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Pit Stories: D&DD

Every week on Metal Underground, we receive stories of life on the road from metal bands all over the world. This week, Warraxe, lead vocalist of eclectic Canadian group Nordheim shares a tale of Dungeons & Dragons with some surprising twists!

"So there was that time when we were going to Toronto... When we're driving to a venue, we usually play D&D in the tour van all ride long, yeah I know it's sounds geek as fuck but wait for it...

"We also have a habit of putting a big flashy sing with stupid shit written all over it so we can see the reaction of people driving by and it's always a good time. So this time we wrote on it : Show us your tits we're rockstars.

"We didn't know what to expect, we got lots of smiles, people laughing, angry old ladies... typical stuff. So we kept on playing D&D while keeping an eye on cars passing by, the occasional manboobs you know... We had a good laugh at the first hairy ass that we saw but things got cool when we saw a super classy Mercedes pass by. I don't know who she was or where she was going but this girl wasn't shy at all. She had I would say something like 36 DD at least and they where exactly how they look in porn movies, minus the jizz. Super tanned, gigantic shades and expensif clothing, the perfect stripper kit. We had a good laugh and threw her the horns and kept playing D&D feeling a little less geeky. Nothing like a big pair of dice to spice a game up hahahahaha."

Nordheim's latest studio album, "RapThor," is available now through Maple Metal Records.

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Thrashback Thursday: Hearts On Fire

It can be surprising where some seeds are sewn. If you were to tell someone that members of two of Sweden's most influential death metal bands were in the same group together at one stage, they'd probably think they already know what the music would sound like. Then tell them that the band in question that featured members of Dark Tranquillity and the founder of In Flames was one of the biggest names in power metal and they might not be so sure of themselves. Nevertheless, Hammerfall has included members from these groups and while starting off as something of a side project, as over time become one of Europe's most beloved heavy metal groups, selling thousands upon thousands of albums worldwide and becoming a mainstay of the summer festival circuit. This week we'll be taking a look at one of their most popular songs, "Hearts On Fire."

"Hearts On Fire" is arguably the stand out track on the "Crimson Thunder" album from 2002, which is not the most revered release by the band but nevertheless has its place in Hammerfall history. After the superb debut, "Glory to the Brave" in 1997 and the strong follow ups, "Legacy Of Kings" and "Renegade" in 1998 and 2000 respectively, some fans were a little disappointed with this fourth effort, feeling it was overproduced and formulaic. Despite this, "Hearts On Fire" is generally seen as a good starting point for those seeking to find out about the band or the power metal genre.

It begins with a two punch opening, led by a memorable riff. The verse itself doesn't offer much musically to be honest, but this is where the song is more focused on the delivery of the lyrics, leaving the listener to focus on the story at hand, told by vocalist Joacim Cans. This works in service of the sweeping, almost football chant style of the chourus. Essentially being a song about brotherhood, the chanting of the title works excellently as a unifying cry, aided by additional lines from Cans. After repeating this structure, the song lulls a little into a more hushed take on the refrain, before exploding with energy again. It may not be the most complex song Hammerfall have ever written, but it will stick in the listener's head for days and has become one of the band's best known tracks ever since. More...

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Pit Stories: Stage Invasion Of The Nipple Rubbers

Every week in Pit Stories, a band or musician tells us some of their most wild memories from shows they've performed or attended. This week, Koen ‘Vuurdichter’ Romeijn of Dutch folk metal band Heidevolk tells us of a show in Birmingham that was dangerously full and walking in on the promoter in the midst of a Silence of the Lambs routine:

"To be honest, in this so called ‘Folk & Pagan metalscene’ where we operate, most Pit
Stories tend to end with a smile. You simply cannot compare it to, let’s say, a mosh pit at a
Slayer concert. Now I’m not saying there aren’t any brutal moshpits at our shows, because
that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There’s always a lot of movement going on in the
crowd at our shows, but it tends to be more of a ‘drinking dance’, a celebration if you will,
with people clattering drinking horns and cheering along our tunes.

