Following the steady stream of exciting news coming from the organisers of Brutal Assault Festival since the new year, another two big updates on the lineup was recently dropped with a massive February update.
The first announcement were the Swedish “metal eminence” Soilwork, straight out of Helsingborg with a 20-year career blending melodic metal into a staggeringly successful live show, with support from notable names in the progressive metal industry such as Devin Townsend. Continuing on a trend of progressive metal, The Contortionist also joins the lineup, with the announcement that festival goers should forget any expectations they may have for progressive metal during their set.
Well-known metalcore favourites Walls of Jericho also promise to be a solid favourite for fans of energetic old-school hardcore, but there is also an act that may be unfamiliar to European audiences. Hailing from Japan, Vampilla style themselves as an unbelievably different “brutal orchestra”, offering an emotional rollercoaster of a live performance that is sure to combine all elements of music and weirdness into something exciting to witness live. Fresh off a tour with Alcest, they will join previously-announced Diablo Swing Orchestra in providing something musically different, but just as entertaining, to the Czechian extreme metal festival.
Californian death metal monsters Skeletal Remains also joined the lineup, for something fans of classic death metal will enjoy; that attendees may well remember from previous festivals. Demolition Hammer bring a taste of thrash to the lineup, whilst Monster Magnet are gearing up things for the 90s stoner front. Perhaps most excitedly though, is the announcement of psychedelic legends Coven, recently respawned in 2016; and Hellhammer’s Tom Gabriel’s Triumph of Death, performing more obscure Hellhammer favourites for a more modern audience – with even hints that the set may be recorded for a live EP.
The second February update contained two more well-known acts in the form of Australian metalcore veterans Parkway Drive, a surprising announcement for a festival more tailored towards extreme metal but not an unwelcome one; and electro-metal mavericks Combichrist – remembered fondly by many for their infamous tour supporting Rammstein where many critics claimed they stole the show from the headliners. They will be joined by Azusa, the new project from Dillinger Escape Plan bassist Liam Wilson.
A resonating and calmer show can also be expected from recently-announced Caspian, with an unshakable 15-year career taking them to Josefov Fortress this year to provide “a welcome relax during restless times” of the festival. Another interesting highlight, Violent Magic Orchestra – for an art project of fusing black metal and industrial lightshows into a Behemoth meets Kraftwerk kind of elaborate mashup. With more and more unique and obscure fusion acts popping into the lineup alongside the big names, the festival is already shaping up to be one not to miss even with seven and a half months still to go.
Brutal Assault takes place between the 7th and 10th of August at Josefov Fortress, Czech Republic. Tickets are available here.