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Pit Stories: Slayer Retains The Crown For King Of The Mosh Pits

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We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories. This week, metal guitarist turned solo artist Jake Dreyer reaffirms that Slayer's pits are, in fact, the most brutal (not Katy Perry's):

The bands I have played/toured with have all been under the prog-metal category. Most of the time there is not a lot of pit action going on during our set. Majority of the people in attendance are musicians who stand with their arms crossed while their girlfriends appear bored out of their minds and have the "when is this song going to end?" look on their faces. So Unfortunately, I don't posses any good stories aside from what would be found at a usual gig. However, I do have some moments from shows where I have been in the crowd.

The craziest pit I have ever been in was at a Slayer show in Los Angeles. People were getting carried off in stretchers, bones were getting broken. I still have this mental image of seeing a massive shirtless bald guy being escorted out of the pit by two equally as big security guards. While the guy's ankle looked like it was twisted 90 degrees to the left. I was also made a witness to the infamous dude that head bangs and pukes at that same time...There is nothing like seeing a guy windmill and simultaneous throw up cheap beer all over the place while "Spirit in Black" plays on in the background. A visual moment I can now honestly say I crossed off my bucket list...

Metal guitarist Jake Dreyer released his debut solo EP, “In the Shadows of Madness,” in April of 2011, currently available through Amazon.com and iTunes. The instrumental EP showcases his many years of study under such masters as David “The Shred Demon” Shankle (DSG, Ex-Manowar), Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Ex-Jag Panzer, Nevermore) and Rusty Cooley (Outworld). Jake cites his main musical influences as Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Jeff Loomis.

“In the Shadows of Madness” also features Adam Sagan (Echoterra, Ex-Into Eternity) on drums and Noah Martin (Arsis) handling the bass guitar duties.

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

SLAYER! \m/\m/

# Jul 6, 2011 @ 11:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R10 writes:

Back in the day Slayer were a risk for any booker/promoter! Something about them always brought out the "crazy fvcks". Much milder and tempered nowadays,but back 20-25 years ago? Jesus H Christ! Fvckin bedlam!

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3. Richfield Coliseum ... writes:

used to be an arena in the Cleveland area. It was where the Cavaliers basketball team used to play. I went to a Slayer show there in 1991 before the place was demolished. After seeing the show, I think Slayer might have been responsible for starting to tear the arena down (not really, but their fans really put a hurt on the place!). It was unreal. When the house lights came on, the floor was demolished. Hundreds, if not a couple thousand, chairs crushed on the floor. The place looked like a bomb had gone off in the first 50 rows. The pit was brutal ... AWESOME.

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4. R10 writes:

Thats the Slayer i know and love! RIP Richfield Coliseum!

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5. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Best pit story yet! Slayerrr!

I love the line, ". The bands I have played/toured with have all been under the prog-metal category...... Majority of the people in attendance are musicians who stand with their arms crossed while their girlfriends appear bored out of their minds and have the "when is this song going to end?" look on their faces.

This Jake Dryer guy sounds pretty cool

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6. mrfenatic writes:

slayer at the boat house in norfolk Va back in 96,, brutal show.. awesome.. been lucky to see them a total of 16 times so far.last was this past oct with megadeth and anthrax. great show.

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