A while ago, I was reading up on Helene’s blog. She was recounting her trip to see Slipknot play in Copenhagen.. Now, I’ll refrain from charging into any jealous rants about what a lucky lil.. girl.. she was to have been there in person.. But one thing that did strike me was that while she did (understandably) rant and rave about the awesomeness of the “Jump The Fuck Up” routine:
(God, I just LOVE Corey’s ways of working a crowd)
She showed little to no understanding for another metal/punk/core favorite: the mosh/circle pits. So, my dear Helene, I present for your viewing pleasure – the largest circle pit on record, aka why this shit is awesome:
(disregard the fact that Devildriver suck, and the scared pussy comment)
Still don’t get it? Well, look at it this way.. Metal is about passion and about participation, it’s about “banging that head that does not bang”- be it your own, or that of the person next to you. It’s a rare chance to let lose, go crazy and have a shitload of fun in the process. Pits may look anarchistic and crazy, and it may seem funny that people are lauching into eachother yet as soon as someone falls over, everybody rushes in to pick them up.. But that’s exactly the point! You’re supposed to blow off steam and thrash around violently in unison, but that doesn’t mean anybody has to get hurt in the process.. I should know; I rather involuntarily introduced Tiny Tina to a 200+ moshpit at a Bad Religion concert this summer and she enjoyed herself wholeheartedly, as I recall her trailing comments were “I was in my first ever mosh pit.. WOO! \m/ !!”, and believe you me, she didn’t get half as knocked about and bruised as she did during a casual Prodigy concert later that night.. People even came up to me afterwards, apologizing for bumping into my “girlfriend”.. Heh..
So, yea.. I don’t get it.. People don’t look at you weirdly cuddling or snogging during a pop rock ballad, why’d they do so for moshing at the rock show? 😉