Brutal Assault

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Brutal Assault
Brutal Assault 2012 main stages.jpg
Brutal Assault 2012. The two main stages are built against the walls of Josefov Fortress.
Genre Extreme metal, heavy metal, hardcore punk, experimental
Dates Early August
Location(s) Josefov Fortress, Jaroměř, Czech Republic
Years active 1996–present
Founded by Vladan, Martin "Shindy" Brzobohatý, Tomáš Fiala[1]
Website
brutalassault.cz/en/

Brutal Assault is an open-air extreme metal festival that takes place in the 18th-century army fortress Josefov, located in Jaroměř, Czech Republic. It is held each August early in the month from Wednesday until Saturday. The festival started in 1996, originally focused on grindcore. For many years, it was a small event with mainly Czech and Slovak bands performing. It changed location several times and grew into a large event by 2006, when over 7,000 people attended the festival in Svojšice. After moving to Josefov, attendances grew further to 15,000 in 2012[2] and the festival has operated two alternating main stages since. Currently, Brutal Assault features artists that perform all forms of extreme metal, including some of the genre's most prominent figures, as well as artists with dark and intense styles from genres outside of heavy metal such as punk rock, experimental rock and electronic. The festival motto is: "Against violence and intolerance".[3]

Location[edit]

Jaroměř from air, with the fortress visible at the bottom of the picture.
A view inside of the fortress.

Brutal Assault takes place in Josefov, an army fortress built between 1780 and 1787 by Emperor Joseph II on the left bank of the Elbe and Mettau rivers near Jaroměř. The two main stages are built against the fortress walls.

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 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]

Venom performing as the headliner of the first day at the 2014 event.

The nineteenth annual festival was held from Wednesday 6 August to Saturday 9 August 2014. It was headlined by Slayer, Amon Amarth, Satyricon, Venom, Bring Me the Horizon, 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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