Brutal Assault 2019: DIMMU BORGIR, GODFLESH, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH join the festival

Let’s open this mega update with Black Metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest Black Metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!

Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of Industrial Metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.

Brutal Assault 2019

Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover Thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. Elusive French synth mastermind CARPENTER BRUT draws its influences from 80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with cheap thrills and sharp synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon – or the Brutagram as his fans would call it – evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. Into the brutagram at BA 2019! Through parted flesh, mental scars and waning health – from misfortune and adversity that would have broken lesser men, comes another black metal legend that almost doesn’t perform live… Welcome French titans ANTAEUS, come to your condemnation and witness Satanik Audio Violence! For the fans of modern death metal and hardcore amalgamation we are gonna have glowing hot Brits VENOM PRISON, their returning fellow countrymen ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and Australia‘s own THY ART IS MURDER who are on fire right now! Anglophone domination over the genre will be contested by Japanese metalcore sensation CRYSTAL LAKE, who just set an impossible bar to leap over with their latest output Helix. If you think it’s enough incredibly energic music for now, then we beg to differ because we are also gonna have vigorous Metal Hardcore of GET THE SHOT and American Noise Rock kings DAUGHTERS, who are doing one of their rare live appearances at BA 2019!

Equally rare live are CULT OF LUNA and these Swedish visionaries have been praised for their live performances for a long time and Brutal Assault will host one of their few appearances in 2019. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to witness a shattering audio-visual feast of iconoclastic proportions! Other thoughtful bands for thinking audience on the list are the German musician collective THE OCEAN with their immersive audial experience, US progressivists AFTER THE BURIAL and Norwegian masters of stellar Avant-Garde MANES. You can also look forward for rising stars of Danish scene SLÆGT, who play an epic blackened heavy metal but without any kind of limitation when approaching the style, their compatriots TAPHOS with their gut-wrenching death metal and progressive heavy metal outlet of Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen under the moniker VUUR. Gloomy rock doom in the end, the very godfathers of the genre THE OBSESSED who were formed already back in 1976 by Scott “Wino” Weinrich are back from the dead to perform for you at BA 2019!

In the end, we have some band news – A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH are unable to perform on Brutal Assault, because of the technical difficulties.

So far the line-up goes: ABORTED, AFTER THE BURIAL, ALIEN WEAPONRY, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ANNAL NATHRAKH, ANATHEMA, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, ANTAEUS, ANTHRAX, CARCASS, CARPENTER BRUT,COUNTING HOURS, CRYSTAL LAKE, CULT OF LUNA, CYTOTOXIN, DEICIDE, DAUGHTERS, DESTRUCTION, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, DIMMU BORGIR, EKTOMORF, ELECTRIC WIZARD, GET THE SHOT, GODFLESH, GUTALAX, HEILUNG, HIGHER POWER, HYPOCRISY, IMMOLATION, IRON REAGAN, JINJER, JUNGLE ROT, KRISIUN, LIONHEART, MANES, MESHUGGAH, METAL CHURCH, MGŁA, MIDNIGHT, MYRKUR, NAPALM DEATH, NECROS CHRISTOS, OF MICE & MEN, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, PERFECITIZEN, PRONG, RAISED FIST, ROTTING CHRIST, SACRED REICH, SAOR, SHAPE OF DESPAIR, SLÆGT, TAAKE, TANKARD,TAPHOS, TESTAMENT, THE OBSESSED, THE OCEAN, THY ART IS MURDER, TOSKA, UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION, VARGRAV, VENOM PRISON, VUUR, WINDHAND, WOLFBRIGADE and WOE UNTO ME.

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Gallery: DYING FETUS, POWERWOLF and THE THIRTHEENTH SUN at Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2018

DYING FETUS, POWERWOLF and THE THIRTHEENTH SUN – the second day of Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2018 in Rasnov, Romania, August 3, 2018.

