Day nine and now I don’t have to worry about looking for new bands for this blog from Spain, Australia, Cameroon (not they have metal bands anyway!) and Japan. And after this post I may not have to worry about England (no real surprise), Honduras and Ecuador. Annnndddd, hopefully after this world cup I can finish writing my German gay porn musical featuring the songs of Neil Diamond entitled “Hans, Touching Hans”.
ITALY vs COSTA RICA
FUOCO FATUO vs THE TOVVER
Fuoco Fatuo are a relative newcomer to the world of doom/death metal but make an excellent addition to the genre. They like to mix up the tempos and rhythms during their numbers and with a sludgy guitar sound, cavernous drumming and deep growled vocals this makes even their longest songs not outstay their welcome.
Instrumental funeral doom with dashes of black metal from Costa Rica, you say? Hmm sounds intriguing and it is. Whilst The Tovver ‘s first three demos are ambient/experimental noises (no as off putting as it sounds!) with spoken words from various lectures over them, their fourth demo is the one that has intrigued me most with a mixture of funeral doom and sludgy black metal (is that a thing?) and shows a band finding their feet and their place in the metal world.
The Tovver’s bandcamp link: http://thetovver.bandcamp.com/album/demo-12
verdict: Italy take this due to better production and stronger songwriting.
SWITZERLAND VS FRANCE
TRIPTYKON vs WAY TO END
Formed after the demise of Celtic Frost, Trptykon is Tom G. Warrior’s new project and an absolute beast of a band it is. Everything that made 2006’s ‘Monotheist’ such a great album is on display here too only cranked up even more; the riffs are monstrous beasts, the bass rumbles deep into your bones and the song exude a fury not heard from Warrior in a while.
Only two albums in but French band Way To End are probably one of my favourite bands at the moment. Whilst they are a great black metal band what elevates them is their willingness to experiment with time changes (almost jazzy at some points), the various vocal styles (sometimes harsh, raspy vocals, clear tones and chants often in the same song) and a production where you actual here the bass guitar! Similar in style to Sigh, Hail Spirit Noir and Negura Bunget, Way To End are an excellent addition to the avant-garde black metal genre.
verdict: this is a tough one, both are great bands and I’m going to have to go for the draw here. Can’t really split the two.
HONDURAS vs ECUADOR
WINTERSAD vs URKU
Two black metal bands from South America and two different styles.
Wintersad are a two-man ambient black metal band with lyrical themes of depression and suicide but unlike other DSBM Wintersad have some great songs and some good production so you can actually here the pain and despair clearly! It’s not really my cup of tea but the music is well made and there are some nice ambient passages to set the mood.
Urku are also a two piece black metal band but play pagan black metal. This seems to be a side project because the two members of Urku are also the two members of the heavy metal band Golden Wolf (also form Ecuador. Hey! What are the odds?) So info is scarce about Urku but the music is great and that is all that matters.
verdict: Ecuador win this battle due to the simple philosophy put forth by the 20th Century’s greatest thinkers, Grand Funk Railroad: good singing, good playing.