Kirk Von Hammett's inaugural FEAR FestEvil, a major horror and music festival, takes place Feb. 7 and 8 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.

The festival features live music, panel discussions, special guests and artifacts from Hammett's Crypt Collection. FEAR FestEvil will even offer a taxidermy class -- and that's something you definitely won't find at Coachella.

"This will be the most sinister, evil, over the top horror and music festival to date," Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett said in a news release about the festival. "I'm excited to bring horror fanatics, music fans and other freaks together under the same roof in my hometown and can't wait to unleash my own personal horror collection for display."

The weekend's musical entertainment, unfortunately, does not include Metallica. (Well, at least, the band isn't being advertised as performing -- but who knows?) The bill for Feb. 7 includes Exodus and Carcass, while Death Angel, Orchid and Death Division are among those set to take the stage on Feb. 8.

Guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash (Guns N' Roses) special effects guru Greg Nicotero ("The Walking Dead"), Anthrax co-founder Scott Ian, makeup artist/actor Tom Savini, horror writer John A. Russo ("Night of the Living Dead"), original Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima and Heather Langenkamp (Nancy from the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street"), among many others.

FestEvil runs noon to midnight Feb. 7 and 11 a.m. to midnight Feb. 8. There is also a preview dinner event on Feb. 6.

Single-day tickets are $37.50. Two-day tickets run from $70 (general admission) to $175 (VIP). For more information on the festival, including daily schedules, visit www.fearfestevil.com.

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