Photographer: Christina Ludosan ©

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Gallery: TARJA, STRATOVARIUS and SERPENTYNE in Sofia

TARJA, STRATOVARIUS and SERPENTYNE in Sofia, Bulgaria,  October 29, 2018, Universiada Hall.

Photographer: Kiril Gruev ©

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Timetable for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

The cult indoor extreme music festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting celebrates 10 years anniversary in 2018! The event will take place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th December 2018 once again at the reputable Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL.

The timetable for Netherland’s longest running indoor Extreme Metal festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 is now available. Check it below and make sure to mark your highlights prior you get to Effenaar! It will be a hard headbaning weekend!

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 schedule day 1

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 schedule day 2

The festival tickets are sold out.

The festival weekend starts with the Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm-Up Party, which will be hosted by Effenaar on Thursday 13th of December! The bands that will perform are AURA NOIR, DEMONICAL, OBLITERATION and VORBID. Tikets cost 13,50 euro (for EMM ticket holders – show your ticket at the booffice) and 18 euro (excl. service fees). Buy it here: ticketmaster.nl

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm Up Party

Here is the time-schedule for the official afterparty:
01:30 – 02:20 THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT
02:45 – 03:30 SIBIIR

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Afterparty

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HECATE ENTHRONED unveils new song, the new album coming in January

UK Black/Death Metal Act HECATE ENTHRONED unveils new song “Temples That Breathe”. Long-awaited new album “Embrace of the Godless Aeon” coming January 25.

Last week, the UK-based Blackened Death Metal group HECATE ENTHRONED announced that “Embrace of the Godless Aeon”, their first album in five years (and their debut for new label partner M-Theory Audio), will be released on January 25, 2019. Now, the group has unveiled the first proper taste of the new record – “Temples That Breathe”, which can now be heard on all streaming platforms. A video for the song, which premiered via Decibel Magazine, can be seen:

Says bassist Dylan Hughes: “The track is a critique of the Catholic Church for centuries of abuse. It paints the church as a kind of virulent entity that spreads pain and horror, almost as if the church itself is alive – hence, temples that breathe. The stark, menacing stills and imagery within the video create this unnerving miasma, an uneasy feeling like cold, stale secular breath on the back of your neck. The song features epic and sweeping orchestrations, heavy aggressive riffing, breakneck speeds and harmonies with a brutal vocal delivery – all the elements you’d expect from HECATE ENTHRONED, which are contained in abundance on this album, making this track the perfect first release to give you a flavor of what’s to come.”

Hecate Enthroned - Embrace Of The Godless Aeon

Hecate Enthroned – Embrace Of The Godless Aeon

“Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – which features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (BLOODBATH, ROTTING CHRIST, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), as seen above – can be pre-ordered now on CD and red splatter vinyl at m-theoryaudio.com/store. A limited-edition deluxe box set that includes exclusive purple vinyl and cassette editions of the album, a signed photo card and other collectibles is also available. Digital pre-orders on Bandcamp and other platforms include “Temples That Breathe” as an instant download.

Hecate Enthroned

Hecate Enthroned

One of the UK underground’s longest-running and most respected acts, HECATE ENTHRONED has been praised by the likes of Terrorizer for their “mixture of Death Metal aggression with Black Metal atmosphere.” “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” – their first recording with vocalist Joe Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 – sees the group continue to deftly mix Black with Death, Modern with Classic and Extreme with Symphonic. The album, which features guest vocals on three songs by Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS), was co-produced by Dan Abela (VOICES, THE ANTICHRIST IMPERIUM).

Originally co-founded in Wales by guitarist Nigel Dennen in the mid-1990s, HECATE ENTHRONED is dedicated to delivering their own brand of evil Metal with little regard to politics or the trends of popular demand. The group’s 1997 full-length debut, the Andy Sneap-produced “The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty” (Blackend Records), was a seminal release in the then-burgeoning orchestral black metal movement. Since then, several albums and EPs and numerous live performances have firmly established the band as one of extreme metal’s most important voices, a sentiment that “Embrace Of The Godless Aeon” firmly reinforces.

