Brutal Assault

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Brutal Assault
Brutal Assault 2012 main stages.jpg
View of the main stages in 2012
Genre Heavy metal, extreme metal, hardcore punk
Dates August
Location(s) Czech Republic
Years active 18
Founded by Vladan, Martin Brzobohatý a.k.a. Shindy, Tomáš Fiala[1]
Website
http://brutalassault.cz/en/

Brutal Assault is an extreme metal open-air music festival that takes place in an 18th-century army fortress (Josefov Fortress) in Jaroměř, Czech Republic. It takes place each August, traditionally on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at the beginning of the month. The festival was started in 1996, originally featuring mostly grindcore music. For many years, it was a small show with mainly local Czech and Slovak bands performing. It changed location several times and grew into a major event in 2006, when over 7,000 people came to that year's event in Svojšice. After moving to Josefov, the attendances grew further to 15,000 in 2012.[2] Brutal Assault currently operates a two-stage system. The festival motto is: "Against violence and intolerance".[citation needed]

Location[edit]

The inside of the huge fortress resembles a miniature city.

Brutal Assault takes place in Josefov, an imperial army fortress built from 1780 to 1787 by Emperor Joseph II on the left bank of the Elbe and Mettau rivers near Jaroměř. The two concert stages are built against the outer walls of this huge fortress. The fortress features extensive, three-story deep underground corridors formed in cretaceous rock, creating a labyrinth running for 45 kilometres (28 mi).[citation needed]

The approximate capacity of the current location of Brutal Assault is 15,000 visitors. The change of location was a controversial issue with the organizers for several reasons. The historical fort is a unique place for performing extreme metal music and, more importantly, it is bonus for the performing bands. In comparison, many other rock and metal festivals in Europe take place on fields or airports. The bands actually have part of their backstage area inside the fortress. Also, the political representatives of Josefov and Jaroměř have reacted very positively to the presence of the music festival, as have most of the local inhabitants.[citation needed] The festival provides an enormous economic opportunity for a couple of days each year.

Safety[edit]

Stealing from the tents and bodies of drunk visitors is common at Brutal Assault.[citation needed] Guests are advised to keep their valuables in a safe places (e.g. deposit boxes provided by the festival organizers for a fee, locked inside the trunk of a car, etc.).

The festival area at Brutal Assault in Josefov is near a hill, which can be difficult to navigate. Nicknamed "the hill of death", it becomes muddy and slippery after rain.[citation needed] The hill can be walked around, however, and the site is fully accessible to the handicapped.

2014[edit]

The nineteenth annual festival was held from Wednesday 6 August to Saturday 9 August 2014. It has seen a rise in number of metalcore acts compared to previous years, with Bring Me the Horizon headlining along with Slayer, Amon Amarth, Venom, Satyricon, Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend and Down. Three bands were announced but eventually had to be cancelled: Strife, Arsonists Get All the Girls and Gorguts (who have instead been announced for Brutal Assault 2015).

Double Main Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Suburban Terrorist
Keep on Rotting
Flotsam and Jetsam
The Agonist
High On Fire
Chthonic
Terrorizer
Venom
Modern Day Babylon

Panychida
Havok
Ringworm
Texas in July
Pentagram Chile
iwrestledabearonce
Church of Misery
Onslaught
Misery Index
Månegarm
Ignite
Crowbar
Obituary
Red Fang
Suffocation
Bring Me the Horizon
Slayer
Children of Bodom
Architects
Katatonia
Khold

Isacaarum
Rise of Surya
Cripper
Fleshless
GrandExit
Obscure Sphinx
Heiden
Mors Principium Est
Skeletonwitch
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Carnival in Coal
Unleashed
H2O
Six Feet Under
Blindead
The Devin Townsend Project
Amon Amarth
Shining
Broken Hope
Combichrist
Nightfall

Spasm
Liveevil
Nervecell
Martyrdöd
Insania
Severe Torture
Hacktivist
Dew-Scented
Manes
Impaled Nazarene
Cruachan
August Burns Red
Sodom
Soilwork
Sick of It All
Krabathor
Down
Satyricon
Converge
My Dying Bride
Hail of Bullets

Metalgate Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Siberian Meat Grinder
Gutted
Brutality Will Prevail
Feastem
Inquisition
Epicardiectomy
God Is an Astronaut
(extended set)
Gehenna
?
Heaving Earth

Infernal Tenebra
Rats Get Fat
První hoře
Kraków
The Ocean
Pungent Stench
Manes (acoustic show)
Enthroned
Mgła
Worship
Radiolokator

Hammercult
Okkultokrati
In Mourning
Exivious
Repulsion
Carnival in Coal
Benediction
Jesu
Aosoth
Dodecahedron
Six Degrees of Separation

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