15 years since the Colmubine shootings. Let us now listen to a song originally titled “Bring a gun to school”, which had its name changed to not offend people. You could see it as a bad taste or as an eye opener.
First time I’ve really liked an Emmure song this much! Apparently they used something called “frets” on this one.
So I’ve been seeing a lot of videos demonstrating this crowdkilling thing at metal and metal core shows. It’s another trend which has crept in from the hardcore scene as the two styles have become more and more integrated.
My thoughts… a little bit of backstory regarding my opinion.
I have been going to gigs since I was 8 and I am now 22. Obviously the gigs I went to before I was 14 I mostly had to keep away from any of the action or stay nearer the back (for gigs which I was actually allowed in)
The first gig I went to where I actually “participated” in the gig was probably an A7x gig at London ULU consisting of no more than about 150 people and a circle pit featuring the sweaty shirtless guy. You know the one, you see him at EVERY gig.
So to me for the next few years a pit just consisted of running and flailing about occasionally knocking into each other, but showing a mutual sign of respect. That’s not apologising every time you touch someone, (This isn’t Canada eh?) but just respecting the personal space of others and not being a cunt about hitting them. If you’re clumsy it’s probably a good idea to stay out of the mosh to avoid falling (into other people, domino effect anybody?). So the emphasis was always being active and intending to not people and help them up if they fall.
Now I’m seeing kids, the same age I was when I started going to gigs just flailing their arms around and “dancing.” Fair enough. You look ridiculous, but each to their own, I sometimes mock it just for shear hilarity and looking stupid. No one gets hurt (other than your feelings if you’re easily butthurt.)
Now what REALLY is not acceptable is crowdkilling. The whole emphasis on having to hit someone to have a good time. Yes there are other people who enjoy it, so if you hit one of those people it’s not an issue at all, it’s just an adrenaline boost for those who enjoy it (I’ve had my nose broken three times, so speaking a little from experience.) If you happen to stand around the edge hitting and falling into members of the crowd just trying to watch a band then you are a cunt. I find myself not even bothering to go into the pit because of this sort of behaviour. I love a good circle pit or a push mosh, even a wall of death, but actually kicking and punching each other is fucking barbaric and stops other people from participating.
Crowkilling is a trend I hope dies out like all the other fucking silly things happening in metal which are being dragged up from the hardcore scene. Call me a pussy, I won’t give a shit. It’s just not something I’m into or enjoy doing if I’m just trying to enjoy the bans I’m listening to. People stand to the side and back of a crowd for a fucking reason.
I don’t like it when people say “if you don’t wanna get hit don’t go to the shows” no that’s bullshit. You are restricting the band that’s performing from inviting more of a crowd and yeah people love to mosh but that’s not the point of a gig. The emphasis is to watch and show your support to the band and local music scene not smack some randomer in the crowd just ‘cause you know hardcore.
Hardcore kids are pretty much the scene kids which were about in my day (which I was probably considered one of) so I can’t hate too much or at all. It’s someone’s way of life. Their mindset is associated with a particular, behaviour and look just like any label.
There’s probably all sort of grammar issues in there. If you actually read any of that