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AT THE GATES launch new video for “The Mirror Black (Feat. Rob Miller)”


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Further promoting their acclaimed current album “To Drink From The Night Itself”, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have now started a massive European tour together with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room.

AT THE GATES have released both a strictly limited 7″ EP entitled “The Mirror Black” and a special Digital EP entitled “With The Pantheons Blind“.

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PHOTO REPORT: Behemoth – Brutal Assault 2018


With upcoming concerts of Merry Christless in Poland, new album I Loved You At Your Darkest and Ecclesia Diabolica Evropa 2019 tour here are some flashback shots of Polish giants from Brutal Assault 2018 festival in  Czech where they shined in a dark like a morning star.

Brutal Assault 2018, August 10th, Josefov fortress, Czech

Photography by Pavel Kovalančík

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FESTIVAL REPORT: BRUTAL ASSAULT AUG 8-11 (CZ) DAY 3


Photography & Report by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

DAY 3 – FRIDAY

Friday had a pretty busy schedule for me. Czech band Cuttered Flesh started early at half past ten with their sledge hammer hard death metal and they surely enjoyed being at Brutal Assault as much as we did. In the early afternoon, death metal squad from California appeared at one of the main stages. Sadistic Intent spat some good old school death metal at us. Rick Cortez, the guitarist was the main star of this band for me. His leather armor which resembled the time of 80’s and 90’s with the combination of B.C. Rich Warlock which was very popular instrument for metal players that era and although it looks weird it is very comfortable to play. A few hours after, another death metal band was showing us their horns. Guys from Polish Hate were very good with the delivery of black and death metal combination. For some time, blacked death metal from this country has its similar sound as some kind of a trademark. The same could be said about another band Azarath, where mighty drummer of Behemoth, Inferno, dwells as well. But again, at the later hour at the Metalgate tent… Music was, of course, real delicacy.

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The best of the day and for me personally of the festival has been waiting for the prime time that night . Behemoth was the main band I was there for and even while waiting near bars for about two hours to keep a decent spot (far from perfect anyways) was damned annoying, as my photopass into the photo pit was given only for few chosen bands, it could be described still as a worthy turn. I am very glad for my height in cases like this. Music wise, the songs from the Satanist album were, in my opinion, the strongest of the performance. The set was interleaved with other old ones as well as the new ones from upcoming album I Loved You At Your Darkest. Those songs were Wolves Ov Siberia and God=Dog. The presentation was really flawless. Nergal acted like some hellish little imp on amphetamine, with great attitude and with voice from (anti)gods. The stage presence was strong, heavy and dark but was not overdone or fake. The show also contained many fire geysers with musicians near them, including some blood and masks at the end as well for O Father, O Satan, O Sun. As I said, top band, top music, top performance. As with Myrkur’s case, Behemoth shall get additional space and bigger exclusive gallery.

I mentioned light of bands like Marduk or Carpathian Forest before. After heretics from Poland, it was Carpathian Forest’s turn. Besides the impenetrable wall of blue and red light CF was actually entertaining by themselves as the frontman is really little funny guy and does not give a damn about anything. When he came up full of energy, probably with the help of some booze or coke or both, and presented the bands with words: “We are Carpathian Forest and we play rock ‘n’ roll, oh Jesus Christ!” I just had to laugh, almost dropping on my knees which made methink about another funny black metal character who does not take it too seriously – Abbath. Yeah, that was a great moment. As I love very dark stuff, this approach makes my other half happy. 🙂

The Friday was closed for me by Slovakian cocktail of heavy metal mixed with slight black metal scent – Malokarpatan. Those guys know how to play and how to deliver energy from themselves to the crowd. Also maybe because of a bottle of wine which ended up empty in the singer’s throat by the end of the concert. Music was rich and old school. Thrashy rhytm drums, thrills on guitars and heavy metal or rock solo parts are what makes this band very, very interesting. Playing at the Metalgate tent very late night, it was hard to see anything, but the music was great and I highly suggest it to anyone who likes metal which is not very modern or djenty…

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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

AZARATH (feat. drummer Inferno of BEHEMOTH ) reveal lyric video for new song “At The Gates Of Understanding”


Polish death/black metal tyrants AZARATH premiere a brand new song from their highly anticipated album “In Extremis”, set to be released on April 7th via Agonia Records. Available in a form of a lyric video, “At The Gates Of Understanding” is the first single to be released from the album. It arrives six long years after the band’s last installment, “Blasphemers’ Maledictions”, from 2011. The lyric video was created by Tomasz Strzałkowski and can be watched here:

Touted as a “demonic mutation of Krisiun and Behemoth with shades of Immolation”, AZARATH stand up to their wicked name. The band’s death metal is crisp, black, and while it possesses the charm of their American counterparts, it remains open-minded and organic. This should not come as a surprise, considering the AZARATH‘s impressive line-up and cemented position as one the the best Polish acts of the genre. The band was formed in 1998 by drummer Inferno (of  Behemoth fame). He’s accompanied by Bart (Armagedon, Damnation) on guitars, Necrosodom (Anima Damnata, Deus Mortem, ex-Infernal War) on vocals and guitars, as well as Peter (ex-Lost Soul) on bass.

Meaning “at the point of death” or “under extreme circumstances” in Latin, “In Extremis” is yet another apex reached by AZARATH. Offering a vehement ride through the netherworlds, the effort places the band back at the fore of the genre, with strong ties to the group’s early cult albums. The eerie painting that adorns the album’s cover was made by Marta Promińska (Hypnagogic Painting).

Recorded in various locations between March and November 2016, “In Extremis” was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio. Graphic design and layout were done by Mentalporn (Behemoth, Origin, Decapitated) with calligraphy provided by Ihasan Art and additional work by Holy Poison Design.

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Tracklisting:
1. The Triumph of Ascending Majesty
2. Let My Blood Become His Flesh
3. Annihilation (Smite All the Illusions)
4. The Slain God
5. At the Gates of Understanding
6. Parasu Blade
7. Sign of Apophis
8. Into the Nameless Night
9. Venomous Tears (Mourn of the Unholy Mother)
10. Death

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