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Steelfest Open Air 2019 Is Soon Upon Us


It’s almost that time of year again, Finnish metal festival season will be opened, once again, by the most anticipated underground black/death/obscure metal festival in Finland: Steelfest! Located in the heart of Hyvinkää, this year the festival has included an official camping area for those who would rather not be confined to the walls of a stuffy hotel. They also posted on Facebook that a few gracious locals who are attending the festival are offering a couch (or dark corner) to sleep in for those coming from far away.

This festival has really become a globally known legend. Based on a poll posted on social media, people are hailing from over forty different countries, not including the bands, to experience such an epic event here in the cold, dark (but hopefully not too cold or dark during the festival) north.

The festival will begin with a sold out Pre-party at Crafters the Thursday before the festival at 20:00 featuring Havukruunu & Kalmankantaja.

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As for the lineup – Seigneur Voland (Fra) not only will be performing for the first time in Finland but will perform an excluive 20th anniversary show based on material from 1999-2019).

SF 2019 Seigneur Voland

Marduk (Swe) will also be performing a 20th anniversary show to celebrate “Panzer Division Marduk”’s 20 year existance. This performance will only happen once, it cannot be missed!

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Vital Remains (US) will also have their debut appearance in Finland!

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We will also get a double shot of Mr.Spellgoth himself with appearances by both Horna and Trollheims Grott.

Along side these legendary performances, the lineup includes:

  • Mysticum (NOR)
  • Immolation (USA)
  • Mgła (POL)
  • Nargaroth (GER) 
  • Belphegor (AUS)
  • Naglfar (Swe)
  • Gaahls Wyrd (NOR)
  • Odium (UKR)
  • Asphyx (NED)
  • Vargrav (FIN)
  • Antimateria (FIN)
  • Grave Miasma (UK)
  • Deiphago (CRC)
  • Monarque (CAN)
  • Evil (BRA)
  • …And Oceans (FIN)
  • Einherjer (NOR)
  • Trollheims Grott (FIN)
  • Deletere (CAN)
  • Totalselfhatred (FIN)
  • Aeternus (NOR)
  • Advent Sorrow (AU)
  • Morgal (FIN)
  • Myrkskog (NOR)
  • Arkhon Infaustus (FRA)

Here is the day schedule as of right now:

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More information  can be found form their Facebook Page or their Official Website

Tickets can be purchased from KVLT Records or Tiketti.

Check out our Spotify playlist to get hyped!

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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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FESTIVAL REPORT: BRUTAL ASSAULT AUG 8-11 (CZ) DAY 2


Photography & Report by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

DAY 2 – THURSDAY

Thursday was a much more interesting day for me at the main stages. I am not so into thrash metal. I practically never listen to it at home, but when I am somewhere, I usually enjoy it. And thanks to my friend Marek, who owns many old casettes at home, Exhorder was suggested to me. As I know only some known big names this was totally new to me. Hell, this was great. Superb music, entertaining musicians. Many compare this band to Pantera, many say Pantera has even been influences by Exhorder who have been playing since the 80’s. Many fans are having a beef between each other. No matter what, this is highly recommended even if their last albums are from early 90’s.

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FESTIVAL REPORT: BRUTAL ASSAULT Aug 8-11 (CZ) DAY 1


Photography & Report by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

INTRODUCTION, GOOD & BAD

Once again, one of the biggest metal festivals from Czech is over and here is the report about some of its music and organization. As mainly a photographer and not pure journalist, take it with a grain of salt with my subjective approach and taste in music more based towards black metal and atmospheric stuff overall.

The festival was held officially from August 8th-11th, but there was a small warm up party the day before with Suicidal Tendencies headlining. Unfortunately, I arrived at midnight so it was all over and by the time I unpacked my stuff, did quick town visit for some beer and then get some sleep in a four-wheel coffin.

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MARDUK – release brand-new video for the title track of their new album “Viktoria”


MARDUK’s new studio album “Viktoria” is out! Get it in the format of your choice here: Get it here: https://marduk.lnk.to/VIKTORIA

The band has launched a brand-new video for the album’s title track.

“Viktoria” is available digitally as well as standard CD jewelcase, LP and limited box set (with CD, patch, metal pin and three stickers).

MERRIMACK Announce Japanese Tour Dates with MARDUK


MERRIMACK have announced Japanese tour dates in support of their latest album ”Omegaphilia”, which was released on June 09, 2017. The Parisian black metal fanatics will hit the road to Japan in November, where they will join MARDUK for four shows. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

MERRIMACK comment on the tour: “9 Years after our successful USA tour with the mighty Marduk, Merrimack will support the Swedish devils again for 4 shows in Japan this November. We are stoked to explore the Nippon territories for the first time, and deliver some pure french Black Metal, played with devotion and faith, to the maniacs there. It’s a brand new experience for us, but it will definitely leave a mark on the Japanese crowd as well!”

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