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Twiztid’s Fright Fest to be final Juggalo performance at Tremont Music Hall

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Twiztid’s Fright Fest to be final Juggalo performance at Tremont Music Hall

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Stryknyn

Stryknyn and a riot gear guy keep the pit going. Photo by Get Hashley Photography.

Stryknyn and a riot gear guy keep the pit going. Photo by Get Hashly Photography.

 

 

 

It was bittersweet arriving at Tremont Music Hall on Oct. 23. On the one hand it was familiar to pull up at 2:30 p.m. to a large crowd with lots of colored hair and painted faces that had already been there for hours. On the other hand it was sad knowing that Twiztid‘s Fright Fest event (part of the band’s Welcome to the Underground tour) would be a farewell of sorts to this historic venue, which will soon be closing.

But enough of the sappy stuff. Let’s get to the fun. First up at this showcase of underground horrorcore and hip-hop was a local trio that I cannot remember anything about. This may be poor journalism on my part, but these guys simply failed to make any impression on me at all. Next up was another local F. Dux (pronounced “Dukes”), whose set was relatively short but extremely hyped. It was highlighted by a song called “Machete,” and F. Dux had a strong presence that got the crowd moving. Next up was Trilogy, an act that seemed to keep the crowd hyped despite its lack of familiarity, which is a major accomplishment in my book.

Then it was time for the more established underground acts, starting with Scum. These guys are veterans of the underground hip-hop scene that have a lot of energy, but not a lot of showmanship. As good as Scum was, its performance was eclipsed by the next act: Wolfpac!

Wolfpac's sexy dancers. Photo by Get Hashly Photography.

Wolfpac’s sexy dancers. Photo by Get Hashley Photography.

Wolfpac has the total package of live entertainment because there’s no way the audience can’t pay attention when these guys are on the stage. The main vocals came from hyphen Daddy Long Legs and Buddha, who were backed by sexy girls dressed in tiny school girl outfits dancing on poles. As if that wasn’t enough, there was also a team of guys dressed in riot gear who’s only job was to get the crowd moving. This was also the start of my favorite part of being in any crowd: the mosh pit! Myself and the riot guys got things started and kept the pit hot through the duration of the set. Wolfpac’s set was highlighted by the songs “Let Me Hit It,” “Square Peg Round Hole” and “Death Becomes Her,” a rather fun song about necrophilia. “The Hitchcock of Hip-Hop” Prozak is always good at maintaining a high level of energy that translates well to the audience. Following Wolfpac, he probably made a few new fans at Fright Fest.

Boondox was the first of the three main Juggalo acts. The first thing you have to understand about Juggalos is that the artists have a gimmick or character they portray. Boondox’s gimmick is somewhat of a wicked scarecrow. Boondox delivered a high-energy set with signature songs such as “Seven,” “Freak Bitch” and “Death of a Hater,” finishing strong with “Monster”. Remember that thing I said about gimmicks? Next up was Blaze Ya Dead Homie, whose character is an undead gangster who was killed in the ’90s and resurrected. Blaze has several songs about things such as being buried and decaying like “Grave Ain’t No Place” and ” Maggot Face,” but has other ones that are just fun like “Walk It Out”. This was the point in the evening when more people started to crowd surf rather than mosh. Blaze was entertaining, as always, with a lot of crowd interaction and having the audience sing the hooks of the songs. After all that it was finally time Twiztid!

Twizted headlined the final Juggalo show at Tremont. Photo by Stryknyn.

Twizted headlined the final Juggalo show at Tremont. Photo by Stryknyn.

The demented duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, Twiztid has long since come into its own since its days as protégés of the Insane Clown Posse and now was the time to once again show off these skills. Twiztid has always been different from other Juggalo acts in one major sense – despite the faceprint and theatrics, neither lyrically or in its performances has Twizted relied on any sort of gimmick.

