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Pit Stories: Germán Pascual Braves The Elements To Play A Live Show

Tuesday has rolled around again and that means its time for more Pit Stories taken from directly from the musicians who keep the metal world running. Normally the mosh pit is where all the action is at, but sometimes just getting to the venue can be quite the ordeal all on it's own. Today Germán Pascual (Divinefire, ex-Narnia) shares the following story about an "act of God" nearly stopping the band from performing during a Brazilian tour:

After a great gig in Sao Paulo and a decent good night sleep we headed for Curitiba. The trip was estimated 5 to 6 hours, so we would have plenty of time to rest before next show. The weather broadcast was looking good and all of us were in great spirit.

Then it all started to go wrong BANG, a flat tire! Imagine 10 hungry metal heads in 40C = to about 110F degrees in the middle of nowhere. Thank God the chauffeur took hold of the situation together with the roadies. The rest of us started a long walk to the nearest restaurant. Drained in sweat we finally had lunch and later on met up with the others. Still on time we continued our trip south.

After half an hour the traffic started to get crowded. Very slowly but still in motion we noticed that the sky went darker. It started to rain. For all of you who haven't been in a tropical country I must mention that when it rains, IT RAINS! The traffic stops and we don't move for hours. Now we are getting the picture of a wrecked schedule, but still in a hopeful mood. We start to move, slowly, and now we can see what made the traffic jam. The road is totally flushed away, gone, zero, nothing! With heavy heads we almost gave up. But still we were moving forward and we saw cars that crossed to the other side. High up in the mountains with just a tiny string left of the road, we too took the daring and insane decision to move on. Safe on the other side and half way there we were late. Okay, Sound check: no time, a refreshing shower and change of clothes: no way.

Now the sky opened. It rained so brutally there was no way to see anything in front of us. In 30 km/hour speed we managed to still move forward though. When we thought it couldn't get any worse, the lightning strikes just in front of the bus. The sound of thunder was insane. Then one more lightning, and another, and another. Totally darkness and a fearsome lightning dancing around us 10 metal heads wanted to crawl under the bus as little scared rabbits. We prayed for our lives, Christians and non-Christians. That very moment we all became believers!

The storm slowly passed and suddenly the sun came out. It was late and the frustration high. Despite all the setbacks we were still determined on getting there and perform. Five hours late we finally arrive. At 03.00 we entered the stage and managed some how to turn a tired and frustrated crowd and organizers into SUCCESS! One of the best shows on that tour actually. The atmosphere of euphoria spread amongst the crowed, organizers, guest bands, and us. At 05.00 we fall asleep exhausted but with a broad smile on our faces.

Germán Pascual released his solo album "A New Beginning" (reviewed here) earlier this month, and you can now stream the full album through the band's website here. A music video for "If The Sky Would Fall" is also available below.

Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday for more Pit Stories from across the metal world.

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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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