Thunder, on 16 December 2011 - 09:53 PM, said:
I was at a Motörhead concert this thursday in my hometown.
Nice! I almost got to see Motorhead at Bloodstock Festival this year, but I didn't have the funds.
While Jorn was playing the crowding were I was at wasn't particulary bad, but once they were finished that changed alright.
Heh, reminds me of Metallica. When I saw The Sword and Machine Head, I was really comfortable, but by the time they opened the show I was being crushed from all sides by huge guys.
The crowding and crushing got much worse as more people started to show up and squeeze around all trying to get a spot in the front area. When Motörhead showed up and started playing, you really had to fight to keep your spot. Nevertheless, I soon lost my spot right behind the first row of people and ended up in the third row. I was pretty annoyed by that but things got even worse as an aggressive guy showed up and pushed me away so he could get more room. But I was NOT going to be pushed away again so I pushed him back. He then pushed me off once more and I responded by pushing him back again. By this time I was wondering if this was going to turn into the first serious fight in my life. But instead of starting a fight, he laid his arm around my shoulder and befriended me and it all ended well. Perhaps he realized I wasn't gonna be pushed around.
That happens a lot at concerts. The physical violence doesn't necessarily mean that people are trying to push you around, it's just physical response to the music, and it's usually in good fun. When someone does start getting rude and overly violent, they tend to get shunned by everyone else. Someone pushing you hard one minute and thumping your back the next isn't unusual- at my most recent metal gig (Exodus, in Helsinki- I went with my Finnish Exchange Partner and had my first wall of death, although he did one better and actually got to go up on stage and play Lee Altus's guitar) I was being thumped on all sides by a woman one minute and arm in arm with her the next.
There was some more pushing here and there for a while but it calmed down after a while and remained calm for the rest of the concert. I don't know if that was just in the area I was at or if that went for all of the place.
Pushing gets more intense in some places (normally), but some degree of it is more or less unavoidable in concerts.
It was really cool seeing Lemmy himself in real life.
I can imagine!
Concerts have been a bit thin on the ground for this year. Exodus in Finland were fun, but there haven't been very many bands I like making an appearance (Iron Maiden were epic, though). Plus a lot of the ones that did come I wasn't able to make - Devin Townsend was at the local venue while I was in Spain, and Dimmu Borgir came the week before a major bit of history coursework was due in. Meshuggah are set to come next year, and they're good live, but I've already seen them and their pits are so intense I'm just not sure I've got the energy these days!
Truly! I think the high point of lyrics in God of Lamb's career would be Ashes. But I go on about that album way too much Recently I've been giving Sacrament some proper love, and although the layered vocals don't match up to other albums (sounding more screechy and less balls), it still, of course sounds as great as ever. I <3 you Randylocks and the four bears! Haha
Ashes is great lyrically (hell yes What I've Become) but I think I prefer Sacrament and Wrath, as I kinda think that the political songs they do on those albums (Foot to the Throat, In Your Words, etc) tackle slightly more original political themes, and while I know plenty of great political lyricists, I've never heard anyone write a hate song like Randy. Plus that was when Randy really started getting poetic, really started paying attention to how his words sounded. The hope for something more, all that you wish for, a kick to the head and a boot to the door
is a wonderful bit of assonance.
Indeed, he is to blame! The generation of metalheads who just threw on whatever clothes they wanted (clothes being jeans or camo pants with a band shirt) and grew their hair out long seem to be going extinct. I know of a few people who used to be like that, but are now swinging towards short hair that is gelled up and styled with piercings, stretchers and shock-value clothing. These are dark times, my friend.
How the hell does that have a million views, and yet venerable bands like Chimaira or Opeth get away with 500,000 or so? o.O
Yeah, always stamps on my plums, that V__V