Japan Tour Blog 2015


Afterlife Japan Tour Day 0

Oh shit! It’s that time again!

Apologies for the long silence from camp Dienamic, we’ve been busy and I have been lazy. So I take the full blame for the lack of updates on our activities, well in the form of this blog atleast. I’m not much of a social media guy..

Anyway! Enough with the shitty excuses and sorrys. We’re back! Well, we never left but we’re about to head back out on the road. This time we’re going to Japan! Second time for the band itself, but the first time for me. So it is going to be one exciting trip for sure! I have always enjoyed the Japanese culture, well the older parts of it. Not that into all the anime and weird stuff going on these days, but I have plenty of friends who are! Which means that everyone wants me to buy them something from Japan.. I am sorry to everyone, I cannot possibly buy something for all of you.. Easier to just write it here, instead of sending 11ty billion texts.

Back to the story at hand! We have been busy working on new things, as well as keeping on top of everything for the upcoming tour. Since the last update we had an awesome release party gig, a great festival gig and another sweet and short festival gig. Other than that we all had some summer vacation and worked on improving ourselves and the band, as well as some new material. We’re also gearing up for the move to Sweden, taking us far away from our place of birth to new adventures! And damn excited about it to boot!

But I get side tracked, this was supposed to be a lead in towards our Japan trip. So much to write about all these other things, need to try to stay on track! This friday the 28th of August we depart on this grand adventure! Next up is some days off before we’re gonna wreck it with 4 amazing shows for the Japanese crowd. It is going to be a blast, from start to finish! So to all fans both new and old, if you’re in the area come check us out!

Will be doing my regular writeup once we actually hit the road, just figured I would get you all started. While in reality I just wanted to get myself started, it’s been a while since I last wrote these. Just need to get myself back in form!

Write you later! -Kenny

PS: Honorable mentions go to Torje, for actually staying awake at a party!

Afterlife Japan Tour

Day 1

Waking up, feeling like..

No wait, I never did wake up.

Usually I have an easy time with sleeping on airplanes, but this time even though I was tired as hell.

There was no sleep to be had.

I spent the entire 19 hours of travelling just playing video games, watching movies and talking bullshit with Torje.

Also a little bit of drinking may have occured..

I will now relate to you what happened on this day.

Got up early to go pick up Killie and Seb, we arrived early at the airport. I was really tired from only sleeping 3-4 hours during the night, so I figured I would have an easy time with sleeping.

The plan was to stay awake for the frist two flights so that I could sleep on the long flight over to Tokyo.

At the airport we got all our stuff checked in and made our way to the bar at the airport.

Because the best thing to start your day with is a beer..

Welcome to the touring life!

First flight went by quick, just played a bit on my Nintendo DS.

Nothing eventful, just people sitting around on an airplane.

Arrive at Gardermoen and buy some small items we were lacking, getting a bite to eat and filling over some whisky on a juice bottle.

Just to make the flight to Japan a little more fun..

What a long flight that turned out to be.

I had a slight buzz going during the flight, but I could not sleep at all.

Even though I was tired, sleep just did not want to find me.

But while I was watching movies, listening to music and playing Pokemon, the guys were having a nice little time behind me.

They had lots of beer and some whisky to aid them in their quest for a nice flight.

Atleast their plan worked, since they all fell asleep eventually.

Watched a nice documentary about light though, that was enjoyable.

Odin and Seb woke up holding hands on the plane, unfortunately no pics were taken of this event.

Most of the guys got some rest, just not me and Torje.

I guess it was just the excitement of going to Japan that kept me awake during the flight.

Arriving at the airport our biggest concern was getting through customs.

Of course some of us got stopped even before customs, due to some miscommunication on our part.

It was a matter of the place we were staying in, it being an apartment and not a hotel.

We said it was a Hotel and they needed to know the name of the hotel..

The language barrier is so fun sometimes.

Next up was customs, we got some information on how to make it easier for us to pass through from the promoter.

So we just split up and went through customs at random intervals, which worked out well.

Obviously, since I am sitting in the apartment in Japan writing this.

Killie was stopped and asked if it was a guitar he had with him, to which he just replied that he ordered on AirBnB.com in bad english.

The customs guy did not want to deal with that today so he just waived him on through.

