A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band’s appearance here won’t be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.
Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, “The Grinding Wheel”, have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.
Helsinki’s Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There’s no official word as yet.
Also announced were Oathbreaker from Belgium, Australians Aversions
Crown and King Parrot, Power Trip from Texas, Norway’s Helheim and the return of New Jersey mathcore outfit The Number Twelve Looks Like You, returning from a six year hiatus.
These new additions join what is already a pretty hard-hitting roster of bands with Emperor, Opeth, Morbid Angel, Nile, Electric Wizard and Mayhem as highlights. Held over four days, the festival has three stages and will reportedly include 100 acts in the final reckoning.
More information and tickets are available at http://www.brutalassault.cz
The full line up now stands at:
August Burns Red
Birds In Row
BORN OF OSIRIS
Der Weg einer Freiheit
Front Line Assembly
God Is An Astronaut
Life Of Agony
Oceans Ate Alaska
Swallow The Sun
The Amity Affliction
The Devin Townsend Project
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Lurking fear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Vision Of Disorder
Walls Of Jericho
While She Sleeps