In this First Concert Ever segment, the melodic hardcore band, In.Bloom, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
Oh boy, that was a long time ago. I recall it was a death metal show, some local bands were playing(can’t remember the band names though) and at the time Vilnius did not have such a number and variety of different concerts to attend, so you knew the place is gonna be packed.
So, me and a couple of friends met before the show to have a few brewskis near the venue, which was quite a common thing to do in mid to late 2000’s Vilnius metal scene. After the “warm up” and a very “valuable” discussion about which Metallica album is the best we entered the club. It was in an old trade-union building with a sky-high ceiling and massive halls.
The opening band was about to start their set so we had just enough time to refill our glasses and muscle our way to the front row.
The vocalist of the band walked to the front of the stage, put his foot firmly on the monitor, and released a deep guttural scream which was followed by crazy fast blast beats and chaotic guitar riffs. I was caught completely taken off guard, even though I have listened to the band’s records before and knew what to expect, seeing it performed live was a completely different and much more engaging experience. A couple of songs in, both me and my pals succumbed to the call of the void otherwise known as a moshpit. I managed to avoid injuries apart from a few bruises caused by falling down several times, but that did not bother me at all as I was too excited to be there for the first time.
The rest of the show went down a similar way, we would take a break to catch our breath and enjoy the music for a bit and go back to the pit for more action.
After it was all done it felt like a good workout and I knew my neck is gonna hurt for a few days at least! Me and my friends gathered outside for the last time to share our experience and went home shortly after.
Even though I can’t remember many details about this particular concert and don’t play death metal, it was still quite significant for me as it was an introduction to a heavier music scene and paved the way for me as a guitar player/performer at the time.
In my teen years, I was really into everything nu-metal. Slipknot, Linkin Park, KoRn… I spent hours watching their live shows and dreaming of jumping into the mosh pits. So finally when my best buddy got his driver’s license, I was 17 at the time, we found the nearest music festival that we could get to, jumped into the car, and hit the road.
As we arrived for the first day I had very high hopes. But mostly pop-rock and electronic music acts were happening, which was far from what I was craving. I still had some fun partying till the late morning, but part of me was yearning for those massive brutal gigs. On the second day, the festival was nearing its end, but there was one band, that I was betting would destroy the crowd. So when Oomph! came on stage I jumped into that crowd and oh man. Instantly I got into my first ever mosh pit, then the wall of death, then endless headbanging, jumping, and running around. The show went on and I kept moving till the very last chord.
The next day I got up feeling like I was hit by a truck. I had multiple bruises, my legs were sore, and my neck was cramping. I only thought in my head “10/10 would do it again”.