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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Croatian Metal Scene, Part 2

Back in 2011 during our unending quest to unearth the best the underground has to offer, we previously looked at a series of bands from metal scene in Croatia.

Fast forward three years and today it's time to return to that country again for another threesome of Croatia's best. Read on to discover a new trio projects that all go in drastically different directions while remaining inside the realm of metal: the post-black metal Hesperian Death Horse, modern metal outfit Kryn, and instrumental group Asheraah.

Hesperian Death Horse

Swinging back and forth between atmospheric, understated post-metal and full-on black metal insanity, Hesperian Death Horse is a band of extremes that doesn't care to sit still and stay firmly within one genre.

If you can dig both hoarse, abrasive black metal and the more melodic and ambient side of the genre all in the same sitting, enjoy the full “Mrtav” album below, as well as the band's latest mind fuck of a track “Tesla,” taken off a new split release with Hazarder.


Showcasing the variety of metal to be found this European nation, Kryn offers up a drastically different sound than Hesperian Death Horse. Creating an aggressive modern metalcore sound, Kryn can get the fists pumping and the heads banging, but the band isn't afraid to throw in melodies and cleaning singing as well.

The band dropped new album “The Scars Remind Me” earlier this year, which can be bought at Bandcamp here or streamed in full below.


Finishing off today's look at Croatia's addition to the metal scene is a five piece from Rijeka that eschews all vocals and instead provides an instrumental sonic journey. The band's latest full-length album “The Mountain” features extended tracks reaching six minutes on the low end up into the 12 minute range.

Asheraah balances the laid back segments with the heavier parts for a flowing musical experience. Find more info on the band at the Asheraah Facebook profile, or stream all of “The Mountain” below.

These are only three of the Croatian metal bands to be found out there, so be sure to recommend some more to us below and let us know what you thought of these picks. Also check back in next week as continue to Unearth the Metal Underground!

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1. Mikael writes:

Muka is a great mix of sludge/black/death metal, they just put out their first EP.

Emphasis is another post-metal band, so if you dig Asheraah they are worth checking out.

Pogavranjan does some great nihilistic black metal.

Umor is a great stoner/doom metal band.

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2. Mikael writes:

There's also True, who have an interesting twist to death metal. They incorporate a folk instrument -- the tamburitza, but they sound nothing like folk metal. The instrument gives a nice interesting texture to the music. Really interesting sounding stuff.

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3. frank fellatio writes:

HDH is pretty cool

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