Metal music is about resilience.

It’s the resilience of holding your own in a mosh pit.

Mosh pits get intense. I’ve said it before and I won’t shut up about it. It is not a place for people who don’t know what’s going on around them. You have to be aware of your surroundings and be ready for whatever may fly at you. If you’re going to stand on the edge of a mosh pit, you better be ready to pick people up that fall in front of you. It hurts but it is the best kind of pain there is. You get kicked and punched over and over again. You have people landing on your head and bending your neck in ways it does not bend.

It’s the resilience of being able to get up the day after a metal show.

You see, metal kids are machines. Kids get hurt left and right at metal shows. I’ve seen kids get their noses broken, ribs broken and concussions. You name it, I’ve seen it happen. Normal people would leave the show, go home, rest, and then hesitate to go to the next show. Not metal kids. You see these kids right back in the pit after a broken bone. They tape it up, get over it, and get right back in the thick of it. Those that get hurt enough to be taken to a hospital or those who are forced to leave the show will more than likely be at the show the next night.

It’s the resilience of staring tragedy in the face and moving on.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may remember my post about the last time I saw After The Burial (Rock in Peace). Justin Lowe, their guitarist, tragically and suddenly took his own life in July. After The Burial took the stage in August with no instruments in their hands. It was just four guys with tears running down their faces and a crowd full of heavy hearts. They promised they would be back. That even without Justin physically there, they would continue on with his ghost and his spirit.

They did just that last night and proved that the metal scene is one of the most resilient things on the planet.

Last night was After The Burial’s first hometown show since Justin passed away. The crowd was anxious, they were excited, they were ready. It wasn’t that they forgot about Justin and have moved on because the essence of Justin was everywhere. 80% of the crowd had on the Justin Lowe memorial t-shirts (myself included). The stage lights were Justin’s signature lime green color and there was a small green ribbon on the drum set.

The whole show last night was amazing. Rings of Saturn absolutely blew me away with their intense vocals and their heavy music. They brought my buddy Lee, from the local band Mithya, up on stage to sing a song with them which was a true show of the sense of family in this scene. Everyone was everyone’s brother or sister even if you had never met before.

It was great to see my boys in By The Thousands do what they do best. They tore up the main stage much like many other local bands. The local metal scene here in the Twin Cities is truly one of a kind. Not only is the music amazing, but the people are the best. I have truly surrounded myself by some of the greatest people this music scene has to offer.

Last night was a bit emotional. There were definitely tears shed when After The Burial took the stage without Justin. There was a sense of heaviness in the crowd but the metal scene is resilient. The second the music started, the crowd went wild and showed the boys in the band that we were all with them. That Justin was in all of our hearts but that his tragic death was not going to stop us all from having an amazing night of enjoying some amazing music.

No, Justin was not forgotten last night but the metal scene is resilient and it was time for us to move on the only way we know how… by moshing our hearts out and screaming until our lungs gave out.

Line Up:



Venue: Skyway Theatre

Sausage Fest Meter- 7 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 19

Crowd Surfers- Lost Count During After The Burial

Stage Divers- 3

Broken Bones- Didn’t See Any But I’m Sure There Were a Few

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Found in the Pit- Shoes, Hats, Bottles, Shattered Phones

Touring Band Who Stole The Show- Rings of Saturn

Local Band Who Stole The Show- By The Thousands

Shoutout- Austin from Zealot- This guy helped me get tickets to this show (and a few others in the past) while I was driving back home from Iowa yesterday morning.

Overall Score- 8.9 out of 10