August Burns Red (live) 2017 published 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Carcass (live 4K) 2017 published 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Rotting Christ (live) 2017 published 4 months, 2 weeks ago
BLACKENED FRIDAY UPDATE! published 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Even though we are not done with the genre yet, there is no salvation for black metal fans not having a BA 2018 ticket already. Here comes the darkest bill update of them all.
MARDUK will once again perform their sinister soundtrack to war consisting of a relentless barrage of high-speed-drumming, raw and aggressive riffs and hateful roars and screams of agony. More than 25 years of black metal history collide with eons of devastation and destruction amongst human race and the result is an ugly and furious black metal with typical MARDUK trademark.
One of the most unique entities the metal underground has birthed in years comes from pagan traditions of Swiss mountains. Proudly and resolutely a duo, BÖLZER are using the barest essentials of voice, guitar, and drums and yet manage to create one of the densest, most world-eating sounds around.
Given Håvard Ellefsen status as a founding member of Emperor, we simply have to place him in this blackened batch.. As many of you know, MORTIIS will be playing the first era set this summer and the atendees of Brutal Assault won’t miss it! The same goes for Austrian necrodaemon flehscult desecrators BELPHEGOR, whos presence at our festival was long overdue.
From the deepest womb of South American underground we shall summon forth the flaming black death metal beast of WRATHPRAYER in one of their rare apperances on European soil. MALOKARPATAN offer a trip to the darkest corners of Eastern European folklore. Their music drinks deeply from the ancient well of Heavy Metal Wisdom, pushing forward a masterclass in timeless metal songcraft and epic storytelling alike whilst never losing the delirium-inducing iconoclasm the band made its foundation from day one.
Breaking a decade of silence, ARKHON INFAUSTUS raise again from the shadows to finish their work and taking over the title of French most controversial metal act. Last but not least, Irish heathens CRUACHAN will demand blood for the Blood God with thier black folk metal!
GOJIRA, TESTAMENT, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, GRAVEYARD and many more published 5 months, 1 week ago
We are thrilled to announce probably the biggest bands update accross different genres. To spice things up we are welcoming back technical death metal powerhouse GOJIRA, one of extreme prog’s modern leading lights.
Also thrash metal Titans TESTAMENT are returning to BA, the band, that reigned the genre throne with the latest album Brotherhood of the Snake. Speaking of veterans, we are also happy to welcome classic heavy metal juggernaut ARMORED SAINT this time with former Anthrax member John Bush as well as mighty Peter Tägtgren with his melodic industrial-metal alter ego PAIN.
Get your bandanas ready, since SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are coming to Josefov, skateboard anthems factory with monstrous bass lines and the one and only drummer, that makes hardcore thrash legends even more killer. This year they are gonna play as Tuesday warm up party headliner.
Who's responsible for crossover thrash tsunami few years ago? Blame MUNICIPAL WASTE for sure aka let’s remind those times when Cryptic Slaughter, D.R.I. or Attitude Adjustment ruled stages. A soupergroup ACT OF DEFIANCE consisting of former Megadeth members will give us a lesson about true heavy/thrash metal riffing.
Fans of golden rock era could appreciate Swedish act GRAVEYARD, the one and only band, which was able to resurrect faithfully the best rock vibes of 1960s and 1970s.
Mexican drug lords BRUJERIA are coming once again to show us grindcore / death metal Macarena. Polish school of blackened death metal will be represented by AZARATH.
British DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT relentlessly push boundaries of black metal, post-metal and sludge to new extremes with a huge wall of amps and extreme decibels of anger and despair. Belgian beast WIEGEDOOD with members of AmenRa, Oathbreaker or Rise and Fall will show us a merciless black metal storm.
Hardcore lineup getting stronger with uncompromising INTEGRITY, a classical Clevo band from the dark side of hardcore that began to put metallic sound into the genre. Another hardcore punk veterans TERROR are also coming to the fortress. Meanwhile, Canadian ANGELMAKER is the new predatory pike in the deathcore pond.
BIG BANDS UPDATE ON THURSDAY published 5 months, 1 week ago
BRUTAL ASSAULT 2017 AFTERMOVIE & NEW VIDEOS published 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Better late than never, an official aftermovie as a reminder of the last edition of Brutal Assault is finally out on our YouTube channel. Feel the unique vibe of Fortress Josefov once again even in the midst of winter. Thanks to all for being part of this and see you in 7 months.
Also, from February you should get ready for BA live videos. So you would remind that edition of 2017 was full of great live sets.
NEW BANDS WITH PARADISE LOST, NOCTURNUS AD, UNLEASHED AND FULL OF HELL! published 6 months, 2 weeks ago
PARADISE LOST have not only defined the gothic subgenre and raised doom metal to a new level, they can also be considered pioneers of an entire musical generation. Upon their formation on the ashes of other musical pioneers Nihilist, UNLEASHED were formed and quickly adopted the position of Chief Vikings of Swedish Death Metal scene, which they up to this day refuse to vacate. And speaking of pioneers, we’re also extremely happy to welcome unique thrash powerhouse from the US to the bill, EXHORDER! Another groundbreaking act that will honor BA with one of its unique cosmic death metal performances is NOCTURNUS AD of Mike Browning!
NEOCAESAR will be invoking the best form of Dutch death metal once represented by Sinister and even though the band is recent spawn project, it is comprised of veteran former Sinister members. The current incarnation of Finnish post-punk phenomenon Beastmilk will pleasure the fans under the moniker GRAVE PLEASURES, while the fans of progressive guitar work can look forward for the virtuoso PLINI! We will also welcome uncompromising UNSANE, brutal soundtrack of New York city cacophony and the toughest noise riffs which are able to attack with fury of angry beast.
Contemporary avantgarde with grim undertones will be summoned by DODECAHEDRON, while French CELESTE will cast gloom with their dark post-hardcore sludge. Aggressive and one of the best live acts FULL OF HELL will replace NAILS in the line-up, so get ready for walls of noise and massive explosions of furious rhythms and riffs. This is brutality and darkness in its purest form.
COLLECTOR’S DESIGN HARD PAPER TICKETS FOR SALE! published 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Brutal Assault 2018 design paper tickets available! If you want a proper hard paper ticket for next BA edition, here it is! Unique design could work as a collector’s item or nice gift. It will also give you a hint what artwork you could expect next year! Be there or be square!
“CROSSWORDS” BANDS UPDATE with DYING FETUS and HIRAX published 7 months ago
Thanks to everyone who took a part in the crossword game! And now we would love to announce new bands officially! DYING FETUS from Maryland have been synonymous for brutal death metal for more than 25 years and we are more than excited to welcome them back in the fortress once again, as well as their blackened death metal colleagues HATE from Poland. Old school metal maniacs would definitely appreciate that HIRAX with mighty Katon W de Pena are coming to BA to give us a lesson about true thrash metal riffing!
The list of avant-garde bands is being extended by DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, Swedish act that originally combines progressive metal with jazz fusion or even swing. Also some fresh hardcore blood is coming to BA, including Australian metalcore NORHTLANE, deathcore butchery CARNIFEX as well as bestial screaming hardcore COUNTERPARTS or beatdown hardcore Belgians NASTY.