"But since this item is called ‘Pit Stories’, I will give you a more genuine one.
Back in 2003 I was on tour in the UK with Detonation, a melodic Death metal band. This
particular tour was as ‘underground’ as they get. Tiny van, small stages in shitty venues,
poor turnouts, sleeping on peoples floors after the gig because we couldn’t afford hotels. The
works. But awesome, nevertheless. More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Trapped Under Ice

Over the past few weeks, the Thrashback Thursday column hasn't quite lived up to its name by featuring grindcore songs, namely; Napalm Death's, "Suffer The Children" and Brutal Truth's, "Sugardaddy," with the proto-black metal staple, "Satanic Rites" by Hellhammer being featured the week before. While it's been made clear from the start that this column won't focus solely on thrash metal, this week we'll be heading back to the eighties to take a look at a song from thrash metal's biggest band, Metallica and the song, "Trapped Under Ice" from their beloved album, "Ride The Lightning."

"Ride The Lightning" was Metallica's sophomore full length album, being released a year after their debut, "Kill 'em All" and brought a lot more melody to Metallica's sound than previously heard, perhaps most notably on, "Fade To Black" and the instrumental closer, "Call of Ktulu." However, there was plenty of heaviness still on offer, including the twisting riffs of Metallica classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls," the sharp shocks of opener, "Fight Fire With Fire" and the Moses biopic, "Creeping Death."

However, the track we'll be examining this week, "Trapped Under Ice," showcases everything that was great about Metallica in their prime. On the album, the song brings listeners right back to frantic energy after the preceding number, "Fade To Black" and displays a sound which is all about speed, opening with a guitar intro and breaking into a wild riff, it's reminiscent of wild horses and motor racing less than 30 seconds into the song. There isn't much in the way of vocal melody, which is actually a plus when delivering the panic stricken and paranoid lyrics, however there's still enough to create a catchy, if brief, chourus. "Trapped Under Ice" is arguably one of the more overlooked songs on this classic album, but it's a perfect snapshot of the young thrash metal genre, showcasing a youthful energy and passion which would make the sub-genre such a success and by extension, why Metallica would become thrash's biggest ambassadors, at least for the decade. More...

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Pit Stories: Brave Art

Each week on Metal Underground, musicians tell us some of their craziest and strangest memories from shows they've performed or attended. This week, Roger Sjunnesson, guitar player in The Unguided, told us all about his love of "the wall of death."

"For most people moshing and crowd surfing at concerts are compared to chaos. For us, it's a beautiful work of art. It´s basically like ants going crazy for a potato chip, and that´s the big charm about it. For me moshing is a relief and it helps me get the anger out. If people fall we would stop the pit and help them up, and when the moshing is done, we always high five each other and shake hands. Honestly, if you plan to go to a metal concert just doing nothing. You might as well stay home and listen to the band on the computer or cd in my opinion.

"For a couple of years we were playing a festival show with The Unguided in Gothenburg (which happens to be the capital of heavy metal), which left us with some great mosh and circle pit memories. We played quite early so we had no expectations how big crowd would. But when we finally hit stage, the crowd were surprisingly big (a couple of thousand for sure) and they were going totally ape shit right from the start!! Sooner in the set, right in the middle of our last song our vocalist Richard told the crowd to split up into two teams. Which formed a gap bigger than a fu*king canyon! We were planning to do the "Brave Heart" named after the first battle scene of the movie Brave Heart (also more familiar known as a “Wall of death”).

"People were lined up and beyond ready to break legs and melt faces as I slowly counted down. As a final step, Richard throw his stage shoes out in the crowd and screamed GO! We started to play the last chorus of the song and people were running like crazy into each other. Wow I've always wanted to be in the front line of a wall of death because it looks absolutely insane!!"

The Unguided is a five piece metal band from Sweden who just released our fourth album "And the Battle Royale" through Napalm Records.

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Thrashback Thursday: Sugardaddy

Last week, we took a look at grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and their song, "Suffer The Children" from the "Harmony Corrupted" album. The record was their first with vocalist Barney Greenway (with whom you can see an exclusive video interview here,) and was more widely available in North America than their previous two albums, with many grindcore fans and favourites there citing it as heavily influential on the American grindcore scene. This week, we're going to stick with the genre and look at perhaps the most revered name from the other side of the Atlantic; Brutal Truth.

