My mate wears the same jacket when he’s impersonating either Matt Damon or Hugh Jackman.
Maybe he’s Bourne with it, maybe it’s Wolverine…
The jokes will continue until morale improves!
COLOMBIA vs IVORY COAST
YOGOTH SOTHOTH vs ALPHA BLONDY
Going by the name and the song titles on their albums, Yogoth Sothoth lyrics are influenced by H.P.Lovecraft and they play pretty decent death metal. Nothing earth shattering but decent. (My knowledge of Colombian metal is woeful isn’t it?)
Alpha Blondy is a reggae singer from the Ivory Coast and he has recorded over a dozen albums of quite pleasant reggae (my knowledge of Ivorian reggae is even more scant than my knowledge of Colombian metal!)
Verdict: In a shock result Ivory Coast take this mainly due to the bagpipe sound in his cover version of ‘Wish You Were Here’.
JAPAN vs GREECE
CHURCH OF MISERY vs RAVENCULT
CoM write songs solely about real-life serial killers and set it to Black Sabbath-inspired doom metal. And when I say it’s Sabbath-inspired, not only are the guitar riffs and bass riffs are inspired by Birmingham’s finest but Church of Misery have also taken the stuff that had influenced early Sabbath records. Sabbath grew up with the ’60’s rhythm and blues beat-boom in the UK and CoM have taken those influences and manifest them in their songwriting and playing.
Ravencult play no-frills, filthy black metal and that is not a bad thing at all. Similar to Nifelheim, Watain and early Vemon with a nod or two to the mighty Motorhead, Ravencult aren’t doing anything groundbreaking but when they do things this well, who needs innovation?
verdict: Japan take this cos everyone love a bad boy, don’t they?
URUGUAY vs ENGLAND
UPON SHADOWS vs ORANGE GOBLIN
Upon Shadows are a two piece all female dark, gothic metal band from Uruguay. Their style of music is not something I listen to often but it’s a little different and I’m always open to discovering new things.
Are you after cool, energetic riffs, Missing Kyuss and Sleep? Want a home-grown (ie English) stoner band that knows the secret formula to great songs is riffs + melody? Ladies and gentlemen, 19 years old and seven albums strong, I present to you Orange Goblin!
verdict: Although Upon Shadows are really quite good, I’m always a sucker for home-growm bands, so Orange Goblin for the win!