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Post by bodachi on Fri May 04, 2018 1:04 am

The Christian metal fan base seems to be not so big, so meeting another fan always takes me by surprise.

Today I pulled into a random driveway in Tumwater, WA, trying to find my way when a blue car drove past, blasting Theocracy's "Thirty Pieces of Silver".

When I was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in 2004, I was on temporary duty in Fort Richardson for New Equipment Training on the new Stryker.  I was wearing my Tourniquet hat (the one I wear when I slaughter chickens) when another soldier approached me to tell me he listened to them, as well.

Not the same, but still cool - also in Alaska in 2003:  I was on the SaviourMachine.com (remember that? good times) forum when another fan with whom I was chatting noticed I was in the Army in Alaska.  He asked me if I knew his brother...who turned out to be my commanding officer.

Anything like this ever happen to any of y'all?
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Post by Erasmus on Fri May 04, 2018 4:15 am

I was talking to another school dad the other week and found we had a background growing up listening to the same bands. That was pretty cool. Even some local christian metal bands in the Australian scene.
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Re: Randomly meeting other Christian metal fans

Post by Tombie on Fri May 04, 2018 6:55 am

Hey bodachi, do you live in the Olympia area? I live about an hour away. In fact, we are heading to Tumwater today.
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Post by deathisgain on Fri May 04, 2018 8:49 am

bodachi wrote:Today I pulled into a random driveway in Tumwater, WA, trying to find my way when a blue car drove past, blasting Theocracy's "Thirty Pieces of Silver".

And you didn't chase them down?
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Re: Randomly meeting other Christian metal fans

Post by bodachi on Fri May 04, 2018 10:22 am

^^I live in Rochester (5 miles west of exit 88)

^I did, in fact, chase him down.  We had a nice chat about music.

I forgot another meeting, the best one!
1998 at Fort Drum, New York, at Primary Leadership Development Course.  Bored one evening after classes, I visit a student who happened to be from my troop, but I barely knew him, as he was in a different platoon.  I ask him what he's listening to on his Walkman - Deliverance's "Stay of Execution".  Justin & I have been good friends ever since
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Post by Tombie on Fri May 04, 2018 11:40 am

bodachi wrote:^^I live in Rochester (5 miles west of exit 88)
ah, that's about 45 minutes away from me... cool. We may have to hang out and rock some time.
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Post by Pershing1134 on Fri May 04, 2018 11:45 am

So I'm walking down the isle in my local Home Depot in central Washington State and I see this teenager wearing an authentic Deliverance "Faster For The Master" t-shirt. Of course I have to stop him and ask, "Hey, were did you get that shirt?" His dad said that he originally purchased it in Vancouver, B.C. when Deliverance played a venue called "The Paramount" on their Weapons of our Warfare Tour, back in 1991.

Here's the crazy thing....I was a roadie for "D" at that time and was in charge of the merchandise booth for that very show in Vancouver, 23 years ago.  Pretty cool to have sold the shirt to that guy who then passed it onto his son...

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Post by eatbugs on Fri May 04, 2018 1:14 pm

There's a guy I've known for 6+ years.  I work with him and our kids are friends.  I had a Facebook discussion with another friend about greatest Christian metal/rock albums and he chimed in.  I've known this guy for several years and had NO IDEA he ANY knowledge AT ALL of Christian rock and metal.

His daughter is coming over tonight for a sleepover and I hope to talk metal with him when he drops her off.

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Post by Kerrick on Fri May 04, 2018 1:37 pm

I was at a Warning (secular doom metal band) concert and saw a guy wearing an Aletheian shirt.  We chatted for a bit; he was a cool guy.  I was on a bus in Norway and saw a guy wearing a Becoming The Archetype shirt.  I was really tempted to yell at him while we passed by but didn't haha.