Brutal Truth was one of approximately 18 billion bands that Danny Lilker was a member of, forming the group after his departure from Nuclear Assault, (themselves covered in this column a few weeks ago.) They released their superb debut album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses" in September 1992 through Earache Records, which was home to a number of grindcore favourites and associates, including Napalm Death, Carcass and Godflesh. It was followed eighteen months later by another awesome release, "Need To Control," after which they left Earache and signed with Relapse Records, widely considered to be Earache's American equivalent. With their new label, they released the somewhat experimental mini album, "Kill Trend Suicide" and another excellent full length, "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" in 1996 and 1997, before deciding to call it a day, signing off with the double disc live and rarities album, "Goodbye Cruel World."

In 2006, Dan Lilker, Kevin Sharp and Richard Hoak, three quarters of the final lineup, along with new guitarist Erik Burke, reformed the band and contributed new music to the "This Comp Kills Fascists" compilation album. Fans were eager to hear a new full length from Brutal Truth however, which finally arrived in April 2009, under the title, "Evolution Through Revolution." The introduction to the album came in the form of the song, "Sugardaddy." It was a remarkable return, showcasing all the talent and trademark sound that made Brutal Truth one of the most recognisable names in grindcore.

The video threw fans a little at first, with its silent movie style showing the group turning up at the studio to play a song and the members ribbing each other, before a memorable riff peaks in, allowing Sharp's gruff scream to be unleashed, along with all the noise and fury of extreme music. It's riff laden, blastbeat filled and led by the iconic barking vocals of Kevin Sharp. It even features a groovy kind of bridge, before naturally returning to the explosive sound of before. The video even throws in the six second track, "Branded" as a bonus. It was a great return from a band that fans of extreme music had been missing and since Lilker's retirement in 2014, we miss again. More...

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Pit Stories: Let's Just Sleep In Another Country

This week in Pit Stories, we heard from Fabio D'amore, bassist of Austrian symphonic power metal band Serenity, who told us all about the problems with finding somewhere to sleep when on tour.

"In 2012 we had a show in the Netherlands, in Utrecht, if don't remember wrong. The venue was pretty cool, sort of theater, and we've got a very good show. I remember I flew from Venice off Duesseldorf, together with our sound engineer, and reached the venue driven from a friend, but the other guys came from Austria, drove the whole night cause Georg had a show with his cover band, and as soon as he was off stage they drove like 13 h during the night to be able to be there in time, with the whole equipment.

"So after the show we were all visibly tired, especially the “Austrian gang” since they hadn't slept. We finally were about to go to a flat that has been organized for us, and we found out it was a sort of joke, there was nothing on that flat where we could have been able to sleep, the 8 of us. We were thinking of possibilities, we have been searching for hotels or cheap last minute accomodations, but everything seemed to be full or none of them had a 24h check in possibility. Literally nothing! And it was getting late...

"So, although almost collapsing and falling asleep, with decided to drive toward Germany, to be able to find maybe something nearby the airport in Duesseldorf, though very far away. But as soon as we entered the van, and we started the engine, we noticed we had 5 KM autonomy of gas! And as it was really late, and no gas station was open, we toured the city for 2/3 hours searching for a gas station having a 24 h automatic, but nothing, slowly we got to 0 KM autonomy and we drove this way for another hour or two!

"Finally around 4 am we found a gas station with automatic machine, but, believe or not, none of our credit cards were accepted!! Then we had to continue till 5am, when the first gas station opened,and luckily we didn't stop somewhere on the road without gas! We were really empty! We could finally fill-in the tank and we continued till Duesseldorf, where finally we found a hotel, and we could enter our room at 6.30 am!!"

Serenity's latest album, "Lionheart," is available now through Napalm Records.

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Thrashback Thursday: Suffer The Children

Each week in our Thrashback Thursday column, we take a look at one song, released at least two years ago (though usually way before) and examine what makes them such a great song. After witnessing a furious performance from grindcore daddies, Napalm Death last night, (see review here,) and speaking with frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway for half an hour (interview coming soon,) it seemed the perfect time to look back at one of many classics from the band, with the decision going to, "Suffer The Children."

"Suffer The Children" was the first music video from the band as well as the first single from the 1990 album, "Harmony Corruption," their first with Barney Greenway on vocals, who had come in from Benediction to replace Lee Dorrian, who himself was about to find success with influential doom metal band, Cathedral. The album was a success in the American metal underground and fared well in their native Britain, but was met with some cynicism at home from those who were unhappy with the death metal influences seeping in to the grindcore sound.

