The Second Volume of Breaking Metal (or Lomljenje Metalom if you prefer Croatian) took place last night in Osijek at Randevu/Danđn, the bar that was spawned from the success built by the previous one. This is something of a novelty of a report and after big events like Therion or Satyricion this is a nice change.
This is a smaller venue, tiny to be precise, but if you are a good and professional band, then technical difficulties or bad circumstances won’t stop you in delivering a solid gig. Bands like Krist, Kujia and Asphodelus showed that last night.
The young old school thrashers from Zagreb Krist started around 21:30. They were no strangers to the Osijek crowd. And like the previous time: Moshpits started. Here’s a funny story; on Suicidals Angels I was performing like quite an amateur on most circlepits/moshpits and yet in all that chaos I have left without bruises. But on this gig during Krist’s new track Silent Assassin, my ass kissed the floor and my quite drunk colleague immediately crash-landed on me like I was Nagasaki. Meanwhile. the other guy found himself on stage right in the band’s face and almost head-butted the drummer’s cymbals. This is how much space we had. But yeah, that’s the beauty of it.
After some delays the Finnish black metal band Kuilu started. Formed back in 2010 and with a EP, split, and demo under their belt, they performed their new material from their upcoming album “Monumentti” which will be released this year. Like their description says, their music relies more on the atmosphere and the emotion, with occasional intense parts, which ties in nicely with the whole image of white painted faces and rugged, torn out black shirts. Despite the limitations of the venue, they delivered quite a show, as if they were performing in a much bigger venue, for a much larger crowd.
Same could be said for the next and final band of the night, Asphodelus who started around 1 A.M. and had the cleanest sound. Formed also in Finland from the ashes of the previous band Cemetery Fog in 2016. A doom/death genre band relied more on music and less on contact with the audience. Which is not a bad thing, their material is quite solid, combining slower heavy parts with faster pace alongside frequent guitar solos. They reminded me very much of the old Swedish doom metal school.
To conclude, like I said in the beginning, the venue is obviously not the main factor on how the gig will end up. If you are a professional band, you will do a professional gig, no matter the circumstances.
Having that in mind, all three bands are quite young, they showed great promise, and left me wondered in how much ass they would kick in bigger venues. Until the next Metal Breaking, stay heavy!