There are many different types of Mosh Pits out in the world of Heavy Music.
Moshing basically is an expression/reaction from the music by the crowd at a concert. It occurs when bands usually of the HEAVY METAL, ROCK, PUNK and metal genres play in a live setting. The crowd will then chain react in front of the band and stage (known as the Pit) at a certain point in the music and will furiously and passionately shove/ push and body slam each other to the music. The idea is not to cause any harm or hurt to each other but to enjoy and celebrate the music with fellow fans. It is like you would if you were to dance to any type of music. But this is just a more extreme form of dance for an extreme form of music. Mosh Pits can be intense, hot, slimy and sticky.

It takes a certain personality of someone to appreciate Mosh Pits, go in them and Rock out.

Mosh Pits are a way of showing respect for the music and telling the band that this band, this song is AWSOME. If your music is really good then people will dance and mosh to it.

Skull Man's top awesome moshing bands to see live in concert are: Clutch, Six feet Under, Sepultura, Soulfly, Pantera, Danzig

below is a break down of the descriptions of the types of mosh pits seen in today's time. As of 1980 - 2006

MOSH PIT TIPS

THE SLAM PIT

Slamdancing is a type of art form. A Slam Pit is a number of fans who perform the art of slamdancing. There are mediocre fans and then there are artists who transcend boundaries of artistic standards to the beat of the music. fans dance around, slam into bounce and push off each other like demolition derbies on a Saturday night.

Bands that usually have Slam Dancing Pits are: Fear Factory Pantera, Machine head. Clutch

THE CIRCLE PIT

Formed by individuals dancing around in a circle or by a band member asking the crowd to move around in a circle pit. Some people sometimes go the opposite way around or dance in the middle while the circle pit is going to create a vortex effect.

Bands that generate Circle pits: Biohazard, Sworn Enemy, Arch Enemy, Fear factory

THE THRASH METAL PIT

Thrash metal Pit, is Scattered Slam Dancing Pit, lots of head banging and speratic thrashing around.

Bands that generate Thrash Metal Pits: Pantera, Slayer, Testament, Exudos, Metallica, Alice and Chains

THE DEATH METAL PIT

Similar to Death Metal Pit's but with many people wearing corpse paint and a lot of spikes and studs. These fans are very passionate about there music and at times looks like they are squeezing invisible grape fruits with their hands.

Bands that generate death metal pits: Emperor, Cradle Of Filth, Imortal.

THE BLACK METAL PIT

Similar to Death Metal Pit's but with many people wearing corpse paint and a lot of spikes and studs. These fans are very passionate about there music and at times looks like they are squeezing invisible grape fruits with their hands.

Bands that generate death metal pits: Emperor, Cradle Of Filth, Imortal.

THE PUNK PIT

There are elements of circle pit, thrashing around pogoing and hoping around. Sometimes punks bring beer into the pit and it fly's all over the place. (Watch out for the punk who pukes in the pit) Anything can happen in a Punk Pit, Never trust a Punk Pit.

Bands that have punk Pit's : Rancid, D.O.A., Misfits, Exploited, BFG's.

THE ALTERNATIVE PIT

A lot of hoping/bouncing around, some headbanging. Most safe and tamest Pits of all (Except Smashing pumpkins in 1999 when # fans died) you may meet many friends in an alternative Pit.

Bands that have Alternative Pits : Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Care bears, Sonic Youth.

THE SWAYING PIT

The Swaying Pit is a sea of people that are very condensed together. There is no room to move and sometimes breath. These Pit's consist of a movement similar to ocean currents with the waves being large groups of people being pushed in all directions. These pits steam and are like a sauna at times. (People will pass out in Pits's like this due to extreme heat and lack of air) This is caused by the fans.

Bands that usually have Swaying Pits are: Tool, Some New metal Bands, Limp Bizkit and other bands that play in large venues.

POWER METAL PIT

People standing around with there arms folded and a lot of Head banging. Some Power Metal bands do not like there fans moshing. A lot of Old Time Rockers Head banging.

Bands with Power metal Pits: Man OW War, Hammer Fall, Primal Fear, Blind Guardian.

THE HARDCORE PIT

Hardcore Pits are Mosh Pits where people throw a lot of punches, kicks and elbows. There not hating anyone they are just dancing that style of way to the Hardcore music. One minute you could be enjoying a hardcore show and the next minute you could be getting a swift side kick in the nuts.

Bands that have Hardcore Pits : Hatebreed, Candiria, Biohazard, Sick Of It All are the originators of naming certain styles of Hardcore dancing.