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Post by Staybrite on Fri May 04, 2018 3:38 pm

Here is irony for you.  
This has never happened to me, despite that fact that I live in Washington State....along with nearly half of the people who have posted in this thread.
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Fri May 04, 2018 3:43 pm

A pretty major one was, my youth pastor was helping put on a concert for this indie rock band, so I helped out set up and tear down, kind of thing. And a guy who is really good friends with my youth pastor turns out to be a huge metal fan, mostly modern but a lot of classic bands as well, we have since become really great friends and go to concerts here in Spokane together, we both always have tons of stories of concerts we have been to and trade new music. Apparently we went to many of the same shows in the last few years as well and had no idea Razz
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A more minor one was, a couple weeks ago, I was in the check out line at Costco and I was wearing my Mychildren Mybride hoodie, and the checker apparently was a big fan and we talked about the last time they were in Spokane like 7 years ago, that one really surprised me
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Fri May 04, 2018 3:44 pm

Staybrite wrote:Here is irony for you.  
This has never happened to me, despite that fact that I live in Washington State....along with nearly half of the people who have posted in this thread.
We should have a CMR Washington conference or something lol!
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Post by Livna on Fri May 04, 2018 5:23 pm

This was maybe back in the 90s. I was visiting family in Ohio and we stopped at McDonalds or a Burger King or something like that. There was this Metalhead couple there eating and I noticed the guy wearing a Bloodgood shirt. I went up to them and said “hey I know Bloodgood!”  Turns our they were on their way to Cornerstone. I told him I was jealous because I had never been but always wanted to go. We talked about other bands we were into at the time like Bride, Vengeance etc... we exchanged addresses in the hopes of maybe become pen pals. But I never wrote them and have always felt bad about it.
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Re: Randomly meeting other Christian metal fans

Post by Tombie on Fri May 04, 2018 6:52 pm

Staybrite wrote:Here is irony for you.  
This has never happened to me, despite that fact that I live in Washington State....along with nearly half of the people who have posted in this thread.
Hey Staybrite... where do you live? I am in Cosmopolis near Aberdeen... home of Kurt Cobain lol. I actually went to school with him and Chris but was never a fan. I liked some of Chris' other bands back in high school.
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Re: Randomly meeting other Christian metal fans

Post by Frozen Fire on Sat May 05, 2018 2:55 pm

Wore my Vengeance Rising "Human Sacrifice" shirt to Disney world about 7yrs ago and someone in the line for a Toy Story ride got super excited when he saw it. We had a nice talk. I also got a lot of dirty looks and got a question from the photographer about what it meant when we were getting a picture with some of the characters (my wife's no 1 priority that year). Having a bloody hand nailed to wood with a line that says "Human Sacrifice" was probably not advised at Disney World.  Laughing

Wore my The Crucified shirt to a park for a picnic with my wife and our kids maybe 4 years ago and had someone there recognize it and had a nice talk as well.

This has happened both ways quite a few times over the years. Even at Christian shows wearing odd bands gets a conversation going. Recently went to see Disciple in Wadsworth Ohio and had a few good conversations because I wore a Demoniciduth shirt in a crowd of mostly hard rock fans. It singles out the metalheads or invites the curious. It's got a gruesome cover to which can invite those wondering if you're into secular metal.
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Post by strangerhoncho on Sun May 06, 2018 12:30 am

Both of mine involve the Crucified:

I interviewed a guy about 4 years back who was applying to work at my warehouse.  Cool dude, real nice, and a crusty musician covered head to toe in tattoos.  I hired him, and on his first day of work during conversation he drops that he used to go to a festival called Cornerstone when he was a young teen in '89-91 or so and loved bands like Crucified, Scaterd Few, and Vengeance Rising.  I couldn't believe it!  I said "I knew there was a reason I liked you so much during your interview!" 

The other one I posted about here when it happened last year, and that was when a big SUV pulled up beside my company van at a stop light in downtown Los Angeles and were blasting something from the Crucified's Pillars of Humanity.   I yelled at him out the window "You're playing the Crucified!" and he just smiled and said "Hell yeah I am!" and then sped off as the light turned green.  It was surreal.

There have also been instances where people at various churches I've gone to have come up and also liked Zao, the Crucified, Tourniquet, Living Sacrifice, etc. when I wore shirts to church, but that's to be expected.  Made some good friends that way -- it's the main reason I always wear those shirts!