Twizid’s set was filled with crowd favorites like “They Told Me,” “We Don’t Die” and ” Sex, Drugs, Money and Murder,” as well as some unusual songs such as “Hom-Sha-Bom” and “Fall Apart”. One thing that has become a Twisted signature is elongated talking between clusters of songs. The fun part is that no one minds because Madrox and Monoxide are hilarious to just listen to talk about nothing. Sadly there was never a point during this set where there was any good pit action. Everyone in the back was just pushing to the front, the front pushed back and so forth. There were quite a few crowd surfers, though. The set ended with “LDLHA-IBCSYWA” (Love Don’t Live Here Anymore-It’s Been Cold Since You Went Away), an odd choice as a closer that proved to be powerful and amazing. The spoke for a few minutes and thanked the audience for their support to conclude the final Juggalo performance at Tremont.

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Stryknyn and William Huckaby

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Stryknyn and William Huckaby

Posted on 24 August 2015 by Jonathan Williams

Photo by William Trotter.

Photo by William Trotter.

It’s been an interesting year for the Georgia wrestling scene, largely because of the changes happening at Anarchy Wrestling. Following last weekend’s Hostile Environment event, rumors are swirling once again about the future of Anarchy. We’ll be addressing those rumors in the coming weeks on Georgia Wrestling Now, but this week we have other topics to discuss as Wrestling with Pop Culture‘s Jonathan Williams and Southern Fried Championship Wrestling owner Charles Anschutz welcome two exciting guests. After being the man who obtained the submission victory for Team Anarchy over Team Platinum in the main event WarGames match at Hostile Environment, “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn returns to GWN to discuss upcoming matches at Dragon Con Wrestling, Alternative Pro Wrestling and elsewhere. Then we talk to National Wrestling Alliance Continental Wrestling Champion “The Morning Star” William Huckaby, who returns to Georgia for Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment‘s Follow the White Rabbit on Aug. 30. We also discuss WWE‘s SummerSlam, NXT TakeOver, Ring of Honor‘s Reloaded Tour and more, with additional commentary by Georgia Wrestling History‘s Larry Goodman. Listen live every Monday at 7 p.m. EST at www.blogtalkradio.com/psp and call 347-324-5735 for questions or comments.

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Carolina Rebellion gets a dose of Stryknyn in his first View from the Pit

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Carolina Rebellion gets a dose of Stryknyn in his first View from the Pit

Posted on 27 May 2015 by Stryknyn

Photo by Stryknyn.

Photo by Stryknyn.

 

 

 

I guess I should start out by introducing myself and giving a brief mission statement for View from the Pit. In wrestling rings I am known as Stryknyn. Concertgoers in Atlanta and surrounding areas know me simply as that shirtless guy tearing up the pit. I started going to concerts when I was 14 and have always enjoyed the aggressive release of moshing. More than 15 years later I still love the aggressive release of moshing. For me, concerts aren’t just about the music being played on stage. They are also largely about the passion, interaction and enjoyment of the audience. One day it dawned on me whilst reading a concert review of a show I had attended that the critics reviewing these shows don’t connect with the performance the way the rest of the audience does. That being said, I am not here to criticize a band’s performance. I’m just some jackhole wanting to have a good time. I want to give reviews from the perspective of those of us the band is actually trying to please, from my perspective, my View from the Pit!

For my first edition of View from the Pit, I was lucky enough to travel to Concord, N.C. for the sold out Carolina Rebellion at the Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 2 and 3. I’ve been to music festivals before, but this was a slightly different format than I was used to, so I was excited. The music was spread over four stages at each end of the park: The Monster Energy Carolina Stage, ReverbNation Stage, the Monster Energy Rebellion Stage and the Jägermeister Stage. As soon as the gates opened, people ran to the merch booths or the different stages to take their spots. The bands that seemed to have the biggest buzz for day one were Papa Roach, Motionless In White, Sammy Hagar, Chevelle, Cheap Trick and Korn, with many people highly anticipating the performance of Marilyn Manson, who had never before graced a Carolina Rebellion stage.

Photo by Crystal Wernett.

My show menu started later in the afternoon with Motionless In White on the Jägermeister Stage. A metalcore band out of Pittsburgh with heavy goth overtones, the band got the crowd jumping by opening with “Unstoppable” from the  recent Reincarnate album. It was an odd choice to open with, but the crowd was rabid and the moshers went to war. The pit started immediately, quickly creating a cloud of dust as the pit area was dirt and gravel. There was a healthy amount of moshers and crowd surfers, and everyone followed good pit etiquette; those who fell were picked up, respect was shown to the girls in the pit and, best of all, there were no pit bullies. Motionless’ set was close to 40 minutes, closing with “Devil’s Night,” a fan favorite that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Motionless killed its set and the crowd’s adrenaline flowing.

