3 games today so there’s no preamble, just music.
MEXICO vs CAMEROON
YAOTL MICTLAN vs MANU DIBANGO
Yaotl Mictlan are a Mexican folk/black metal band that combines black / death metal with elements of indigenous Mexican Aztec and Mayan music such as flutes, rattles and tribal drumming and have two full length albums out. This is a track from the 2010 album ‘Dentro del Mantro Gris de Chaac’.
According to the Metal-Archives site there are no metal bands from Cameroon (or Nigeria, Ivory Coast or Ghana) so for these four African nations I’ll be playing some of their most famous musicians to hail from that country. First up Manu Dibango.
According to his Wiki page, Manu is a saxophonist and vibraphone player who fuses jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. This is him with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
SPAIN vs NETHERLANDS
HORN OF THE RHINO vs AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN
HOTR play a lovely mix of sludge/doom/death metal. The bass just rumbles at you from out the speakers and grabs onto your throat demanding attention, and by jingo you give it!
AAFCC are a Dutch post-black metal band from Friesland. They’re a band that I should know more about but unfortunately I don’t. However doing research for this blog I’m going to be rectifying that soon!
CHILE VS AUSTRALIA
ANIMUS MORTIS vs MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY
AM are a black Metal band from Chile who I’d never heard of before doing research for this blog, though to be fair my knowledge of South American metal, let alone Chilean metal, was virtually non existent! This is a great slab of cold, black metal to rival most European BM bands.
Dis Pater is the brains behind the ambient BM band Midnight Odyssey as well as side projects, Tempestuous Falls and The Crevices Below though these bands are now retired so Dis Pater can focus on his first band Midnight Odyssey. Despite the ‘one-man BM band’ stigma/stereotype, Midnight Odyssey’s music always appears to be positive and uplifting (to my ears) and has a lot of great energy and riffs and some wonderful ambient passages before crashing in with some scorching guitars and pounding drums.