Vukasin Brajić & Alogia @ Smederevo 2011.
Alogia is a Serbian progressive/power metal band from Smederevo. Formed in 2000 by brothers Miroslav and Srđan Branković, Alogia is one of the top acts of the Serbian heavy metal scene.
Alogia was formed in 2000 by brothers Miroslav (guitar) and Srđan Branković (guitars). The rest of lineup consisted of Damir Adžić (drums), Ivan Vasić (bass guitar) and Branislav Dabić (keyboards). During 2001, singers Ivica Lauš and Nikola Mijić, winners of the Radio Television of Serbia's singing contest 3K Dur, joined the band. Alogia’s first album, Priče o vremenu (Tales of Time), was released in February 2002 through One Records. After the album was released, another keyboard player, Vladimir Đedović, joined the band.
During 2003, Alogia went on hiatus, due to Vasić's, and Branković brothers' army obligations. In 2004, the band began recording their second album. In August 2004, Alogia signed foreign contract with the record label Locomotive Music. In September 2004, the band released their second album, titled Priče o životu (Tales of Life), through One Records.
In 2005, Alogia released Secret Spheres of Art for the foreign market. The album consisted of the English language versions of the songs from their first album. The album, however, did not see expected success. In 2006, the band released the live album Priče o vremenu i životu – Live at SKC. Album featured Divlje Jagode guitarist Sead Lipovača, Riblja Čorba guitarist Vidoja Božinović and drummer Vicko Milatović, Kerber vocalist Goran Šepa, and Osvajači guitarist Dragan Urošević as the band's special guests. On March 6, 2006, Alogia performed as the opening band on Apocalyptica concert in Belgrade's SKC, and on July 30, 2006, alongside Kraljevski Apartman, as an opening act on Whitesnake concert on Belgrade's Tašmajdan Stadium.
In May 2010, the band released the video for the song "Za nove pobede" ("For New Victories"). The band also appeared on the various artists album Vreme brutalnih dobronamernika, which featured seventeen bands which recorded the songs on poems of Serbian poet Milan B. Popović. Alogia participated with the song "Izdaja (Ja bih da odmorim dušu)" ("Betrayal (I Would Like to Rest My Soul"), which they recorded with Slađana Milošević, who was credited on the album as Sweety. In October 2010, they released the video for the song "Kad prođe sve" ("When All Is Over"). In December, the video for the song "Umoran od svega" ("Tired of Everything"), recorded with Vukašin Brajić, was released. The videos are announcing the new studio album, which is expected to be released until the end of 2011. In July, on the band's official YouTube channel appeared and unfinished version of the song "Naša istina" ("Our Thruth"), recorded with Osmi Putnik vocalist Dean Clea.
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Text by Steve Smith.