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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY FIVE-So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

So after thirty two countries and nearly a month of football, we come down to the sixty fourth game and the final two bands out of the one hundred and twenty eight bands that I have featured. This 2014 World Cup will feature the two teams that got to the final of Mexico ’86 an Italia ’90: Germany and Argentina. The Germans have been the most consistent team of the tournament and are looking for their fourth World Cup trophy (they last won in 1990 after beating Argentina) and the Argentinians have not quite lived up to the teams of old, occasionally it seems like it is just Messi plus ten guys, but are hoping to win their third World Cup (last victory in ’86 against the Germans) and to win it in the host country of their South American rivals. Hopefully it’ll be a good game, more ’86 than ’90 but with Die Mannschaft winning!

Before we start I’d like to say that this has been a highly enjoyable project for me, checking out all these bands from different parts of the metal world and being amazed at the quality of the music. I’d like the thank the metal-archives site ( http://www.metal-archives.com/ ) for having a ‘Search by Country’ function otherwise this would have been a much longer and painful process! and I’d also like to thank everyone who clicked on and read and some of you even became followers of this blog, for which I’m very grateful; I’ll try to keep making my posts educational and entertaining just like a Bruce Willis movie. I’ll be doing this again for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and probably the 2016 Euros in France and hopefully I can feature some Scandinavian and British and Irish bands! But now: The Main Event!

GERMANY vs ARGENTINA

MINAS MORGUL vs TENGWAR

As you can probably tell Minas Morgul (and Tengwar for that matter) have taken their name from seems to be the most influential book for metalheads everywhere: the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. Minas Morgul play pagan black metal which is riff heavy, bass driven, sung in German and there is definitely an Amon Amarth (another Tolkien reference!) feel to some of the later albums, which is no bad thing.  Very impressive metal, I need to get some of the band’s albums now!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Minas_Morgul/11607

Same influences (Tolkien) but musically different, Tengwar, the Elvish script created by Tolkien, go for all out epic folk metal and while folk metal and songs about orcs and hobbits have been done to death these Argentinians breathe some new life into a dying carcass mainly due to featuring more on the folk than the metal. That’s not to say there aren’t riffs and pounding drums to get your neck moving, it’s just that they focus more on traditional instruments (bodhran, whistles, Galician bagpipes etc) and aren’t afraid to use them as the lead instruments in some of their tunes. If you are a fan of folk metal mixed with a little power metal then I do recommend checking out Tengwar and their debut album.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tengwar/45080

verdict: A difficult call, I do really like both bands and thanks to discovering them whilst doing this blog I’ll be buying as many of the albums as possible but just shading it is Minas Morgul just because I do need to be in the mood to listen to folk metal whereas black metal (in most of it’s guises) i spretty much a daily thing. On the pitch, well I pick the Germans from the start and I won’t back down now!

 

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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY FOUR- Friday Night And The Gates Are Low

Strange and unsettling scenes occurred at the Brazilian press conference to announce the line-up for the Brazil squad to face the Netherlands for the 3rd/4th Place Play Off this Saturday.  Behind the advertising board noises of a scuffle were heard and the voice of Big Phil Scolari  shouting “7-1!! 7-Bloody-1!!!!! And that were an own goal!” before the sounds of an antique clock being hurled through a window and then Big Phil being unceremoniously shoved out towards the waiting throng of sports writers and journalists. Casting the evil eye over his shoulder to some unseen adversaries behind the screen, Big Phil regained his composure, sat down in front of the microphones, cleared his throat and then announced the Brazil team he had picked for Saturday’s match.

“Haggerty F, Haggerty R, Tomkins, Noble, Carrick, Dobson, Dewhurst, Crapper, McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt.  Substitutes: Ferris, Codren, Davis, Sullivan, O’Grady, Kembell and Hacker.”

And without waiting for the bemused reporters to gather their thoughts and ask any questions, Big Phil was off like a flash leaving the voice of Al Dvorin’s ghost to intone “Ladies and gentlemen, Big Phil has left the building………thank you and goodnight.”

