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Report: Cryptic Brood & Haemophagus @ Močvara, Zagreb, 2.11.2019

by Frane Odak

Two days after Halloween, another death metal gig in Močvara! If the darkest night of the year has left you wanting for more, then you surely made your way here tonight. This time, we hosted Cryptic Brood and Haemophagus, new hopes for the death metal genre.

First to take the stage were Italian death/grinders Haemophagus. There were around 70 people present, so not that many but not few either. Many concerts in Močvara during the week counted a larger attendance. Not a very promising sign. The band’s set consisted of some heavier death/grind hitters, but there were also many mid-tempo standard death metal riffs. It offered an average concert experience combined with mild enthusiasm from the crowd. It can’t always be mind-blowing, can it?

Haemophagus © Davor Birt

Haemophagus © Davor Birt

Next off, we have German death/doomers Cryptic Brood. From the line-up to the song structures, there was a very apparent likeness to a well-known band – Autopsy. Similarly, they also have a drummer vocalist, although the bassist and the guitarist shared vocal duties as well. They combine faster death metal riffs with way slower doom ones, which brings another decent nod to the aforementioned Autopsy. The band sounds very solid live, although it’s nothing really groundbreaking. The atmosphere still wasn’t very lively, it seems Halloween got the best of us after all. They might have provided a stronger performance than the previous band, but not even that could compensate for the very weak interest from audience.

Cryptic Brood © Davor Birt

Cryptic Brood © Davor Birt

It felt like a night of high expectations for me, but no expectations were actually met. I imagined a lot more people would join us and the mood would be a lot more jovial, but by the looks of it, the cheap ticket price and the fact that it was Saturday didn’t help the situation. Let’s hope for some brighter moments in Močvara soon, I’m sure neither Dopethrone nor Conan will disappoint!

Cryptic Brood © Davor Birt

Cryptic Brood © Davor Birt

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