Loud Park is Japan’s biggest gathering of heavy-metal maniacs, and a relatively new but much-loved event. Since 2006, the two-day festival has presented the world’s heaviest and hairiest, from Slipknot to Marilyn Manson, and this year sees the return of the festival’s first headliners, Slayer and Megadeth, as well as Judas Priest.

The festival is less park and more loud, held as it is at the Makuhari Messe exhibition hall. While the surroundings are not exactly picturesque, at least there is no distraction from the music: This year, three stages will play host to over 30 bands from around the world.

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