Slavic madness at it’s best

Hrast Festival:Groteska/Woodscream/Kalevala/Percival

Dom Omladine, Belgrade

5.11.2016

At Belgrade in Serbian in Club Sioux, Hrast Festival was held. The most amazing slavic pagan metal bands played on the festival. Celebration of Slovenian culture and tradition was the most important think on the festival.While approuching the club the bands were arriving, but the crowd wasn’t still there, so the bigger crowd was there at the beginning of the first band.

Groteska

The first band to play was Serbian melodic gothic metal band Groteska. They statrted playing slow, and then some of the songs were faster, the atmosphere was great, the sound of the band was not to good, but they transfer the emotions to the crowd. The vocal was good a emotinal and also then with growls, which is a great combination from soft to hard. Crowd was enjoying there show, there were singing with them, but they didn’t gave the full support to the band. They got of the stage, and the show goes on.

Woodscream

Second band to play was Russian folk metal band Woodscream. There were ovations right from the start. The band said:”We are glad to be in Belgrade” and the show goes on. The sounds of folk music and metal were crusing the walls in the club, the beautiful vocal of Valentina the singer of the band was amazing also the growl of the guitarist too there were like beauty and beast together, the crowd was in trance. There were also mosh pits, headbanging, crowd diving, the crowd had an awesome time during thier concert.The band gets off the stage and the crowd was satisfied,with the smile on their faces.

Kalevala

Third band to play was Kalevala also a Russian folk metal band. Kalevala entered the stage, the crowd went crazy and then there were massive ovations. The interesting think about this band, is that thier music has that raw metal power, with some really great folk music. Thier show on the festival brought out the most reactions. There were ovations, screaming, headbanging, crowd diving, mosh pits. With each songs, the crowd was crazier and more crazier, as the time went on. With the specific vocals by lead singer Ksenija, the atmosphere was amazing. The band rocked the club, they brought out trought there music a true meaning of Slavic pagan tradition, with every song, the spirit of Slavs was there. The band left the stage, the fans were paralyzed with happiness.

Percival

The fourth band to play was Polish Slavic pagan band Percival. Besides other metal bands that played on the festival, Percival is different, they played a show with traditional slavic pagan music. With the awesome traditional pagan costumes, and the music, the audience was hypnotized by thier music, there were singing with them, it was peacefully, with some true pagan energy, that was in the air all of the time.They were singing one song that was about Kosovo, the audience reacted to it in a very positive way, as time went on, the band played the last songs, and they left the stage. The audience was tired, but they were very happy with the Percival and the hole festival.

Hrast Festvial is one of those festival, that is one of the most amazing, yet interesting festival that brought out the Slavic tradition and culture trought music in the best possible way. So Hrast Festival is going to get bigger and better  in the name of the gods. Slava.

Rating Concert:10/10

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Slavic Pagan metal party coming in 4 days, Percival is the headliner of the festival

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One of the leading folk metal and folk acoustic bands in Europe Percival, can  wait for the concert in Belgrade .To present to the serbian audience is an opportunity to introduce the repertoire, consists of traditional folk songs of all the Slovenian people. Particularly interesting is that they sing in the language as it is written.

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Not long after the first concert of Kalevala in Belgrade.Thus band from Russia led by a singer Kseniya is excited to see and meet Serbian audience.The crows will once again be able to enjoy enjoys music motifs of fairy tales, myths and legends of different nations living on the territory of Russia.

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Russian folk metal  band WoodScream is going to perform in Serbia and we are glad to to play a concert with a bunch of riffs and a fantastic melodic folk metal.

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Serbian metal band Grotesque will perform at the festival and play a dark and melodic music.

Here are some comments of the bands about the festival:

Percival:” Our band  is dedicated to promote a broader culture of all Slavs, their legends, traditions and rituals, visiting  Serbia is very significant, because we regularly perform many of the songs from the Balkan region and consider them important part of our repertory .We are trying  to see Slovenian people as a whole and to show incrediblesimilarity of Slovenian nation, through songs from different places around the world, in which, as in amber from the Baltic Sea, stayed old traditions, rituals and legends.”

Here is announcement of the band for the festival:

Kalevala:”Belgrade here we are again. We are immensely grateful for the hospitality and the energy that you have given us in March, since we have missed you, we decided to visit you again.This time  we come with our friends and guests and we are preparing an even bigger and energetic gig, all in honor of our common  culture and traditions.”

Here is announcement of the band for the festival:

WoodScream:”We are going to play faster songs that make you want to dance, and it will return you to hot summer days, and a slower songs are more mysterious and will remind you of the dark forest and Russian winters.We are preparing for you unigue costumes, special shows and a lot of positive energy.”

Here is announcement of the band for the festival:

Groteska:”We are honored to have the opportunity to perform in Belgrade after a long time,with such  recognizable names from around the world, the festival has an original concept.With standard repertory we will play a few new songs.I am sure that the Hrast festival will be visited, in order to continue to grow in coming years.”

In the cultural part of the program, which begins at 18:00 am, the visitors will as well as during the first edition of the festival have the opportunity to see the works of art workshop “Rod”, which finds inspiration in Serbian and Slovenian . Especialy the unigue  chess, inspired by Slavic mythology, the work of sculptor Jovan Petronijevic, who brought  the attention during the first edition of Hrast festival.Also part of this opus will be featured by  Slobodan Marinic, who is making shields, swords and bows.He will talk about interactive lecture about medieval Serbia.