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Balayashi - 1995
Plasma - 1999
Namaste - 2000
Avatara - 2005



In 1995 Valdjiu, player of the Bambuleco and Kalachacra, and Karkov, singer and ceremonial head, began Blasted Mechanism, an unusual fusion of music styles from all around this planet Earth and beyond.
“Balayashi”, the ensemble’s first outing becomes the best selling EP in Portugal since then, bringing Ary’s strong bass pulses into the fold.
The collective incarnates their first outfit skins and aided by aboriginal instrument didgeridoo, spread their surprising chemistry throughout the stages of the university circuit and major festivals turning songs like “Atom Bride Theme” into expressions of pure energy.

In 1999 The debut album, “Plasma”, is acclaimed by both public and critics as one of the most original records ever made on Portuguese soil and the northern European, Klezmer inspired piece, “Karkov”, becomes a huge success amongst fans that flock to witness Blasted Mechanism’s second mutation.

By 2000, in the “Mix00” cd, these strange mutants, aided by Brazilian drummer Fred Stone’s weighty and frantic rhythms, melt electronics and tribalism into a unique sound. This aural concept sets the basis for the following album, “Namaste”, which becomes a sales and critical success and makes it to the Portuguese tops; “Are you ready” is considered one of the best Portuguese videos and Blasted Mechanism are nominated for MTV’s best Portuguese act thus catapulting the band, joined by Zymon, The cosmic guitarist and player of the Indian sitar, and their third visual metamorphosis to ever larger audiences including the first shows in England, Germany, Holland and Switzerland.

In 2005 the messianic album “Avatara” becomes a number one gold disc on the Portuguese sales charts.
The two Valdjiu directed videos “Blasted Empire”, filmed in exotic Morocco and “Sun goes down”, which gets to number one on Portugal’s MTV hot list, get Blasted Mechanism nominated for best Portuguese act on MTVE awards once more.
With this new successful record, perfected by percussionist Winga who brought his extensive knowledge of traditional Africa in, and with new Mexican supernatural alebrijes influenced physiological forms, the band signs a European distribution deal and agency.

This year Blasted won the greatest award that a band can have in Portugal, the Sic (TV station) golden globe for best Portuguese band. A new generation of outfits and a new record are being prepared to be released in March 2007.