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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.

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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY NINE (NINE NINE EMERGENCY)

Day nine and now I don’t have to worry about looking for new bands for this blog from Spain, Australia, Cameroon (not they have metal bands anyway!) and Japan. And after this post I may not have to worry about England (no real surprise), Honduras and Ecuador. Annnndddd, hopefully after this world cup I can finish writing my German gay porn musical featuring the songs of Neil Diamond entitled “Hans, Touching Hans”.

ITALY vs COSTA RICA

FUOCO FATUO vs THE TOVVER

Fuoco Fatuo are a relative newcomer to the world of doom/death metal but make an excellent addition to the genre. They like to mix up the tempos and rhythms during their numbers and with a sludgy guitar sound, cavernous drumming and deep growled vocals this makes even their longest songs not outstay their welcome.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Fuoco_Fatuo/3540354366#Reviews

Instrumental funeral doom with dashes of black metal from Costa Rica, you say? Hmm sounds intriguing and it is. Whilst The Tovver ‘s first three demos are ambient/experimental noises (no as off putting as it sounds!) with spoken words from various lectures over them, their fourth demo is the one that has intrigued me most with a mixture of funeral doom and sludgy black metal (is that a thing?) and shows a band finding their feet and their place in the metal world.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Tovver/3540359302#band_tab_discography

The Tovver’s bandcamp link: http://thetovver.bandcamp.com/album/demo-12

verdict: Italy take this due to better production and stronger songwriting.

SWITZERLAND VS FRANCE

TRIPTYKON vs WAY TO END

Formed after the demise of Celtic Frost, Trptykon is Tom G. Warrior’s new project and an absolute beast of a band it is.  Everything that made 2006’s ‘Monotheist’ such a great album is on display here too only cranked up even more; the riffs are monstrous beasts, the bass rumbles deep into your bones and the song exude a fury not heard from Warrior in a while.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Triptykon/3540303132

Only two albums in but French band Way To End are probably one of my favourite bands at the moment. Whilst they are a great black metal band what elevates them is their willingness to experiment with time changes (almost jazzy at some points), the various vocal styles (sometimes harsh, raspy vocals, clear tones and chants often in the same song) and a production where you actual here the bass guitar! Similar in style to Sigh, Hail Spirit Noir and Negura Bunget, Way To End are an excellent addition to the avant-garde black metal genre.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Way_to_End

verdict: this is a tough one, both are great bands and I’m going to have to go for the draw here. Can’t really split the two.

HONDURAS vs ECUADOR

WINTERSAD vs URKU

Two black metal bands from South America and two different styles.

Wintersad are a two-man ambient black metal band with lyrical themes of depression and suicide but unlike other DSBM Wintersad have some great songs and some good production so you can actually here the pain and despair clearly! It’s not really my cup of tea but the music is well made and there are some nice ambient passages to set the mood.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Wintersad/3540337384

Urku are also a two piece black metal band but play pagan black metal. This seems to be a side project because the two members of Urku are also the two members of the heavy metal band  Golden Wolf (also form Ecuador. Hey! What are the odds?) So info is scarce about Urku but the music is great and that is all that matters.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Urku/3540339122#band_tab_discography

verdict: Ecuador win this battle due to the simple philosophy put forth by the 20th Century’s greatest thinkers, Grand Funk Railroad: good singing, good playing.

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY III HENRY V

So after living in the U.S. for the past 5 years or so, I’ve still not got used to the east coast/west coat time difference! Hence the previous post was posted after the Mexico/Cameroon game and halfway through the Spain/Netherlands game (just after Robben scored a beauty! GIRFUY Spain!) So in future I’ll try to post the posts BEFORE the games! Neat idea, eh readers? Four games, eight countries, lots of music. Let’s get intae ’em!

COLOMBIA vs GREECE

INQUISITION vs HAIL SPIRIT NOIR

Colombian giants, Inquisition are a two piece that play black metal and play it bloody well! The music is cold, brooding, grim, violent, all the usual adjectives yet what makes them really stand out is the vocals of lead singer/bassist/guitarist Dagon. A mixture of harsh, raspy vocals, Tuvan-esque throat singing and Popeye! Honestly! Yet somehow it works, listen for yourself.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Inquisition/6665#Reviews

Hail Spirit Noir are formed from the remnants of another progressive avant-garde metal band Transcending Bizarre? (the question mark is deliberate!) and have two albums to their name. Black metal mixed with 70’s rock and psychedelia and a sense of humour makes for a very satisfying listen time and time again. I love bands that takes chances and aren’t afraid to experiment and Hail Spirit Noir fit that bill majestically.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hail_Spirit_Noir/3540343083

 

IVORY COAST vs JAPAN

Ivory Coast have no metal acts, so for your listening pleasure here is Manou Gallo and a track called Maisha taken from her 2003 album ‘Dida’

Sigh are probably the very definition of ‘eclectic’ in heavy metal circles. A band who’s ‘everything-including-the-kitchen-sink’ attitude to music is very refreshing (to my ears). They are not afraid to take chances and this fearlessness producing some excellent music and essential albums. Bands in a similar vein include Hail Spirit Noir and a great French band called Way to End (more on them soon).

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sigh/51#Reviews

 

URUGUAY vs COSTA RICA

REQUIEM AETERNAM vs ADVENT OF BEDLAM

I know next to nothing about either of these countries’ metal scene and I won’t pretend I will. So I picked six bands whose names I liked and decided to have at it!

RA (from Uruguay) are signed to Century Media, have three full length releases and play pretty decent melodic black/death metal. Pretty good stuff.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Requiem_Aeternam/10268#band_tab_discography

AoB (from Costa Rica) were originally called December’s Cold Winter (which is a cool name-no pun intended!) and changed names in 2009 and have released two albums of damn fine melodic death metal and have been a very pleasant discovery for post.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Advent_of_Bedlam/3540311576

ENGLAND vs ITALY

MEADS OF ASPHODEL vs MELENCOLIA ESTATICA

Ah, the English! Has there ever been a more misunderstood and maligned nation of mongrels? For the record I’m half-English, half-Scottish, which probably explains the self-loathing! And England has been a mongrel nation since the Roman Occupation: Romans, Jutes, Britons, Angles, Saxons, Celts, Normans, Danes, bitch please! We were doing multicultralism before it went mainstream (#ethnic hipster)

Anyway the Meads are, yet again, another one of those bands that play experimental/avant garde black metal and occasional feature ex-Hawkwind guitarist Alan davey and the lead singer from Sigh. Their lyrics deal with various religious issues (particulary focusing on the crusades), war, death, biblical apocrypha and their past two releases were ‘concept’ albums about the murder of Jesus the Jew and then about the jews that were forced to work in the Nazi death camps to aid with the disposal of the gas chamber victims. All good clean fun (whatever that means)

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Meads_of_Asphodel/3235

ME hail from Italy and is the solo project of Climaxia from Absentia Lunae. Her latest album ‘Hel’ is a great slab of depressive, claustrphobic black metal and is lyrically and visually inspired by the Fritz Lang movie ‘Metropolis’ and is well worth checking out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Melencolia_Estatica/58390#Reviews