Sepultura Brings The Energy

I got to Crocks late. The one time i plan on the head liner playing a long set list into the wee hours - they go all Cinderella and packed up at Midnight. However short my experience - it was pretty awesome.

Sepultura has played to literally - a 100 000 people in their hey day. Tonight they played to a couple 100 hardcore fans here in Thunder Bay. I had made my way to the bar after bumping into old high school friends who all had ear to ear grins on their faces. Not the cute cuddly type of grin - but the more sinister type of grin with the glint in their eye. You could feel the energy that this type of event generates as soon as you walked through the door.

If you haven't been to a loud metal show let me explain. Its mostly dudes. Young and old they come out of the wood work for these types of shows. They drink some booze and shake off the rust and head into the pit. The music is loud and very rhythmic. The crowd jumps in unison and a wave of people literally washes up around the stage. It is a rough sea - but there's a sense of brotherly love as everyone pushs and shoves each other with a sense of community.

The band aggressively assaults the venue with their particular style of hard core blistering guitars, kick you in the chest drums and the 'call to war' guttural yell of the singer. The band feeds off the energy of the crowd and the crowd in turn amps up the energy of venue. A symbiotic synergy is grown and the roof eventually comes off the joint.

Tonight was no exception. Sepultura with their giant of a front man whipped the crowd into a frenzy as he reached for the heavens and screamed like hell into the microphone. The 'pit' was churning and bodies where floating in the sea of people all night long. Fists pumped, heads banged and the sinister mischievous smiles of all in attendance were as bright as the flood lights that back lit the band in unison with the groove.

Damn - i wish i got there sooner and got my grin on.


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