BULGARRITORY with second album

STOIAN KAEV (FIN BULGARIA/BULGARRITORY) album “Nekade tam” is in the process of being completed and is expected to be released in December. It will be his first solo album for two years now.

Bulgarritory - The Old Witch

Bulgarritory – The Old Witch

It is also expected that recordings on the second album of BULGARRITORY will be launched at that time. The planned album will be titled “The Old Witch”.

Bulgarritory

Bulgarritory

Angelmeat magazine #4 is out now, download it for free

Angelmeat tissue #4 is served, tastier than ever before. Inside the pages await the freshly slaughtered, skinned and split wide open interviews with MONSTROSITY (USA), SEANCE (Sweden), AETERNUS (Norway), KROMORTH (Brazil), CIST (Russia), LUCIFER’S CHILD (Greece), ZEALOT CULT (Ireland), HOSTIA (Poland), PSYCHOTOMY (Italy), VALDRIN (USA), WITCH KING (USA) and a ton of ripped apart reviews in English.

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018: Festival’s final poster; Warm-Up Show and Afterparty line-up; The tickets are sold out

The cult indoor extreme music festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting celebrates 10 years anniversary in 2018! That makes it the the longest-running extreme metal indoor festival of the Netherlands (Black/Death/Thrash/Doom Metal & Grindcore)! The event will take place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th December 2018 once again at the reputable Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL.

The line-up for the 2018 edition is as follows:

ARCHGOAT (FI)
ATTIC (DE)
BENEDICTION (UK – “Transcend The Rubicon” setlist)
CARNATION (BE)
CHRIS HOLMES MEAN MAN (US)
DARVAZA (NO/IT)
DEAD HEAD (NL)
DESASTER (DE)
FLESHCRAWL (DE)
GAMA BOMB (IE)
HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY (AT)
IMPALED NAZARENE (FI – special “Suomi Finland Perkele” setlist)
INHUME (NL)
IXXI (SE)
IZEGRIM (NL)
KETZER (DE)
MANDATOR (NL)
MARDUK (SE)
MOONSORROW (FI)
MORTUARY DRAPE (IT)
NECROPHOBIC (SE)
OFFERBLOK (NL)
POSSESSION (BE)
SEPTICFLESH (GR)
SHINING (SE)
SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION (NL)
SLÆGT (DK)
SÓLSTAFIR (IS)
TRIPTYKON (CH)
URFAUST (NL)
VALKYRJA (SE)
WIEGEDOOD (BE)

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

With the surprise addition of KONTINUUM, who SÓLSTAFIR are bringing to Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018, the line-up for the festival in 2018 is now complete.

The festival tickets are sold out.

The festival weekend starts with the Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm-Up Party, which will be hosted by Effenaar on Thursday 13th of December! The bands that will perform are AURA NOIR, DEMONICAL, OBLITERATION and VORBID. Tikets cost 13,50 euro (for EMM ticket holders – show your ticket at the booffice) and 18 euro (excl. service fees). Buy it here: ticketmaster.nl

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm Up Party

In other news, with the addition of THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT the line-up of the EMM official afterparty is complete. It has free entrance and starts shortly after the program of the first festival day is over!

Here is the time-schedule:
01:30 – 02:20 THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT
02:45 – 03:30 SIBIIR

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Afterparty

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Gallery: OBITUARY on Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2018

OBITUARY – the first day of Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2018 in Rasnov, Romania, August 2, 2018.

Photographer: Christina Ludosan ©

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Gallery: HAMMERFALL, ARMORED DAWN and JOHN STEEL with David Reece in Sofia

HAMMERFALL, ARMORED DAWN and JOHN STEEL with David Reece in Sofia, Bulgaria,  October 26, 2018, Universiada Hall.

Photographer: Kiril Gruev ©

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