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Post by eatbugs on Sun May 06, 2018 2:19 am

Frozen Fire wrote:Having a bloody hand nailed to wood with a line that says "Human Sacrifice" was probably not advised at Disney World.  Laughing 

Ha!  Probably not.

Now that I think about it, I wore a Circle of Dust shirt at Magic Kingdom in January without any other fans noticing. Crying or Very sad

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Post by bjorn agin on Sun May 06, 2018 7:26 am

Not quite meeting other Christian metal fans, but the other day I was wearing my Theocracy - As the World Burns shirt and I had two different guys ask me "What's Theocracy?"

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Re: Randomly meeting other Christian metal fans

Post by Staybrite on Sun May 06, 2018 12:19 pm

Tombie wrote:
Staybrite wrote:Here is irony for you.  
This has never happened to me, despite that fact that I live in Washington State....along with nearly half of the people who have posted in this thread.
Hey Staybrite... where do you live? I am in Cosmopolis near Aberdeen... home of Kurt Cobain lol. I actually went to school with him and Chris but was never a fan. I liked some of Chris' other bands back in high school.

I've been kicking around the South King county and North Pierce county area since the 1980's (Auburn, Federal Way, Puyallup, Orting).
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Post by Tombie on Sun May 06, 2018 4:18 pm

ah, ok. well, maybe someday we could meet in Oly or something. We go there at least once a month.
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Re: Randomly meeting other Christian metal fans

Post by Kerrick on Sun May 06, 2018 10:10 pm

As of a week ago, I now live in northern Idaho so Spokane is just a 45 minute drive!  Looks like somewhere in WA might be great for a bunch of folks here meeting up.

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Post by stevegarveyfan on Sun May 06, 2018 11:27 pm

A year or two ago I was in North Richland Hills, Texas at a Lone Star Brahmas ice hockey match.  I was wearing a Crucified shirt, and one of the guys in there knew the band.  Had a nice short talk about it.

Also, one of the mail carriers in my area is a huge fan of old-school Christian metal and knows pretty much all the bands from back in the late 80s.
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Mon May 07, 2018 12:19 am

Kerrick wrote:As of a week ago, I now live in northern Idaho so Spokane is just a 45 minute drive!  Looks like somewhere in WA might be great for a bunch of folks here meeting up.
No joke! We could meet somewhere in the middle of WA and have a day long CMR conference Razz
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Post by Living Sacrifice on Mon May 07, 2018 4:38 am

I work as a police officer in Stockholm and one day when I was the gym lifting weights, I randomly took a CD next to the CD-player and it was a CD with mixed metal music. I heard a song by Eternal Decision. I decieded to make my own cd with christian metal and play when I was working out in the gym. So one day I was working out when my superior officer came to me and asked me if it was my music playing from the speakers in the gym. I said yes. He said that he like it and listen to some of the bands.

Time passed and one day when we was riding along, patrolling the streets, he said: " I have to ask you a question?" "Are you a christian?" I said yes, why do you ask that? "Because of the music you played in the gym and how you are". Since then we listen to christian metal in the patrol car every time we ride together and we also went to a August Burns Red concert here in Stockholm.
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Post by Living Sacrifice on Mon May 07, 2018 4:42 am

Forgot to mention that I asked him later if he listen to Eternal Decision and he said no. He had never heard of them and it wasn't his mixed CD I had played. So that is still a mystery. Smile
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Post by Tombie on Mon May 07, 2018 6:47 am

Kerrick wrote:As of a week ago, I now live in northern Idaho so Spokane is just a 45 minute drive!  Looks like somewhere in WA might be great for a bunch of folks here meeting up.
Cool. We have family there and it's six hours away so we do go there. Maybe we can meet for lunch some time.
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Post by strangerhoncho on Mon May 07, 2018 2:50 pm

Living Sacrifice wrote:I work as a police officer in Stockholm and one day when I was the gym lifting weights, I randomly took a CD next to the CD-player and it was a CD with mixed metal music. I heard a song by Eternal Decision. I decieded to make my own cd with christian metal and play when I was working out in the gym. So one day I was working out when my superior officer came to me and asked me if it was my music playing from the speakers in the gym. I said yes. He said that he like it and listen to some of the bands.

