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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY TEN (Home before the postcards)

I’ve stopped posting jokes from my phone. I had a really funny one but autocorrect ruined the lunchtime.

AREGENTINA vs IRAN

FUNGOID STREAM vs FREQUENCY OF BUTTERFLY WINGS

Well going by names alone, Fungoid Stream seem to have this one sewn up. A two-piece funeral doom metal band from Buenos Aires that have three albums to their name and play a very atmospheric funeral doom. The guitars at times are very light and airy and conjure up images of the stars and the galaxies and of floating through the cosmos. Never heard this band before but will soon rectify that! (this seems to be a recurring theme!)

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Fungoid_Stream/27203#Reviews

FOBW play melodic death doom metal akin to Swallow The Sun, The Morningside and Daylight Dies, all slow build ups and atmospheric guitar sounds.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Frequency_of_Butterfly_Wings/3540323689

verdict: a tough call but for me I’ve got to go with Fungoid Stream. Doom conquers all!

NIGERIA vs BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

FEMA KUTI vs ARJEN

Fema Kuti is the eldest son of Fela Kuti, who was the featured artist for Nigeria’s first game and was also a memeber of his father’s group and, in no shock, Fema’s music is a continuation of his father’s.

Arjen’s bandcamp page has the following statement: “Black metal project from Sarajevo created to deny any kind of light, happiness and satisfaction. All is obscurity. All is death” The music is not that grim as I thought it would be but it’s pretty good BM and well produced. Could be a grower.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Arjen/3540357735

http://arjen.bandcamp.com/

verdict: 2-0 to the Kuti Family!

GERMANY vs GHANA

HERETOIR vs GUY WARREN

Heretoir are a post black metal band similar in sound to Alcest and Lantlos and create some wonderful, atmospheric music. Fusing black metal with dreamy, ethereal guitars, the mood here is contemplative and emotional.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Heretoir/3540263322#Reviews

Guy Warren was a musician, best known as the inventor of Afro-jazz and as a member of The Tempos. His virtuosity on the African drums earned him the appellation “The Divine Drummer” (from his wiki page). Some great jazz and african drumming can be found on all his records but check out this track from his debut ‘Africa Speaks, America Answers’

verdict: another tough call but I’ll have to side with the Germans due to the fact that even though Guy’s drumming is excellent, some of his jazz numbers can be a little too jazz, if you understand!

 

 

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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY FOUR. GOALS,GOALS,GOALS!!!!

More matches, more goals, more music, more bands that I’m not familiar with! Let’s get it on!

SWITZERLAND vs ECUDAOR

BLUTMOND vs DELICADO SONIDO DEL TRUENO

Switzerland, land of chocolate, Heidi, neutrality and looted Nazi gold is also the home to avant-garde black metal act Blutmond. Three albums in and it’s still quite hard to pin down the musical style of this band. As with Sigh, Hail Spirit Noir et al, Blutmond employ many different influences  to create some very unique sounds. Another band who I’ve not heard of but I’ll be rectifying that tout suite!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Blutmond/37345#Reviews

The best thing about doing this Metal World Cup is the amount of new bands I’m discovering from countries that I didn’t know had a metal scene. case in point is Delicado Sonido del Trueno, (Delicate Sound of Thunder for you non-Spanish speakers like me!), a seven piece gothic doom metal act that features female vocals juxtaposed with harsh, raspy male vocals and it makes for a very enjoyable sound. They are not reinventing the wheel but they a cut above most female-fronted metal bands.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Delicado_Sonido_del_Trueno/3540318697

FRANCE vs  HONDURAS

GOJIRA vs APEIRON

One of the criteria I am using for the bands that I feature in these posts, is that they are not ‘too famous’. So for example, England won’t be represented by Maiden, Priest, Sabbath etc. There will be no Metallica for the U.S. I want to feature bands that are either not too well known or totally unknown (to me). However for France I cannot NOT feature Gojira! One of the most well known metal bands at the moment, Gojira paly such a heavy form of death metal that will shred your brain and snap your neck! This band just gets better and better with each album and if you’ve not got anything of theirs you need to rectify that immediately!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Gojira/18351

Apeiron play traditional heavy metal in an ‘Iron Maiden’ style. Plenty of galloping basslines and twin guitars and pounding drums. They only have one album out but it’s enjoyable stuff and deserves to be featured here.

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Apeiron/Apeiron/388176

 

ARGENTINA vs BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

TIERRA DE ELEFANTES vs BRAIN FOREST RYTUAL

Two new bands for me  (and you) to discover. First up Tierra de Elefantes an unsigned three peice who play progressive stoner metal and have an ep out entitled ‘ATSYS’, which is available on thier bandcamp page. They sing in Spanish, I can’t understand the lyrics but I do like the vocals of the Rey brothers, Nicolas and Luciano.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tierra_de_Elefantes/3540367483

Brain Forest Rytual hail from Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of the countries that made up Yugoslavia in the old Soviet days) and play experimental fusion metal, in other words it’s another band that likes to take chances with their music and experimental with sounds, tempos etc. (are you noticing a pattern here?). Anyway this 3 piece has one studio album and two live albums to their name and are well worth checking out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Brain_Forest_Rytual/83700