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Pit Stories: Experiencing Slayer's Craziest Mosh Pit

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Blasting metal at home or in the car is one thing, but extreme music is frequently meant to be experienced live with a sea of headbangers surrounding you, which is why we share favorite pit stories from musicians and fans each week. Today guitarist Kragen Lum of Prototype shares this tale of seeing a crazy Slayer show:

Probably the craziest pit that I have ever seen was at the Hollywood Palladium during Slayer’s set on the Reign In Blood tour. Dark Angel opened the show that night, as a last minute replacement for Flotsam and Jetsam, and got the crowd pretty pumped up. By the time Slayer came on the stage all hell broke loose. The adrenaline was flowing and at various times during the show there were fist fights in the audience. The real craziness was in the pit though. There were literally 2 huge pits, side by side on the floor, and at various points the pits joined together into what looked like a figure 8. It was a sea of bodies slamming into each other in a strange, almost coordinated effort.

As Slayer continued to play, the crowd got more and more violent and the spotlights were moved to point at the fights in the crowd instead of at the band. I had been to lots of shows already at that point but I had never seen anything like that pit. It was so intense in there that the police had called in the riot squad to wait outside the venue and help disperse the crowd after the show. I’ve heard Dave Lombardo refer to this show in interviews as the most insane pit he’s ever seen. There is no question in my mind that he is absolutely correct.

Prototype is gearing up to drop new album "Catalyst" on September 11th via Nightmare Records. You can check out a trailer for the release at this location.

Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as we continue to share mosh pit stories from fans and metal bands across the globe.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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1. BrunoHockalugie writes:

I read the title of this article and knew it was the Reign in Blood Palladium show. I was too young to go at the time but have heard stories from many people over the years about this show and how insane it was, even by Slayer-show standards.

Great article xFiruath!

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2. deathbringer writes:

Damn, this band is still around? I bought a album or two of their off MP3.com back in the day.

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3. dK writes:

This story is the kind that you don't want falling on the laps of anti-metal music activists.

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4. charest writes:

f***ing Slayer indeed

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5. Demoncleaner23 writes:

The craziest pit I've seen was in Tinley Park, IL Ozzfest '04 Slayer. There was a massive pit on the lawn going. People were tearing the grass up and throwing it through the air. It looked like a huge storm over the top of this giant pit with grass, plastic bottles, and whatever else being tossed around. I got hit in the head with a f***in rock. Definitely a crazy pit! I'm pretty sure they had to pull Slayer early because of it.

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