Brutal Assault 2018: Bands to Spice it Up -Laibach, Green Carnation, and Pain of Salvation


Brutal Assault: 08-11 August 2018; Fortress Josefov, Jaroměř

This update of the festival lineup is made not just of the meat-and-potatoes bands you would generally expect from an established metal festival, as we were focused on bringing in more exotic flavours that are not usually consumed by large crowds of metalheads… However we know that BA fans are special and hence deserve some special spice! Enjoy!

Cult originators of retro avantgarde, LAIBACH, are making one of their ultra-rare festival appearances at this year’s BA! The retro avantgarde of LAIBACH is an artform ranging from graphics, paintings, videos, and installations to concerts and performances, creatively questioning artistic ‘quotation’, appropriation, recontextualisation, copyright and copy-left. Although they started out as both an art and music collective, LAIBACH became internationally renowned first and foremost on the music scene, particularly for their unique cover versions and interpretations of hits by Queen, the Rolling Stones, and Beatles.

GREEN CARNATION both precede and are a natural successor of the experimental/avantgarde trailblazers In the Woods… Since they debuted, peering from beneath the permafrost of the Norwegian winter, each successive GREEN CARNATION album has been a welcome sight in the dreary sameyness of the general metal scene, and their set at BA 2018 will be musical sight not to miss.

The ultimate melodicity of the renowned Swedish progressive rockers PAIN OF SALVATION may be even too sweet to swallow for the general BA crowd. However, the raw emotions cloaked in dark, progressive polyrhythms and challenging syncopations, brilliantly darkened keys, and percussive muscle will serve as a diversification of blasting metal elements at this year’s BA.

Fans of alternative approaches towards both life and music can look forward to KrishnaCore mantras of a positive drug-free attitude to life spawned in the 90s by Ray Cappo’s project SHELTER. US-based troublemakers WISDOM IN CHAINS will kick some ass with their killer street rock mixed up with some heavy old-school hardcore and Oi!, while Manchester hardcore youngbloods BROKEN TEETH will have their big BA debut after stirring up the European underground intensively for the past two years.

Another fascinating hot spice for the lineup will be the experimental hardcore-based and synth-driven technical mix of styles of ROLO TOMASSI, who express themselves with loud, energetic vibrancy and intelligence that is not cloaked in any gimmickry, macho posturing or stupid imagery. From the opposite side of the hardcore spectrum we have EVERGREEN TERRACE, who trail their own path with their powerful combination of melodic hardcore and punk rock strains.

Swiss pioneers MESSIAH quickly acquired a sworn fanbase in the 80s underground, but the band has dissolved due to the individualism of the respective band members. However, the timeless thrashing madness has never been forgotten by the loyal fanbase, and after 14 years of silence since the brief reanimation in 2003, MESSIAH are now back and will take BA by storm!

Iceland has spawned many of the finest acts in contemporary black metal, and this small indigenous but prolific scene is sending the ambassadors from MISÞYRMING, yet the Icelandic domination over the avantgarde dark music scene of Europe might be disputed by ULSECT. ULSECT were born out of a collaboration between Dodecahedron and Textures members, and their music shifts from dense death metal dissonance to a lucent avantgarde atmosphere.

NERVOCHAOS were established in São Paulo in 1996 and have been spawning aggressive and chaotic music shredding the barriers of death metal and hardcore ever since while touring the world, and this year they will debut at our festival! Even more exotic in their origin and dedication to sheer musical brutality are progenitors of the Indonesian BDM scene, JASAD, who will torture European sickos for the first time ever!

Last but not least, get ready for a true party experience with STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS, an undoubtedly one-of-a-kind band from Finland playing bluegrass versions of famous metal classics. Have you ever danced at BA listening to aggro country versions of Iron Maiden?

Current lineup for 2018 (as of 20.03.2018):
Act of Defiance, Akercocke, Aluk Todolo, Angelmaker, Arkhon Infaustus, Armored Saint, At the Gates, Azarath, Behemoth, Belphegor, Bleed from Within, Blood Incantation, Bölzer, Broken Hope, Broken Teeth, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Carnifex, Carpathian Forest, Celeste, Converge, Counterparts, Cruacjan, Dead Congregation, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Dodecahedron, Dragged into Sunlight, Dying Fetus, E-Force, Evergreen Terrace, Exhorder, Full of Hell, Gojira, Grave Pleasures, Graveyard, Green Carnation, H2O, Hate, Helmet, Hirax, Horskh, Ihsahn, Ingested, Integrity, Kurokuma, Laibach, Lvmen, Malokarpatan, Marduk, Messiah, Ministry, Misery Index, MisÞyrming, Mortiis, Municipal Waste, Myrkur, Nasty, Neocaesar, Nervochaos, Nocturnus AD, Northlane, Novembers Doom, Obscure Sphinx, Origin, Pain, Pain Of Salvation, Pallbearer, Paradise Lost, Perturbator, Pestilence, Pillorian, Plini, Protector, Rollo Tomassi, Sadistic Intent, Saint Vitus, Shelter, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Testament, The Black Dahlia Murder, Tormentor, Ulcest, Unleashed, Unsane, Wardruna, Whoredom Rife, Wiegedood, Wisdom In Chains, Wrathprayer

You can get the tickets from for 84€ (price valid only until the 30th of April)

August 8-11, 2018
Fortress Josefov – Jaroměř
551 02 Jaroměř
Czech Republic