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It was a little early on in the show, and there wasn't much of a crowd just yet. The time was just after 9:30. Local costumed horror-themed band Lurking Corpses had just taken the stage, and the small crowd had already worked itself up into enough of a frenzy for one brave soul to try out crowdsurfing. The folks in attendance obliged and held him aloft for a few moments before he toppled to the floor. 

It may not have lasted long, but it gave a sense of the commitment to metal music made by those in attendance and the venue itself. Skeletunes is a small, narrow bar that has become something of a mecca for local metalheads. It's the kind of place that looks like it's decorated for Halloween year-round, with ghoulish figures and fake cobwebs strewn out amongst the concert posters and photos of Betty Page on the wall.

Early on, it was clear that the Lurking Corpses have developed a local following judging by the number of t-shirts and patches in attendance. The Corpses took the stage in matching cloaks and unique, ghoulish Halloween masks. The lead singer talks to the audience in between songs in a voice not unlike the Cryptkeeper from the long-defunct HBO show "Tales from the Crypt."

Next up was Nuke from Detroit, a quintessential thrash band that has an affection for all things G. G. Allin. The most conceptually interesting band of the evening though, was up next - Louisville, Kentucky's Savage Master. The group is a  female-fronted BDSM-themed band. The lead singer was dressed in a revealing leather outfit, while the rest of the band was dressed as gimps straight out of "Pulp Fiction." 

The star of the show, Deceased, came out last. Heavy metal stalwarts and early innovators of melodic death metal, they were the heavyweights of the evening, trotting out classics like "The Silent Creature," "Fearless Undead Machine," and "Night of the Deceased." They brought the noise well into the early morning.