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Pit Stories: "The Helicopter" Takes Flight at Asian Metal Fest

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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week’s story comes from Joe Henley of Taiwanese death metal band Revilement:

On March 20th, 2010, my band, Revilement, was playing Asia Metal Festival in Seoul, Korea, which was headlined by Graveworm. During the headliner's set, I saw a pit move I've never witnessed before in all my years of going to shows both as a fan and a performer. A kid, all of 15 years old and 90 pounds, pretended to pass out, which caused crowd around him to back off to give him some air and some space. Then, another, much larger man, ran up, picked him up by the ankles, and swung him around in a circle by his feet like they were a heavy metal figure skating duo. There you have it, pit maneuvers now involve elaborate choreography. I think the most appropriate name for this move is "The Helicopter." If anyone else has seen something like this please let me know, because it was definitely a first for me. Hopefully I'll see a double-rotor at some point in the future.

Revilement recently welcomed new guitarist Tony D (Blood Orange, The Freeloaders) to their line-up. You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.

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1. HeadbangerHippy writes:

Sounds like fun! :P

# May 4, 2010 @ 8:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. HereticPrincess writes:

lol that is hilarious. I can just picture that happening...however passing out for real is NOT fun. I was pretty much passed out at an Iced Earth concert once and my fiance and I had to sit out the rest of the show while my brother in law was still in the crowd! >;:(

# May 5, 2010 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

It was the new kid... Rayze.

# May 5, 2010 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. TheIronMan writes:

Yeah he was practicing for the Gaga gig.

# May 6, 2010 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. RTB writes:

Im trying to picture this, and what keeps poping up in my head is the movie supermanII....u know when superman picks up ZOD does that hellicopter spin and throws him about a 1/2 mile into that tower that explodes on top of that skyscraper.......
I dont think that pit manuver will catch on in the states, but you never know.....

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6. hellrat writes:

that kid should really wear a helmet

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7. Armageddon writes:

nice, i like doing a move i call "the whip" where you clasp hands with another mosher and try to throw them out of the pit

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