Mosh pit do's and don'ts: A photo guide with your host, Children of Bodom

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. There are more in the slideshow.
Ah, the mosh pit. Keep your club night bumping and grinding and give me a good old fashioned pummeling. That's where the adrenaline is, where some of the best kinds of release can be found in live music. Plus, there are way fewer boners. Every concert is improved with fewer boners.

Still, the pit can be a tricky proposition. It can escalate to a bad place quickly, either because someone's just actually beating the crap out of people or because it gets to the point that the music becomes an afterthought. There is a subtle art to getting it right, to finding the frenzy without the fight. Finlandian death metal band Children of Bodom made its way to Summit Music Hall last night, where its fans put on an absolute clinic. Just truly masterful stuff. Photographer Brandon Marshall was there to capture the technique the rest of us can learn from.

See also: Photos -- Children of Bodom and Death Angel at Summit Music Hall

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Do: Find the biggest dude in the circle and run straight at him. You're not here because it's a winning battle. You're here because that dude represents your shitty boss.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Full slideshow.
Do: Keep moving. Don't be that guy trying to stand in the middle of the mosh pit for some reason.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Don't: Hit people in the face. Keep that shit from the collarbone to the belly-button.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Do: Know your role. If you're at the edge of the circle, it's your responsibility to contain people. It's a good policy to keep your hands up to catch the bodies flying at you. Notice the exquisite form demonstrated by our friend on the left. Solid eye contact, anticipatory arm movements. Good stuff.

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16 comments
Monica Mulvey
Monica Mulvey

Megan O'Connor One of the don't is "don't punch people in the face" who would do such a thing anyway;)

Brittany Murinko
Brittany Murinko

Typical "one and done" Michael Broome Julie Anne Brignon

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

Last show I attended at the Bluebird, they had a 'No Moshing' sign up by the stage. I'm too old (jaded) for that stuff now, but it would have been a deal breaker when I was a younger dude and I was spending all of my money there.

Brent Alexander
Brent Alexander

Stop being a wuss and get in the pit!! Metal Heads got love for one another... Fact!!

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

finally westword puts out an article about metal...about time.

Julie Anne
Julie Anne

Michael Broome Brittany Murinko remember Bar Bar the other night?

J. Reece Baer
J. Reece Baer

Hey a concert list westword put out that I can agree with!

Peter Stimson
Peter Stimson

what show hasnt ruled lately? seems like thats all you guys say...

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