We were now in Japan!

Jump on the fast train into the city!

So many people, but oddly enough not that much noise.

We go walking around the Shinjuku station area to try and find some food.

We locate a nice little spot where we get to put down our gear and eat.

Of course we’re the loud Scandinavian tourists in this room and we sit there for a very long time eating and drinking.

When it comes time to pay, they of course do not accept credit cards.

Which we of course do not have.

So off Odin and Torje go on an adventure to find some money!

And we’re left behind getting more and more nervous because this is taking alot of time.

We’re now some smelly band sitting around in an area that could seat 16 people, but we’re only a stinky 6..

When they finally come back they had been walking around searching and searching, only to return back to where they started and find an atm 200m away from the restaurant.

Such is life in a new city where almost nobody speaks English.

We pay up and head on out to the apartment.

Alot of walking and thinking, looking at maps, thinking some more, looking at more maps and finally finding the apartment.

Quite a nice little cozy place, everything looks so nice and comfortable.

I think we’ll have a good old time here.

Pack out our stuff and choose beds, check out the facilities.

Of course we have the toilet with the ass washer, nice!

(I have tried it, it is actually quite comfortable..)

Head out to the Shinjuku area to find a place to drink!

We go back to a place where the guys were last time touring Japan, the place was called Pronto.

It even seemed to be the same guy behind the bar, nice place with nice beer and some amazing whisky.

We tasted a 21 year old and an 18 year old whisky, the 21 year old was an explotion of taste in my mouth.

Kept on drinking and being loud Scandinavians, even though we tried to limit the noise we made several times.

But to no avail, it only lasted like 3 seconds before we kept on as before.

They did not seem to mind it so much though, the only thing they did was talk a bit about us with the other guests. Me and Gustav headed off to a nearby arcade for some games and fun, the other guys joined us after a while.

Earlier today Seb made a challenge to everyone in Japan about beating him in Street Fighter or Tekken, that he would lick their shoe if he lost..

Me and Torje beat him when we were doing a double team, me on the joystick and him on the buttons.

So Seb had to lick my shoe, which was quite fun.

Everybody had a great time playing games throughout the night, and we had some great challenges back and forth.

Seb enjoyed it alot more though, since he really does love his fighting games.

Me, Killie and Odin left the arcade early to go get us some beers at 7-11.

When Seb and Torje arrived, well.. Seb had lost his voice due to screaming out when he was playing the games.

That just tells you alot about his intensity when he is gaming.

Grab 7-11 beers and head back to try to find our apartment.

We start walking and drinking, so when we get off the train Odin heads off to try and get some more beers for us.

While walking around and not finding the apartment, I realize that I am really exhausted right now.

Been up for almost 36 hours and also drinking, my brain is just about ready to shut off.

Then my stomach jumps up and lets me know that it has some work to do, there is something that needs to leave my body with the quickness.

I realize this quite panicky and start walking faster, it’s just me, Seb and Torje.

We do not know where we are, but I know there is an explosion about to arrive in my bowels.

Gustav, Killie and Odin arrive after a time of us walking around looking lost, and Gustav is put in charge of getting us home.

He’s quite good at navigating cities that we dont know anything about.

So hopefully he can get us home and me to a bathroom as soon as possible!

Before we actually find our way, I realize it is time for that explosion I mentioned earlier.

I already notified the guys about my current condition, and Killie acts quickly and empties a plastic bag.

I grab the bag and try to find a quiet place!

So there I was, in an alley in Tokyo..

Right behind a motorcycle, having an explosion exit my bowels.

I am sitting in Tokyo shitting into a plastic bag..

People actually walk by while I am squatting behind this motorcycle in a small little area, right next to somebodies home.

Kenny, forever unclean!

What a great first day in Japan, how could this get any better?

Back to the apartment, go to the bathroom and use the amazing spray shitter.

Get my ass properly cleaned out, just wiping it off with my boxer did not get it that clean.

Thank the lords for these amazing toilets!

We drink some more back home at the apartment, and I just feel more and more tired.

So many hours being awake is finally taking it’s toll..

Fuck.. I’m becoming Torje..

Gustav looks at me sitting there and gestures for me to go to sleep, I actually agree with this.

Time for sleep.