The song itself actually has something of a thrash metal quality, a break neck tempo and a memorable vocal delivery, as well as a rather catchy riff. Drummer Mick Harris sounds fantastic on this song, as he did throughout his entire time with Napalm Death and really anchors the track with his precision timing and rapid blast beats. The guitar sound is absolutely filthy, just the way fans wanted it back then (and many do now) which is a major part of creating the dirty, if you will "street" sound of song. There are many highlights on "Harmony Corruption" but many would point to this anthem against religious indoctrination as the record's greatest asset. More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Satanic Rites

I've said before how despite the name, Thrashback Thursday won't be entirely dedicated to thrash metal. In today's case, we're making an ever so slight departure from the style, to look at one of the most influential proto black metal bands ever, all the more impressive when you consider they never released an album. Hellhammer was formed by Thomas Gabriel Fischer in Switzerland in 1981 and would release three demos over three years before transforming into the much more critically revered, Celtic Frost. This week, we're looking at the title track from their third and final demo, "Satanic Rites," which was their first to feature the recently passed bassist Martin Eric Ain.

While many point to "Messiah" as the essential Hellhammer track which sums up the band (and perhaps it does,) "Satanic Rites" does perhaps just as much in this respect. It begins with a build which would be more atmospheric were it not for the poor production quality, a staple trait of Hellhammer and indeed the early black metal genre which they helped mold. Before long, it explodes into a catchy but nonetheless chaotic riff, accompanied by the grunting and shrieking of Tom Fisher (aka Tom Warrior.) Warrior would later claim in the "A Dying God" documentary that he was embarrassed by the lyrics to this song and a scan over them reveals why; A series of stanzas which are perverse, yet oddly cringe worthy. While BDSM participants would no doubt find delight in the lines, "Be a good girl, And just do what I say, I whip you 'till you faint," less welcomed are lyrics about cutting off children's legs.

All of this however is what made Hellhammer great. At the time, such lyrics were even more shocking than they are now and had it been Hellhammer that signed with Noise Records rather than its successor Celtic Frost, where Warrior really came into his own as a superb lyricist, the PMRC would have been ringing wet at the prospect of taking them on. The messy sound and raw production was a result of young men (Martin Ain was only fifteen at the time) still learning their craft and budget contraints, which just like Venom before them and Bathory around the same time, proved to be an extraordinarily vital component to the Norwegian black metal sound. More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Toxic Waltz

This week in Thrashback Thursday, we're more than living up to the column's name with a look back at one of America's greatest thrash metal bands and possibly best American metal bands in general; Exodus. Exodus were legends in the Bay Area of California before they even released an album, earning a fierce live reputation thanks not only to the break neck speed of their music but their bombastic lead singer Paul Baloff. In 1983, founding guitarist Kirk Hammett left to replace Dave Mustaine in Metallica and bandmate Gary Holt (also guitarist) took creative control of the group, eventually settling on Rick Hunolt as Hammett's replacement. After their legendary debut album, "Bonded By Blood," they parted ways with Paul Baloff and brought in Steve "Zetro" Souza, formerly of Legacy, now known as Testament.

The prospect of replacing Baloff was a daunting one but Souza proved his worth on the band's sophomore album, "Pleasures of the Flesh," which was not met with much critical or commercial fanfare, but then with "Fabulous Disaster" in 1989, thanks largely to the single, "Toxic Waltz." "Toxic Waltz" sums up not only the appeal of Exodus, but of thrash metal as a whole.

It begins with a slam and a catchy riff, leading into a frenzied assault of sonic madness, yet structured enough to make every part of the track memorable. The lyrics are corny, but fun in the most 80s of ways and delivered perfectly by Souza in his inimitable shriek, accompanied by gang vocals and one of the catchiest chouruses in the history of thrash metal and subsequently, one of its greatest songs. More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Hang The Pope

Old columns die hard. In this case, they rock hard too. Thrashback Thursday is back again and this week we're taking a look at one of the most beloved (and short) songs from one of the East Coast's favourite names in thrash metal, Nuclear Assault. The song? "Hang The Pope."

