It’s Easter, everyone’s at home relaxing and having a good time with their families and what better to do on such an evening? Well, go to a black/death metal concert of course. In charge of our entertainment for the evening were Imperial Triumphant, Mord’A’Stigmata and Zlobnik. Since it was an Easter evening, it was pretty clear that this will be a concert for the most dedicated fans. The number of people present was small, but sufficient to make this night count.
With slight delays, the night kicked off with Zlobnik. This relatively new band from Šibenik plays a mixture of black and death metal, which sound very good in a live surrounding. The sound, which was great throughout the whole evening, deserves quite a praise and played pretty well in their favour. With all aggressiveness they offered, people could expect quite a lot mosh pits. However, there weren’t any mosh pits at all. Frontman noted that it is probably due to Easter festivities and I guess he is probably right. Another thing for which this band deserves praise for is their vocalist. He has a great communication with the audience and he is exactly what a real frontman should be. For their part Zlobnik did an excellent job and there is no doubt that this performance will only boost their already growing reputation.
After a short break, night went on with Mord’A’Stigmata. They offered a pretty solid dose of post-black metal, which sounds very good from the technical side of things. This band sounds really good live, but the impression was that they haven’t connected with the audience very well. Being described as a ritualistic band, there was nothing to indicate that we actually witnessed a ritual. Regarding their live presence, they looked just like a bunch of ordinary guys playing music, which they played pretty well. While Zlobnik actually interacted the with audience, this band hasn’t offered much at all, they were just there. You can have a beer at home and play their album and the experience would be pretty much the same. This band served their purpose as a warm-up act, but nothing more.
The rest of the night was reserved for the band most of the people gathered for, Imperial Triumphant. They came on stage with black robes and golden masks, which contributed to the overall mystic factor of the band. The music they played was an avant-garde mixture of black and death metal, which sounds great live. Sound of trumpets in the background blended perfectly with their massive sound, so the already perfect sound definitely reached its peak here. The band interacted with the audience through backing tracks, which really felt like we were actually witnessing some sort of a ritual. The show went on in ritualistic tone and I enjoyed every minute of it, judging by ecstatic reactions of fans in the front row I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only one. When they finished their set there was a tepid, but sufficient call for an encore, which the band did and finished the show in style. Great performance and mystic atmosphere is what we can expect from an Imperial Triumphant show and we got exactly that.
There is a trend of more and more great shows taking place in Močvara, like this one and Monolithe and Abyssic. All great bands with more than reasonable prices. These less known bands definitely deserve a chance to be seen and I more than willing to give them that chance, so I will definitely keep Močvara in mind for evenings to come.
For this evening, it can be perfectly summarized in two words: Imperial Triumphant. What more can I say?