WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 33

Wait, the world didn’t end? You mean I got drunk for nothing??? Oh great! Now I gotta do another post!

Welcome Survivors of the End of the World (TM) to a post-apocalyptic Pish and Mince post about the Rugby World Cup. Only one game today, so what better way to celebrate surviving yet another end-of-the-world prediction than with some Viking metal for our ears!

GAME 33: NEW ZEALAND vs TONGA

JORMUNGANDR vs  KARKAV

And where better to start our Viking metal journey than……..New Zealand?  Jormungandr, a four-piece from Wellington, are a relatively new band with just the one album of pretty decent Bathory-inspired metal that sounds like it could have been recorded in 1985. The drums are a little flat but the riffs are solid, the songs are really good and a head-banging, horn-throwing, beer-swilling good time is guaranteed for all.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/J%C3%B6rmungandr/3540400945

https://jormungandrnz.bandcamp.com/releases

Karkav are also a new band with just the one demo out at the moment but they do have a bit a pedigree behind them. Formed by Auztaroth Dragon (Warlord), Funes, and Hildr Valkyrie (Hildr Valkyrie, Folkearth,Folkodia, etc.) in May 2015 they play a more keyboard-orientated style of Viking metal plus the addition of Hildr Valkyrie’s vocals gives the songs more shadow and light.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Karkav/3540398277

PREDICTION:

Is anyone really crazy enough to pick against the All Blacks? Not me!

Musically, although Jormungandr are quite enjoyable and will get a lot better as they progress, I have to give the nod to Karkav for producing a more polished and varied take on the genre.

 

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