Nuclear Assault may not have hit the commercial highs of some of their peers such as Anthrax or Megadeth, but when discussing classic thrash metal, Nuclear Assault always get brought up very quickly. With good reason too. They were one of the more aggressive sounding bands in a sub-genre which wasn't exactly known for being soft, taking the sounds of the New York hardcore scene and blending them with thrash metal, before the term "crossover" was invented. They released their first album, "Game Over" in 1986 and the record is still considered a must have for any thrash fan today. Over the course of their career, they released five more studio albums, five EPs, two live albums, three home videos/DVDs and toured the world numerous times.

It's from the beginning that we'll be looking at today though, with one of the most controversial songs in thrash metal (that wasn't written by Slayer,) entitled, "Hang The Pope," from the "Game Over" album. The song begins with a Discharge inspired bass line which opens the track in the most ferocious of ways. It's soon followed by an onslaught of noise, which was almost certainly an influence on the tiny grindcore scene at the time, then the rapid fire verse of "Hang the pope, hang the pope, hang the pope, hang the pope, hang him with a fucking rope." Somehow, the song still manages to have a catchy chourus without slowing down for an instant, as the sing along refrain goes, "Let's go to the Vatican, get him out of bed. Put the noose around his neck and hang him till he's dead." As if this wasn't enough, this is all repeated and in a song which is only forty six seconds long. Wasn't thrash a wonderful invention? More...

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Pit Stories: Is That Bread Burning?

Italian symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance sent us a story not from the pit, but from the road, or rather hotel in Slovakia while on tour:

In 2015 we went to play in a nice Bratislava club. The evening went pretty well, so late at night we reached the hotel where we would stay: a 4 star hotel, gorgeous, never seen so much luxury. They put us in the last 3 rooms of the most remote corner of the hotel's sixth and last floor. After a quiet night, we wake up to have breakfast. We felt a great smell of abrasive bread, and we were on the sixth floor, so who knows what they were cooking in the ground floor kitchen?!? At one point, Lorenzo and Federico who had slept in the same room felt knocking at the door: "guys, out, fast, there is a fire!" Federico, believing in a joke of Francesco, says to Lorenzo: let him enter. Federico was pointing his ass to the door. Well, Lorenzo opened the door and here was a huge firefighter who, with a disgruntled face, invited us to leave as the hotel was on fire. In the most panic we took what we could and ran down hard, with the firefighter who kept yelling at us running and the black smoke that was poisoning us. But the fireman's horrible face, which we believe remains suspicious about what was happening in Lorenzo and Federico's room, is one of the most precious memories we keep.

Sleeping Romance's new album "Alba," was released on November 3rd via Napalm Records. The band will tour Europe in February with Visions of Atlantis and Serenity as part of the Symphonic Metal Nights Tour. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Fast As A Shark

In these times of trouble, with political and economic strife at home and abroad, human rights abuses and shows like Ex On The Beach, life can get you down pretty easily. Thursday has usually never been much of a day to look forward to, unless there's a decent sports game on, so we've decided to bring back one of our old columns to get your Thursdays off to a decent start. Every Thursday we'll be looking back on a metal song that's either a classic, a hidden gem or one which will make you say, "Oh! I haven't heard that in years!" Despite the title, it won't always be a thrash metal song, but it will be undisputed metal.

We kick off this reactivated retrospect with a look at one of Germany's all time greatest heavy metal bands, Accept. The band from the town of Solingen in the north of the Bergisches Land have a catalogue of awesome heavy metal staples and picking one is a hard choice, but "Fast As A Shark" has edged its way above many of the other anthems Accept have penned. The opening track from the group's 1982 album, "Restless and Wild" has been featured in a number of video games such as the metal themed adventure Brutal Legend and several films, including being played over one of the most awesome scenes in film history, towards the end of the Italian horror favourite, "Demons," wherein the main character rides a motorcycle through a cinema, decapitating creatures with a samurai sword, all to the sound of this metal masterpiece. More...

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Pit Stories: The Incredible Horrible Backline

We have practically seen it all in our expanding collection of Pit Stories - whether it finds us crowd surfing like legends, moshing in totally unexpected places or even attacks from psychotic large chested woman. You can find it all on Pit Stories.

