The Spiritual Implications Of Mosh Pits, According To A Drunk (Me)

Posted by on Jul Wed, 2012 in Concert Review | 0 comments

(Rewind: Spring 2011 ) I had learned of Danno’s death a week after it transpired. Strangely enough, the day of his death and the day I got news of it had a lot in common. They were Friday mornings for him on the East Coast, Friday nights for me in the Southwestern mountains. And for both of these nights, W21 hosted Metal shows, and both concerts featured the band Obelisk. As such, obelisks have come … read...

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Shakespeare And Metal: Part II

Posted by on Jun Fri, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last night I watched a rerun of Metalocalypse when Nathan Explosion had to read the complete works of Shakespeare, and then I was reminded of one of my many projects that I initiated and subsequently abandoned. So, at long last, here is the second installment of my speculations on the connexion betwixt Shakespeare and Metal. Last time, I had Othello on my mind. Now, I’m thinking about Hamlet. The titular character is a hesher and … read...

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Mosh With Love

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Mosh pits are a cathartic descent into our primal nature. The best concerts are poorly lit, super crowded, painfully loud… They set off the evolutionary red flags which get us on high alert. That means a serious adrenaline rush. The nervous energy is crucial to a wicked show. Adult Contemporary sure as hell doesn’t have my heart pounding and my palms sweaty. I never attend a concert to unwind. I go to tense up. … read...

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Denim and Leather: Headbanger Style

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2011 in Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock | 0 comments

Denim and Leather: Headbanger Style

Article titled after a song by Quiet Riot (Pictured) Metal was the unloved bastard-child of the hippie generation. We inherited the drugs and long-haired rebellion. Hell, we even kept the unhealthy obsession with music. It’s the music itself we changed. Bands like Led Zeppelin bridged the abyss, hence the elements of Bohemia in the Metalhead wardrobe. The most obvious connection is the long hair, which was shocking, offensive, even freakish to society until the late … read...

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Modern Masterpieces: The Connexion Between Metal and the Compositions of Yesteryear

Posted by on Nov Tue, 2011 in Symphonic, Thrash | 0 comments

Terrorizor Magazine made a comparison between Arch Enemy’s Bloodstained Cross and the Seasons of Vivaldi. Revolver Magazine’s resident freelancer, Chris Krovatin, authored a superb article on the 6 most Metal classical compositions. Such is my textual evidence, yet my strongest proof is empirical. Listen to virtually any modern Metal, and it is clear that such music is inspired by the great classics. Contrary to the teachings of pop-culture, Metal is an extremely painstaking, technical, and … read...

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Obelisk: Further reflections on mosh pit spirituality

Posted by on Nov Fri, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

     The pain of a pit is practically sexual, combining karma and libido into a Tantric event, like iron evolving into gold. The moshers are sadomasochistic; some dominate the pit with a vengeance while others submit to their pain and love every minute of it. The only true gimps are the spectators who do nothing, but stand in the perimeter and behold the moshers with mild curiosity or feigned indifference. But the Tantric vibrations … read...

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High Octane Hell Ride: The spiritual side of moshing

Posted by on Nov Fri, 2011 in Punk | 0 comments

     A mosh pit is a spiritual experience, the name itself implies descent, as if into hell or to Plato’s cave. It’s almost a Karmic endeavor, purging yourself of emotional pain by inflicting physical pain on another, and they do the same to you. Although everyone is pitted against each other, punching, kicking, and slamming indiscriminately, it is mutually consenting. Genuine hostility has no place among fellow metalheads. The reaction in a pit is alchemy, … read...

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