Rather warm middle part of April was even more heated up this Tuesday evening. Hell was sent loose upon the capital and largest city in Croatia. Since it is Easter awaiting time, it was blessed by an unusual type of Hell. For the first time in Croatian musical and metal history, Six Feet Under and four support bands delivered “Easter In Hell”, and Zagreb was marked as devil’s headquarters. So, this is how it all happened.
After my usual work shift, I picked up the few necessary things I need, started my car and followed the highway to Zagreb. When I arrived to club Močvara, I met my fellow MJM photographer, we grabbed a couple of beers and listened to the support acts.
Around 7:30 p.m. Dead Eyes Always Dreaming or simply abbreviated “D.E.A.D.” started to play, and despite of their great performance and hate inflicting musical expression, there were not so many people in front of the stage. That is always an unfortunate grudge for the ice-breaking band. The almost empty club did not make them look weak and powerless. I should say it gave them even more fuel to powerblast “Hatecore” from their instruments, and they had fun with the present ones.
The second band that came to the stage was Morose Vitality. This merry gathering is more oriented towards classical death metal consisiting of downtuned heavy riffs and pumping blast beats. Instantly they peaked the interest of the old school followers. The speeding notes of Morose Vitality were a great oppositon for the upcoming main act at the end of the evening.
The third band, the first and last European band playing that Tuesday night, was Childrain. Coming from the Basque country, they played a set of fine mixture between aggresive death metal and pumped up hardcore. It was truly a pleasure to listen to their vocal harmonies, but I guess they had a bit of a bad luck, since the lead singer was just way too difficult to hear and understand from time to time.
The last supporting act, and by stage presence, the biggest supporting act was Short Fuse. They kicked in straight forward by playing death metal filled with melodic elements, and they did not made a mistake. Crowd, now a bit bigger as well, was thrilled. Many horns and middle fingers were swaying through the air. Short Fuse was just the right choice to warm us all up for the death metal legends to come.
Just as I just said, somewhere near 11 p.m., Six Feet Under climbed for the first time to the surface of the Croatian ground. From the veryfirst moment, fans were delighted to see a 26 year old face melting death metal machine sounding so fresh and thirsty. Chris Barnes, Ray Suhy, Marco PitruzzellaJeff Hughell, together with Jack Owen, sounded like t was their first big show ever and they truly wanted to make a good impresssion. Well, you did it guys, nice job! The setlist was forged to perfection, and so were vocal capabilities of Chris Barnes, raging from guttural depths to high peached growls.
Stage diving was present a few times during the act, Chris Barnes was in a great mood, the rest of the band was kicking ass and the audience felt it. Jeff Hughell had an interesting green neon light sign on the neck of his bass in a shape of the ban’s logo. After a detailed walk through Six Feet Under’s discography, Chris announced a few old songs. As predicted, those were Cannibal Corpse early classics while he was the leading voice. After that deep dive into the past, Six Feet Under left us satisfied, our ears and minds filled with world class mid tempo groovy death metal. Thank you guys, and please do come again!