How often do you get to see a bunch of underground bands in one place? Once, twice a year, if you’re lucky, right? Industrial, drone, metalcore and post punk are not genres that you will find so easily in the same room, so Dark Fest which was held last night in Novi Sad’s RKC Matka really represents a kind of dark pearl on the domestic scene, and the organizer of Crime: Scene Collective deserves a bow to the floor for the whole story. After last night’s chaos, it can be said that he got it from the audience.
The entrance to the RCC was quite dark, and there was nothing different in the hall itself. The pitch darkness was soon cut short by footage of indie and vintage horror films that were played all over the wall, and at the same time the sound of distorted bows broke through the space. There was a trio on the stage, more precisely in front of the stage Yvithand the drone produced a sound that crushed kidney stones with a couple of synths, a couple of improvised bows and a laptop.
Although a good part of those present did not know exactly how to behave during such a performance, the eyes with an equal dose of attention and curiosity were completely nailed to the trio. The tsunami of sounds from the loudspeaker overwhelmed Matka in those twenty minutes, and the reaction of the audience by emerging from the mud and widening the pupils to the first lights that came on at the end of the performance seemed sincere enthusiasm, both those who know the work of this band and those who they didn’t really know what to expect.
As the first “and now something completely different” change, he took the stage see it my way, emo punk duo. Emo punk, similar to pop punk, provokes diametrically different reactions from listeners, and there are hardly any in the middle. Either you adore it, or you can’t stand it, roughly. Even when emo punk is played by two characters on acoustics, it doesn’t sound very promising. But prejudice is a miracle. This team has already shown with the first song what kind of gig they can do, without any problems pulling the audience to sing and jump with their songs.
This team, although at times it could sound a bit empty, makes very good songs for that genre. Hardly any domestic band of that type can boast of arrangements and very singing refrains that effortlessly move the crowd, and at the same time the band very energetically brings two people with acoustic guitars to the concert. At one point, they were joined on stage by the singer of the band Latebloom, who will later close the gig, and additionally spiced up the whole performance with keyboards and occasional scream backing vocals.
The emo trio was replaced by a new surprise – Isidoredo skora dark synthwave/cyberpunk project, now a three – member band. Classical 80’s synth music starts from the loudspeaker, the drummer, who is sitting in the corner of the hall, enters the song with his electro set, and from the stage they start to cut two eight-string guitars with a reverb effect.
Isidor created the atmosphere of the party – synth made everything look like a rave, and the guitars made it all get one industrial color. Soon the first silences fell, and for the first time that evening, the intoxicating scent of sweat broke through the fat. Those from the front rows soon threw their wet T-shirts aside, and the band did not allow the audience a second break. If the party had lasted longer, the audience would hardly have welcomed the other bands.
After those half hours, some needed a break, so it’s a band hall A separate reality remained a little empty. Those who stayed inside took advantage of the break from the crowd, while attending a real dark party, which was organized by the trio from the stage with their post-punk. Thirty years of experience screamed out of them, and the audience welcomed very well the first band that performed that evening in a traditional formation with guitar, drums and bass.
Carried by the famous Novi Sad wave of post-punk, lyrically powerful, with a recognizable guitar sound and driving bass lines, Separate Reality, they set their set from a long career. It took the audience a little time to gather strength, so they soon started dancing uncontrollably, and the band and the audience, which had already returned to the hall at that time, were ready for the somewhat faster and noisier finale of the concert. best matched.
If all the previous bands could be said to have had a good sound, that the sound engineer did a great job, it is simply impossible to say exactly what happened to dreDDup. For some reason, everything was a few levels above, which resulted in the creation of a vacuum in the RCC, which sucked everyone present to one point, and expelled all the air from the room. The audience in a collective trance, constant circle and mosh pits, made the performance of this all-around industrial band hardly comparable to the rest of the evening.
According to the circumstances, frontman Mihajlo Obrenov was very hyperactive on the stage, thus additionally igniting the crowd, but even if he had sung from another room, the reaction of the audience would probably not have been different. While some were swinging along with industrial electronics, others were breaking their necks, banging their heads with a sharp guitar growl and thunder from drums, and the three on stage died along with everyone present. If this is a way to mark the 25th anniversary of the band, then let’s celebrate that jubilee for a long time in the same way as the previous evening.
The relatively young metalcore band had the opportunity to close the gig Latebloom, formed from the former band Frozen Moonlight. The idea that each band at the festival plays completely different music from the others proved to be great, keeping everyone’s attention until late at night, not allowing monotony to invade the RCC. And Latebloom itself, that is, their version of metalcore, did not allow anyone to relax. A row of breaking, a row of hardcore, then a row of melodic refrains and an audience that absorbed it very well.
What the singer of this band, but also other metalcore singers in general, must be acknowledged for is the very skillful mastery of the voice – scream, growl, melodic shifts and all in the same song. The band also played a song by the former Frozen Moonlight, in which one could see exactly in which direction the new band had gone. The songs are somewhat reduced, calmer and more melodic, and the band presented its first song in Serbian, which, either because of the language or because of the song itself, which is very dynamic, caused the most heartfelt reaction of the audience and the greatest silence.
When Latebloom finished the performance and when the bright, tired faces and wet hair came on, they jumped to the fore, as well as a mountain of punctured balloons that the audience threw non-stop during the gigs. Dark Fest it eats you up, exhausts you, it can be both heavy and easy, but it is completely clear that every second is worth the fatigue and pain you will feel for the next day or five, depending on how old you are.
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