From there I ventured to the Carolina Stage where Papa Roach was already performing. (With this festival’s format, if I caught all of one set I’d miss the first couple songs of the next band’s set on a different stage.) So, I had to carefully plot who I wanted to see and how badly I wanted to see them. That being said, Papa Roach’s set was mostly a “best of” list including “Scars,” “Between Angels and Insects” and “Last Resort”. I headed straight for the mosh pit, which was about fifteen strong. We went about two or three song with a good jumping and moshing combo before the pit bully entered! This guy, who was about 6’2″ and 240 pounds, came in swinging elbows down and kicking. (Author’s note: A pit bully is a jackass that goes into a mosh pit with the intentions of causing bodily harm to unsuspecting persons.)

After watching this guy plow through several people with no regard for their safety, I decided to deal with the problem. He charged toward me and I scooped him up with a fireman’s carry. I then lifted him over my head and dropped him face down in the gravel. Exit pit bully, never to return. Papa Roach finished up and I was off all the way across to the Rebellion Stage for Marilyn Manson!

Photo by J. Ann Dowis.

Photo by J. Ann Dowis.

It was obvious that the majority of the first day’s crowd was there for Manson, as about 60 percent of the entire festival’s populous gathered in front of the Rebellion Stage. Manson made a grand entrance as always a lot of smoke and lighting starting with “Deep Six” from The Pale Emperor.  The song got the crowd hopping and the heads banging, but didn’t get a massive pop as I don’t think the majority of the crowd was familiar with it. Quite the opposite effect for the next few songs, “Disposable Teens,” “mOBSCENE,” “Tourniquet,” and, of course, “Sweet Dreams”. The audience jumped, head-banged, and sang along. There were a few small mosh pits but more crowd surfers. As the set rolled on with hits like “The Dope Show,” Manson’s voice cut out from time to time. I wasn’t sure if it was him or the equipment, but it became apparent that he was getting frustrated. The end of his set left persons with no prior Manson experience scratching their heads. They closed with “The Beautiful People” Manson came off stage and went up to the barricade allowing audience members to sing along with him. When the song was over, he got back on stage and left(?)! If you are a Manson veteran like me, then you know he doesn’t say “Goodnight,” rarely takes a bow and never, ever says, “This is our last song.” Unfortunately, those not wise to his act were left with a sour taste in their mouths.

Korn was next on the Carolina Stage, but most of the festival’s population, including myself, called it a day. Additional first-day flavor was added by the Rock N’ Roll Chef Chris Santos, who was hosting an eat and greet featuring burgers and ribs glazed in his famous Jägermeister sauce. Good whatever God you believe in, this food was delicious and highly recommended!

Day One Scorecard
Pits I was in: 4
Moshers: More than 50
Crowd surfers: More than 60
Pit bullies: 1

 

Photo by Stryknyn.

Photo by Stryknyn.

Day two was sadly hotter than day one. The buzz bands for the day were Slayer, Slash, Godsmack, In This Moment and, of course, Slipknot. My day started at the Rebellion Stage with the Butcher Babies, a metal band out of Los Angeles fronted by two gorgeous ladies who are very proficient at working a crowd. I honestly don’t think the majority of the audience knew their songs, but all the songs in their 35-minute set were fast tempo and heavy, plus the eye candy factor is undeniable. The ladies, like pied pipers of metal, instructed the crowd and the audience responded enthusiastically. When they said bounce, we bounced. When they said mosh, we moshed. When the surf was up, the surfers went up by the dozens. It’s safe to say that the Butcher Babies made some new fans while also pleasing established fans.

Public Service Announcement

Crowd surfing carries a 200-pound weight limit. So, big guys (myself included as I weigh 221 pounds) keep your asses on the ground! It’s not fair trying to make 16-year-old girls carry your big asses.

