Published on 09/11/2021 11:00 am

Described at one point as the best guitar band in the world, Repetitor are the cornerstone of the Serbian New Scene. Their uncompromising and often angry sound earned them immediate adoration by critics and the general public alike.

Repetitor formed in 2005 and – uncharacteristically for rock bands – has not changed the lineup since. They deliver a blend of heavy rock’n’roll, post-punk and everything in between. But if there is one adjective that describes their music, it would be angry. Not surprisingly, as it turns out.

It was just about that time that the realisation set in the country that post-Milošević Serbia is going to be similar to Milošević-era Serbia. Just without the butcher of the Balkans. No wonder many people felt disappointed.

Reptetitor, however, chose to stick to their beliefs and continued to perform all over the region. They even had a series of gigs in Kosovo, performing in Priština and Gračanica in 2011. A year later, they were attacked by a group of skinheads in Banja Luka, in Serbian part of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

To date, Repetitor have sired four albums, one per four years, like clockwork. Their latest, released in 2020 is titled Prazan prostor među nama koji može i da ne postoji which roughly translates as The Emptiness Between Us Which Need Not Exist. This should give you a rough idea of the existential dread that fill their songs.

That said, their music is as uncompromising as it is brilliant, which prompted at least one critic to describe them as “chaotic and angry – not in a faking it for the music kind of way, they are really fucking angry”.

Check Repetitor out on YouTube, Spotify, Instagram and wherever you get your music from

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