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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BLACK FRONT: “We March” 10″ picture EP

It has been 2 years since Turkish Industrial Metal duo BLACK FRONT released their first full-lenght album, “TheForgotten” . During these 2 years the world contiued on its path to become an even more violent place where people are killed in large numbers at one time and the band’s own country went through numerous “terror attacks” and “coupattempts”, as well.

Luckily, BLACK FRONT went through only positive changes: With the addition of Yusuf Güney on bass they became a trio and started playing gigs & they also spent these two years recording both their second album (TBA on Corvus Records) and their second EP, “We March”.

Black Front - We March

Black Front – We March

Since the band has originally been formed as a moral outcome of 2013 riots, the two songs on Side-A of “We March” is the moral outcome of the lastyear’s “coupattempt”. With the conservative, religious government gaining more and more power, a lot of Turkish intellectuals, journalists and academics are forced to leave Turkey and move to the West. This reflects on the opening track, “Death March”. The band uses the term “Death March” (i.e. makinga group of people walk until they die,) as a metaphor for what is happening today within Turkish Republic and asks the inevitable question: Does the history always repeat itself?

The second track on the EP, “Black Heart & Red Sky” is Tanju Can’s ode to one of his favourite movies, Milcho Manchevski’s “Before The Rain” and perhaps to his Balkan roots, bringing the theme of forced departure full circle.

B-Side of the EP has 2 unique and thought-provoking remixes: My Trip’s take on “Death March” and Shrine’s take on “Ninety Degrees” from the band’s debut album. The sea redefinitely not boring, predictable “dance” remixes but fully formedartistic compositions using the original tracks as starting points.

2017 and onward swill see the band playing more concerts and releasing their second full-lenght record, “Hail The Fallen” on Corvus Records, which will include all exclusive songs.

BLACK FRONT personnel:
Tanju Can: Voice
Mert Yıldız: Guitar, Programming
Yusuf Güney: Bass

BLACK FRONT discography:
Self-Titled EP 2014 (Self-Released)
“Dedication” EP 2014 (Self-Released)
“The Forgotten” LP 2015 (Corvus Records)
“We March” EP 2017 (Corvus Records)
“Hail The Fallen” LP TBA (Corvus Records)