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Operace Artaban

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Czech Oi! band

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The band started in 1997. Their first line-up was: Kabanos (bass,vocals), Beňo (drums), Hodnej Pepa (vocals), and Ned (guitar). Before this, Kabanos and Beňo played together in a well known HC punk band Los Sommros and in an Oi! punk band No Passaran. After a few years playing in these bands, some of the members decided to start a more serious band about real street life…and Operace Artaban was born!

After their first gig (with the German band Monkey Shop in 1998 at Boomerang club in Brno), Hodnej Pepa decided to quit skinhead and quit the band along with Beňo. They then joined a metal band called Sinuum. So, Miloš (ex-drummer of punk-metal band 1000 let od ráje) joined Operace Artaban, along with Jara ´Pig´ Kořínek, who became the singer. After a while, Ned lost his enthusiasm for skinhead and was replaced by their metal friend Zelinka.

With this line-up, the band recorded their first album in 1999. At first they only made an MC, but later in the autumn of 2000, they released the same album as a split CD with Slovakian band Incident 96 on the label Bass Riot. The band played many gigs (Anti society fest 99, with Vanilla Muffins in Prague, with Zóna A in Boskovice, and also many gigs in Pilsen, Budapešť, Bratislava and Hradec Králové). In their hometown Brno, unfortunately the band had some conflicts with the local police, who shut down an Operace gig with Zóna A and The Protest. Operace Artaban was later boycotted by most Brno clubs because of the violent reputation of their fans.

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