Brutal Assault is one of those events that take place every year in the European festival summer that you have to go to at least once in your lifetime as a metalhead. The event will take place from August 7-10 this year at Fortress Josefov in the Czech Republic! A whole bunch of names were released already and here they are with yet another batch of names, the first of this year:
The only predictable thing about Canadian cosmic-metal warriors VOIVOD is that they will forever be unpredictable. On the warpath for more than 35 years, VOIVOD have pushed their sound relentlessly forward, constructing imaginative musical realms with each endeavor. They literally changed the face of thrash metal in the ‘80s, forged new prog-metal ground in the ‘90s, and kept up with changing times and lineups in the 2000s with fresh, inspired music and they’re back with a new album The Wake (for our review of the album go here), which keeps pushing the limits!
Appearing in 2002, even before the rebirth of thrash metal scene worldwide, VIOLATOR was formed with the purpose of rescuing the spontaneity and anger that seemed forgotten in the metal scene. Coming from the center Brazil, Brasilia, VIOLATOR is one of the most intense South American bands and after years of waiting, they will finally thrash BA! Doing so they will be joined by masked Swedish crossover deviants DR. LIVING DEAD and legendary veterans of Boston HC scene SLAPSHOT!
ENSIFERUM are true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal and with their latest output Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre, so it was about a time they returned to BA! Polish death machine DECAPITATED is back with a bang! Their new album Anticult highlights just how vital have remained two decades deep into their career. They have long been undeniable masters of their craft and they are expanding their parameters with this album, which should elevate the band’s profile beyond the death metal realm in which it has dominated for years. And now they’re coming for the BA crowd!
And speaking of technical death metal, of all the amazing technical death metal bands out there, very few can write memorable catchy songs with extreme technicality like French killers GOROD. Get ready for intelligent, deftly crafted flights of musicianship…that will rip your head off! Sometimes, a band’s music registers just as seismically on an emotional wavelength as it does on a sonic spectrum (for the review of their latest album go here). And one of those unique bands are ANIMALS AS LEADERS, who re-imagine, reinterpret, and refresh instrumental prog, experimental metal, modern jazz, alternative, and even world music to a point where the reaction becomes primal. Consistently delivering a captivating show, their show will surely be one of the musicianship highlights of the festival.
New York’s CAR BOMB detonate a vicious blast of wildly technical and progressive modern metal. The Long Island quartet’s attack is relentless and suffocating: vicious jazz-inspired blasts shift into mechanistic, canyon-wide grooves. Schizophrenic, whisper-to-a-scream vocals seem to spiral out of control, only to snap back lock-step into the churning assault. Make sure to witness their BA debut! Progressive Swedes LETTERS FROM THE COLONY had proven that they could marry various elements of death metal, metalcore and jazz into a complex hybrid and produce something strangely familiar yet truly original. And this list finished with Chinese atmospheric black metal ZURIAAKE.
So far the line-up goes:
ABORTED, AFTER THE BURIAL, ALIEN WEAPONRY, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, ANNAL NATHRAKH, ANATHEMA, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, ANTAEUS, ANTHRAX, BATUSHKA, CAR BOMB, CARCASS, CARPENTER BRUT, COUNTING HOURS, CRYSTAL LAKE, CULT OF LUNA, CYTOTOXIN, DR. LIVING DEAD, DECAPITATED, DEICIDE, DAUGHTERS, DESTRUCTION, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, EKTOMORF, ELECTRIC WIZARD, EMPEROR, ENSIFERUM, GET THE SHOT, GODFLESH, GOROD, GUTALAX, HEILUNG, HIGHER POWER, HYPOCRISY, IMMOLATION, IRON REAGAN, JINJER, JUNGLE ROT, KRISIUN, LETTERS FROM THE COLONY, LIONHEART, MANES, MESHUGGAH, METAL CHURCH, MGŁA, MIDNIGHT, MYRKUR, NAPALM DEATH, NECROS CHRISTOS, OF MICE & MEN, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, PERFECITIZEN, PRONG, RAISED FIST, ROTTING CHRIST, SACRED REICH, SAOR, SHAPE OF DESPAIR, SLÆGT, SLAPSHOT, TAAKE, TANKARD, TAPHOS, TESTAMENT, THE OBSESSED, THE OCEAN, THY ART IS MURDER, TOSKA, UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION, VARGRAV, VENOM PRISON, VIOLATOR, VOIVOD, VUUR, WINDHAND, WOLFBRIGADE a WOE UNTO ME, ZURIAAKE.