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Pit Stories: Municipal Waste’s Rolling Chair Pit On Barge To Hell

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Every week we share pit stories from bands and fans across the globe. This week, I’m going to share one of my own experiences, from my adventure on the Barge To Hell a couple weeks ago:

On day two of the world’s most metal cruise, Municipal Waste was playing the smaller Spectrum Lounge for the group’s first performance of the cruise. The band played fast and loose with its brand of "party metal" crossover thrash. Just a few songs into the set, some metal heads in the crowd got the idea to grab the chairs that are on wheels and roll around in the mosh pit area of the main floor. It looked a lot like bumper cars, but then other people began pushing them or grabbing hold of arms of people in the chairs and slinging them through the pit, causing some high speed collisions and overturned chairs.

Soon after this began, Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta commented on how they are “the shortest band in metal” and asked the crowd for a circle pit. With the lights in his face and his short stature, it appeared he couldn’t see what was going on behind the people up front at the barrier. As the band launched into their next song, the pit erupted into more chaos as moshers attempted a circle pit around the chair pit to little avail.

It was a surreal experience, but it looked FUN! The crowd would attempt to do the same during other thrash sets like Bonded By Blood and Havok, but no other pit compared to Municipal Waste’s rolling chair pit on Barge to Hell.

Being unable to zoom out and capture the whole scene, this video really doesn’t do the chair pit justice, but it’s all I’ve got to give an idea of what was going on:

A full Barge To Hell report is forthcoming, as well as tons of photos from the metal cruise.

Be sure to check back next Tuesday as we share more mosh pit stories from metal bands.

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A self-described "metal geek," Doug Gibson has been listening to heavy metal for more than twenty years and designed and coded Metal Underground.com from scratch over ten years ago.

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

That's like the laziest roller disco ever.

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

LMAO. It looks so slow on video, but it was really pretty crazy. Or I was just drunk. Or all of the above!

No, seriously, I wasn't really drinking much that night, but this pit looked really fun. I think it was at its most chaotic on the song before I recorded Tony talking and got nothing but pitch black on my video camera. The video really couldn't capture it fully.

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. CROMCarl writes:

Now see THIS is a pit I can join! lol

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. OverkillExposure writes:

Up next: Revocation shoot a sequel to their "Grip Tightens" video featuring a wheelchair pit.

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ Haha! Nice!!

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 5:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

i knew this wheelchair dude growing up, and he would charge the pit...fvcker was looney, he raced skis on his little ski bike/pole setup, kayaked, did all kinds of sh!t...he'd wheel into the pit and chase people around and do wheelies and sh!t, fvckers would try and get behind him to push him around, and if they were good drivers he let em do it and clear that pit high speed! but if he didnt like em, he'd throw a brake spin, and slag em off...he stacked it pretty good a few times, but we always helped make sure he was back behind the wheel in no time...fvckin classic :)

i think there should be wheelchair jousting on a halfpipe...with dueling live metal bands on the ramparts...that would be fvcking bad ass

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 6:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. spiral_architect writes:

BUMPER CHAIRS! IT LOOKS LIKE FUN! DID YOU TRY THIS YOURSELF, DEATH?

# Dec 20, 2012 @ 10:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. deathbringer writes:

I did not. I usually had my camera bag with me and can't risk damaging my equipment. And I was too busy filming it. It was tempting though.

# Dec 20, 2012 @ 11:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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