From the Big Four to Avenged Sevenfold at the Golden Gods, 2011 has been one hell of a year
The 22nd annual Wacken Open Air Festival—the world’s largest heavy-metal gathering—took place in Germany over the weekend, and Revolver had photographer Thomas Schlein on hand to take photos of some of the bands. Check out the gallery below to see his images of Morbid Angel, Ensiferum, Apocalyptica, Kyuss Lives, Sodom, Suicidal Tendencies, Trivium, Mayhem, Sepultura, [...]
The Wacken Open Air festival is legendary: It’s the world’s biggest metal concert. Over the past 20 years, the German mud pit–cum–village has become metal’s Mecca, attracting nearly 100,000 headbangers every summer who camp out for four days to worship the bands as their Kaaba. This year, I made my metal Hajj to see thrash prophets Slayer, who headlined the main stage on Friday, August 6.
I arrived at Wacken from Hamburg in the early afternoon. What happened from that point on was a blur. I’ve been trying to make sense of it for the past month, so I’m glad I got some pictures to explain what happened. That said, here’s the best—and worst—of my day at Wacken.