BRAZIL vs THE NETHERLANDS

THOTH AMON vs CIRITH GORGOR

With lyrical themes of the Hyborian Age and band members named Anderson Stormruler(drums), HardRocker (bass) and Arquimedes666 (on guitar and vocals) what’s not to like about this Brazilian epic heavy metal band? The playing is enthusiastic, the songs rock as you would expect epic heavy metal would and it has a very ‘Bathory’ feel to the production which gladdens the soul of this old fart no end. Thoth Amon only have one demo out at the moment but hopefully more will be heard from this band.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thoth_Amon/3540366978

Taking their name from the the point were the mountain ranges of the Ered Lithui and the Ephel Dúath meet, (just to the northwest of Mordor if you ever fancy hiking it one day), Cirith Gorgor are yet another black metal band taking their name from one of Tolkien’s book (The Lord of the Rings for those clueless amongst us) and although some of their early lyrical themes featured LOTR, most of their later stuff is about war. In fact their last album (Der Untergang…) is a concept album, in three parts, about the war on the Eastern front during World War Two and it is an excellent slab of black metal, with some great vocals, brilliant drumming and fantastic, cold riffing. Quality black metal in all departments.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cirith_Gorgor/2104

verdict: Musically the Netherlands win this one with an excellent BM band in Cirith Gorgor, however on the field Brazil may just win it especially if Davitt scores one with the back of his from 28 yards like he did against Barnsley reserves.

 

thanks to the Kubrick on the Guillotine blog for having the scoop on Big Phil’s line up and to the Earth Abides blog for the lowdown on the substitutes.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY THREE- Ticker Tape Got Me Thinking Of Kempes

Well after the public spanking of Brazil in yesterday’s game who knows what delights await us today! Probably a drab, boring 0-0 draw and then penalties.The second semi-final features two teams that played the 1978 World Cup which Argentina won 3-1 after extra time, Mario Kempes scored two of the goals and for me this was the first World Cup I truly remember. The ticker-tape final, the Argentinians flowing hair, Johnny Rep’s free kick, Scotland getting pumped by Peru, my Dad shouting and swearing at Scotland, Archie Gemmil’s wonder goal against the Dutch which ultimately counted for naught- the story of Scotland’s World Cup history! So the Argentinians have four visits to the World Cup finals and have won twice whilst the Oranje have three Final appearances and are still searching for that elusive first World Cup Final victory. Oh and another fun fact, both Argentina and the Netherlands have lost in the World Cup final to………..Germany! Also, for those who don’t know French, it translates to The Tour of France.

NETHERLANDS vs ARGENTINA

HAIL OF BULLETS vs DRAGONAUTA

To carry on a theme from the previous post, as well as taking influences and inspiration from literature (Tolkien, Howard, Lovecraft etc) metal also has war to thank for inspiration and so we turn to Hail of Bullets, a death metal band who’s three albums have all dealt with various aspects of World War Two ( Operation Barbarosa, the Japanese operations in the Pacific and Rommel). Featuring ex-members of Asphyx, Thanatos and Gorefest (to name a few) HoB, death metal and the themes of war are well suited to each other, the drums relentlessly pound like an aeriel bombardment, the riffs and the guitars pierce you through your flesh and Martin van Drunen’s vocals are absolutely perfect to scream and howl out the lyrics of pain, death and agony. Very highly recommended!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hail_of_Bullets/105288

Although I may be starting to sound like a broken record on here, I have to admit that I’m very glad I started this venture. I’ve discovered some great bands whilst doing my research and today I’ve found another one. Dragonauta are a psychedelic/stoner doom metal band and have four albums out, the latest of which is featured below. This is simply some great stoner/doom metal with psychedelic (think Blue Cheer etc) and 70’s rock influences thrown in. The music grooves, it moves and it’s bloody addictive, the riffs get stuck in your head and refuse to let go, beating you into a quick submission, the production is quality and the whole vibe of the album is great. For fans of Trouble, St.Vitus, Cathedral etc, Dragonauta is a great cure for whatever ails you.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dragonauta/17649

verdict: this is a tough one to call both one the pitch and musically. I feel Argentina will just shade it after extra time however musically I’m going to chicken out and go for a draw. these two bands are just so good at what they do that it’s difficult to separate them.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY TWO- Sponsoring The Moshpits

So here we are at the final four of the 2014 World Cup. These four teams will be last teams featured on this blog and so I’ve chosen eight bands that I think you’re going to enjoy.  Today’s game features two of the most dominant teams in World Cup history: Brazil, with seven appearances and five victories and Germany also with seven appearances but only three victories. A victory for either side will give them an unprecedented eighth appearance in World Cup Finals history. Brazil has never won the trophy as a host nation (they were runners up in 1950) and no European team has ever won the World Cup when it has been held in the Americas, so sit back and relax and watch a game that could have more twists and turns than a M.Night Shyamalan movie. (fun fact: M.Night Shaymalan has a sister called Whoablackbetty)

