In Huntington, the local radio station the X 106.3 has an affinity for bad to mediocre (and rarely good) heavy music - as do the residents of the region. Since the mid-90s Huntington has been one of a few cities in the country to host its own hard rockin' annual Clear Channel event. Huntington's first X-Fest featured Helmet playing at the Ritter Park Amphitheater. The festival has since moved to the riverfront park and has had its highs (Type O Negative, Rollins Band, Shadows Fall) but mostly lows (Nickelback, Disturbed, Buckcherry, Seether, and many more).
In 2002, the line-up included Hatebreed and Clutch, and below is a video of Clutch playing "Smoke Banshee" from Pure Rock Fury at the event. And if you look closely, you'll notice a potentially familiar then-21-year-old Herald-Dispatch photographer backstage waiting for a shot of the women in the crowd to expose themselves to the band. Oh, X-Fest.