Matthew K. Heafy
Written and composed by Mikael Åkerfeldt
My friends over at The Gothenburg Sound Festival recently interviewed me about Gothenburg and Sweden as far as their Metal Scenes’ impacts on my life as a musician. Enjoy all four parts here. (Part five will be out soon).
Me chowing down on the old drunk-mop German-specialty: Currywurst! (Whilst discussing : food, politics, Mitch Lucker, meat, thew next Trivium record, and more)
Here is one of my first attempts at scoring for a visual project. My good friends at Maven Creative had me take a stab at Shosen’s “First To Attack” trailer a few years back, and I’m not sure If I’ve shared it properly with everyone. It was a good way to jump head-first into scoring.
“Dawn Of A New Day”
“Dying In Your Arms”
Dawn Of A New Day (At In Flames’ Restaurant, 2112)
Life used to be sort of difficult in Trivium: always hearing of “other bands” that either say that we **** or that “Matt Heafy is a _____ (insert numerous insults in blank)”, or ludicrously cold commentary online about things surpassing the boundaries of necessity when you simply don’t like a band. It hurt a bit being in my late teens just making the kind of music I wanted, but always having to “hear” about how bands, press, or kids thought I or the band sucked. Nowadays? I never hear anything band really (or don’t mind), and I’ve managed to befriend some musicians that I always considered some of the greatest people on Earth. Continue reading
(The Trivs eatin’ Yasui)
Toe Kyo Whoa Oh. Sahn.
Amazingly, it was still the arrival day. Pretty much instantly when we finished dinner, we walked to another dinner. That’s how I do it in my home-land – if I’m there for only a few 24-hour chunks… I am going to eat that town like Godzilla. I think in that 1.5-2 day time frame, I consumed somewhere are 30 or 40 different dishes… probably guzzled down a gallon or two of Japanese beer to boot. I do not **** around when it comes to my food in Japan.
Koji is someone who I consider a dear friend. I don’t often get to see him or chat and such due to being on polar opposite ends of the earth – but when we’re together, we’re on the same brain waves. This dude even came to my engagement party in Florida when I first got engaged to Ashley. With Koji, I have eaten some of the greatest meals of my life… I have stayed out later with that dude than anyone I know… I’ve done headstands in rock clubs at 5:50am with him… we’ve eaten some insane shit too. Koji and I are cut from the same cloth: two dudes who put family and friends above all else… then food in second place… then metal and music in a not-too-distant third place. Continue reading
Pints Of Guinness Makes You Strong
There’s no question that seeing Trivium in the midst of a touring bill that reads acts like The Amity Affliction, Upon A Burning Body, I See Stars, Motionless In White and Asking Alexandria may be just a little bit puzzling to those familiar with our usual touring-mates. Well – we’ve stated both musically and verbally that this is a whole new year for Trivium.
Already this year in the USA alone, we’ve toured with Dream Theater, In Flames, (out with) Asking Alexandria and (will be out with) Five Finger Death Punch. I dare you to find another band who can successfully pull off all four of those different tours in a year. You’d be hard pressed to. Continue reading
SXSX Acoustic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Day 2. I woke up in my impossibly shitty hotel (Homestead Suites at 507 something… a mile from the goodness of SXSW) that was priced at $250 bucks (as compared to their normal $80-something). Front desk said (even though the dude who checked me in at 1am said I’d have till 1pm) said I needed to be out by noon… I was informed that the guy who checked me in didn’t’ even work at the hotel – well… how the **** did he swipe my card then? Whatever… I was out.
Popped by the bus – found it essentially a grave yard… passed out pirates and socks lined the bunk halls. Fortunately, Rob and Joey were keen on a walk into town for some grub. Our mission today was simple: no friggon restaurants… only trucks. Trucks dammit!
We walked a little over a mile to get to Naan Stop, an Indian truck that came highly rated on all our internet sources. I was greeted by a very friendly woman working the window – I asked her what’s the best – my prescription was the Parantha Roll with a mixture of Paneer and Chicken. What’s funny about Naan Stop is that they don’t have naan necessarily… but instead the parantha bread instead. It’s like a burrito tortilla but made of naan-type material. My chicken and paneer was heavenly – it’s like a home-made hand rolled taco… but with a burrito-sized home. The chicken and paneer (which I think is some sort of special cheese or cheese curd – somewhere between the texture of feta cheese and tofu) came in a (what I thought) was perfectly mild sauce. I guess it was really spicy judging by the mild-tear up by Rob and Joey from theirs. Really slamming. Continue reading