Pit Stories: Extraterrestrial Spirits At A Fungus Enhanced Meshuggah Show
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The mosh pit is home to some of the craziest events known to the musical world, from flying body parts to bizarre sexual encounters, and each week we find metal bands to share their most interesting mosh pit stories. Today we've got the following tale of Kasey from Ninth Moon Black experiencing technical metal live in a whole new way, courtesy of a few psychedelic fungi:
I once took mushrooms right before going into a Meshuggah concert. For a very brief moment, I contemplated the ramifications then shrugged them away. I quickly popped the magical fungi into my mouth thinking I’d have plenty of time to adjust once I got through the doors but the mushrooms had other plans. While I stood in line for what seemed an eternity, the psilocybin took over my senses. My stomach churned, my mind turned sideways and the antennae of heightened awareness tuned into the world with that bizarre psychedelic slant. As I entered the venue I felt like a ship navigating some alien terrain.
The Faceless were in full swing and never before had I experienced music so terrifying, yet so awesome. The venue was already near capacity and the floor a sea of movement. I hugged the walls trying desperately to avoid any contact with the people moshing as well as the extraterrestrial spirits hovering above the crowd. They watched me with their sinister gaze that was most likely only visible to my eyes. I managed to make my way to the back of the room, anchoring myself to the wall until Cynic took the stage. Their entrance was serene and they lured me away from the walls as they calmed the crowd with their meditative musings. I closed my eyes throughout the duration of their set, allowing myself to journey through their progressive zen. As they finished off their set with "Evolutionary Sleeper," I opened my eyes only to realize I was damn close to the front row.
It was time to make a quick decision; take the plunge and enter the dark waters of Meshuggah or steer my inebriated vessel back to where I had watched The Faceless, and witness Meshuggah from the safety of the “outside.” Since the very reason I was there that evening was to see Meshuggah, I decided I needed to brace myself and grabbed tightly to the barrier between myself and the stage. A moment later, Fredrik Thordendal positioned himself right in front of me with Jens Kidman just off to my right. They began to play, their music taking hold of sanity and commanding bodies into rhythmic collisions. Song after song, I fought the wave of bodies crashing into my own when suddenly I had an epiphany, the madness of the mosh pit becoming a metaphor for my life. Rather than fight the aggression, why not ride it?
The key here was to let go, allowing oneself to succumb to these frenzied moments of chaos, ebbing and flowing with them, rather than pitting myself against them. I stopped trying to push the crowd off and instead let the movement lift and carry me around. Like giant Nordic Gods looming over the masses the band commanded the crowd, navigating us through the churning seas of polyrhythmic chaos. The last song they played that night was of course, Future Breed Machine. As Thordendal tore into his breath controller solo, I let myself voyage with him, the music and the crowd, submerging my entire being into the collective experience of Meshuggah. As I left the venue that evening, I looked up to extraterrestrial spirits; their once sinister gaze was now that of approval…
To hear what the Pacific Northwes act has to offer, you can stream the entire "Chronophage" album via the Ninth Moon Black bandcamp page here. Details on upcoming Ninth Moon Black tour dates are also available at the band's official website.
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