Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is an enemy action .
I’ve had a few problems getting to see all the games at this World Cup, mainly due to the car drive home from work. I bought a car from Bonnie Tyler a few months ago and although it’s a good little runner every now and then it falls apart. And don’t get me started on the sat nav, it keeps telling me to turn around. Still it’s better than the Fleetwood Mac sat nav, it keeps telling me to go your own way.
And now we get to the more complicated groups, in terms of qualifying. Of the eight teams playing today, only Argentina are through as winners of the group and France have qualified but are not sure whether they are group winners (and avoid facing Argentina in the next round) or runners up and have to face Argentina.
ECUADOR vs FRANCE
SOUTHERN CROSS vs DIAPSIQUIR
Southern Cross are a melodic power metal band that don’t actually reek too much of cheese! Strong singing, great riffs and fantastic melodies makes this Ecuadorian band a cut above some others. Of course, this is power metal so there are some vestiges of cheese lingering about but they’re not that annoying to me. Quelle surprise!
France’s Diapsiquir are a duo who have decided that the terms avant-garde black metal and industrial, experimental black metal are too small to pigeon-hole them and so add hip-hop, electronica, punk/hardcore and whatever the hell they feel like into mix to make for a challenging, uneasy listening experience for anyone who decides to swim in their seas of madness. Utter wonderful stuff, approach with an open mind and a sense of humour and you’ll do well my friend.
verdict: France will do this both on and off the pitch. Allez Les Bleus!
HONDURAS vs SWITZERLAND
DREAM WARRIOR vs DARKSPACE
Dream warrior are stuck in a timewarp, an 80’s heavy metal timewarp to be precise. Their one album is entitled ‘Back To The 80’s’ and boy these guys (and gal) ain’t kidding! An album chock full of riffs and solos that wouldn’t sound out of place on any Dokken or Scorpions releases of that time, and lead singer Ambar has a great, powerful voice and gives Lita, Doro et al a good run for their money. A great ‘lost’ 80’s album that puts me in a very good mood indeed
Darkspace are Darkspace, I can’t really add to much more than that. They play atmospheric black metal with some ambient passages thrown in for good measure, and deal with the cold, dark, vastness of space. It can take a few listens for it to click but once it does a richly, rewarding catalogue of music awaits.
verdict: The sheer coldness of Darkspace’s music eliminates any competition.
BOSNIA-HERZAGOVINA vs IRAN
MY LAST SUICIDE vs FARZAD GOLPAYEGANI
Playing melodic death metal, My Last Suicide are an unsigned band from Bosnia and show a lot of maturity and talent and could become something big in the metal world given the right backing. Great riffs and melodies and some really strong songs makes My last Suicide a band to watch.
Farzad is a guitarist who fronts the band named after him. They play instrumental progressive metal that also features traditional Persian folk instruments which gives the songs a nice folk-ish feel to them and helps counteract some of the more ‘noodle-y’ aspects of the songs.
verdict: Iran have to beat Bosnia by a large margin and hope Argentina put Nigeria to the sword, if they have any hope of progressing. However, it is not to be but they do win the musical portion of the tournament!
NIGERIA vs ARGENTINA
KING SUNNY ADE vs HORCAS
After running out of Kuti family members to feature for Nigeria, a quick Wiki check leads me to King Sunny Ade, a man responsible for some of the greatest quote unquote ‘world music’ ever.
Horcas are an Argentinian metal institute. Formed in 1986, they have opened for the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kreator and play in a similar heavy, thrash metal style.
verdict: Nigeria 3-0 in the music, on the pitch not so much but they still advance.