When I was in high school, Friday night was the (un)holiest night to experience. Yeah, there was always “free of school” Saturday, but come on, to unleash a teenager right after school to engage heavy metal in the night was the deadliest weapon back in the day. After almost ten years of that kind of wilderness, I had a chance to awake those feelings once again. Again it was Friday night, I just started with my vacation, and I was ready to rumble.
It was almost 9.30 p.m. when I reached Randevu/Danđn bar, grabbed my beer while literally, no one was there except the innkeeper and the band. After about an hour, things started to change. People started to arrive, and I was surprised to see some people that I haven’t seen at the local shows for a very long time. To be honest, I forgot they even exist. That must be a good and valid reason for this night to be a special occasion.
When I entered the smallest concert basement in the universe, the Dungeon, there I have encountered Cold Snap performing in front of a bunch of local, and by the looks, very loyal fans. It was funny to see a six-piece band fit inside such a tiny place, but hey, they managed it pretty damn well. Lots of headbanging, and “dance moves” from both of their singers created a perfect atmosphere. At the beginning of their set, the audience was a bit shy, but after a couple of icebreakers, Cold Snap managed to make the people cheer, move, and enjoy the show. To be honest, this is the friendliest band I have ever seen to perform. It’s not like other bands I saw perform were public enemies or alike, but with Cold Snap the whole set was like a “buddies hangin’ out for a couple of beers” atmosphere. As the band stated, their gig in Osijek was not even planned. They were heading to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to play at “Hills Of Rock Festival”, and decided to visit Osijek on their way to the mentioned venue. It was a good and humble thing to do, since we were granted a fabulous evening of great, skilled guitar riffs, and metal pounding bass and drum foundation. Besides that, Cold Snap just recently released a new album simply named “All Our Sins”, so it was a perfect time for a surprise visit in Osijek. As a band that has been roaming musical lands for a very long time (yeah, the spring of 2003 was quite a long time ago), Cold Snap offered a perfect vortex of fresh, new songs on the one side, and older, the well-known material on the other. The songs that definitely stole the show were “Demons”, “Fallen Angels”, “Monster”, and the mighty “Bongo Bong” as the last one played.
As their singer Jan explained, every Cold Snap song has a story to tell and a deeper meaning behind it. The same was with this Friday night. Cold Snap’s gig at Randevu/Danđn bar will be a story many times told, and it sure did have a deeper meaning for the small but merry company that has been there.