Hello darkness my old friend!

Goodnight sweet prince..

PS: Fuck you Torje, you have a bad influence on me! Falling asleep when the party is still going strong..

Afterlife Japan Tour Day 1

Waking up, feeling like.. No wait, I never did wake up. Usually I have an easy time with sleeping on airplanes, but this time even though I was tired as hell. There was no sleep to be had. I spent the entire 19 hours of travelling just playing video games, watching movies and talking bullshit with Torje. Also a little bit of drinking may have occured.. I will now relate to you what happened on this day.

Got up early to go pick up Killie and Seb, we arrived early at the airport. I was really tired from only sleeping 3-4 hours during the night, so I figured I would have an easy time with sleeping. The plan was to stay awake for the first two flights so that I could sleep on the long flight over to Tokyo.

At the airport we got all our stuff checked in and made our way to the bar at the airport. Because the best thing to start your day with is a beer.. Welcome to the touring life!

First flight went by quick, just played a bit on my Nintendo DS. Nothing eventful, just people sitting around on an airplane. Arrive at Gardermoen and buy some small items we were lacking, getting a bite to eat and filling over some whisky on a juice bottle. Just to make the flight to Japan a little more fun..

What a long flight that turned out to be. I had a slight buzz going during the flight, but I could not sleep at all. Even though I was tired, sleep just did not want to find me. But while I was watching movies, listening to music and playing Pokemon, the guys were having a nice little time behind me. They had lots of beer and some whisky to aid them in their quest for a nice flight. Atleast their plan worked, since they all fell asleep eventually. Watched a nice documentary about light though, that was enjoyable. Odin and Seb woke up holding hands on the plane, unfortunately no pics were taken of this event. Most of the guys got some rest, just not me and Torje. I guess it was just the excitement of going to Japan that kept me awake during the flight.

Arriving at the airport our biggest concern was getting through customs. Of course some of us got stopped even before customs, due to some miscommunication on our part. It was a matter of the place we were staying in, it being an apartment and not a hotel. We said it was a Hotel and they needed to know the name of the hotel.. The language barrier is so fun sometimes.

Next up was customs, we got some information on how to make it easier for us to pass through from the promoter. So we just split up and went through customs at random intervals, which worked out well. Obviously, since I am sitting in the apartment in Japan writing this. Killie was stopped and asked if it was a guitar he had with him, to which he just replied that he ordered on AirBnB.com in bad english. The customs guy did not want to deal with that today so he just waived him on through. We were now in Japan!

Jump on the fast train into the city! So many people, but oddly enough not that much noise. We go walking around the Shinjuku station area to try and find some food. We locate a nice little spot where we get to put down our gear and eat. Of course we’re the loud Scandinavian tourists in this room and we sit there for a very long time eating and drinking. When it comes time to pay, they do not accept credit cards. Which we of course do not have. So off Odin and Torje go on an adventure to find some money! And we’re left behind getting more and more nervous because this is taking alot of time. We’re now some smelly band sitting around in an area that could seat 16 people, but we’re only a stinky 6.. When they finally come back they had been walking around searching and searching, only to return back to where they started and find an atm 200m away from the restaurant. Such is life in a new city where almost nobody speaks English. We pay up and head on out to the apartment.

Alot of walking and thinking, looking at maps, thinking some more, looking at more maps and finally finding the apartment. Quite a nice little cozy place, everything looks so nice and comfortable. I think we’ll have a good old time here. Pack out our stuff and choose beds, check out the facilities. Of course we have the toilet with the ass washer, nice! (I have tried it, it is actually quite comfortable..)

Head out to the Shinjuku area to find a place to drink! We go back to a place where the guys were last time touring Japan, the place was called Pronto. It even seemed to be the same guy behind the bar, nice place with nice beer and some amazing whisky. We tasted a 21 year old and an 18 year old whisky, the 21 year old was an explosion of taste in my mouth. Kept on drinking and being loud Scandinavians, even though we tried to limit the noise we made several times. But to no avail, it only lasted like 3 seconds before we kept on as before. They did not seem to mind it so much though, the only thing they did was talk a bit about us with the other guests.