BRAZIL vs GERMANY

STATIK MAJIK vs SLARTIBARTFASS

Statik Majik, who take there name from a Cathedral ep, are a trio (who’ve now expanded to a four piece but all the albums are as a trio) who play heavy metal with a stoner doom vibe especially on the earlier releases. Excellent production, huge heavy riffs, a fantastic guitar sound and an great vocalist in Thiago Neves makes Statik Majik produce some great songs that will keep many a headbanger happy. Check ’em out!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Statik_Majik/28759

Now there are many metal bands out there that owe a great thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard et al and I know I’ve featured a few on here during this World Cup blog, however I’ve yet to discover a band influenced by Douglas Adams and his seminal work ‘The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy’ (if you know any different please let me know in the comments section) so I was delighted to discover Slartibartfass (the German translation of Slartibartfast, the Magrathian who designed the Norwegian fjords) who play Viking folk metal with a passion and flair and some nice experimentation that would bring a smile to even the most hardened of Vogon faces. There more than enough viking/pagan/folk metal to satisfy fans of the genre but the band also take some risks and for the most part they pay off making the listening experience all the more enjoyable.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Slartibartfass/72851

verdict: without Neymar and Thiago Silva I feel that the Brazilians will not be able to contain the Germans and it’s Die Mannschaft who will progress to the final.

 

 

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY TWENTY-ONE- (Gun Salute) For Those About To Rock

The final four bands for the final four countries of the final day of the quarter finals and an exciting bunch I’ve got. Four bands whom I’ve never heard of before (let’s face it, before I embarked on this mad parade Argentinian and Costa Rican metal was not exactly on my radar) but after today I’m going to rectify that. Onwards and onwards!

ARGENTINA vs BELGIUM

TRUBE vs SLOW

Trube (German for gloomy or dim) is another one man black metal act ambient and doom characteristics. He (Gabriel Loco) has one album out and, to go along with the cheery sounding name and the style of music he plays, it’s a concept album about the Chernobyl disaster and a damn fine piece of work it is. The album gives off a vibe of menace, horror and utter helplessness mainly due in part to the Russian dialogue that sounds like it is from some kind of broadcast that was sent that day and the following weeks after. Sublime music, excellent production and heartily recommended.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tr%C3%BCbe/3540366927

In keeping with the doom and gloom feel of this post (and my fears for Belgium’s progression in this tournament) I present to you SLOW, which stands for Silence Lives Out/Over Whirpool and is yet another one man act (I’m losing count of how many I’ve featured!) playing funeral doom metal. Deha (the man behind Slow- and apologies for not adding the accents to his name, acute on the ‘e’ and grave on the ‘a’) has three Slow albums available at his bandcamp page (http://musicalexcrements.bandcamp.com/)  and each one showcases his superb songwriting and excellent playing. The slow, doomy pace, the deep,  growled vocals and the light and shade Deha uses in his compositions are truly stunning. Highly recommended.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Slow/3540375410

 

verdict: On the pitch, I feel the Argies will beat the chocolate eating, beer-swilling, pissing Belgians (all In need to do is to mention Poirot, Flanders and the Wallonians and we have a full house on our Belgium Bingo Card!) however musically I’m going to call it a draw. Never heard of either band before but know I’m interested in getting their albums.

NETHERLANDS vs COSTA RICA

TERZIJ DE HORDE vs HOWLER

Originally called Liar Liar Cross On Fire (you can see why I picked!) Terzij de Horde are a five piece post black metal band and sure play a mean pinball. The ‘non’-black metal parts (all dreamy chords and mid paced tempos) sit very nicely with the basic black metal parts of the song. They only have one ep and a split ep to their name, however I do see great things in the future for this band. I just wish they kept the original name.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Terzij_de_Horde/3540305837

Howler (umlauts over the ‘o’) are a Costa Rican thrash metal band with plenty of energy and some really nice ideas and tunes. Formed from two bands (Inhaler and Howler) they have opened for DRI and Whiplash and released their debut album in 2014. If you’re looking for a good, new thrash band then Howler could be one.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/H%C3%B6wler/3540344996

verdict: Costa Rica’s fairytale ride will come to an end today as the Oranje have to much for them on the field and musically the Dutch take it again.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY- Crashing Starships into Planets

So here we are in the years, well the Quarter-Finals at least and we have two European powerhouses facing off once again, as they have so many times (mainly in the early 20th Century-you may have read about it or seen programmes about it on the Hitler History Channel) and two South American teams that both play in yellow, have two of the most talked about young players of the tournament (Neymar and Rodriguez), have fanatical fans and crushing poverty with soccer being the only way out for many youngsters. Wow! Look at that! Some actual football talk and not a hint or sign of crappy jokes. Allez!

