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Metal Monday

Exumer's Marc Bräutigam @ 2019 Brutal Assault

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Interesting additions to 2020 Brutal Assault

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A few stories about some of the latest additions to the 2020 Brutal Assault lineup…

The first is from just a couple years ago. On Thursday of the 2017 Roskilde Festival I was planning on seeing Oathbreaker and High on Fire. In between I had no plans, but I ran into some friends I had recently met at Copenhell, or maybe this is the night I met them for the first time. I don’t remember. In any event, they said I had to check out Author & Punisher, a one-man band featuring a guy who made his own instruments, and the instruments were far from traditional. There would be no guitars, drums, etc. What an experience that was!

author & punisher roskilde festival

Author & Punisher @ 2017 Roskilde Festival

Static-X and Cradle of Filth I learned about from “Iron Mike’s Metal Video” in 2000 and 2001. Iron Mike had a late night, public access show that I would watch after putting my, then little, kids to bed. Static-X was one of the few bands that would play in Southern Oregon so I ended up seeing them a few times while Wayne Static was still alive. I can’t imagine them without him, but maybe I’ll get that chance next summer.

Cradle of Filth reminded me a bit of Sabbat, who I was familiar with since the late 80s, but they seemed to really be pushing things. Ultimately, I became a fan which led to my interest in many other bands including Dimmu Borgir.

Happy birthday, Ihsahn!

Emperor

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I didn’t follow the music scene very closely in the 1990s. I went to few shows and didn’t like much of the new music I was hearing on the radio. Also, I was busy with a new career and family. However, I do remember that one night, while searching for something different in the 90s music world, I stumbled upon an internet radio station out of the UK that was playing Emperor. That may have been the first time I heard true, black metal. “I Am the Black Wizards” became one of the few black metal songs that I listened to regularly before becoming much more devoted to the genre in the past 10-15 years.

Finally seeing Emperor live this past summer at Brutal Assault was very special. There was one moment, a few hours before they hit the stage, where I was sitting on a leather couch, in the fortress where Brutal Assault is held, and the members of Destruction were conducting an interview 10 feet in front of me, Ihsahn was signing autographs 20 feet in the other direction, and Au-Dessus was playing the Octagon stage just 100 feet away. Also, the creator of the Emperor logo, Christophe Szpajdel, was giving tours of his art nearby. I thought I was dreaming.

Brutal Assault band announcement for 2020

Liz Buckingham of Electric Wizard @ 2019 Brutal Assault

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The 2020 festival acts are beginning to take shape. Download Festival, for instance, has announced Kiss, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down as headliners. I hope Iron Maiden is a headliner at some festival I’m at in 2020 as it’s been too long since I’ve seen them (2012). I have no interest in seeing Kiss (again). Typically, 50-75% of the headliners at Download Festival end up as headliners at Copenhell. I doubt Copenhell will have System of a Down again so soon and without a new album.

Gefle Metal Festival has made several announcements, but I won’t be going in 2020 as it’s the same weekend as Metal Magic. I’m really looking forward to Denial of God at Metal Magic 2020.

Brutal Assault is making a big announcement on October 1. I’m guessing it could be as many as 30 bands.

I’m thinking about doing one or two new festivals in 2020. The short list of possibilities include Bang Your Head (Tankard, Heathen, Riot V, Unleashed, etc.) or Dynamo MetalFest and MetalDays.

Metal Monday

Carcass @ Brutal Assault

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2020 Brutal Assault tickets now on sale

Micci the mistake

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Tickets for the 25th annual Brutal Assault Festival have just gone on sale. The early bird price is just 98 Euros. This festival is an incredible experience and value. 98 Euros will get you four days of music (or more if you do the pre and/or post parties) from 10 a.m. until 4 a.m. Needless to say, the festival will, again, sell out so don’t wait to purchase. Also, the price will go up at some point. The ticket prices aren’t the only value. Everything else is reasonably priced too. Compared to other festivals beer/cocktails are about 1/5th the price, t-shirts are about half price, and food is inexpensive as well. The setting at Fortress Josefov can’t be beat.

Go early or stay late and spend a few nights or a few weeks in Prague before and/or after. The Czech capital turns into a Metalhead Mecca before and after the festival. I was amazed how many complete strangers I met and became BFFs with. People from Netherlands, Egypt, Israel, Denmark, Finland, France, Australia, etc. Even though I purchased a round trip train ticket to the festival from Prague, I was offered rides–both ways–and didn’t end up using my train ticket.

Buy your Brutal Assault tickets here.

And the 2019 after movie:

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