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PREVIEW: BRUTAL ASSAULT – AUGUST 08-11, 2018


What festivals do you plan to attend this year?

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In a little bit more than one month we can expect the start of one of the best extreme metal festivals in Europe, maybe in the world according to many, taking place in the heart of Europe in Czech Republic and Josefov​ fortress. This will the twenty-third Brutal Assault festival which starts on August 8th – 11th, with a warm up party on the 7th.

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I am always amazed by the lineup. Before the festival, I usually do not dig too much into bands playing there and kinda like surprises or new revelations. Last year I have visited the festival mainly for the Czech black metal legend Master‘s Hammer who started to play live recently and for Polish Batushka.

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BATUSHKA: Photography by: Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

As you can see I am bound to the various black metal acts and its subgenres. I was surprised by other bands I discovered, liked or listened to some long time ago. For me, another great bands were doomy classic Tiamat with the Wildhoney songs. I think they have built up again their reputation regarding their criticized performance earlier. Finnish music was presented by Swallow the Sun and what an experience. Although they ruled smaller Metal Gate stage only, it was flawless. Ighly suggesting to check their late trilogy album. Such an opus. At the opening at the small oriental stage, there was sludge/doom presented by Cough from northern Virginia. Hell, what a start… Then Ultha, which I did not know before, but it was so good. Fresh blood in modern black metal waters, although the musicians have rich experience from other projects. The classic act was Mayhem with their legendary interpretation of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Of course, there was much more. But this preview should be aimed towards this year. So what do we have here now?

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BEHEMOTH: Photography by: Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

For me, the headliner and main reason to get there are Behemoth from Poland. Loved by many for their energy when playing live or different sound on each album. Hated by others for their „big commercial stuff around“ which is „no no“ for underground. No one can argue though… They are great musicians, and what they do goes directly from their innerselves with furious power ad no compromises. Nergal is like some imp on fire while one stage, what a performer! At BA there will be also their Polish brothers of Hate and Azarath which is the project Behemoth‘s drummer Inferno is involved in.

The big surprise to me was seeing Arkhon Infaustus at the roster. The band split up for some time and now playing again. As a fan of French musical movement I really, really look forward to this. So much sweet memories from so many years ago, while I listened to them. Again this is the band with every album so good, evolving to more adult and polished form while maintaining their ferocity and furious energy. It does not matter if you listen to Filth Catalyst or Orthodoxyn. Everything is full of dark perfection and steamrolling energy.

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As I could not see them yet this year, BA will be great opportunity to see another Swedish classic, Marduk. Speaking of which, you might wanna check Mortuus‘s/Arioch‘s new album Hekatomb from his solo project Funeral Mist which was released recently this year. Another rebelious act which shall be seen is Carpathian Forest. I am looking forward to their dirty grotesque „We do not give a f**k“ attitude and wondering if they can be on par with the show seen on We‘re going to hell for this.“ From near Germany, the mighty Belphegor shall sing their odes full of blasphemy and heresy. I have seen them a few times and there was no disappointment at all, ever. I expect the same this time. I also look forward to Czech industrial black metal Gorgonea Prima.

For some slowdown, fans of darker stuff that enjoy some calmer and not that extreme melodies will surely enjoy act of Myrkur or majestic Wardruna. Those were main bands I am looking forward to myself but let‘s not forget about some other stuff…

As we do not want to discriminate against other genres, if you prefer more death metal there will be veterans Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus. Dead Congregation is another one. You might be interested in Czech bands Godless Truth, Anime Torment or Cuttered Flesh. Modern stuff playing this year inspired lot by death metal are Black Dahlia Murder, Carnifex, Origin. Another more progressive and atmospherical band can be Harakiri for the Sky. „Depression lovers“ could find a some pleasure while listening to doomy Coffins or local classic Silent Stream of Godless Elegy.

If you are into thrashy stuff, you should be pretty happy too. Municipal Waste, Ministry or blackened Aura Noir shall make your neck hurt. A lot.

Is that all?! Hell, no! There will be much more good stuff from various extreme genres. You cannot be disappointed. It is magical. Every year, I think the line up cannot be beaten next year. And every year it is just better. More days, more stages. I must not forget about great kiosks with various beverages or food. Everyone will be happy. Ordinary meat eaters or vegans as well, everyone will be satisfied at BA.

