Trivium @ Cambridge Corn Exchange 23/08/2024

American metal band Trivium are back in the UK for their highly anticipated ‘Goblins & Wizards Tour’. Their first stop is at Cambridge Corn Exchange in where the band have not played the venue since 2007. They also brought along support acts Orbit Culture and Bleed From Within.

Upon arriving the Corn Exchange, the long queue snaked down the side of the venue and right up to the local multi story carpark entrance. The line was filled with plenty of metal heads and rockers. When entering the venue there were two merchandise stands selling various t shirts, hoodies, CDs etc of all three of the nights acts. The bars were full of people eagerly awaiting for the show to start.

First up was Swedish melodic death metal band Orbit Culture. The stage was very dark and hazy and plenty of strobe lighting. The band really got the audience hyped up for more music. The room filled with the roars from Niklas Karlsson who is the frontman of the band.

Next up was Scottish heavy metal band Bleed From Within. The guys were very active on stage jumping around and really getting the crowd going. The lighting was alot more brighter for these guy. There were plenty of mosh pits. The room was steaming up from the heat of the summer time and hot and sweaty people. Security at the front were handing out cups of water to cool the crowd down.

After Bleed From Within had played the stage was getting ready for the band everyone had been waiting for. The huge banner at the back of the stage was revealed with a platform for the drums to be placed on. Two big dragon statues with glowing red eyes were at either side of the stage and then a long platform was all along the front.

With the lights going down Trivium entered and went straight into playing ‘ In The Court Of The Dragon’. Singer Matt Heafy is a brilliant frontman. He is very passionate about his music and also likes to have a lot of fun. Quite often he would stick his tongue out like a devil and head bang. He really stood out with his funky Chinese style jacket and bright yellow trainers. Bassist Paolo unfortunately had to have an operation recently so could not lift anything so he had a bass stand so he could still perform which he must really be thankful for. The band played a variety of songs spanning over their ten albums some even never being played in the UK before so it was a real treat for everyone. There were plenty of mosh pits, death walls, headbanging and jumping during the set. It all ended with the popular song ‘In Waves’ in which Matt got everyone crouched down and then jumping up when the song began. Trivium are a must see band who have so much passion in their music and shows. There is still time to see them at some more UK dates.

Review and Photos by Kane Howie

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