Let's get assaulted. Brutally.

Event: Brutal Assault 2012
Written by: jupitreas
Published: 26.07.2012
Metalheads in Europe usually have a very tough choice to make every summer: which festival to go to? There are the usual 'default' choices ie. Wacken, Hellfest, Download, Bloodstock, maybe even Graspop... etc., but what if you want to go to a slightly smaller and more special festival? Surely there are few better choices for a more intimate yet still amazingly exciting experience than Brutal Assault.

Being 17 years old, Brutal Assault is not a young festival; however, due to being more specialized (most bands on the bill are of the more extreme variety) and smaller than many other fests, it has not really enjoyed as much infamy as it deserves. For shame - I've been to Brutal Assault once and rank the experience among the best festival trips ever. The people were great, the atmosphere was terrific and the music was excellent I had a great time, drank rivers of beer, talked to some completely crazy metal fans and listened to some great bands and I am going to do this again this year. I'm excited.




You see, Brutal Assault takes place at the base of the fortifications of an 18th century castle. The vibe created by this location is terrific, with the ominous high brick walls suiting extreme music particularly well. The camp site is equally unusual, with there being an ability to camp in what is basically a forest. Due to all this, Brutal Assault is not only the place to go to hear good music, it is also a nice place to be, with picturesque vistas of calm Czech fields clashing wonderfully with the aggressive architecture of the fortifications and naturally, with the bombastic music heard throughout the festival.



Finally, it also needs to be mentioned that Brutal Assault is quite a cheap and accomodating festival, with ticket and beer prices being quite low, even on he festival grounds. Even if you do get bored of the quality beer served in the stalls, the town of Jaromer is just a 15 minute walk away from the festival grounds, where you can find many ordinary stores with awesome Czech beer and many very comfortable spots where this beer can be consumed. It is also not very expensive to get to Brutal Assault, with many coach, rail and air options available at reasonable prices (check the Brutal Assault website for more details.



With two stages and over 70 bands, Brutal Assault 2012 certainly already has enough talent to make this experience one that can't be missed. Alcest, Anaal Nathrakh, Machine Head, Godflesh, Samael, Converge, Napalm Death, Ministry, Nile, Sodom and Sick Of It All are just some of the bands that will make this quite the 4 days. But there is more - Brutal Assault is a fun, relatively clean and pretty place to be and this goes a long way. I'll be there as part of a Metal Storm team in order to cover this even and I urge all of you to consider coming as well and getting in on the extreme fun.




 



Written on 26.07.2012 by
jupitreas
With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. Privately not actually an asshole, he lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he runs his small graphic and web design business.
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BitterCOld - 26.07.2012 at 19:26  
Have a blast. hopefully Godflesh and Ministry deliver... although I imagine Ministry always delivfers.
Valentin B - 26.07.2012 at 19:36  
LOL I was looking at the review pictures and I said, "damn, he should post the ones with the two girls in underwear labeled "BRUTAL ASSault" " then I saw the final picture

I am not a big extreme metal fan but I would have definitely checked out this year's fest if I didn't run out of "holiday money", would have been my third time seeing Amon Amarth (and only the second time with good sound, sadly), Machine Head and I would definitely be excited for Immortal and Dimmu Borgir which are basically the only two black metal bands I voluntarily listen to.

Hot damn now I see that the beer is actually just 1.20 euros for a half litre glass. That is seriously less than a regular pub in Bucharest and less the festivals here charge. This is definitely on my check-out list for next year.

I also know the ultimate pick-up line in Czech: "szukam ženi jak šílený" - I fuck girls like crazy
Nefarious - 26.07.2012 at 21:51  
This will be my second Brutal Assault Festival in a row & I cannot wait. Just have to survive Wacken first

If meet & greets are your thing then this is definitely the festival for you. Last year I got to meet Septic Flesh, Katatonia & Anathema with minimal fuss. We queued 5 minutes before each bands scheduled time & were in & out within 10 to 15 minutes every time. Additionally, if you stay at the hotel as we always do (the one negative about this festival is the camping IMO as there are very limited facilities & the campsite is kinda in a valley so if it rains the whole area floods) then you normally see a lot of band members at breakfast or in the lobby when they check in & out as BA books the bands into the same hotel Doubt there will be much time for the meet & greets this year though, the line-up is so strong that I think we are gonna be camped at the main stages the whole time all 4 days

It is also a nice contrast to Wacken as you can easily get near the front to see your favorite bands without being crushed or stuck there for hours due to the sheer amount of people that inevitably happens at the bigger festivals.

So yeah, unique setting, fantastic line-up, good sound, stupidly cheap beer (and everything else), friendly but crazy people & great atmosphere. You simply can't beat it
Boxcar Willy - 28.07.2012 at 06:08  
Inb4 Troy ass comment.

