Pit Stories: Slayer's Double Circle Pit At Download
Every week we check in with musicians from across the rock and metal scene to get their most memorable Pit Stories.
This week, guitarist David Mena Ferrer from U.K. outfit In Search Of Sun shares a story of a band that frequently makes the top of anyone's favorite pit list: Slayer! David had this to say:
Well it has to be none other than SLAYER!!!!!! June 9th, 2007 to be exact. It was my second Download Festival ever and the weather was immaculate for a change, the sun was blazing and we sank warm beer after warm beer. My friends and I were positioned left of the main stage, chilled down at the little hill (you know the one), and watching the masses of beautiful festival freaks stumble past us, already half cut, all eagerly awaiting the coming of the mighty Slayer to blow our fucking brains out!
I even remember seeing a dude dressed in a burglar costume eating a crab that day…wherever the Christ he got that from I don’t know! But anyway, the time was finally upon us so we decided to get our asses up and get closer to the action. Maybe a bit too close perhaps…
The gig was incredible and iconic, which is everything I wanted it to be… a great wall of sound that literally penetrates through your eardrums, and makes your mind bleed utter joy if you get too close. It was a standardly brutal set list, full of awesome tracks such as "Seasons in the Abyss," "South of Heaven," "War Ensemble," "Disciple," and "Bloodline" to name but a few. We ended up getting SO caught up in all the excitement of seeing Slayer at Download that we decided to make the situation a little bit more interesting.
So my two mates and I decided to roll up one of those, shall we say, whacky ol’ cigarettes that you have at festivals (and everywhere else) and proceeded to smoke it in the middle of the golden circle area. It was all fun and games, until a sudden and epic clap of thunder almost made me shit my pants! I knew exactly what was coming but I felt completely helpless. It was as if I was drained of all the energy I had been saving up for this moment. Any safe haven quickly disappeared as two simultaneous circle pits opened up either side of me. Everyone had the same idea in mind. These heads looked bloodthirsty. Sweating and Spartan-esque Slayer fans, laughing and screaming and chanting in unison, like a pack of pissed up space Vikings.
In all that carnage I was Superman and the vegetation in my hands might as well have been Kryptonite for all the good it done me in that pit. I remember getting cracked hard in the eye by one of my comrades, before they were immediately swallowed up by the largest pit I have ever witnessed in my life, and what I can only describe as something akin to a medieval battlefield. Fucking demonic. Moments like that do not come along very often and I have treasured the memory of it! A lesson was definitely learned that day, and I would do exactly the same again, in fact I probably have.
In Search Of Sun is gearing up to drop new album "The World Is Yours" on October 7th, 2014 in North America via Raging Demon Entertainment.
"The World Is Yours" was produced by Phil Kinman at MTR Studios (Deadly Circus Fire, Tank, Paul Di'Anno) and mastered by Harry Hess at HBomb Mastering (Cancer Bats). Check out a lyric video off the album below.
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