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Pit Stories: A Chair-Meets-Head Experience / Revelations Within The Pit

Every week, we catch up with band members and metal fans to get their best stories from live shows. Many bands and fans alike share a fascination for the myriad ways that crowd members can express their love of the music through brutality in the pit. Other bands would rather see the look of a deep emotional connection with the music on the faces of the crowd rather than blood running down their faces. MetalUnderground.com writer Frank Serafine interviewed three Impending Doom bandmates at a Nashville tour stop, who share three stories as well as what they really like to see at a show.

David Sittig: I watched a guy pick up a chair, bash the chair legs into a kid’s face, and bust out all of his teeth with the chair legs. It’s brutal but, I was just shocked! Why would you do that to somebody? There’s no good reason to do that to somebody! There were, like, tables around, and a fight broke out and he just picked up a chair and just like that, and I’m just playing. We stopped, but it’s just like… That’s probably the craziest thing I’ve seen.

Brook Reeves: I can name a billion kid-got-bashed-in, people-got-bashed/hurt/hospitals, but the cool thing is when the unexpected happens and we play a show and someone’s crying, people have got their hands up, or something like that. I see people in the pit with their hands up and people are moshing around them, like not even caring if they got hit or something! I really like that part of it a lot. That’s refreshing, more than any sort of fight, any sort of all that crap that happens at shows.

That’s the coolest thing when people can get the lyrics, get where we’re going, and no, a lot of people don’t get it, because they’re “but how can you? It’s heavy music, you can’t do it”… But when people really understand or are really in a broken place, that can really just feel the music out and get deeper into it, I think they really can appreciate it more. When I’m singing the words, I can really appreciate it. Nowadays, more kids are knowing the words, and it’s awesome seeing them getting them tattooed on them, or something. You can just see a symbol of ours on their arms. That’s really cool. That’s the best part.

David: Have fun, and take something from it. The last thing any of us want to see is a fight or someone leaving unhappy or hurt. I think the fight aspects of shows is funny, the way we handle it… (laughs) Remember that one time? (looks at Brook)

Brook: Oh yeah! (laughs)

David: This fight broke out at a church. This guy was just going around bullying people and Brook saw it. It was a packed show, too, and this guy just had a chip on his shoulder or something. He was picking on these kids, and then he got in a fight and Brook said “We don’t need fights here. If you wanna fight somebody your size, fight my drummer, B-Town.” (laughs)

David: He’s like “You’re not tough. You think you’re tough? Fight B-Town. (Brandon Trahan, drummer.)” B-Town’s just like…

Brandon Trahan: I just stood up. I wouldn’t really do it, it was more just a scare tactic, like “Come on, dude, stop.” His call-outs are the best. He’s like “you look retarded when you try to fight.” You know, it’s true. Kids these days go to shows these days and fight. That’s just a thing in the pit, but you know, there’s just a lot of stuff like that. Like David says, just be cool people and have a lot of fun. Make it a night to remember, not a place to get scared.

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Frank Serafine is an avid writer, music producer, and musician, with five albums to his name. While completely enamored with metal, he appreciates a wide range of music. He also works full-time at the American-based performing rights organization, SESAC.

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