Me and Gustav headed off to a nearby arcade for some games and fun, the other guys joined us after a while. Earlier today Seb made a challenge to everyone in Japan about beating him in Street Fighter or Tekken, that he would lick their shoe if he lost.. Me and Torje beat him when we were doing a double team, me on the joystick and him on the buttons. So Seb had to lick my shoe, which was quite fun. Everybody had a great time playing games throughout the night, and we had some great challenges back and forth. Seb enjoyed it alot more though, since he really does love his fighting games. Me, Killie and Odin left the arcade early to go get us some beers at 7-11. When Seb and Torje arrived, well.. Seb had lost his voice due to screaming out when he was playing the games. That just tells you alot about his intensity when he is gaming.

Grab 7-11 beers and head back to try to find our apartment. We start walking and drinking, so when we get off the train Odin heads off to try and get some more beers for us. While walking around and not finding the apartment, I realize that I am really exhausted right now. Been up for almost 36 hours and also drinking, my brain is just about ready to shut off. Then my stomach jumps up and lets me know that it has some work to do, there is something that needs to leave my body with the quickness. I realize this quite panicky and start walking faster, it’s just me, Seb and Torje. We do not know where we are, but I know there is an explosion about to arrive in my bowels. Gustav, Killie and Odin arrive after a time of us walking around looking lost, and Gustav is put in charge of getting us home. He’s quite good at navigating cities that we dont know anything about. So hopefully he can get us home and me to a bathroom as soon as possible!

Before we actually find our way, I realize it is time for that explosion I mentioned earlier. I already notified the guys about my current condition, and Killie acts quickly and empties a plastic bag. I grab the bag and try to find a quiet place! So there I was, in an alley in Tokyo.. Right behind a motorcycle, having this explosion exit my bowels. I am sitting in Tokyo shitting into a plastic bag.. People actually walk by while I am squatting behind this motorcycle in a small little area, right next to someones home. Kenny, forever unclean! What a great first day in Japan, how could this get any better?

Back to the apartment, go to the bathroom and use the amazing spray shitter. Get my ass properly cleaned out, just wiping it off with my boxer did not get it that clean. Thank the lords for these amazing toilets!

We drink some more back home at the apartment, and I just feel more and more tired. So many hours being awake is finally taking it’s toll.. Fuck.. I’m becoming Torje.. Gustav looks at me sitting there and gestures for me to go to sleep, I actually agree with this. Time for sleep. Hello darkness my old friend! Goodnight sweet prince..

PS: Fuck you Torje, you have a bad influence on me! Falling asleep when the party is still going strong..

Afterlife Japan Tour Day 2?

Holy fuck.. Unholy fuck as well. Have any of you ever watched Lamb of Gods Killadelphia DVD? Well, if a camera crew followed us the past 24 hours it would be the Dienamic version of that. It was just complete chaos, utterly hilarious stupidity. Way too much alcohol inside this small apartment.. If we do not get kicked out of the apartment after this day, we never will. The people we rented from specified «no partying». Yeah… Like a metal band from Northern Norway is going to follow that.. Well today most of us wish we did follow that rule though.

Calling this update day 2 is not really correct, since it is probably more day 3 or 4? So much alcohol and sleep depravation makes it all pretty blurry. I’ll just call it update number 2 and calculate the correct day on the next update.

Now on to some details, since that’s what this is mostly about right? We woke up late since we had some beers the day before, so we go to check out guitar street. Well, Odin and Killie checked it out while Gus and Torje went looking for in ear monitors. Me and Seb just tried to find him a new cymbal, but true to the name there was only one drum store on guitar street. Who would have figured that out right? After guitar street I think we went back to the apartment, only stopping at 7-11 to stock up on supplies. We bought egg, bacon, vegetables, snacks and unfortunately more alcohol. Because vacation right? We have these 5 days of vacation time before the actual tour starts so we’re apparently just wasting it all away on partying.

Back at the apartment and the adventure begins slowly. I sit down to write yesterdays update while most of the guys sit down for a game of poker, Killie grabs his guitar and shoots some footage for a playthrough. The game goes alright, Torje «WSOP» Willassen is the winner of the game. He narrowly beats out Odin while going all in on shit cards.. Winning with having Queen high card over Odins Jack high card. Then the real drinking begins. Thisis when the night starts going blurry and again I will try to recoll