This quiet village in Germany plays host to the world's largest annual heavy metal music festival.
The 1,800-person village of Wacken in northern Germany will soon be welcoming 80,000 metalheads and 160 bands for three days of headbanging and beer. Here's what's new at this year's festival.
While many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, the once hard-living pioneer of gory rock theatrics and catchy heavy metal anthems is one of music's great survivors.
Wacken Open Air Festival is constructing a 7-kilometer network of pipes to quench its thirsty fans. Attendees will drink an average of 5.1 liters of beer each over the festival.
Studies have shown that music lowers the heart rate and blood pressure, calms the breath and reduces stress hormones. But not all music does the trick quite so well.
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