The clothing stores in Yokohama, Japan, might want to order some extra codpieces and spiked leather finery to have on hand come August.
The city's inaugural metal fest, dubbed Beast Feast 2001, will take place August 25 and 26, and will feature such heavy music titans as Pantera, Slayer and Sepultura, along with some 30 other acts.
Static-X, Machine Head, Biohazard, Vision of Disorder and Kittie will also
appear at the heavy metal bonanza, according to a publicist for the festival.
Beast Feast will be held on three side-by-side stages in Yokohama Arena and
will feature nine hours of continuous music, from bands that also include Morbid Angel,
Deviate and the Dillinger Escape Plan.
Although heavy music has long thrived in Japan it's been a proverbial joke that bands that are little-known, broken up or washed up in the U.S. often gain unexplained rabid followings in Japan (see "Spinal Tap") Beast Feast is the country's
first all-metal music festival, according to the publicist.
Tickets for Beast Feast go on sale July 7 on www.beastfeast.net.