Report: Metal, Modern Dance Inspires Change

According to Seattle's The Spectator Online, Metal Makes Change the April 18 benefit concert held to raise money for the families and youth of Lesotho, Africa struggling with the HIV/AIDS epidemic featured a a local band covering MASTODON's music from their album "Leviathan", inspired by the novel "Moby Dick", accompanied by dancers from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Lead singer of the band began the show (which took place at Pigott Auditorium the largest presentation facility on Seattle University's main campus) with a theatrical narration of the biblical story of Jonah followed by the bands first song "Blood & Thunder".

But that was merely a warm-up performance compared to the heaviness of the music and the force of some of the later dance performances. During the song "Seabeast" one of the dancers enters on stage with a blown-up killer whale, drawing a few chuckles from the crowd, but any laughter quickly subsided as the song began.

The dancer struggled with the whale, fighting it, controlling it and sometimes trying to escape the "monster," as she gracefully swept across the stage.

"It was pretty amazing and very unique. I didnt really know what to expect, but I knew the band," said Chris Saul, senior social work major. "Heavy metal and modern dance...an interesting mix."

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