This looks sooooo fun

Need to go when I can *Legally* drink, and actually have a chance to go :/

Why must cross-ocean plane trips cost so damn much?
Valentin B - 28.07.2012 at 14:19  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 28.07.2012 at 06:08

Inb4 Troy ass comment.

This looks sooooo fun

Need to go when I can *Legally* drink, and actually have a chance to go :/

Why must cross-ocean plane trips cost so damn much?

No-one gives a flying fuck at festivals about who can or cannot drink (at the more popular fests like Wacken you can actually see a lot more drunk underages than older guys or 20-somethings), and especially in such a beer-loving country like the Czech Republic.

Written by Nefarious on 26.07.2012 at 21:51

It is also a nice contrast to Wacken as you can easily get near the front to see your favorite bands without being crushed or stuck there for hours due to the sheer amount of people that inevitably happens at the bigger festivals.

So yeah, unique setting, fantastic line-up, good sound, stupidly cheap beer (and everything else), friendly but crazy people & great atmosphere. You simply can't beat it

damn, this was the first good thing I noticed once I attended another open-air aside from Wacken. I remember I tried to get near the front row for Hammerfall in 2009 and got almost kicked in the head by about 3-4 crowd surfers during the first song only. Those first rows are "too extreme".
Promonex - 29.07.2012 at 21:07  
Had actually planned to go as well, but destiny had other plans. Have fun, the lot of you!
Lamahe - 30.07.2012 at 14:08  
I'm wondering whether there will be some Metalstorm meeting point? Official or unofficial?
BitterCOld - 31.07.2012 at 01:14  
Written by BitterCOld on 26.07.2012 at 19:26

Have a blast. hopefully Godflesh and Ministry deliver... although I imagine Ministry always delivfers.


wow. sorry. seems i voodoo hexed uncle Al.
Boxcar Willy - 31.07.2012 at 05:00  
Written by BitterCOld on 31.07.2012 at 01:14

Written by BitterCOld on 26.07.2012 at 19:26

Have a blast. hopefully Godflesh and Ministry deliver... although I imagine Ministry always delivfers.


wow. sorry. seems i voodoo hexed uncle Al.

Arsen - 01.08.2012 at 08:59  
I've been going to this festival since 2007 every year in a row. It's like a curse now, at the beginning of the year I plan summer trips to different European festivals to see more countries and I always end up at Brutal Assault because the line-up is heaps ahead of any other festival at any given year. I don't get a chance to travel to Europe more then once in a year and would like some variety but it's always Prague, Prague, Prague... Damn!!!
Valentin B - 01.08.2012 at 20:20  
Written by Arsen on 01.08.2012 at 08:59

I've been going to this festival since 2007 every year in a row. It's like a curse now, at the beginning of the year I plan summer trips to different European festivals to see more countries and I always end up at Brutal Assault because the line-up is heaps ahead of any other festival at any given year. I don't get a chance to travel to Europe more then once in a year and would like some variety but it's always Prague, Prague, Prague... Damn!!!

Haha, the passport controllers in Prague must know you already..

"So what will you be doing in the Czech Republic?"

"I'm going to a music festival"

"Oh yeah you're the guy who goes to Brutal Assault every year, my bad"
Brodd - 01.08.2012 at 21:32  
It will be my third time there, but first time driving there. I'm not looking forward to the 10 hour trip from Denmark, but its going to be worth it. Brutal Assault is always great!
Valentin B - 02.08.2012 at 17:44  
Written by Brodd on 01.08.2012 at 21:32

It will be my third time there, but first time driving there. I'm not looking forward to the 10 hour trip from Denmark, but its going to be worth it. Brutal Assault is always great!

Going with a car with no cargo and stocking up on cheap alcohol in Poland or Germany I presume? at least that's what I would do
Brodd - 02.08.2012 at 20:59  
Written by Valentin B on 02.08.2012 at 17:44

Written by Brodd on 01.08.2012 at 21:32

It will be my third time there, but first time driving there. I'm not looking forward to the 10 hour trip from Denmark, but its going to be worth it. Brutal Assault is always great!

Going with a car with no cargo and stocking up on cheap alcohol in Poland or Germany I presume? at least that's what I would do

There is going to be a little cargo, but other than that you're completely right
Barbar - 03.08.2012 at 10:57  
It will be my third time!I can't wait!the line up it's just great!
D.a.n - 12.08.2012 at 14:38  
Was a great event. Especially Amon Amarth and Moonspell did a GREAT job (as always). Just a shame that Nick Holmes did not have one of his better days...
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.08.2012 at 20:54  
Written by D.a.n on 12.08.2012 at 14:38

Was a great event. Especially Amon Amarth and Moonspell did a GREAT job (as always). Just a shame that Nick Holmes did not have one of his better days...


