The Old Idaho State Penitentiary reopens to accept a full house of social misfits and incorrigibles: The first new prisoners since officially closing its doors in 1973. Among the criminal element; Manson worshiping serial killers, Karin Comes Killing; thrash deviants, Ripchain; social parasites, Black Tooth Grin; anti-Bieberist hooligans, Kilmer; and countless deranged and Villainous metalheads.
Hundreds of headbanging visitors poured into the courtyard to watch as the criminal elements were brought to the staged gallows to face their peers and shout their final words. For five solid hours, each band of cretins pled its case to the mob, but at the end of the night all that was left at the historic prison were more indelible memories and ghosts.
Throughout the event, the crowd rowdied itself on beer from Ninkasi Brewing Company. As the night wore on shadows of the demented danced upon the prison walls and warrior cries resounded from the gallows.
By evening’s end the crowd of visitors had disbursed, satiated by camaraderie and exhausted by revelry. The social miscreants who raged through their guitars, bass and drums had at last been silenced, Behind the Bars.
Metal 4 the Mountains had been a success, and the money raised would go to help create a water purification system for the Boise greenbelt. Growing Change, Inc., who helped sponsor the event, did an exceptional job, as did all the others involved including; Ninkasi Brewing, Know Mad Records,Hard Corps Entertainment, Skin Deceptions Tattoo, and so many others.
One can hope it will not be another 16 years before Boise music fans can experience further unique events such as this inside the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
This concert was incredible. The bands played at their best, the crowd responded enthusiastically, the location was inspired, the cause was great, and the music lifted our metal spirits.
Ripchain frontman David Ford stated the band will be returning to the studio next month to begin recording a new album, and Black Tooth Grin shared that more new music is forthcoming from them as well.
Former Knitting Factory General manager, Ryan Collis, who now runs Hard Corps Entertainment, MC’d the event and promised big things from his company as well as Know Mad records.
To all Boise metalheads. If you were not there last night, you missed a once in a lifetime show. Remember, now more than ever it is crucial to get out and support the scene.