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Pit Stories: The Folk Metal Jig Pit

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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Jeff Black, keyboardist for the Edmonton, Alberta-based progressive metal band Samandriel, sends in a short pit story:

I'm normally not one to mosh, but I have a memory that I am particularily fond of. When I was in Europe in summer 2008 I attended Bloodstock Open Air in the UK. Lots of folk/pagan metal bands were playing that year, such as Tyr, Moonsorrow, Eluveitie and Alestorm. During particularly bouncy segments, people in the crowd would form rings by swinging their arms over each other’s shoulders or locking elbows with one another. They would then proceed to dance, sway, or perform some sort of bastardized jig around the circle. Someone in the circle would then break out, and bum rush the person directly across from them and the mosh pit would begin. This would presumably happen when the riffs got heavier or someone got bored, whichever came first. I never heard a name for it, but I call it a "dance pit" or "jig pit." I've never seen it done in North America, and I secretly miss them. Easily the most fun I've ever had in a mosh pit.

Samandriel released “Awakening” on October 15th of this year. It’s currently available for download at CD Baby. You can check out some of their music on the band’s MySpace page.

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ScumofSociety's avatar

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1. ScumofSociety writes:

Lol, this reminds me of an Ensiferum show last year at which everyone was drunk and dancing around

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. The_Avant_Garde writes:

Vancouver's Trollband used to have pits like that......ah, the good ol' days.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. n0thinghead writes:

that sounds amazing!! lmao

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. NW_MetalHead writes:

When I saw Eluvietie, everyone in the pit was doing a jig, but it was less organized than that. Just a bunch of drunks doing the River Dance hahaha It was awesome

# Oct 21, 2010 @ 9:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. n0thinghead writes:

must've been fun man. i'd love to see eluvietie live. they are coming to florida, but just about 3-4 hours away >.> just like everything else.

# Oct 22, 2010 @ 10:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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