Sonisphere Festival returned to England's Knebworth Park over the July 4 weekend, bringing a cavalcade of ripping metal bands to a stately Downton Abbey-like manor built in the 15th century. Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Slayer, Mastodon, Gojira, Prodigy, Trash Talk, Deftones, Ghost, and, yes, J-pop idol phenomenon Babymetal blew through the historic site across those three days, bringing much shred and a whole lot of gloomy gear to the gorgeous grounds. SPIN was there to capture the best images.

1. Limp Bizkit at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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2. Limp Bizkit at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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3. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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4. Metallica at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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5. Metallica at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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6. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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7. Slayer at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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8. Mastodon at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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9. Gojira at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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10. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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11. Prodigy at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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12. Trash Talk at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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13. Deftones at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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14. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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15. Airbourne at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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16. Ghost at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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17. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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18. Band of Skullls at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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19. Babymetal at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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20. Babymetal at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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21. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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22. The Bronx at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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23. Tesseract at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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24. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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25. The Defiled at Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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26. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth Park, UK, July 4-6, 2014

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