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Pit Stories: Display Of Decay Shares A Tale Of Good Moshing Gone Bad

Every Tuesday we check in with musicians from across the metalverse to find their best Pit Stories from live shows.

While moshing is meant to be a chance to let out aggression while throwing down to your favorite band's music, some metalheads aren't exactly courteous in the pit and tempers are known to flare. Throw in someone who doesn't care about basic hygiene or personal boundaries and you've got a recipe for thrown fists and ejection from the venue.

One such unfortunate incident is chronicled today by drummer Avery Desmarais from Edmonton, Alberta-based metal band Display Of Decay. He had this story to share:

So Disciples of Power is playing their first ever reunion show at the pawnshop in Edmonton, I'm in the audience watching, enjoying the show and some giant asshole keeps elbowing and just laying out the people around him. People who aren't involved in the rowdy violent part of the crowd, people who don't look like they enjoy moshing. And he just keeps laying these people out, boom!

I'm unfortunately now beside him at this point, still watching when he turns, and shoves me pretty good. Managed to stand still, goes for it again and hits me. At this point a guy taps me on the shoulder to get my attention (I do not know this cat), he kinda nudges my hand insisting I smash this guys head in with this empty beer bottle that he is handing me. I think back on it now, I should have. but I'm like nahhh, don't need that kind of drama happening at a venue that I really like going to.

So this asshole, turns to me, and rubs the sweat from his forehead on my shoulder like a cat. Disgusted, I look at him and tell him to "Fuck off." Maybe 15 seconds passed, and I see him going for it again. At this point I'm thinking, okay I really want this guys to be bleeding from his ear right now, so I grabbed this fellow (who keep in mind, definitely has some weight on me, and a few inches, plus he was taller than me) by the shoulders of his jacket and I start whipping him around like hockey players on the ice grabbing the other by the jersey and just giving him all the weight I had.

This guy gets to his feet, swings at me, misses, I throw a punch and I'm pretty sure I hit him in the eyebrow. He swings again and clocks me, but being the spaz that I am along with the help of the pounding doom screaming from the amps of DOP during crisis, it barely phased me. Now we both were grabbed by people and I was taken outside and I went home.

I never saw that guy again. I wonder if he still thinks of me, I wonder if he remembers how we met. Only time will tell.

What's your best pit story of when an inconsiderate mosher practically begged for a beat down? Let us know in the comments below!

Display Of Decay just released new EP "Outbreak of Infection" last month, which can be heard in full below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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1. Andi Ramirez writes:

I remember one local show I went to in Mesa, AZ around 3 years ago. I was a photographer for a local band, and they weren't going on until near the end of the line up. Being a metal head I went when the doors opened to listen to the music.

One or two bands have already played and while the next band was setting up, a small scrawny kid, he looked no older than 16 started making his way to the front. The band started playing their first song. They were okay, not necessarily mosh material, but this kid was doing scene moshing to the songs. I looked behind me and I could tell some of the people were not very happy to see him scene moshing.

They played their next song and immediately after the kid started scene moshing, a hoard of metal heads rushed to make a pit and they were moshing so hard and really throwing that kid around. He was still scene moshing, and two or three big native americans joined the pit and REALLY let him have it. I saw him thrown to the ground multiple times. The mosh pit ended, and the next song the kid didn't scene mosh and I didnt see him the rest of the show.

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2. Sean Watson writes:

Thanks for the publish, unfortunately this is not my story, if credit could go to Avery Desmarais (drummer of Display of Decay) that'd be great.

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