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I dug the Ministry/Meshuggah/Hemlock show at Rams Head Live. I haven't been to a show like that in a long time. Granted, I wasn't down in the pit, but even the pit was unspectacular when I could see it. The nice part of a two-floor venue is especially being able to look down into the downstairs front-section crowd.

While Hemlock tried to have solid stage presence, the long slow line to get in kept a good number of folks out. Which meant that when the singer started demanding a "damn good Baltimore circle pit RIGHT NOW", there wasn't yet that combination of determined pit-goers and press-of-the-crowd pushing other people into the pit. So there were 5 skinny guys flailing around in a 20-foot circle and being pushed back in when they hit the edges by the barrierfolk, those guys and gals who line the pit edges like riot police around a WTO protest.

But then there was this woman, pacing steadily around the mosh pit with arms up and a fierce glare in her eye. More like stalking. She was solidly built but not huge, and she was like a walking tank in there, slamming the hell out of each guy she rammed into. One dude was jumping around and paying no attention to where he was going and crashing the edge of the pit more than the other people in it ... on what would've been his third time, he stopped just short of bumping into HER ... only to get rammed sideways to the floor by nearby barrierfolk, whereupon she proceeding to stomp the living crap out of him.

That plus Ministry playing "N.W.O." and "Thieves & Liars" in their encore made my night.

- Pookah


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May. 3rd, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Go-go mega linkage!

Me thinks you goofed on your html... :)
May. 3rd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Doh. Fixed.

- Pookah
May. 3rd, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
hemlock == the cookie monster doing keroke to Slayers
"reign in blood".
Meshugah had more interesting music...which honestly the singer screaming the entire time didn't work over.
There's a reason that ministry and NIN made it to the top..they have melodies which are stronger than
May. 7th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Nice post..
well done, man
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