Photo by Stryknyn.

Photo by Stryknyn.

Next on my menu was Breaking Benjamin on the same stage. Having just gotten back together, the band was full of energy, and so was the crowd. The set was mostly just a list of their radio hits such as “So Cold,” “I Will Not Bow,” and “Firefly,” and denoted more jumping and singing than moshing. The crowd surfers were in full effect for most of the set. Breaking Benjamin got a surprisingly big crowd pop for “Polyamorous” and closed out with “Diary of Jane”. Then I had to haul ass to the Carolina Stage to not miss too much of the one and only Slash!

I’m not going to lie, I am not at all familiar with Slash’s original songs. I just wanted to hear this guitar legend play. And no matter what he is singing, Slash’s singer Myles Kennedy has an immaculate voice. There wasn’t a lot of movement in the crowd for this set. We were all just soaking it in. The only songs that I knew were the Guns N’ Roses hits “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” which all sounded amazing! After Slash finished up, I waited around in front of the Carolina Stage for Godsmack.

Godsmack started its set with a song that I was unfamiliar with. The crowd, however, was in a frenzy. The pit opened up when the band started its second song. Though there weren’t as many moshers as other pits that day, but this was a harder-hitting pit. The set rolled through hits such as “Keep Away,” “Voodoo” and “Cryin’ Like a Bitch,” then switched gears to a drum battle between the band’s drummer Tommy Stewart and front man Sully Erna, then played a medley of snippets from classic rock songs like “We Will Rock You,” “Back in Black” and “Walk this Way”. The band closed its set with hits “Whatever” and “I Stand Alone” before which Sully demanded the pit open up more. During “I Stand Alone” the mosh pit was an absolute war zone, with more moshers than the whole set combined. As soon as Godsmack left the stage it was a mass exodus to the Rebellion Stage for Slipknot.

Photo by Stryknyn.

Photo by Stryknyn.

I got to the Rebellion Stage with Slipknot already in progress. Slipknot has never been anything less than a visual spectacle if no other reason than there are nine members wearing full head masks. The set was a good mixture of older songs like “Wait and Bleed” and brand new ones like “The Devil in I”. There were two very large mosh pits full of people who were obviously running on fumes, as well as a decent amount of crowd surfers. The rest of the audience was either singing along or just watching the spectacle. There is always a lot going on while Slipknot is on stage as the band never shies away on a big production. There is no shortage of pyro, smoke and lighting tricks, so one can easily just find oneself just standing still and staring at the stage. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor told everyone to crouch down and simultaneously jump up in the air during “Spit it Out,” which is a very cool visual. The band finished up with a two-song encore of “Sic” and “Surfacing” drawing the sold out festival to a climactic conclusion.

Carolina Rebellion was a great experience. I left exhausted and sunburned, but it was so worth it. If you dont want to get hit, stay the fuck out the pit!

Day Two Scorecard
Pits I was in: 3
Moshers: More than 40
Crowd surfers: More than 60
Pit bullies: 0

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Stryknyn

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Stryknyn

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Jonathan Williams

MCW Underworld Champion "The Lethal Dose" Stryknyn takes it to End Zone as Jake "The Snake" Roberts watches on. Photo by Harold Jay Taylor/Headlocks and Headshots.

MCW Underworld Champion “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn takes it to End Zone as Jake “The Snake” Roberts watches on. Photo by Harold Jay Taylor/Headlocks and Headshots.

As Halloween approaches, Georgia Wrestling Now gets into the spirit with one of Georgia’s most monstrous wrestlers. Monstrosity Championship Wrestling Underworld Champion “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn successfully defended that title at Chambers of Horror last Wednesday before wrestling at Alternative Pro Wrestling on Friday and Peachstate Wrestling Alliance on Saturday. This week he prepares to take on C.B. Suavé in a flaming tables match at APW’s Nightmare on Cherry Street on Oct. 24 and gets a shot at the Anarchy Wrestling Championship at Fright Night on Oct. 25. GWN also celebrates its third anniversary, and Joshua Von Wheeler abruptly quits the show! Wrestling with Pop Culture and Georgia Wrestling History‘s Larry Goodman have plenty more to discuss, including recent and upcoming happenings at Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment, NWA Atlanta, Southern Fried Championship Wrestling, WWE and more. Listen live at www.blogtalkradio.com/psp every Monday at 7 p.m. and call 347-324-5735 for questions or comments.