I have seen Paradise Lost numerous times over the last 10 years and not once did Nick Holmes have a good day. At best he was very very mediocre. Before that he was a lot better live.
D.a.n - 13.08.2012 at 09:55  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.08.2012 at 20:54

I have seen Paradise Lost numerous times over the last 10 years and not once did Nick Holmes have a good day. At best he was very very mediocre. Before that he was a lot better live.


Indeed. But for me this one was, sadly, a tad worse than Nick's current standard.
D.a.n - 13.08.2012 at 23:33  
Written by Guest on 13.08.2012 at 17:47

Really? Amon Amarth's guitars were almost unhearable =/
And Moonspell played only hundred-years-old songs together with those shitty ones from the newest album... No Night Eternal, no Everything Invaded, no Nocturna, no Scorpion's flower... Totally disappointed. And absolutely nothing performed from Mirror of Madness by Norther, on their last gig ever!!!


Funny to read this mate. I heard AA's guitars alright down near the stage. Where were you exactly? Maybe too to too many bands before?

Moonspell had a rather short slot and yes: they played primarily older stuff. But hey - songs like Opium, Alma Mater, Vampyria and Fullmoon Madness are great live. Frankly, I can totally understand their song selection: some new stuff to promote AN/OW (BTW: leaving the album as a whole aside, I would never dare to call Axis Mundi and Em Nome Do Medo shitty...), the rest mainly songs from the early era - since this is what most fans like. Scorpion flower is a great song but Anneke was not around as far as I know
RobertNowhere - 14.08.2012 at 00:14  
Im not sure if id be cool with the stages set side by side and two bands playing at the same time...does that work?

it may be a stupid question, but ive never been to a huge festival with 923086902762 bands, where they felt the need to cram em in like that....
Arsen - 17.08.2012 at 13:09  
Haha, exactly that, but with the consul at the embassy. This year they gave me a visa till 2015 so that I leave them alone for couple of years

The festival was good as always. Highlights for me were Shape of Despair and Gorguts.

Written by Valentin B on 01.08.2012 at 20:20

Written by Arsen on 01.08.2012 at 08:59

I've been going to this festival since 2007 every year in a row. It's like a curse now, at the beginning of the year I plan summer trips to different European festivals to see more countries and I always end up at Brutal Assault because the line-up is heaps ahead of any other festival at any given year. I don't get a chance to travel to Europe more then once in a year and would like some variety but it's always Prague, Prague, Prague... Damn!!!

Haha, the passport controllers in Prague must know you already..

"So what will you be doing in the Czech Republic?"

"I'm going to a music festival"

"Oh yeah you're the guy who goes to Brutal Assault every year, my bad"
Maxx666 - 17.08.2012 at 21:24  
Fucking great show.. Maybe next to Wacken, definitely going next year..
Nefarious - 22.08.2012 at 07:53  
Written by RobertNowhere on 14.08.2012 at 00:14

Im not sure if id be cool with the stages set side by side and two bands playing at the same time...does that work?

it may be a stupid question, but ive never been to a huge festival with 923086902762 bands, where they felt the need to cram em in like that....


Two bands don't play at the same time obviously. Once a band finishes it's set, the next band on the bill plays on the alternate stage. This means that while one band is playing, the next band on the schedule can set their stage & sound-check etc, meaning they are ready to start as soon as the band before them finishes. And with the two stages next to each other it means the crowd don't have to move much to see the next band. This means no time is wasted sitting around waiting for the bands to set up, meaning more time actually listening to music & more room on the bill Most big festivals follow this set up nowadays.
Spirit Molecule - 22.08.2012 at 17:51  
Written by Nefarious on 22.08.2012 at 07:53

the next band on the schedule can set their stage & sound-check etc,


Can you hear the other band sound check?
Nefarious - 28.08.2012 at 09:02  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 22.08.2012 at 17:51

Written by Nefarious on 22.08.2012 at 07:53

the next band on the schedule can set their stage & sound-check etc,


Can you hear the other band sound check?


Not really. You may, on very rare occasions, hear a little when the band on the other stage is quiet i.e between songs, but it is never loud enough to clash with the band playing & won't effect your enjoyment at all. Having sets ruined by guys sound-checking nearby wouldn't be in the festivals best interest really
Spirit Molecule - 28.08.2012 at 10:56  
Written by Nefarious on 28.08.2012 at 09:02

Not really. You may, on very rare occasions, hear a little when the band on the other stage is quiet i.e between songs, but it is never loud enough to clash with the band playing & won't effect your enjoyment at all. Having sets ruined by guys sound-checking nearby wouldn't be in the festivals best interest really


Well true, it doesn't make sense otherwise.
I've never been to an international festival, but I've heard that sometimes in the tents you can hear the bands on the mainstage, but then again, only between songs.

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