GAME 13: ARGENTINA vs GEORGIA
DOWNFALL OF NUR vs NO REGRETS
Argentinian Downfall of Nur are a black metal band but they are much more than that. The use of folk-sounding strings, bag-pipes and flutes add an unsettling atmosphere to some of the tracks on the debut album, which along with the strong songwriting makes ‘Umbras de Barbagia’ a fantastic listen and a wonderful debut album. Atmospheric black metal with equal parts great atmosphere and excellent black metal puts Downfall of Nur up there with the likes of Agalloch, WITTR, Panopticon as essential listening for fans of this genre, of which I include myself.
No Regrets are a melodic doom/death metal act from Georgia who are similar in style to Solitude Aeternus, Swallow The Sun etc. Great riffs and a good sense of melody makes No Regrets a worthy addition to the genre.
These nations met at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, matches that Los Pumas won by 30 and 18-point margins respectively. Argentina led Georgia at half-time by three points in 2007 (6-3) and trailed at the break in their 2011 clash (5-7). Argentina have lost their last two RWC games and have not been beaten three times in a row since suffering eight consecutive defeats between 1987 and 1999. Georgia pulled one of the surprises of the tournament by beating Tongo in their opening game whilst Los Pumas lost to tournament favourites New Zealand, so they will be looking to defeat Georgia and restart their RWC campaign and I believe they will.
Musically whilst I love the stylings of No Regrets, I have to give this one to Downfall of Nur for producing a debut album of exquisite atmospheric black metal that will be on the best-of 2015 lists of a lot of people, including mine.