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Pit Stories: The Unwanted Pit At NAMM

A few weeks back Halycon Way checked in with us to share a Pit Story about a massive wall of death at a Lamb of God show, and now the Atlanta prog metal group is back for another tale of pit shenanigans.

This week the group shares a tale of an unwanted pit failing to erupt at the NAMM convention. Halcyon Way had this to say about the event:

So, it's the Winter NAMM show in January of 2013. I'm at the Grove in Anaheim for an industry-only show there, and it's Exodus, Prong, and Jeff Loomis playing. I'm with a group of friends - other musicians, manufacturers, our producer Lasse Lammert is there, it's a good group. The Grove is a good sized venue, and it's probably about half full, so there's a pretty fair amount of room in the crowd area too, because the venue's floor is kinda segmented, with 20 foot sections going up from the stage. Basically, you have a 15-20 foot deep section the width of the venue, then there's a couple of steps up and a short wall, and there's another level a couple feet higher. I think there's 3-4 total. Keep in mind that this is an industry-only event, and that the general public was not allowed in. You had to get a pass from Dean Guitars in the NAMM show at the convention center.

So, during Prong's set there's a small pit breaking out in the lowest level, and that's cool. The people that didn't want to pit were up higher watching the show....until some drunk numbnuts decides he's going to start one 2 levels up. And the douche didn't even know how to really do a pit, he just decided to drunkenly stagger from one side of the venue to the other, and ram into as many people as he could. Women? Sure. Dudes? Of course. Mom with baby? He would have if there were one there. The guy was being a complete toolbag, just ramming into anyone at random, hitting them from behind, etc.

The guy hits me once, runs back to the other side. I kinda blow it off. Does it again.... I'm getting irritated and people around me are starting to get a bit pissed - the novelty is wearing off in a hurry. He hits me a third time, but this time I'm totally blindsided...my glasses fly off, I hit someone else, and I lost my shit.

Now, did I mention that this is industry only, and that you had to be in the business to be here in the first place? I have to say that if Novocaine-dick was in a band or something, this would not be the place for him to show his ass, know what I mean? So anyway, I run after the guy with a bunch of people not only aggravated with nutface, but now paying attention to me. I grab the dude by the shoulder, spin him around and yell in his face "IF YOU TOUCH ME AGAIN I WILL END YOU!"

Dude's face just crumbles, he kinda slinks over to the wall, and he's not heard from again. People all around are just cracking up at it, because the guy had been such a toolbag. Look, if you want to pit, that's great. I love it....but go pit where the pit is, don't be an assclown and run into people from behind, or women standing there with their significant others that are liable to beat you down.

Halcyon Way is gearing up to "Conquer" the metal masses with a new album dropping August 19th in North America via Nightmare Records and August 23rd in Europe via Massacre Records.

You can read our review of the forthcoming album right here, and listen to a track taken from the release below.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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