For anyone who’s confused about the fielding positions here’s a handy picture to help clear up any confusion 🙂
GAME 25: PAKISTAN vs UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Hailing from Lahore, come Industrial/thrash act Black Warrant (not to be confused with the Pakistani Warrant who had a huge hit in the late 80’s with ‘Gulaab Jaamun’) and they play a Metallica influenced 80’s thrash metal. It’s a pleasant listen, nothing too earth-shattering or exciting and it’s slim pickings in Pakistan’s metal scene (going by the metal archives site anyway).
It’s slimmer pickings in the U.A.E. but things are changing and next up are industrial/metalcore act Svengali. Melodic guitars, double pedal drumming, catchy riffs and some great vocals make Svengali quite a palatable -core band to my ears. Their album’s available for download from bandcamp (link below)
PREDICTION: After picking up their first win of the tournament, Pakistan should easily see off Pool B whipping boys U.A.E but it may be too little, too late to make the quarter-finals. Musically, I’m siding with the U.A.E.
AUSTRALIA vs AFGHANISTAN
Encircling Sea are a quartet of Aussies who meld a mixture of doom/black metal/folk metal and post-rock into their long, sprawling, beautiful songs. 3 albums in and they are just getting better and better with each release and in spite of their song lengths (their shortest song is just under 11 minutes!) their music is varied, flowing and never outstays it’s welcome (to my ears at least) and I’m able to get lost in the music and the imagery it conjures up in my mind. Albums are available on their bandcamp page.
There was only one metal band listed in metal-archives and I featured them the when Afghanistan beat Scotland (District Unknown) so I’ll be featuring Kabul dreams, an Afghani rock band influenced by Radiohead and Travis and some shoe-gazing bands of the ’90’s. They are Afghanistan’s first modern rock band and the band’s members all resided outside Afghanistan during the Taliban era, returning to the country following the fall of the Taliban. It’s pleasant enough for these ears and it’s always good to see metal and rock start in areas where it’s not usually thought of existing.
PREDICTION: Despite the victory over Scotland, Afghanistan will face a very, very, stern test against Australia, who are still smarting over their one run loss to New Zealand. Australia for the, comfortable, win both on the pitch and to the ears.