Lee Scratch Perry.
In 2003, the band released the album Solid, produced by Sa?a Jankovi?, which was more hardcore punk-oriented than the previous release. The band's growing popularity lead to an invitation from Max Cavalera to record together the song "Moses" on the Soulfly album Prophecy and play on the 2004 Prophecy Europe Tour. Koji? also appeared on the Soulfly album Dark Ages, on the song "Innerspirit".
In March 2005, the line-up changed, when Lazi? and Filipovi? left the band, and the new album was recorded by the lineup which included Koji?, Dalibor Vu?i? (bass, clarinet), Aleksandar Petrovi?, Vuka?in Markovi? (trombone), Du?an Petrovi? (baritone saxophone). How Much for Freedom?, recorded in the Novi Sad M Studio and Zemun Cameleon Studio and produced by Boban Mulunovi?, featured the cover version of Bob Marley & The Wailers song "So Much Trouble In The World". The album was released under the PGP-RTS record label in Serbia and Austria. After the album release, the band went on hiatus, and Koji? pursued a solo career.
In the spring of 2011, the band reunited in the lineup: Aleksandar Petrovi? "Alek" (drums), Vladimir Lazi? "Laza" (bass), Nemanja Koji? "Kojot" (vocals, trombon), Du?an Petrovi? (saxophone), Aleksandar Niki? "Lale" (guitar), Zoran ?uroski "?ura" (guitar) and Vuka?in Markovi? (trombon, backing vocals). The reunited Eyesburn had their first performance on June 17, 2011, at Belgrade's SKC, on a concert which was a part of the Jelen Top 10 Tour. On September 15, 2012, Eyesburn performed on Warrior's Dance festival, organized by British group The Prodigy and Exit festival, on Novi Sad's Petrovaradin fortress.
In July 2013, the band released their seventh studio album, Reality Check. The album, preceded by singles "Sudden Fall" and "Hold This Way", was produced by Milo? Mihajlovi? and mastered by Jens Bogren. In December 2015, Eyesburn released a new single called "Dream is Over".
In July 2016, Koji? announced that the band ended their activity.