The organizers of the Brutal Assault festival announced a new batch of participants of the upcoming 22nd event, which will be held from 9 to 12 of August in Jaroměř, the Czech Republic. Here is their announcement:
"The Devin Townsend Project gig at BA 2010 edition was hit by a massive thunderstorm, where the heavens have opened up and tons of rain bombarded the stage and the fans. The fans however stayed in front of the stage through the whole storm and together with the band thus created one of the strongest experiences in the history of the festival. And this year THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT shall once again return to our stage and add one more show not to be forgotten! Swedish TIAMAT will perform a cornerstone of atmospheric metal — for the first time you'll be able to witness this ultimate festival experience with the Wildhoney album being performed in its entirety. Both WALLS OF JERICHO and their frontwoman Candace Kucsulain should be in the metal dictionary under the entry powerful performance, don't miss this show out if you wanna see real relentless intensity in action! SWALLOW THE SUN on the other hand are a fine example of the sombre doom as trailblazed by Finnish bands. Irish post-rock GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT is also returning to our festival after a great success they had at our fest in the past and it makes certainly pleased that our fans are open minded to welcome bands like them. Swedes THE CROWN on the other hand would probably have a success on every other metal festival out there and that's no wonder because they put on a hell of a melodic death thrashing show! BIRDS IN ROW are a French Deathwish inc hardcore punk band, with the label affiliation already giving you an idea about their attitude. We are also proud to have meditative and disharmonic death metal diamond forged by fire and ice — ZHRINE from Iceland on the bill! And in the end we would also like to make the fans of contemporary attitude happy so we are welcoming aboard OCEANS ATE ALASKA and for the hardcore fans we have classic 90's Long Island hardcore punk with VISION OF DISORDER."
"Let’s take a look on what’s going on at Brutal Assault camp! Swedish legends CLAWFINGER has disbanded after their last BA appearance in 2013 and ever since they only did a handful of shows, returning to some of the very special places they played during their career. This also stands true for Brutal Assault 2017! The Russian pagan’s ARKONA founded exactly 15 years ago by the leader and main composer Masha Arkhipova represents the cream on top folk metal based on typically slavic melodies and pagan mysticism. It’s been mainly their powerful performance including great front(wo)manship by Masha, that put ARKONA on the map and currently they're re-releasing their re-worked debut album to celebrate their anniversary. BORN OF OSIRIS is also a cream on top band but of completely different genre, being fine representatives of progressive death/metalcore branch, leading the pack towards new a new horizons. Horizons are also the direction set by the viking ships of EINHERJER, the co-founders of viking metal, who are also revisiting their seminal debut album released in 1996. GRUESOME on the other hand are quite far from inventing a genre of their own but what they do they do best in the world and that is bringing the spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Leprosy era Death in general! MALIGNANT TUMOUR have recently celebrated 25 years on the scene by a new album with a simple title The Metallist! And they continue to spread their swinging earth-shaking rock’n’roll vibe with full force! MOURNING BELOVETH are fine Irish export and thus it seems their heavy, desperate and anguish inducing sound is a mandatory feature for them as it is for their fellow countrymen in the heavy music field. THE LURKING FEAR is a band that you’ve probably haven’t heard about yet as they are still working on their debut 7‘‘ and album. THE LURKING FEAR plan to bring sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene, as they want their death metal ugly, twisted and possessed. Why should you care? Well let’s take a look at the line-up! Tomas Lindberg – vocals (At The Gates, Disfear, Skitsystem) Jonas Stålhammar – guitars (God Macabre, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades) Fredrik Wallenberg – guitars (Skitsystem) Andreas Axelsson – bass (Tormented, Disfear, ex Edge Of Sanity, ex Marduk) Adrian Erlandsson – drums (At The Gates, The Haunted, ex Paradise Lost, ex-Cradle Of Filth) We are also very excited that Swiss masters of darkness SAMAEL will celebrate their 30 year anniversary with a special set at Brutal Assault 2017, alongside French purveyors of macabre black death with atmospheric planes SVART CROWN."
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