"ВЕТЕРАН" was founded in March 2015.
You might ask yourselves what the hell is "ВЕТЕРАН"
supposed to be, is it some evil ancient God? Or maybe a
meaningless combination of letters? It is neither.
"Ветеран" is actually written in Cyrillic and
means "Veteran" in Russian, the uppercase version
looks like it could be "Betepah" in Latin, but it is not,
the Latin and Cyrillic letters just happen to look the same here, but
not all of them have the same sound and meaning. So remember,
"ВЕТЕРАН" is "VETERAN", not "Betepah"!
"Ветеран" is pronounced similarly as in English.
"BETEPAH" is not really a new band, but rather a
renamed version of
the original project
of Sergey Bostandzhyan and Andreas Uko from 1997. With the
upcoming release of "The Second Campaign" album a new
band name became necessary in order to avoid confusion.
The "other" band with the name "DEADLOCK"
became too popular during the last years and while our original project was born about a year before theirs, we had to
recognize that sharing names was not an option anymore.
The original band was founded in summer 1997, when Sergey
Bostandzhyan and Andreas Uko jammed at a quiet afternoon and
decided to form a metal band. Short time after they began to
search for musicians to join the project.
With Genadz Batsyan on the bass guitar the first three man
line-up was set. By the end of October the name
was chosen to mark a new brutal era in metal history.
The line-up was complete for the first time, when Markus Keller
joined the band in November '97.
The first change on the bass guitar came in early '98, when
Genadz Batsyan unexpectedly left the band. Bernhard Moser, a
bass guitarist from Sergey Bostandzhyan's former project
"NEGATOR", took his place.
The second change on the bass guitar happened by the end of
'99, when Bernhard Moser left the band because of musical
differences. Johannes Hug took his place and ended the search
for a complete line-up.
The band recorded their first Demo-CD in November 2000 at the
Mystic Vision Studios in Vienna. Featuring four tracks with a
total length of 20 minutes it set a new record in the band's
The second album named "Veteran" was recorded in
February 2002 at the Mystic Vision Studios in Vienna and
released in march. Featuring four killer tracks it set a new
level and defined the band's sound and style: fast machine gun
like passages followed by groovy riffs should from now on be
a central aspect of all compositions.
Instead of building momentum the band fell apart due to a
personal crisis of the frontman. As the result of the the bands
inactivity Johannes Hug left to pursue his own project while Markus
It took several years until Sergey Bostandzhyan and Andreas
Uko finally found back together and started to work on new
material. Things got back on track and with new songs in the
making Markus Keller rejoined the band around 2007.
Five new songs paved the way for a new album, titled
"The Second Campaign". Anton Mingalev, a long time
friend of Sergey, agreed to help out on the base guitar,
allowing the band to record their third album in February 2008
at the Mystic Vision Studios in Vienna.
Unfortunately, this time things went terribly wrong. Hasty
changes of mind which lead to exchange sound engineers, faulty
hardware, data loss without appropriate backups and overall
lack of organization did not only lead to some financial
losses, but also delayed the mix for a period of almost 7
years! The result was a demo quality version of the album which
was finished in summer 2014.
During that time the band once again fell apart with Anton
leaving and Markus retiring.
Early 2014 Sergey Bostandzhyan and Andreas Uko once again
started jamming on a regular basis. New ideas developed, new
riffs were born, new songs got on the way. Finally, a decision
to release "The Second Campaign" album under a new
band name was made. With the idea of being "death metal
veterans" and with a theme of war related lyrics
which could be traced in each album, Andreas suggested to use
the name "VETERAN" as the new band's name. Sergey
proposed to use the Cyrillic version, which is pronounced
the same way as the English one, but which is written
differently, thus allowing to grab a free domain name.
A new band logo was designed and the first
version of the new homepage went online in April, starting
with the release of the first track
of the new album "The Second Campaign".
A goal to play live shows in 2016 was set, so a search for new
band members has begun. By the end of September the spot of the bass
guitarist was taken by Pavol Stanko from Bratislava and about a month
later Markus Keller once again rejoined the band on the lead guitar to
complete the lineup.