FRANCE vs GERMANY

HAMKA vs SCHATTENBRANDUNG

Hamka are a female fronted symphonic power metal band that feature ‘ethnic’ music influences. They play very strong, powerful ‘power metal’ and are a quite enjoyable listen.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hamka/30970

I discovered Schattenbrandung on Bandcamp, and they play a very impressive style of black/doom metal. Angry, harsh, doomy and with some progressive Enslaved-ish elements makes this debut album a must for black/doom metal lovers. There’s only two videos on Youtube, a 5 minute teaser and one for the whole album. I’m posting the teaser and if you like it play the album then click the Bandcamp link and buy the damn thing!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Schattenbrandung/3540353887

http://schattenbrandung.bandcamp.com/album/i-apoph-nie

verdict: I had the Germans as my pick to win this whole thing, so I’m going for them to advance to the Semi’s and Schattenbrandung win this round musically.

BRAZIL vs COLOMBIA

HELLLIGHT vs LUCIFERIAN WEREWOLFS

HellLight are a Brazilian Funeral doom band that are just fantastic. Strong playing, excellent vocals and a great penchant for covers that reminds me of Type O Negative make HellLight a great doom band for you to enjoy.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/HellLight/58311

Luciferian Werewolfs are a duo playing raw black metal and it is very raw, and possibly they may be a little NSBM for my tastes (judging from the images) but as they sing in Spanish, have bad production and the words are screamed rather than sung, I’ve no idea what’s being said. Still the name’s cool, if slightly misspelt.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Luciferian_Werewolfs/3540360276

verdict: On the field I’d love Colombia to win and progress to the semis however I think Brazil have enough guile (read: dirty, diving cheats) to win. Musically HellLight, no competition.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY NINETEEN-Weeding Out The Week

The guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.

ARGENTINA vs SWITZERLAND

SKILTRON vs MORRIGU

Power/Celtic folk metal seems to be an unusual genre for Argentinian bands to be playing yet there are at least two bands sailing those seas. One of them, Triddana, features 4 ex-members of Skiltron, the band I’m featuring, and both feature bagpipes, whistles, heavy metal and songs about the Scottish Rebellion, freedom and the such-like. As you’d expect, the music is power/folk metal (think Tyr and Korpiklanni) mixed in with bagpipes and whistles (think Alestorm but less pirate-y), in fact come to think of it there is a well known German band that sings about Scotland, the Clans and the such, so if you like Running Wild, the sound of bagpipes and metal (and I do) then Skiltron fits the bill.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Skiltron/27714

Switerland’s Morrigu play melodic death/doom metal that is akin to Amorphis and features a guitarist and a drummer who both used to be in Eluveitie. The playing is excellent and the music superb and although there are a host of other bands out there playing in a similar style, Morrigu have enough talent and quality songs to stand out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Morrigu/14009

verdict: On the pitch the Argentinians will have to much power for the Swiss to withstand on so they will advance to the Quarter Finals, however musically I’m calling it a draw as I really do like both bands and what they do.

BELGIUM vs USA

INSANITY REIGNS SUPREME vs MARE COGNITUM

IRS (now there a set initials!) play death/doom metal in it’s purest form. No acoustic interludes, keyboards or ethereal female vocals; just slow paced, filthy guitars and growled vocals and songs to bring the despair out in you. Lovely stuff!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Insanity_Reigns_Supreme/5396

Mare Cognitum is another one man atmospheric black metal act that I discovered whilst stumbling around Bandcamp. The playing, production and the songwriting is spectacular; the light and shade he uses inn each song is truly wonderful veering from straight up black metal to ambient Floydian instrumental passages and back again and he is fast becoming one of my favourite BM acts about.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mare_Cognitum/3540343747

verdict: I’m going for a USA double here with the USA team winning it on penalties.