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Beast Feast 2001

One Minute Silence
Beast Feast 2001

Some time ago, an idea hatched inside the Kawasaki offices of Club Citta. The veteran promoters of one of Tokyo' most hallowed rock venues had long hosted hardcore punk and metal events. But this time they set their sights higher; now they wanted to create an event to rival America's heavy metal extravaganza Ozzfest (and perhaps Japan's Fuji Rock as well). Thus was born Beast Feast, which launches next weekend at Yokohama Arena as Asia's largest heavy music festival ever. The Beast will feature over 30 of the world's leading thrash bands, many of them culled from Pantera and Slayer's ongoing Extreme Steel tour. Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul recently told Launch about the decision to participate in Beast Feast. "They wanted to really do an extreme tour, and we said, "Well, these bands are touring with us in the States,' and they said, "Well let's just try to bring "em all over,'" he said.

Beast Feast 2001

Other bands participating in the Extreme Steel tour that will be making the trip to Japan include Morbid Angel, Static-X, Biohazard, Vision of Disorder, Kittie and Machinehead. While the bill is heavy on the American side, it's also demonstrating the internationalism of metal with acts such as Brazil's Sepultura, Britain's One Minute Silence, Germany's Caliban, Belgium's Deviate, Sweden's Arch Enemy, and even Diablo from Korea. Needless to say, Japan's headbangers will be represented as well. In addition to veterans Loudness and Cocobat, Suck Down, United and Pulling Teeth are just a few of the bands who will be waving the metal banner for The Land of the Rising Sun.

Beast Feast 2001

Heading up the bill, Pantera and Slayer are two groups that have done more than perhaps any except Metallica and Megadeth to define metal in the waning years of the 20th century. Formed in 1981, Pantera, led by brothers Dimebag (guitars) and Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), have reeled off a string of definitive albums, including Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display Of Power.

Beast Feast 2001

Slayer, which formed in 1982 in Los Angeles, and have set the standard for executing highly technical speed metal, performed with astounding precision. Their lyrical fascination with death and Satanism has also become hallmarks of thrash metal, finding expression on albums such as Show No Mercy, Reign In Blood, and most recently Undisputed Attitude, which featured an inspired take on Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Ever controversial, Slayer and Sony Music are currently the target of a lawsuit that blames their music for the rape and murder of a woman in California six years ago.

Metal heads can prep themselves for the festival by taking a listen to the compilation album Beast Feast Admission, just released on Howling Bull Records. The two-CD set features songs by many of the bands on the Beast Feast bill including Caliban, Cocobat, Sepultura and many more.

Beast Feast 2001 takes place at Yokohama Arena on 8/25-26. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana