Inspired in the early ’80s by early English-speaking acts like Motorhead and Iron Maiden, German bands Destruction, Kreator and Sodom developed metal’s first homegrown German subgenre–TEUTONIC THRASH METAL. NEUE DEUTSCHE HARTE “(New German Hardness”) is a style of INDUSTRIAL METAL (a genre that blends industrial dance music, hardcore punk and thrash metal–no doubt three of your favorites) that combines electronic samples, heavy metal and lyrical and theatrical elements of German gothic rock.
WACKEN OPEN AIR is a yearly several day mega-metal concert that started in 1990 and takes place toward the end of the summer on farmland in Northern Germany. Each year 80,000 metalheads arrive from all over the world to mosh to 200 or more metal bands and to celebrate their shared culture. The concert attracts the world’s top metal acts from a multitude of genres and also metal’s most ardent fans.
Want to go to Wacken? By all means ACT FAST! The festival ends on the first Sunday in August and tickets go on sale at midnight the following Monday. They sell out, at the very latest, within a day.