Pit Stories: More Blood!
Band Photo: Gravehill (?)
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. With all of the stories of mosh pit brutality of late, you might expect more of the same from the title, but in fact, this story from California death metal band Gravehill is not what it would appear:
This one goes back to October 31st in Dekalb, Illinois. Gravehill had flown out to Illinois to do 3 shows with our brothers in Cardiac Arrest. We had arrived late late late the night/morning before this Halloween show in Dekalb. Once the sun went down and the pabst blue ribbon started disappearing at an alarming rate, we left Aurora (where we were staying) and started our short treck over to Dekalb. When we got there, we were informed that the gig was at a rehearsal space that some local bands practiced at. "No biggie," we thought. Sometimes, those types of shows totally go off and go crazy. But once the night wore on, we became a little bummed. The first bands started playing and people were barely showing up. It was dead and the bands we really not very good. There was a mix of indie rock, bad metal and even some sort of techno/hip hop type dj guy. So we just preceeded to get drunk and make the best of it as we always do.
All of the sudden, while the band before us started, a shit ton of people packed the small rehearsal spot. Now mind you this was an all ages show, so most of the crowd were younger kids. Full of energy. Things started to look up. It was hard to tell about the crowd though as everyone was in costumes, being it was halloween. There also seemed to be a lot of "non metal" people there, which is cool, but usually those people don't go off unless they are drunk, hahahaha. We are used to playing for die hard headbanging crazy fucks. So we put on our battle gear and our blood as usual and got ready to play.
The place was jammed packed and all eyes were on us. All of the bands played on floor level with the crowd, which at the time was a first for us. We had some techinical difficilties with the back line at one point and had a delay. And as some of you know, delays like this bring out the hecklers and shit talkers. So chants and yells of "HURRY UP!" started. I was trying to calm the crowd down and I started telling jokes but these kids were blood thirsty and wanted to hear some death metal. I remember one kid with a shaved head and an Arch Enemy shirt telling me, to my face up front, "if you guys don't hurry up and play, I'm going to leave to another party! Is it worth it if I stay or what?" I told him "be patient, these assholes behind me will figure it out and we will be ready in a second. By the way Arch Enemy sucks!" He laughed, yet he stayed right there.
Just seconds later the feedback started, we loaded our empty PBR cans full of blood and the opening chords of "The Advocation Of Murder" started things off. Next thing you know, one of the craziest and most violent pits started in this small space and kids started jumping off the bar in the back and onto the crowd in the front. They climbed up on top of anything that was high enough and jumped. I don't know how many times I got nailed and jumped on. But it was awesome. I felt like Ian Mackaye doing a Minor Threat show back in the day, hahahaha.
The pit was getting even crazier as kids ran into me and the spikes and bullet belts. I didn't want anyone to get hurt so I just tried to brace myself and them from falling or landing on the sharp stuff, but it was difficult. Regardless, it was fun as fuck and the adrenaline kicked in and I just joined the madness. We all started spitting blood and the whole fucking place started chanting "MORE BLOOD! MORE BLOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" It was insane.
Between songs the crowd was going absolutely ape shit bananas! Taking pictures and yelling at us for more blood and more songs. At one point a small bunch of kids ran into Bodybag and his guitar, then bounced off him and knocked over the entire back line of cabinets. I had to brace the kids from jumping into Throgrimm's drums, otherwise they would have been jumping into him. I must have caught 2 kids and thrown them back into the pit of hell at one point! hahahaha.
One of the funny momments that I remember is a girl with some of the BIGGEST tits I have seen up front during the set and we made sure that we covered those mountains with blood. Throgrimm even spit blood on her from his drum set, sitting down, and some of it hit the back of my head and then went over my head and hit her! hahahaha.
Being in the middle of all this madness and watching everything unfold was the best! It was the craziest pit and bunch of stage diving that I have seen. And there might have been less than 100 people in that room. But they were all crazy fucks and we had a great time and can't wait to go back to that city. It was the craziest and best show that we have ever done! To this day! Ask someone in the area that was there! Or we do have pictures up on our myspace of the night. But the true energy and feeling of that crowd might never be repeated. One of those times that we should have had a video camera! It would have been INSANE to get that footage! DEKALB, ILLINOIS: GRAVEHILL HAILS YOU!!!!!!!!!!
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