I guess I’ve now become the unofficial historian of the Nitro/Charleston music scene during the early to mid-1990s. Having said that, the memorabilia and other information I have from that time is focused primarily around my band, Flood, since that’s what I had most access to. I do have some stuff from other bands but it’s pretty limited. Over the past few years, several people involved in the scene from those days have provided additional information (which I’ve included on the site).  That has allowed me to fill in some gaps and to provide a slightly different perspective on the scene than that of my own.

That got me thinking about attempting to expand the history of the Nitro scene on this site to include much more than my own experiences.  I can’t imagine that the 500 or so people who attended these shows regularly don’t have any mementos of their own from those days.  I know for a fact there are over 500 personal experiences out there, most of which have probably never been written down or even shared with others.

So if you’ve got something about the scene you’d like to share on this site then I’d be more than happy to include it here.  If you have any old flyers that I don’t already have, scan them and send them my way.  I’ll include them in the flyers section.  If you have any audio recordings from your band or a live show, send them to me and I’ll add them here.  I have a relatively large photo gallery from this period so I’m looking for photos as well.  I’m also looking for video recordings.  I’d love to flesh out the Nitro section of the site to include as much as possible and make it less about my experiences playing in Flood and more about the entire scene and all the bands and people who made it what it was.

I’m always looking for personal stories from those days.  If you have any recollections you’d like to share feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page.  It’s the quickest and easiest way to contribute to the site.

You can also head over to the Nitro Scene Friends Facebook group and join the discussion there.

If you want to drop off photos, audio, or video files you can leave them in my public Dropbox folder.

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17 thoughts on “Contribute

  1. Chris Ojeda 03/19/2011 / 8:16 am

    The Nitro music movement was a very integral part of my introduction to West Virginia Hardcore/Heavy Metal scene. Around 94′, I was forced to move back to Logan county after I made straight D’s in my freshmen year of college. I was around 19 at the time. My guitarist at the time and I would travel up to Nitro every weekend with a couple packs of cigerettes and about $20 between us to partake in the massive groundswell knows as The Pit. I knew what I was witnessing was something very special. We formed a 2 man band at that time simply just so we could play at The Pit and LKM and be a part of this. My favorite memory from this time was this…
    Around this same time, I was helping a young high school band try to get out of Logan County as well. They were called Harvest and was fronted by a 15 yr old alt rock kid named Jeff Ellis. I talked to Lisa Brannon and she told me to bring them up and she’d put them on a bill for me. I drove with Harvest to their first gig outside the county to The Pit. The were billed to open for a Heavy Metal act from Weston, WV called Temper. This was my first introduction Temper and their guitarist Tony Rohrbough. It was a very rough introduction for Harvest but ultimately, Jeff Ellis would become a mainstay in the WV music scene, albeit 10 years later. Tony and I would, 6 years later, reunite and form the band Byzantine. Thanks Nitro Music scene for fascilitating this great experience for me!

    • Brian (the drummer) 03/23/2011 / 12:59 pm

      OJ, I remember Harvest. I believe I was in Shindig when we played down in Logan. It might have been Dirt Bear. I really can’t remember. But I remember playing in the Logan area and Harvest was playing. Not that my opinion matters much, but I remember being impressed.

      I was a part of the scene for a long time. Even before Nitro was the place to play. I can remember seeing Pale Hecate shows when I was in junior high and playing in a thrash metal band of my own called Last Rites.

      It was this same time frame that I heard a band called Camel Beast which would completely change my outlook on music. And I’d give anything to have a copy of the 2 demos that I used to have of that band.

      I’m going to sound like a grumpy old man, but I get the feeling that the kids who go to shows today and maybe some of the bands, have no true knowledge of the scene that was before them.

      Amazing times that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

      • Brian 03/23/2011 / 1:31 pm

        Holy shit, I haven’t heard anybody talk about Pale Hecate in years. I almost forgot about them.

