Metal Meets Metal – Music and Melees Blend In Greatness At EVOLV

If there is a soundtrack for full armor fights with weapons, it would most certainly be Metal!

Metal Meets Metal
EVOLV Fitness in Seattle WA, 26 January 2020. Photo by Kurt Clark / Nehi Stripes Seattle / NehiStripes.com

The clash and crash of contact sport are augmented by the energy and sound of Heavy Metal music.  It’s a combo that just feels natural and, to some degree, like it should have been together all along.  Yet, it was only last year that local musician Rich Hurst held his first Metal Meets Metal in Snohomish to an enthusiastic crowd.  There were bands, beer, and brawling.  Men and women all participated.  The event went smoothly and fans asked for more!

Metal Meets Metal
EVOLV Fitness in Seattle WA, 26 January 2020. Photo by Kurt Clark / Nehi Stripes Seattle / NehiStripes.com

As a combat veteran, Rich has a knack for blending sport with mayhem.  He found armored combat to be a great way to stay in shape, and fend off the stress that built up from his time on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was on the TV show “Knight Fight” in 2019, teamed up with one of his Army friends.  This activity feels like it was made for him.

And this year, Rich’s vision for Metal Meets Metal landed on January 26th at EVOLV Fitness in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood!

Metal Meets Metal
EVOLV Fitness in Seattle WA, 26 January 2020. Photo by Kurt Clark / Nehi Stripes Seattle / NehiStripes.com

Fighters came from around the world to match up in 1 on 1 fights and in Melees – with four fighters at once.  There are three one-minute rounds; if that seems short, consider how heavy that metal armor can be!  And the fighters are also wielding heavy steel weapons of all sorts.  Make no mistake; even fighters in top shape are breathing heavy and sweating rivers by the end of the rounds! Check this out:

And to put this malevolent mixer to music, Rich enlisted Siren’s Rain!

Metal Meets Metal
EVOLV Fitness in Seattle WA, 26 January 2020. Photo by Kurt Clark / Nehi Stripes Seattle / NehiStripes.com

The band played in-between fights, about every 15 minutes.  Siren’s Rain consists of Rena on vocals, William on guitars, Ed on guitars, Scotty on bass, and Heaney on drums.  Their Folk Metal sound mixes heavy distortion, intricate guitars, and indigenous drum work with ancient melodies and lyrics.  The feeling is organic, haunting, and direct.  Perfect music for keeping the crowd up while the fighters regrouped for another round.   Many elements of their music held true to the era when armored fights would have occurred.  One of the most significant numbers the band did was a song where every member was playing the drum. Rena’s mystical vocals tied to the communal percussion, and summoned an older time in our musical history!

Rich intends to make Metal Meets Metal into an annual event.  He will post pop up events on social media, and tickets are always available online.  General Admission and VIP tickets are sold, with the latter offering giving ringside seating.  Watch Facebook for upcoming events.

You can hear for yourself how Metal is the perfect companion to armored combat!