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Pit Stories: Anything To Be At The Front Of The Show

The pit is where the action is, and that's why every week we check in with metal bands from across the entire planet to get their most memorable Pit Stories.

Today Myles Yang from Metal Blade Records outfit Native Construct shares this story of showing up to a Between The Buried and Me show early, only to have another show goer try to pry him away from the front of the crowd:

About five years ago, I was at a Between the Buried and Me concert in North Carolina with some friends. We were huge fans, so we made sure to arrive at the venue several hours before the doors opened in order to secure spots at the very front row of the main floor, right up against the barricade between the stage and the audience.

The show was going great at first, and the crowd was becoming increasingly rowdy, as expected with music like BTBAM’s. There was the usual light pushing and scuffling, and people trying to weasel their way to the front of the crowd. One girl who was standing directly behind us, however, was absolutely hell-bent on getting our spot in the front.

This girl – I’ll just call her Lisa for now – started off with some unremarkable tugging on my arms and clothes in an attempt to pry me off the barricade. I did my best to ignore it and enjoy the show. As BTBAM’s set went on, Lisa became more and more determined, and her tactics escalated to clawing, pulling, and shoving with all her might to remove me from the front row. I wasn’t having it.

Eventually, Lisa’s boyfriend got involved. I was still trying to just focus on the show as much as possible at this point, but all of the sudden, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my left shoulder. I immediately turned my head to see what was happening behind me, and found myself staring directly into the crazed face of Lisa’s boyfriend, whose mouth was currently clamped down on my shoulder. He had bitten me. He was still biting me. It was as difficult to believe in that moment as it is now. As the reality of the magnitude of savagery I was dealing with in these people was sinking in, I managed to struggle out of the clutches of his blood-soaked jaw.

By this time, surrounding audience members had noticed that something abnormal was going on, and many people intervened and pulled Lisa and her boyfriend off of us. The venue security also got involved. Of course, they had no information about the nature of the conflict, and their job is to simply end any conflicts as swiftly as possible in order to keep everyone safe. So they understandably rounded up Lisa, her boyfriend, and myself, and began escorting us all the way back across the main floor and through the crowd, in order to eject us all from the venue. Needless to say, though, I was rather unhappy about having to miss the rest of the show due to the behavior of a couple of strangers.

But, to my great fortune, as I was passing through the center of the crowd with my respective security guard escort, Between the Buried and Me began their next song, “Augment of Rebirth.” If you’ve heard this tune, you know that it has a fairly intense start. The crowd instantly erupted into a rambunctious hurricane, and I was quickly separated from the security guard and lost in the dense and chaotic sea of people. There was no chance of security finding me again, and so I was able to see the rest of the show after all – from the pit.

Let us know if you've ever had to deal with overly aggressive fans at the front of the show through the comments section.

Native Construct signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this year and will release debut album "Quiet World" on April 21st. Check out a video playthrough off the album below.

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1. jlovell666 writes:

wow thats ridiculous. at a Children of Bodom concert here in Vancouver at the commodore ballroom i had a guy employ the same tactics, grabbing, pulling, grinding elbows on your knuckles until he wound back with his elbow and cracked me right in the damn jaw. dislocated my jaw i turned around to see but he was gone. finished the show in the pit, jaw still clicks to this day

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2. johnny ballgame writes:

It's why I don't attend anymore live shows, the BS that goes on in the pit or floor is so ridiculous that it's not even worth going to, went to shows my self personally for 20 years straight and witnessed the steady decline of brotherhood and rise of nitwitt antics like was mentioned in the article, although ive never had some sicko bite me, that in part is just unheard of, but for me it's not worth going to a live show anymore, I mean over a year ago glen from deicide came out and even said violence at shows is on the rise and out of hand, if glen is saying that you know it's gotta be out of control.

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