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GoatHell Metal Fest

Photography & Review ~ David Gasson

The GoatHell Metal Fest is a four day Metal music festival held in Pula, Croatia between 21st and 24th June.With over 25 International and Croatian bands performing at an open air seafront festival. The main stage was fittingly named after the first vampire “Jure Grando”, who was from the area. Despite waking up on the Friday morning to torrential rain , high winds, thunder and lightning, the organisers and volunteers did an incredible job of making the festival a huge success.


“MartYriuM” , the Blackened Industrial Death Metal from Malta performed an intriguing and, at times, dramatic set with some great guitar playing and the impressive Sandra Misanthrope on vocals.From Poland ,the Alternative Metal band, “Chaos Engine Research” and making the journey from London in Britain were the Hard Metal Rock band “Other Eyes Wise”

MartYriuM   Chaos Engine Research   Other Eyes Wise

With two lead vocalist ,”Frank Novelli “and “Kyo Calati “, the Italian band “MindAheaD” gave an alternative perspective to their Progressive Metal. Rounding off a great night of music and entertainment on the Friday night was the local Modern Metal band from Pula “Mortal Divinity.” 

MindAheaD  Mortal Divinity

“Scarlet Aura”

Following on from this year`s European tour “The Beast Within Me “and with Aura Danciulescu on lead vocals Scarlet Aura, the 4 piece Melodic / Rock / Metal band from Romania  offered up a great set. Since winning the Black Sea Battle of the bands at Kavarna Rock Fest in 2014, they have gone from strength to strength. They played tracks in Romanian from their debut album “The Rock Chick” as well as English tracks from their second album “Falling Sky”. They will be playing at various festivals during the summer before embarking on a tour of North America in September. Autumn also sees the release of their third and slightly more Progressive / Heavy Metal album, “Hot n Heavy ” as well as the first book in a triology written by Aura Danciulescu.

Scarlet Aura


The headlining group for the Friday night was the Ukrainian Metal band “Jinjer” with Tatiana Shmailyuk on lead vocals .They offered an explosive mixture of Groove, Hardcore and Progressive Metal. Tatiana`s energy was phenomenal as she danced and sang her way around the stage. Her ability to sing in such a rich and velvet tone coupled with her contrasting  unique, raucous and gravelly voice was breathtaking.



With over 10 bands scheduled  for the main stage, they started promptly from 16.00 and played continuously until 03.00 with just a 10 or 15 minutes break in between for sound checks.From Croatia and from the festival’s home town of Pula, the hugely popular Death Metal band “Infernal Tenebra” put in a great performance with some incredible head banging and guitar playing. The Croatian Doom Metal band “Old Night” from Rijeka played long into the night. 

Infernal Tenebra  Old night

Three Italian bands “Reapter“, “Arkana Code” and the five piece Death Metal band “Mechanical God Creation” all put in good performances and brought their own version of Metal music. 

Mechanical God Creation  Arcana Code  Reapter

The face painted  Black / Death Metal  Spanish band “Atrexial” from Barcelona  were a joy to watch and did a great show. From Britain came the Old School Death Metal band “Repulsive Vision” and from Poland the Industrial Metal band “UDS – Underdamped System”

Atrexial  Repulsive Vision  UDS


The headline band for Saturday night was the Dutch  band “Sinister”. With over 25 years of tours and festivals behind them, it was no surprise that they gave an outstanding performance with their compact and fierce style of Death Metal music.


Food and drink

It was refreshing to go to a festival and not be charged extortionate prices for food and drink . The bar offered reasonable and normal priced beer with friendly helpful staff and the caterers kept me well fed for 3 days.

Away from the music

There were exhibitions by numerous artists such as Ksenija Mijoković and Nikola Mijoković and sculptors by Mario Devcić from Pula and Laura Pepel from Italy. There was also an interesting historical exhibition about Pula before 1945. In between the live bands, Roman  Gladiators from Pula wandered  through the crowds and performed hard fought battles with each other.

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The “GoatHell Metal Fest” is a four day Metal music festival held in Pula, Croatia between 21st and 24th June.With over 25 International and Croatian bands performing at an open air seafront festival. For more information on the  next event use any of the following external links

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