Trivium Gig Review!

Howdy all,

Boy, what an eventful week Vanna and I have had! First we had our trip to the cities, which involved hours and hours of clothes shopping PLUS my first Red Lobster experience, and then, once we got home, we’ve had to deal with car problems, job interviews, and vet trips! The excitement (because bills are super fun and exciting, right?) hasn’t quite ended just yet, but while things are quiet I’m going to take the opportunity to talk about last Wednesday’s Trivium gig. As there were three acts (including Trivium) I figure I’ll break the review into three. First up…

Wilson: Mill City Nights in Minneapolis was the venue, much like it was when Trivium last toured in Minnesota. We arrived on time, bought our Trivium t-shirts (most important detail!) and then listened to Wilson, an upbeat heavy rock/metal band out of Detroit.  They were entertaining, had some good songs, got the crowd pumped up; what more could you want from an opener? The singer even brought out a massive drum and then jumped off the stage and crowd surfed…so yeah, we enjoyed Wilson. They were fun. Drumming was a little simple, but they had some cool solos, and the vocals were decent.

The best thing about Wilson, though, was that they didn’t overstay their welcome. The same cannot be said for the second group, however.

Tremonti:Tremonti was formed by Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. Cool fact if you like Creed, bad news if you don’t. Why? Because Tremonti’s fame meant his band performed for over an hour! In fact, they were on longer than Trivium, and that’s just not right.

Ugh, I try not to be negative about bands, but when it comes to Tremonti, I can’t help it. Their act started well enough, but soon got very, very, very boring. The occasional instrumental aside, there is nothing positive I can say about Tremonti. The vocals were boring, they had no stage presence whatsoever, and it didn’t take long for all the songs to sound exactly the same. I tried to like them, but I just couldn’t. And any goodwill I still had for them soon disappeared once we hit the hour mark and the singer said they ONLY had three more songs left. No. Get out of here Tremonti. You suck.

Trivium: It took three hours, but finally the main attraction arrived on stage! Once again, Trivium were (was? Just sounds stupid!) awesome. The sound wasn’t as good as last time, and a few of the song choices were somewhat questionable, but to be honest, I’m just nitpicking (I blame Tremonti).  We loved the gig, and we loved Trivium. Had it been any other band, we wouldn’t have stayed through Tremonti’s act. Trivium though, they are most definitely worth waiting for. It was a great performance. I only have two regrets; I wish Trivium had come onto the stage sooner, and I wish they’d stayed there longer too. I wanted more!

Uh, what else can I say? Well I think we (the crowd) did a fantastic job; Paolo (Trivium’s bass guitarist) even tweeted that we were joint best crowd on the tour…so that’s something to be proud of. I realize I’ve only seen a handful of bands live, but I have to say that Trivium are far superior to everybody else when it comes to entertaining the audience (take note Tremonti and In This Moment). They made us want to be loud and raucous. I can’t wait to see them again!

And that’s about it…oh wait! I almost forgot, but at the end of Trivium’s gig, Vanna got one of Matt Madiro’s drumsticks! She really had to fight for it, but she snatched it out of some other girl’s grasp so we now have two Trivium drumsticks (Vanna got the old drummer’s stick a few gigs back) along with several plectrums. We’re building quite a collection! Well, Vanna is. But I’m married to her, so it’s my collection too, right? Even if it isn’t, I have a badass Trivium hoodie that came with the album, and that is arguably as good as a drumstick (the album is pretty fantastic too!).

So that’s the news from our latest Trivium experience. What’s next for us? Well, I have another interview tomorrow, and I’m working on a second game story for another Bioware writing position. I think I applied too late for the first job (the ad closed two days after I posted) but this position might work better for me anyway.  And now that I have some experience of Twine, I should stand a better chance of getting it…providing I apply in time, of course! Anyway, I’ll post a link to my second story sometime next week.

A’right, I think that’s it. I’ll speak to you guys later!







*Edit: One thing I hate about writing gig reviews is using the correct terminology regarding the bands. To me, it should be “Trivium are” not “Trivium is.” I realize that’s wrong, but it is a difficult habit to break. So, uh, apologies for any grammar mistakes above.*





Applying For My Dream Job…And Trivium!

Howdy folks,

I do apologize for being quiet the past few weeks. In my defence, the blog isn’t the only thing that has been ignored recently; chores, my book…even my Xbox  has had little playtime (except for FIFA 16; will talk about that later!) during the last fortnight. Why have I been so sidetracked?  Well a writing position opened up at Bioware earlier this month. If you didn’t know, that happens to be my dream job at my dream company, and for the application I had to write a plot set in a Bioware game universe…so that’s why my priorities had to change this month (sorry Xbox).

