A no holds barred exploration of the legendary Wacken Open Air, the biggest heavy metal festival of the world.

For three days every summer, metalheads from around the globe converge on an unsuspecting hamlet in the German countryside to mosh, headbang, camp out, throw up the sign of the beast, drink their faces off, and generally have

a good time in the name of rock. The outdoor Wacken music festival brings together acts and fans from around the world. Filmmaker Norbert Heitker takes a look at what makes the festival so special to all its attendees and special guests in the concert documentary ‘Wacken 3D’. The film comes very clearly pitched at true believers in the power
of metal.

There are plenty of rousing performances from bands old and new. Old school acts like Deep Purple, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Anvil showcase their wares alongside relatively newer acts like Annihilator, Trivium and Lamb of God (who perform here in the middle of a blinding rainstorm).

As Scott Ian from Anthrax states, it’s not the kind of festival where you go to watch all of the bands because even as a metal fan you probably aren’t going to like all of them. It’s a place where people go for the overall vibe of the event, which is what Heitker captures wonderfully.