Hemlock (band)

Last updated
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada
Genres Heavy metal, groove metal
Years active1993–present
Labels "Review"Hemlock:No time for sorrow"". Sea of Tranquility. 2011-06-01.</ref>
Website Official Site
MembersChad Smith
Troy Lee
Trevor Troupe
Brian Smith
Hemlock on tour in 2016 Hemlock band photo.jpg
Hemlock on tour in 2016

Hemlock is a heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. [1] The band has been together for 25 years (placing their origin circa 1993 [1] ), and has played concerts with likes of Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Soulfly, Otep, Slipknot, Snot, Coal Chamber, Obituary, Drowning Pool, Hed PE, Chimaira, Meshuggah, Korn, Pro-Pain https://www.partyausfall.de/presentation-pro-pain-undivided-hemlock-europatour-2012-75.html & Ministry. [1]

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Hemlock has toured with many of their favorite bands. The list is long and includes : Slipknot, Slayer, Ministry, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Soulfly, Otep, Chimiara, Snot, Pro-Pain, Obituary, and tons more.

The Wall of Death

A Hemlock concert staple is the wall of death. A common crowd participation gimmick at metal concerts, the wall of death requires the audience to be split into two separate "walls" that face each other from opposing sides of the concert floor (usually where the mosh pit is located). Hemlock started doing the Wall of Death back in the late 1990s at their shows. Frontman Chad Smith admits he did not come up with the idea, but he did bring it to the metal world, and passed it on to other bands that toured with Hemlock (i.e. Chimaira, 36 Crazyfists ) and they passed it on, and now it is a favorite at most metal shows.

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In Hemlock's version of the wall of death, the band starts playing music while the lead singer counts down from 10. After the singer reaches the number 1, he usually screams out a word such as "go". At this point, the two sides of the audience rush at each other in an often violent collision that may involve jumping in the air, swinging of fists, and throwing of elbows. A mosh pit usually forms following the wall of death.


Band members


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