Dark "O" Metal Fest in Rijeka: Darkest Music Festival This Summer

By , 13 Jul 2017, 19:13 PM Travel
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We keep showering you with festival announcements, but they usually come down to one of two themed groups: art and theatre, or dance and electronic music. So today, instead of yet another DJ extravaganza on a fort somewhere, we present you with something entirely different. This weekend, the former paper factory Hartera in Rijeka will host the Dark 'O' Metal festival, dubbed the darkest festival in Croatia!

On Friday and Saturday evening, July 14 – 15, heavy guitar riffs will have the walls of Hartera vibrating. For the 4th edition of the festival, the Ri Rock asocciation is bringing 13 carefully selected local and regional metal bands covering all metal genres, so even the most fastidious metal lovers will find something to their liking.

The organisers are proud to present the central attraction of Dark 'O' Metal fest – Melechesh. Formed in 1993, the band is considered to be one of the pioneers of black metal, their unique 'Mesopotamian metal' sub-genre withstanding the test of time for 25 years and counting. They are known for their melodies influenced by middle-eastern folk music, as well as for their lyrics inspired by Mesopotamian and Sumerian mythology.



Coming from the neighbouring countries are the bands Eruption (Slovenia), Mist (Slovenia), Ad Nauseam (Italy), and Ultra Violence (Italy). Croatian forces are coming in bigger numbers; we'll see Cold Snap (Varaždin-Rijeka), Czaar, Old Night, Epicentar and Diamond Dust from Rijeka, Chemical Exposure from Slavonski Brod, and Meant to Be from Umag. Let's not forget the best known local band to perform this weekend: Po' Metra Crijeva (Half a meter of intestines), the only music group in Croatia known for their 'ča-metal' approach of drawing inspiration from Istrian legends and myths, as well as for mixing the Istrian scale and death metal.

Festival tickets can be bought at a price of HRK100 in presale or HRK 130 at the entrance, and daily tickets are available for HRK70 or HRK80 at the entrance. You can get both on Eventim or in Dallas Music Shop in Rijeka.



If you're starting to get a bit bored with all those fluffy music festivals along the coast, stop for a weekend in Rijeka and try something a bit more juicy and intense, in the unique industrial setting in the core of our city. See you in Hartera!


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  • Traffic is heavy on the roads towards the coast and the continent, on the roads to tourist centers along the coast and in ferry ports. Drivers are invited to adjust the driving speed to road conditions and also to keep the safety distance. Today (21/22 July from 10pm to 6am) on the Adriatic road (DC8) in Rijeka in the underpass Žabica traffic will be proceeding over one lane in both directions. Traffic ban on freight vehicles exceeding 7.5 t on some roads in Istria and in the coastal area: -Saturday, 22 July from 4 am to 2 am -Sunday, 23 July from noon (12:00) to 11 pm. There is no traffic ban on the motorways and on the state road DC1. Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko (Zagreb) between Gornji Stupnik and Svetonedeljska street -on the state road 29 from Novi Golubovec (crossroad DC29, DC35) -on the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin until 31st July; -on the DC1 state road at Mostanje and on the section Sučević-Otrić. -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
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  • Due to roadworks in Slovenia between Ptuj and the border crossing Gruškovje (Macelj) there are occasionally queues. Expect hold-ups especially during the weekend. Due to traffic density and occasional additional controls, during the day longer waiting times are possible at the border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • All ferries and catamarans are operating according to the schedule.
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