        • I lived in Nitro and had access to the early Nitro Metal scene.I remember going to Cin-San(long before The Pit)in Nitro and seeing Pale Hecate for the first time,(I believe it was ’89)which, they were awesome.They played there alot.I went to every show they played there.We used to hang out after the shows with them.They were very,very cool.I remember Chris Allen of Freaktent and I started moshing at their first show and no one knew how to react.The owners thought we were fighting.It was quite funny.The members were (if I remember correctly);Ted Christie – Vocals, Skele (I don’t think he ever told me his real name) – Lead guitar, Shawn Whitten – Rhythm guitar, Bob Obstrom – Bass, Thunderhead (again, never got his real name) – drums.I would love to know what happened to the members and what they’re doing now.I used to have a blue jean jacket with all their signatures and a Pale Hecate backpatch on it which,the backpatch still exists,it just needs to be found.They recorded alot of their shows.I’d love to see some footage from one or some of their shows.I know they played mostly covers so there’s probably not very many originals but these guys were the best Metal band locally,(in my opinion)at that time,and still influence my music writing to this day.They still remain as one of the best Metal acts I’ve ever seen.I also remember the Sissonville band Fade to Black which played at Cin-San from time to time.I don’t know if anyone remembers them or not.When the backpatch is found,I will scan it and e-mail the image to you.

          • Dallas Higginbotham 07/03/2014 / 3:03 pm

            That band from Sissonville was Beyond The Black,not Fade To Black.My mistake.

  2. Brian (the drummer) 03/25/2011 / 9:14 am

    \m/ Fockin’ A, right!

    Bobby Hughes….AMAZING.

  3. Brian (the drummer) 03/25/2011 / 9:14 am

    Damn…my metal horns didn’t quite come out like I expected.

  4. Maura 11/22/2011 / 2:19 pm

    I’m in Huntington and was a DJ forever at MU. I have been trying to remember a CD compilation that came out with Charleston bands in the early 90’s. do you know what that is? I can’t remember any bands and it is killing me. Something with Mary or Jane in it (hah hah).


  5. Brian (the drummer) 11/29/2011 / 2:02 pm

    You are thinking Crazy Jane. I remember the CD, but can’t remember the name. Mike Lipton (WV Music Hall of Fame) would know.

    • MD 08/14/2012 / 7:01 am

      The compilation was called New Music Feast!

  6. jason walls 06/20/2014 / 7:03 pm

    I’m from Nitro and grew up listening to pale hecate and all the other bands. Damn what memories. Does anyone have any music from this era? I would LOVE to get my hands on this very memorable music.

  7. Kevin Simpson 04/19/2016 / 10:46 pm

    Wow! Can’t believe I found this. “Skele” from Pale Hecate was me. Those were some good times.

  8. Joe 02/25/2017 / 11:19 pm

    I remember seeing Shindig play a gig at the Hurricane Park when I was about 16 or so. It was truly one of the best shows that I have ever attended. Why does no one set up local shows at parks any more? I have read Shawn Moore’s name being mentioned a couple of times. He is living in Florida and playing in a band called Sister Kill Cycle.

  9. Jami S Dent 09/24/2020 / 8:24 am

    I went 2 several shows & hung out w/ several bands in the early 90s in Charleston, WV. I actually googled Pale Hecate band & found this post.
    I dated a guy in high school that use to play in a band called Last Rites. They use 2 practice around the corner from were Pale Hecate use 2 practice, in Elkview. They would play gigs every weekend all around the Charleston area.
    Oh, the memories!

    • Brian Pauley 10/01/2021 / 11:17 am

      Jami! This is Brian, who played drums in Last Rites. So I assume you are Jami who dated Nick.

      I assume you probably won’t see this, as it’s been over a year ago.

      Brian J. What you have going on here is nothing short of amazing. You have single handedly connected everyone who lived during those times. Thank you for doing so.

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