Apparently, last Saturday night at the Triple Rock Social Club was Pig Destroyer's first time in Minnesota, which completely blows my mind. These guys have been around since the late 1990's and are one of the quintessential American grindcore bands how have they not played in Minnesota before? Regardless, I am more than honored that I got to be part of their first show up here and am pretty hopeful that after last night, it won't be their last.
The crowd at the sold-out show was older than what I'm used to but that's not to say that there weren't younger kids in the crowd. Regardless of their age, everyone was super excited to finally be seeing this legendary band. The excitement erupted when the pit started during the second band, Ambassador Gun. I don't understand why it didn't start during Aetheric's set (the first band to play) but it might have been people just trying to conserve their energy but the tension in the crowd became too great during Ambassdor Gun and the crowd erupted.
The nice thing about the pit last night was it was just a good old fashioned mosh pit with the occasional stage diver. There were no idiots doing windmills in the pit. No hardcore dancing. There was no danger other than giving into the waves of people pushing towards the front and the sides and finding yourself falling onto the concrete floor. Okay, maybe that sounds dangerous to the average person, but I would take that over flailing limbs any day.
The crowd had so much energy through the other openers Invidiosus and Call of The Void.... but as soon as Pig Destroyer hit the stage, the feeling in the crowd completely shifted from full of energy to absolutely intense. The second the first song started, the crowd went off and the pushing and shoving became more intense than it had been the rest of the night.
There's no way to put the feeling of the crowd during Pig Destroyer's set into words. These people have probably been waiting a lifetime to see this influential band and tonight was finally their chance. There was no holding back for majority of the crowd and even though people were crashing to the concrete floor left and right, they had a smile on their face as they were helped back to their feet by other members of the crowd.
Last night's show was another display of Minnesota's love for beer and heavy music. Surly was a big supporter of the show last night and released a new beer, Heathen Temple, just for Pig Destroyer. I did snag one of these beers during the show and, although I was not a huge fan of the blackened hefe-weisen, I loved the fact that Surly, yet again, had brewed a beer specifically for a band. The crowd was taking advantage of the cheap, high-quality Surly beer and eventually, it was hard to tell who was trying to be in the mosh pit and who was just drunk and had stumbled into the open space in the middle of the venue.
Pig Destroyer at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (09 April 2016)