Oberhausen, Germany

Robert, Trivium’s pal from Warsaw had flown in to visit us all in Oberhausen, and he found just the kind of dinner spot we needed. Gdanska is a very traditional Polish place in Oberhausen; having just returned from Poland right before being in Oberhausen, I felt as if I were warped directly back to Warsaw. The same newspaper-menu, flyers advertising Polish concerts and artists adorned the walls. The place felt as if Grandma’s long-tabled dining area was somewhat punk-rock-ized. It felt traditional and semi-modern-underground-kid Polish – a good vibe.  Continue reading

Oberhausen, Germany

Germany does Christmas Markets unlike any place I’ve ever personally seen. In the States – yeah, we have shop windows that are all done up with plastic Rudolphs and dressed-up bearded-bikers with kids on their laps in the middles of malls; but in Germany – there are some seriously done-up little X-mas towns. Oberhausen I heard was known as having one of the best Christmas markets in Germany, so it was perfect that we had a day off there on the In Flames European tour.  Continue reading

A Michelin-Star For Matthew

Munich

There are only a handful of events in a person’s lifetime that can be considered as life-changing. For me, there are a few instances recently that truly stand out as something monumental… where I actually recall being in that moment thinking to myself “this is unbelievable… this is really something special.” The sort of moment where you know that maybe this will never happen again – and thankfully you were able to step outside of yourself for a moment and quietly observe the magic happening at that moment.  Continue reading

München

Deutschland

We arrived in Munich and awoke early, knowing we had a big food day ahead of us. Paolo and I met up with Ela and Dennis, and headed out front of the venue to meet with Laurent – a long-time supporter and worker of/for Trivium. Laurent is initially from France, living in Germany. He is responsible for much of the amazingness behind Trivium’s internet presence. He has worked alongside Trivium for years and years, helping get our word digital and online – he’s an invaluable ally to the Trivium organization, and it was time to grab a bite with him in his old stomping grounds.  Continue reading

Stuttgart

Deutschland

Having just wrapped up two mind-blowing shows in Sweden with In Flames (Stockholm had around 7,000 people; Gothenburg over 8,000), I flew into Germany a day early before the bus to meet up with some of my old friends. Ela and Dennis are two of Trivium’s biggest supporters and closest pals – if I am retelling the story completely accurately (and I hope I am) – I think the two of them met through the Trivium fan club, eventually began dating; created a “Trivium Car” (you may have seen that in press or in Germany); then eventually got married. Beautiful story if I do say so myself. I can confidently say that a Trivium show in Germany is not a Trivium show in Germany without them around – so it’s always a treat to see the two.  Continue reading