Uh-oh! Will I survive another end of the world prediction?
GAME 31 SOUTH AFRICA vs USA
VINTERSLAV vs OBSEQUIAE
Vinterslav (Swedish for ‘winter slave’) are a South African black metal combo that deal in BM of the ‘raw’ kind. Blastbeats, tremelo riffing and harsh vocals all lead you to believe the lads are wandering the snowy-capped mountains of some Scandinavian countryside rather than kicking back and enjoying the sunny beaches of Cape Town. However the music is good, a tad formulaic at times but still an enjoyable stab at an oversaturated genre.
A change of pace with this next band, Obsequiae: it’s still black metal but it uses melody which seems to be influenced by medieval music and they even use a medieval harp on some of their songs on their latest album. The melodies and the instrument give the songs an ‘authentic’ feel to them rather than some hokey, sub-par ‘folk metal’ band you’d see at Wacken.
South Africa will be heavy favourites as they still atop Pool B facing a US side that have no victories in this World Cup. The Springboks for the victory.
Musically the US take this one due in large part to Obsequiae’s use of medieval melodies and harp to produce some truly outstanding black metal.
GAME 32: NAMIBIA vs GEORGIA
FORESTFATHER vs ENNUI
Forefather are comprised of two Americans and one Chilean and play atmospheric black metal with some folk influences that will have the fans of Agalloch, WITTR, Alcest etc curious to discover them ( and I include myself in this list!) One difference of Forestfather and other bands of this genre is the use of clean vocals, which are used predominantly in the songs and can take a little getting used to but worth it in the end.
A change of pace for this next band representing Georgia. Ennui are a Georgian duo that play funeral doom metal, full of deep, growling vocals, heavy-as-a-mountain-and-twice-as-mobile riffs and some sublime guitar solos and excellent guitar interplay that pushes home the despair and grief the band are singing about.
Both teams will be going home from the tournament no matter what the result today. Georgia have been quite a nice surprise in this World Cup and I can see them beating the Namibians quite handily.
Musically the contest goes to the Georgians again. Ennui are an excellent funeral doom metal act similar in style to Evoken, and that’s good enough for me!