I cannot say how much I am excited about this year and cannot wait to bring you photographies with some reviews. Thank you for reading. We might see each other at the Brutal Assault 2018. 🙂

Brutal​ ​ Assault,​ ​ 8.​ ​ -​ ​ August​ ​ 11,​ ​ 2018,​ ​ Fortress​ ​ Josefov​ ​ -​ ​ Jaroměř www.brutalassault.cz

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ACHERONTAS Premiere New Track “The Alchemists Of The Radiant Sepulchre”:


Greek occult black metallers with ritual & 70’s rock influences, ACHERONTAS, release the third single from their upcoming album “Faustian Ethos”, due out on May 18th in Europe and May 25th in North America via Agonia Records. Listen to “The Alchemists Of The Radiant Sepulchre”:

 

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“CARICATURE OF ANGER” – SNOVONNE Releases New Video “BULLSH?T”


Today, Florida-based artist Snovonne has released a new music video “Bullsh?t” .

Taken from Snovonne’s third studio album “The Child and The Bitch”, “Bullsh?t” is the fourth music video to emerge from her latest project. Stepping outside the lines of her typically dark and creepy elegance, the playful new video pulsates with vibrant color and cartoon-ish texture. Snovonne sports a white onsie and a bunny hat, going through what could only be described as multiple stages of anger and/or anger management.

Never lacking any irony – after smudging your pink screen with paint and expressing her temper holding a pocket-sized chihuahua, Sno moves on to raise her sledgehammer to a large stuffed carrot.

 Watch the video for “Bullsh?t” below:

Speaking about the video, Snovonne said: “It’s a caricature of anger. Naturally, I wanted to visualize what the song represents. A state of mind that’s past anger – when you just want to stand on your head and laugh maniacally, otherwise you’ll explode. There’s not much logic left at that point… being a decent human being got you nowhere, so you lose respect and feel like ridiculing everything, including yourself, because that’s at least fun. People ‘dangling carrots’ in my face is something I despise with a passion, so carrots had to make a cameo, one way or another. Bunnies, sledgehammers, chihuahuas – I figured it would make a great psychadelic cocktail. I’m a big fan of 90’s music videos – the saturated and un-clean, and ‘Bullsh?t” gave me the opportunity to push in a different direction than usual. Mainly, I wanted to have fun. The people I wrote this song about take their egos way too seriously.”  Continue reading “CARICATURE OF ANGER” – SNOVONNE Releases New Video “BULLSH?T”

LIFE OF AGONY Announce “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018”


New York’s LIFE OF AGONY has announced dates for a headlining trek called “Rise of the Underground Tour 2018” spanning the USA and Europe. The shows will begin with two sold-out, hometown warm-up gigs April 18th & 19th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and conclude November 2nd as headliners of The Sound of Revolution Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Full list of dates are below.

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PHOTO REPORT: Boris (JAP) + Amenra (BEL) 25.2.2018 in Palác Akropolis, Prague.


PHOTO REPORT: Boris (JAP) + Amenra (BEL) 25.2.2018 in Palác Akropolis, Prague.by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

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INSOMNIUM – announce “Winter’s Gate European Tour Part II 2018”


Finnish melodic death metal masters INSOMNIUM just announced the second part of their “Winter’s Gate European Tour”! Special guest at some of the shows will be TRIBULATION!

Here are all dates:

WINTER’S GATE EUROPEAN TOUR Part 2 2018

15.03.2018 Tallinn (Estonia) – Tapper*
16.03.2018 Riga (Latvia) – Melna Piektdiena*
17.03.2018 Vilnius (Lithuania) – Rock River Club*
18.03.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja*
19.03.2018 Cracow (Poland) – Kwadrat*
20.03.2018 Budapest (Hungary) – Dürer Kert*
22.03.2018 Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club*
23.03.2018 Sofia (Bulgaria) – Mixtape 5 Club*
24.03.2018 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Prinicpal Club*
25.03.2018 Athens (Greece) – Piraeus 117 Academy*
29.03.2018 Zagreb (Croatia) – Klub Mochvara*
30.03.2018 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar*
05.04.2018 Toulouse (France) – Le Metronum
06.04.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
07.04.2018 Madrid (Spain) – Penelope
08.04.2018 Santiago De Compostela (Spain) – Sala Capitol
09.04.2018 Porto (Portugal) – Club Hard*
10.04.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA*
11.04.2018 Sevilla (Spain) – Sala Custom
12.04.2018 Valencia (Spain) – Republica 2
13.04.2018 Annemasse (France) – Le Chateau Rouge
14.04.2018 Angers (France) – Le Chabada
15.04.2018 Strasbourg (France) – La Laiterie
*) with special guest TRIBULATION