But hey, things should return to normal now that I’ve finished. My mood repeatedly changed through the process (sometimes I’d go from pleased to frustrated to pleased again in the space of ten minutes) but ultimately I’m quite happy with how my story turned out. It took a while for me to find the right concept, and even longer to fit the story idea into the Dragon Age universe. I had to do a lot of research (my memory needed some help) to ensure each facet of the plot didn’t contradict the lore. I then decided last minute to switch from a Word doc to Twine, which wasn’t an easy task either.  But I got there eventually. Here’s a link if you want to read it!

(Background information if you aren’t familiar with Dragon Age; Templars hunt bad mages, blood magic is bad, demons are bad, the Fade is essentially the realm of demons and spirits…you should be good now.)

Anything else exciting happening in my life? Well tonight Vanna and I (along with her cousin Brit and her boyfriend Zach) are going to see Trivium at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis. This is my second time seeing Trivium and I AM EXCITED! They were very impressive last time and I can’t wait to hear their new material. Unfortunately the album doesn’t come out until Friday so we can’t memorize the lyrics beforehand, but we’ll have the older songs we can jam too. If only I still had my long hair…*sigh*

Anyway, I’ll tell you about the gig later. For now, here’s the video for Silence In The Snow, my favourite of the three songs I’ve heard. There’s no shouting on Trivium’s new album so even if you aren’t keen on metal you can give it a try. Enjoy!


Cultivate Festival…From The Outside.

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Howdy all,

Sorry for the slight delay for this post, had some reports to transcribe…and I forgot I still had pictures for you.

Anyway, after our trip to Duluth, Vanna and I finished our anniversary week (I realize this was a while back now…) with a visit to her grandparents in the cities. On Friday we went to a car show, and then on Saturday we attended the Cultivate Festival in Minneapolis.

Well…sort of attended it. Because of the crazy amount of people going to the festival, we ended up parking over a mile from the park venue. After a long walk – humidity and heat only made it feel longer – we eventually arrived late to a jam-packed Loring park. The thousands of people did not deter Sharissa or Vanna, but it was too much for me, especially as I already wasn’t that keen on the festival…

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Grand Marais (North Shore Part 4!)

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Howdy folks,

Here we are at the fourth and final photography album of our anniversary trip to the North Shore. It’s been quite a journey, but it had to end eventually, right? If it is any consolation, I couldn’t have picked a better place for the finale.

So, after stops at many waterfall/river based locations, we headed to our final destination: Grand Marais, the coolest small town in America. Here’s the slideshow!

Grand Marais is such a beautiful town, isn’t it? So picturesque, so…perfect. It was a shame we had to leave so quickly. It’s definitely somewhere I want to go again…ideally for more than a couple of hours. In some ways, it reminded me of home. I really, really liked it there. And even though the experience was painfully short, I’ll treasure the memories.


Ah well. Maybe next summer we’ll go back. I know Vanna would like that too.

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The Cascades (North Shore Part 3!)

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Howdy folks,

Our final stop before Grand Marais was at the Cascade River State Park. The weather was questionable at times (sporadic rain, fading light), but the scenery was beautiful. We even saw a baby bear! Didn’t get a picture of it mind, but it was pretty cool (we also spotted a coyote by the highway)! What did we catch on camera? Well there are views of Superior, waterfalls, and uh, a lumpy tree. Most of them turned out okay…the lighting inside the forest made it difficult. Anyway, slideshow is below. Enjoy!


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Two Island River, Cross River, and Temperance River (North Shore Part 2!)

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Howdy all,

So we didn’t have the greatest time at Tettegouche. The weather was hot, wet and humid, and we were hot, sweaty and tired. Not the best of starts to our North Shore trip.

But despite our misery we persevered! And shortly after getting back on the highway we were rewarded with three beautiful, scenic river crossings. The slideshows for each stop are below. Enjoy!


Two Island River

Unlike the other two places, Two Island River wasn’t marked as a tourist stopping place. I happened to see it while looking for Cross River, and decided to turn the car back around to get a closer look. We spent at least thirty minutes exploring the area. It was pretty cool.

Temperance River

Rather busy, so not the best spot for us, but it provided some great views of Superior.

Cross River

Probably my favourite place after Grand Marais. I…

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Silver Bay and Tettegouche State Park (North Shore Part 1)

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Howdy folks,

So after spending Tuesday in Superior, Vanna and I spent Wednesday travelling the North Shore. We were on the road bright and early, our tiredness overruled by an enthusiasm to start the exploration (the threat of missing out on the motel’s complimentary breakfast may have also played a part in our early morning). I had planned several stops on the way to Grand Marais, the first of which was Tettegouche State Park. Why there? Well, each location on our visit list had waterfalls; Tettegouche just happened to have three. But before we got there, we stopped at Silver Bay, a small little town an hour out of Duluth…

As you can probably tell from the pictures, the weather wasn’t too great Wednesday morning. The wind was definitely the biggest issue, but the rain also threatened to cause problems. By the time we reached Tettegouche, the sporadic drizzle…

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