Lewis & Clark’s small Metal community made themselves visible last Saturday, March 4, in a Rusty Nail concert that brought together Machine Gun and Death Metal, old school and new wave rockers, Shakespearean lyrics and Klingon drinking songs. Four local bands played, including Mustaphomond, the ten-year-old JonnyX and the Groadies, Dagger of the Mind and Stovokor.
Dagger of the Mind vocalist Jason Simms (’06), who coordinated the concert in participation with the LC Music coalition, said turnout was good with a crowd of around one hundred. Some were die-hard metal fans, others simply novelty seekers drawn to the odd synthesis of Star Trek and Shakespeare. Simms said that perhaps only half the crowd consisted of LC studentsthe rest came from the Portland community.
“It was the best Metal moment I’ve experienced at LC,” Simms said. “Sometimes you get a crowd that’s standing around with their arms crossed, but this one was rowdy.”
“Metal” is a broad category, with many subgenres beneath it. The concert displayed the full spectrum, with a fifty minute, single song set by Mustaphamond; Shakespearean lyrics delivered by the gladiator-like Dagger of the Mind; JonnyX playing hard and fast “Machine-Gun” metal; and of course, the Klingon death metal of Stovokor.
Violence and Metal often go hand in hand; however, the former is usually restrained by the unwritten rules of mosh pit respect. Those rules were momentarily breached during a short-lived altercation between the seven-foot, one armed pinLuk HoDthe Klingon name of Stovokor’s lead singerand an unknown audience member. The audience member had apparently attempted several times to get a hold of one of the band’s microphones.
“The Klingon told him to quit a couple times, kind of joking, but kind of like ‘get the fuck off stage,’” said Alan Worf, who was attending the concert. In keeping with Klingon’s reputation for short tempers, HoD responded to a final assault by clouting the kid in the face, knocking him back into the moshing crowd.
The incident, though noteworthy, went unnoticed by most of the audience and did not lead to any serious problems.
“The guy was madhe came back a little later and yelled at the band, they yelled back, and he left. That’s about it,” said Simms. The audience member’s problem, said Ben Schifman (’06), was with a joke about rohypnol that HoD made during their set. But, “…you have to take it in context,” Schifman said. “They also said they wanted to enslave the human race…so are you going to take them seriously?”
Otherwise, the event continued without incident.
“There were no complaints reported,” said David Rosengard, Director of Resident Life.
Stovokor is the name of the Klingon afterlife, where warriors soak eternally in the blood of their fallen enemies.
“It really is the perfect name for a Klingon Metal band,” said Ashley Smith (’06), a self-proclaimed Trekkie and authority on Klingon lore. Smith spent part of the concert backstage quizzing Stovokor on their Trek trivia“They know their Trek,” she saidand getting background on the band’s origins. As described by the CD booklet given to Smith by the band, Stovokor hails “…from across the silent void.” HoD is from New York, though he traces his Klingon roots to the home world of Qronos.
The band’s warlike philosophies, which propose to bring earthlings to heel, complemented the rowdy mood of the audience.
“Heavy Metal is the most appropriate genre of music for Klingons,” Smith said. “That or opera.”
Simms said the concert was probably the last one he would organize at LC, as he will graduate this spring; however, “There are some serious Metal fans at LC now,” he said. Who knows? Metal might be here to stay.
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