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Joey Lynch and Stryknyn

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Joey Lynch and Stryknyn

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Jonathan Williams

Joey LynchWith the launch of the WWE Network, today is the day that wrestling may be forever changed. And we discuss these potential changes and more on this week’s Georgia Wrestling Now. But it wouldn’t be GWN without some Georgia wrestling news, and Wrestling with Pop Culture and Joshua Von Wheeler discuss those topics as well. Our first guest is Monstrosity Championship Wrestling Champion “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn, who looks to regain the Alternative Pro Wrestling Southern States Championship from Jacob Ashworth at APW’s 7th Anniversary Show on Feb. 28. Then we talk to the new Empire Wrestling Entertainment Junior Heavyweight Champion Joey Lynch. We also discuss recent and upcoming events in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, MCW, Flatline Pro Wrestling, Universal Independent Wrestling, Deep Southern Championship Wrestling and more. Listen live every Monday at 7 p.m. and call 347-324-5735 for questions or comments.

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Stupid, Paul Lee and Ace Rockwell

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Stupid, Paul Lee and Ace Rockwell

Posted on 28 October 2013 by Jonathan Williams

Stupid & Tweety recently clowned it up for MCW and return to UIW Nov. 2. Photo by Harold Jay Taylor/Headlocks and Headshots.

Stupid recently clowned it up for MCW and returns to UIW Nov. 2. Photo by Harold Jay Taylor/Headlocks and Headshots.

New champions were crowned, blood was shed and carnage ensued. Just another weekend in Georgia wrestling. This week’s Georgia Wrestling Now, with Wrestling with Pop Culture, Georgia Wrestling History‘s Larry Goodman and “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn recaps Anarchy Wrestling‘s Fright Night, Universal Independent Wrestling’s Halloween Massacre, Monstrosity Championship Wrestling‘s WrestleVania and more. But we also look ahead to this weekend’s events with UIW’s Stupid, American Wrestling Federation‘s “Nature Boy” Paul Lee and Empire Pro Wrestling’s Ace Rockwell. We also discuss recent and upcoming events at Alternative Pro Wrestling, NWA Atlanta, Platinum Championship Wrestling, East Coast Wrestling Entertainment, All-Star Wrestling Network and more. Listen live every Monday at 7 p.m. and call 347-324-5735 for questions or comments.

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Tommy Rich and Devon

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Georgia Wrestling Now welcomes Tommy Rich and Devon

Posted on 21 October 2013 by Jonathan Williams

Local legend Tommy "Wildfire" Rich challenges for the SFCW Tag Team Titles at A Nightmare on Blaine Street. Photo courtesy SFCW.

Local legend Tommy “Wildfire” Rich challenges for the SFCW Tag Team Titles at A Nightmare on Blaine Street. Photo courtesy SFCW.

There are a few times each year when wresting promotions pull out all the stops, and Halloween tends to be one of those times in Georgia. This week’s Georgia Wrestling Now guests and co-hosts are indicative of what this weekend has in store for the Georgia wrestling scene. Wrestling with Pop Culture is joined by “The Lethal Dose” Stryknyn and Johnny Danger as we talk to two of our most well-known guests to date. First we hear from Georgia legend and former National Wresting Alliance World Heavyweight Champion Tommy “Wildfire” Rich about his Southern Fried Championship Wrestling Tag Team Championship match at A Nightmare on Blaine Street Oct. 26. Speaking of tag team titles, no one knows more about those than our other guest Devon, who takes on Murder 1 in a no holds barred match at Universal Independent Wrestling’s Halloween Massacre that same night. We also discuss recent and upcoming events at Anarchy Wrestling, Platinum Championship Wrestling, Monstrosity Championship Wrestling, NWA Atlanta, Deep Southern Championship Wrestling, Peachstate Wrestling Alliance and more. Listen live every Monday at 7 p.m. and call 347-324-5735 for questions or comments.

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