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Pit Stories: Horizon's Bloody "Crime Scene" Stage

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As we continue our constant quest to get the craziest mosh pit stories in all of metaldom, vocalist Patrick Hemer of German/French act Horizon got in touch with us to share a story of a headbanger who went just a bit too far. Check out Patrick's tale of a blood soaked pit below.

This took place when playing a festival in the south of France with the very first line-up of Horizon. As soon as we took to the stage, we noticed this guy in the audience, in the first row in front of our bass player, who was headbanging in the wildest, craziest and most violent way I’ve ever seen in my life. It looked unreal, almost supernatural. He seemed to move like a possessed dude in some horror movie. From the second song on, his face was covered with blood but he kept headbanging with the same superhuman energy until the end of the show, so I thought at this point that he might simply have hit his brow on the wedge just in front of him – there were no barricades between the stage and the crowd - and maybe he didn’t even notice it in the heat of the moment. Moreover, he obviously reached new heights of excitement every time a band member was getting close to him and we – stupid as we were – really did what it takes to give him the time of his life. Our roadies also had a great time and were totally bent over laughing.

Things suddenly got less funny and started getting scary when we saw the stage after the show, in the cold neon light. Instead of a few blood drops they imagined they would find behind the wedge near the place the guy stood, the roadies had found something that actually looked like a crime scene. There was a LOT of blood! This moron had been banging his head and his face on a wedge for 40 minutes in a row and nobody saw he was bleeding that much because of the stage lights and the black shirt he was wearing. Then someone said that a person who had lost that much blood might be unconscious somewhere and should immediately be brought to the hospital. So we asked the security whether there had been any problem with an injured member of the audience and they said no. We then had the promoters search every bathroom and every place of the festival area for a possible unconscious person. Nobody. We even asked the local newspaper the next morning to see if someone had been found during the night but, apparently, the bastard had managed to make his way back home despite his terrible state.

We’ll never know what the guy was on, to be so frenzied and indestructible but we imagine there must be someone somewhere now who’s wearing concert memories in the form of battle scars on his face. Definitely Metal!

Patrick Hemer released his new solo album "More Than Meets the Eye" last month through Nightmare Records, and you can check out his music by heading over to MySpace or Patrick's official website.

Check back in again next week to find our latest pit story shared by metal fans and musicians.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. Cynic writes:

Does it need to be said?

"Murder in the front row, crowd begins to bang
And there's blood upon the stage
Bang you head against the stage
And metal takes its place
Bonded by blood!"

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2. NW_MetalHead writes:

^^^ Haha well played sir, well played

# Dec 13, 2011 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. hellrat writes:

^agreed...nice work Cyn ;)

and also:

"Bang your head against the stage like you never did before
Make it ring, make it bleed, make it really sore!

In a frenzied madness, got the Frenchies screamin 'Yikes!'
Too much blood is on the ground, wedge-head is dead tonight!

Contusion wound began to flow!

Blood splashing on the ground!

He acted like a maniac! Head Gash!!!"

:)

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4. Cynic writes:

Head gash. LOL! Jesus I can't stop laughing now hearing Hetfield saying that in my head.

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