Today, Jöe Anus - guitarist and vocalist of Belgian thrash act Evil Invaders - tells us about a gig in Brazil where the backline looked more hopeless than the venue itself. As things fell apart, the band continued to rage the audience and.....oh hell, let Jöe tell you about it: More...

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Pit Stories: A Mosh Pit Of Two

In the world of crowd surfing like legends, moshing in totally unexpected places, attacks from large chested woman...we have practically seen it all in our expanding collection of Pit Stories.

Today, Mark Briody - guitarist of Jag Panzer - recalls a mosh pit of two, where he and his bassist were having the time of their lives in the pit, unaware as to what was happening...

Here, Mark explains:

Many many years ago my bass player and I were at a punk gig. There was a massive pit going on. We were right in the middle, tossing elbows and going crazy. Soon we found ourselves are the only ones out there. We thought everyone else had enough so we high-fived each other. We soon found out the last song was a dedication to a deceased person, which no one moshed to. We were clueless.
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Pit Stories: Attack Of Captain Big Boobs

This week's edition of Pit Stories comes from U.K.'s Dirty Thrills...who had a bit of "dirty thrills" themselves when they got the call to support Europe in 2015.

It seems the now notorious "Captain Big Boobs" made overtures and then attacked vocalist Louis James at a gig. Here, let the band tell you all about it:

We were honoured when we recieved the call from Europe, that we would be supporting them on several European dates back in late 2015. The shows were absoloutely incredible, with every show finishing on a massive high, the usual antics would take place, massive amounts of drinking and whatever else was done right after performing, and hotel mischief are all a given. But there was one particular show that stood out (as far as mad fans go anyway). Tt started off a normal morning, get up hungover and nurse it with the warm beer from the night before, then head down for some breakfast with the rest of the band and team. While tucking into mountains of bacon, eggs and beans we received a large number of picture messages on our band page. We opened them up and were greeted with a shit load of topless pics from this lady who was apparently staying in the same hotel. More...

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Pit Stories: Meeting Metal Icons

Extreme crowd surfing, moshing in totally unexpected places, throwdowns between beer throwers, shows in outhouses, goat's blood, terrible venue managers, awesome venue managers, and even naked fans trying to drunkenly "salute" their favorite bands... we've seen a whole lot over the years with our expanding collection of Pit Stories!

Today we've got Jay “Beard” Sarrazin from Toronto-based metal group Decatur sharing the latest Pit Story entry. For those wondering, Decatur has a new album titled "Badder Than Brooklyn" coming October 6th, so keep an eye out for it!

This week, Jay looks back at meeting some of his favorite musicians over the years, with some of those encounters more uncomfortable than others:

It’s hard to choose just one story of a backstage encounter for me. I have been so lucky when it comes to meeting some of the greatest musicians in my time in the music industry. I was fortunate enough to be a guitar tech/merch guy/stagehand for Anvil for a couple tours throughout the years. I got to meet Alice Cooper during one of his tours and he was so nice and humble that he even did a video promo shout out to my old band.

I have woken up on the floor of Silver Cord Studios while recording my band Decatur’s debut record to have Mario Duplantier of Gojira practicing drum licks as my alarm clock. I have partied into the night with Bullet For My Valentine while they were touring through Canada. I even got to meet Bill Killiher from Mastodon and deliver one of his personal guitars to a close friend of his and mine.

But one story that always stuck with me would have to be during the first tour that I was on while working for Anvil. We were touring through the U.S.A on a 4 week tour supporting Anvil’s "Juggernaut of Justice" album. As we were touring we got word that Jason Newstead wanted to open for Anvil when they were to go through San Francisco with his project called Papa Wheelie. As a huge Metallica fan throughout my life I got super excited about it. For days I thought about it and I got more nervous as the gig got closer.

When we finally arrived in San Francisco we got to meet him at the venue and he was such a nice dude. My first encounter with him was as I was setting up the merch table for Anvil’s show that night. One of his buddies was putting out a couple shirts for Jason as well and we got to talking about all things including my love for Metallica and Jason. I even showed him one of my two Metallica tattoos.

