The 1981-1984 Gordi lienup, from left to right: Slobodan Svrdlan, Zlatko Manojlovi?, ?edomir Petrovi?
|Origin||Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia|
|Genres||Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal|
|Labels||ZKP RTLJ, PGP-RTB, Jugoton, Rock Express Records|
|D?entlmeni, Dah, Dogovor iz 1804, Bicikl, Siluete, Warriors, Lost City, Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel|
Gordi (Serbian Cyrillic: ; trans. The Proud Ones) were a Yugoslav heavy metal band from Belgrade. Their initial works were mostly progressive rock-oriented and only their last two studio albums, Pakleni trio and Kraljica smrti were heavy metal-oriented. However, these are the albums for which Gordi are generally most remembered and are considered milestones on the former Yugoslav heavy metal scene.
The band was formed in November 1977 by former D?entlmeni, Fle? and Dah member Zlatimir Zlatko Manojlovi?. The band's first lineup consisted of Zlatko Manojlovi? (guitar, vocals), Zlatko's brother Goran Manojlovi? (a former Dah and Land member, keyboards), Stevan Milutinovi? Steva (a former Dogovor iz 1804, Moira and Dah member, drums) and Dragan Jankovi? (a former Buket Mojih Prijatelja member, bass guitar). After Zdenko Pomper (a former Dah member) replaced Jankovi? on bass guitar, the band released its debut album ?ovek (A Man) in 1978, through ZKP RTLJ. Album featured song "Misli" ("Thoughts"), which was previously released on the B-side of the single "?e?" ("Thirst"), the last single released by Manojlovi?'s previous band Dah. The album was progressive rock-influenced and in an interview for Rock Express Zlatko Manojlovi? described the band's sound as "psychedelic". Soon after the album release, Pomper was replaced by Slobodan Svrdlan, and Gordi released their second studio album Gordi 2. the album was released in 1979 through PGP-RTB. While the band's first album was mainly progressive rock-oriented, Gordi 2 featured more hard rock elements. In 1980 Zlatko Manojlovi? released his first solo album Zlatko i njegove gitare, and in 1981 the band released their third studio album Gordi 3 through PGP-RTB. Although progressive/hard rock-oriented, Gordi 3 also featured pop music elements. The same year, Gordi performed as the opening band on Ian Gillan Band concert in Belgrade Pionir Hall.
In 1981, Gordi became a power trio, after Stevan Milutinovi? was replaced by ?edomir Petrovi? "?eda" (a former Bicikl and Siluete member), and Goran Manojlovi? left the band. The band signed for Jugoton and released the album Pakleni trio (Hell Trio) which marked Gordi's shift towards heavy metal. In 1982, the band released their second heavy metal-oriented album, Kraljica smrti (Queen of Death), however, they failed to sustain their popularity and disbanded two years after the album release.
Manojlovi? dedicated himself to his solo career. Svrdlan became a member of the heavy metal band Ratnici, releasing two albums with them. In 1983, he played bass guitar on U ?kripcu album O je!. In the early 1990s he was a member of the American band Lost City, recording the album Watching You (1993) with them, and in the late 1990s of the British band Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel, recording the album Love Lies Bleeding (1999) with them. In 2005, he appeared as a guest on Generacija 5 album Energija (Energy), playing bass guitar on five tracks.
In 1994, the song "Put do pakla" ("Road to Hell") was released on Komuna compilation album Pakleni voza?i: Jugoslovenski hard rock (Hell Riders: Yugoslav Hard Rock). In 2006, Rock Express Records rereleased Pakleni trio, featuring four videos as bonus material. In 2007, the same record label rereleased Kraljica smrti, featuring three videos as bonus material.