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Brutal Assault 2020: Headliner update #6

by Helen Vučić
Brutal Assault

We’re thrilled to share with you the news of Mercyful Fate playing at this year’s Brutal Assault festival! Occurring for 24 long years without a miss at the Josefov Fortress in Jaromer, Czech Republic, Brutal Assault has always been a staple in every respectable metalhead’s summer itinerary.  The decision is even easier now that they’ve added magnificent Mercyful Fate to the list!

Not many bands can claim to be as influential as Mercyful Fate. As one of the early purveyors of “true” metal, the band’s impact is felt far and wide with praise coming from wide spectrum bands ranging from underground black metal scene to Metallica.

Mercyful Fate put out three seminal releases in the 80’s – the self-titled EP (nicknamed “Nuns Have No Fun”), “Melissa” and “Don’t Break the Oath”, which cemented their status in the metal underground, laid tracks for a new breed of Heavy Metal and also gave way to what ultimately evolved in Black Metal as we know it today.

Led by the mind-bending falsetto of corpse-painted vocalist King Diamond, the Copenhagen quintet fused an infectious NWOBHM-style guitar gallop to Satanic imagery and occult lyrics with their unique sound and the world has never been the same. The momentous riffing of guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner alongside the galloping bass of Timi Hansen and relentless battery of Kim Ruzz has changed the Heavy Metal landscape forever and altered lives of legions of metal fans.

And now, more than 40 years after the band was born (“on the cemetery, under the sign of the moon!”) and 20 years since it’s last regular concert activity, the Danish stars under the command of King Diamond arrive to deny Jesus Christ at Brutal Assault with a show that has no parallel in the history of the festival.

Pack your top hats, we’re going on an adventure with the King himself! Brutal Assault happens from 5th to 8th of August 2020, don’t miss it!

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