Time passed and one day when we was riding along, patrolling the streets, he said: " I have to ask you a question?" "Are you a christian?" I said yes, why do you ask that? "Because of the music you played in the gym and how you are". Since then we listen to christian metal in the patrol car every time we ride together and we also went to a August Burns Red concert here in Stockholm.

That's a great story!  I love the image of Swedish cops listening to Christian metal as you patrol the peaceful streets of Stockholm (I'm assuming, since every story in the US about Sweden is just how free of crime it is).

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Post by Living Sacrifice on Mon May 07, 2018 3:22 pm

We have a lot of shootings here in sweden as well amongst gang members. But it's not the worst country in the world. Smile
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Post by crucifyd on Tue May 08, 2018 12:33 am

at a local street market last year a guy that lives with one of the local merchants my wife knows looks at my shirt and says "are you a King's X fan?" seemed obvious to me but I said something like "absolutely" ... talk to him a bit and moved on

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back in 91 there was a guy I had never met that had been going to my church for a couple years and played guitar regularly. there was a scheduled get-together at his house.

i'm no socialite, but I decide to go. I randomly wear my Extraction From Mortality shirt and I was the first one to show up. I knock on the door and his mom answers. I step inside the door and wait as she calls down the stairs "Todd...!"

in a minute, up the stairs comes the guitar player. as he gets up to the top of the stairs and sees my shirt he says "Believer huh?"... instant connection with this guy that I had seen at church for a couple years (I think) and never met. the next weekend we were at his storage unit (where he kept his 1970 SS Chevelle, mucle cars were another connection we had) calling each other names and generally ranking on each other, having a good 'ol time...we were immediately the best of friends, and for the next couple years solid until I got married in 93. he ultimately moved to the other side of the state and I have only seen him a couple times since then...
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Thu May 10, 2018 4:03 am

Ran into some random guy walking around downtown Spokane...............

Can't place where I have seen him before...... scratch

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Post by Kerrick on Thu May 10, 2018 3:21 pm

Dude, you gotta stop talking to strangers.  That guy looks like a total weirdo.  He probably has a shrunken head collection in his parents' basement where he lives or something.  alien

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Post by metaldude on Thu May 10, 2018 3:24 pm

Kerrick wrote:Dude, you gotta stop talking to strangers.  That guy looks like a total weirdo.  He probably has a shrunken head collection in his parents' basement where he lives or something.  alien

Yeah, he probably lives in Idaho...
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Post by Hardcore Christian on Fri May 11, 2018 12:47 am

metaldude wrote:
Kerrick wrote:Dude, you gotta stop talking to strangers.  That guy looks like a total weirdo.  He probably has a shrunken head collection in his parents' basement where he lives or something.  alien

Yeah, he probably lives in Idaho...
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Post by Kerrick on Fri May 11, 2018 2:18 pm

metaldude wrote:
Kerrick wrote:Dude, you gotta stop talking to strangers.  That guy looks like a total weirdo.  He probably has a shrunken head collection in his parents' basement where he lives or something.  alien

Yeah, he probably lives in Idaho...

Hey so long as I got that "Idaho look" (whatever that is...) and not the "California look"!!!

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Post by eatbugs on Fri May 11, 2018 5:17 pm

I wonder how many ships pass in the night in our secret society because we aren't wearing our metal shirts and other secret signs?

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Post by ludey7 on Sat May 12, 2018 1:29 pm

Mid 90s I had to stop at my office on a Saturday...had a barren cross shirt on and got stopped on my way out by a fellow co-worker with a “Barren Cross? No kidding!!”.

A few years ago I ran into Bruce Swift of Sacred Warrior at a Kings X show...then a year later I sat in front of Bruce & Tony Velasquez of SW at a Stryper show and got to tell them that they should be the opening act. I think both were surprised anyone knew who they were!

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