The 24th annual Wacken Festival last weekend brought together a mud, blood, and beer-soaked brother-and-sisterhood of 80,000 metal lovers of all ages to northern Germany for a spectacular multi-stage throwdown that included performances by Epiphone's Jeff Waters, legends Deep Purple, Rammstein, and a sadly abbreviated set from ailing Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead.

The green Wacken Taxi, a tricycle transporation option for the beer drinking set (as in--everybody), safely (and with reasonable quickness) took revelers from stage to campsite when they couldn't get there themselves but most of the hard-partying and headbangin' crowd choose to stay on their feet for three days straight. And of course Epiphone was a huge part of the festivities this year.

Jeff Waters, who was recently in Nashville to rock Epiphone's 140th anniversary, was on hand (decked out in an Epi tshirt) and put on a killer set playing his custom Epiphone signature model, the Annihilation-V of course.

While the stages were erupting in a sonic barrage of drums and distortion, the Epiphone showroom tent stood as an oasis of sorts for those who wanted to check out some of the guitars that they were seeing on stage. The Epi tent had loads of visitors including our own Matt Heafy (who picked up Rocksmith) and Dez of Devildriver.  Fans checked out rare items like the Ltd. Ed. TV Silver collection from earlier this year as well as Les Pauls and Thunderbird Basses, which you can read about in this months feature

The skies were blue, the weather was perfect (plenty of mud, too), and there's no doubt that next year's festival is well on its way to selling out. And we'll be back as well. Look for more updates this week.