Once he found out how big of a Metallica fan I was he immediately called Jason over and made me show him my tattoo at which point Jason put his hand on my forehead to check my temperature and asked if I was alright. I kinda laughed it off because his split with Metallica and I guess I got nervous. I then told Jason that I loved his work in Metallica and he would always be my favorite bass player. Not because I didn’t love Cliff Burton, but because I grew up with Jason as the guy in that spot. He responded by telling me Cliff was his favorite. Again I got nervous.

I went back to working and he came back over to me and gave me some merch of his band Papa Wheelie and asked me to man his merch table for the night which I happily did. About an hour or so before the venue opened for the show all the work was done so everyone piled backstage. We sat and drank some beers together and smoked some joints and Jason sat with us telling us stories of the road while playing with Metallica. From the Justice days, all the way up until his departure. As a huge Metallica fan it was so amazing to sit there listening to these stories straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak. I felt so blessed to be there at that moment. It’s a memory I’ll always keep and love.

For those who have had the pleasure (or in some cases, terror) of meeting their favorite musicians -- be sure to let us know your story in the comments!

You can also check out "Into The Night" Decatur's "Badder Than Brooklyn" record produced by Joe Duplantier below. Pre-orders are online at Bandcamp here. More...

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Pit Stories: Crowdsurfing Like A 'Legend'

Ready for a new Pit Story metal fans? This week's tale comes from the land of fire and ice: Iceland's Legend.

There is your typical crowdsurfing and then there is legendary crowdsurfing - the one that seems like it was planned all along with interactions from the band on stage and a passing of the torch (mic) while riding the hands of the crowd.

Vocalist Krummi Bjorgvinsson recalls the epic tale of drummer Frosti's adventure at an Iggy Pop performance: More...

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Pit Stories: Breathing In Our Ball Sack Juice

In recent weeks we've had completely unexpected mosh pits and gothic throw downs where punches land on the wrong fans, but there's still plenty more Pit Stories to come this month!

Today Mick McCullagh from the Frontiers Music-signed, U.K. chug rock outfit Bigfoot checked in with us to share a tale of an epic home town show.

Mick recalls this tale of a completely stuffed venue and an overly intoxicated fan who managed to mess up the equipment:

Our hometown gigs at The Boulevard in Wigan were always eventful to put it lightly... this one time in particular it was packed to the rafters. You couldn't even move in there and they sold out of most beers before we even hit the stage. As soon as we came on the crowd blew up which we love, but being so intimate and the crowd literally breathing in our ball sack juice we just knew something was gonna happen.

A let's just say extremely intoxicated lady who was right at the front tumbled on my pedal board and completely cut my guitar sound out. I laughed but wanted to murder her deep inside. Sweating serious ball sack (as she decided to aim the fan at her also) I just about managed to get my rig working again after what seemed like millennia but was only a small portion of the song in Einstein's theory of general relativity. The show went on very successfully thank god.

Bigfoot's self-titled album is due to drop October 13th, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl. Check out a music video for album track "The Fear" below. More...

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Pit Stories: Unexpected Moshing

Mosh pit Monday is over, which means its time for another weekly edition of Pit Story Tuesday!

This week we have Napalm Records hard rock / heavy metal crossover group Kobra And The Lotus on tap to discuss favorite live show pit memories.

Less on the extreme end than our typical Pit Story band, Kobra And The Lotus shares a tale of when moshing broke out quite unexpectedly, to delighted results.

The band had this to say about a Los Angeles show with some very enthusiastic fans:

Here’s the thing, we aren’t exactly a mosh pit inducing kind of band… or so you would think. Some of our tracks like "I Am, I Am" could foreseeably start something but for some reason that never happens. Instead, the most inconspicuous tracks off the album get the serious action. Just recently at our show in LA, a mosh pit broke out during the verse of our latest single “You Don’t Know." A few of us actually burst out laughing on stage but mostly out of sheer enjoyment.

The verse in that song is one of the most chilled out moments of our entire set so it was completely unexpected. Those people were champions though and we salute them for having a good time!! Go check out our latest music video for “You Don’t Know” and listen to the verses. You’ll see what I’m saying!

What's the oddest time and place you've seen a mosh pit break out? Let us know in the comments section below!

Kobra And The Lotus wrapped up a tour with Xandria earlier this year and the band's latest album "Prevail I" was released on May 12th via Napalm Records. Check out the music video for "You Don't Know" in the YouTube player below. More...

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