After this World Cup, this meme is no longer relevant.


The Down Troddence from India are a death/thrash act with some Indian folk influences and it’s these little touches that makes them stand out from other death/thrash bands that clearly influenced by  Amon Amarth/Pantera/C.O.B. and L.O.G. The vocals are superb, low and menacing and the playing and songwriting are top notch and makes their debut album, ‘How Are You? We Are Fine, Thank You’ one of the best debuts of 2014. A fine find indeed.

In a totally different metal vein we have Malthusian from Ireland who play a psychotic blackened death metal and it’s not a pleasant or comfortable listen but that makes the listening pleasure all the more sweeter. Discordant, chaotic riffs battle with manic drumming and psychotic screaming to produce some of the most unpleasant, uncomfortable yet somehow glorious listening experience I’ve had in a while.

PREDICTION: This is going to be a tough game for Ireland, who are facing one of the favourites of the tournament. The only chance I can see Ireland having is if there are rain delays or the game is a washout, in other words an typical Irish summer’s day. This is not a knock on Ireland: they’ve got more points than England and they still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages if they beat Pakistan in their last game. However, India are looking unbeatable at the moment and it could be a long day for the Irish, with or without the rain.

Musically, it’s quite a tough call but I’m giving the nod to Malthusian just because they made me feel very uncomfortable and unsettling when I listened to them and that doesn’t happen to often.



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