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THE EURO 2016 TOURNAMENT OF METAL (DAY SIX)

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The the start of the second round of matches I’ll be trying to review the acts I present in the form of haiku (as my writing style has not improved! and with very sincere apologies to Andy Synn at No Clean Singing for ripping off his idea and doing a piss poor job of it!)

GAME THIRTEEN: RUSSIA vs SLOVAKIA

GREY HEAVEN FALL vs ANCESTRAL VOLKHVES

Great black/death metal,

Deathspell Omega worship

makes my ears happy.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Grey_Heaven_Fall/97820

https://greyheavenfall.bandcamp.com/

More folk black metal,

with a strong female singer,

good stuff for your ears.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ancestral_Volkhves/10860

http://bandzone.cz/ancestralvolkhves

PREDICTION: The Russians will take this one, 2-1 and dash Slovakian hopes.

Musically the Grey Heaven Fall album is a superb piece of work and one to be check out immediately.

GAME FOURTEEN: ROMANIA vs SWITZERLAND

AUTUMN, LEAVES, SCARS vs SCHAMMASCH

Lush post-black metal,

riffs and melodies,

there are not any words.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Autumn%2C_Leaves%2C_Scars/3540348849

https://autumnleavesscars.bandcamp.com/

Avant-garde Black metal:

complex riffs and song structures,

there is beauty here.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Schammasch/3540316251

https://schammasch.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: A draw for me 0-0, as the Swiss had a hard time beating Albania,I feel they’ll struggle to beat a good Romanian side.

Musically, Schammasch have released an amazing album, that will be in many peoples Top ten of 2016. Complex, deep and very rewarding with repeated listens.

GAME FIFTEEN: FRANCE vs ALBANIA

THROANE vs ATEN

Dark, brooding black metal,

it’s uneasy listening;

bloody powerful.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Throane/3540412217

https://dmp666.bandcamp.com/album/derri-re-nous-la-lumi-re

Death metal abounds,

raise your horns of evil to

great riffs and strong songs

 

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Aten/3540381609

https://ulknir.bandcamp.com/album/horns-of-evil

PREDICTION: The French will take this game 3-0 and book a spot in the next stage.

Musically the French take it again as Throane has also released a very strong album that is richly rewarding with repeated listens.

 

 

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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) GAME 36

Just met someone else who doesn’t know what a globe is.
It’s a small world.

GAME 36: SOUTH AFRICA vs UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Previously known as Heathens, who played a groove influenced black’n’roll, Wildernessking changed name and started playing a more ‘Cascadian-style BM mixed with Enslaved-type progginess, and if that’s not getting you damp in the gusset then I truly despair!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Wildernessking/3540340820

https://wildernessking.bandcamp.com/

Four Lebanese guys and a Syrian form a death metal band in the U.A.E. No it’s not the start of another bad joke by me, it’s the best way to describe Aramaic who play some great death metal with ‘Arabic’ (for want of a better word) influences in their songwriting.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Aramaic/3540382356

https://aramaic.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: To be honest I just can’t see South Africa losing this one, it’ll be between U.A.E and Scotland (who lost yesterday- quelle surprise!) for the wooden spoon. Musically it’s another victory for South Africa but only just, as Aramaic are a hell of a band.

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) GAME 28

Although I’ve been reporting on the Cricket World Cup for the past week or so I’m still not convinced that it is actually real. I’m starting to believe it’s just a gigantic hoax (for what end, I’m not sure) and when I saw the match last night it just seemed to confirm it for me. I mean, it was around 8pm last night when I was watching the so-called ‘live’ game between Scotland and Bangladesh and yet they were playing in the sunlight! How does that happen? You can’t explain that! Also, magnets. How do they fucking work?

GAME 28: INDIA vs WEST INDIES

Today’s game features Pool B leaders India taking on a West Indian side who have to quickly get over their shellacking from South Africa. Should be a very good game.

Indian black metal. Three words I didn’t think I’d be writing today but I clicked on the metal-archives site and found 1833AD, checked them out and passed on the savings to you!  It’s a great slice of black metal that is also very melodic alongside being very heavy and intense.

Check out the full album on the bandcamp page.

https://1833ad.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/1833_AD/3540317394

Trinidad and Tobago are the islands representing the West Indies today and from that place comes death metal act Lynchpin. Nothing flashy, nothing fancy just good, solid death metal that punches you right in the face.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Lynchpin/3540338664

PREDICTION: It’s hard to see past an victory for India just because they have been so consistent (3 wins from 3 matches) and the WIndies have struggled so far. Musically

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY SEVEN

I could have been a professional footballer just like my father. He could have been a professional footballer too. *Silence. Tumbleweeds tumble past*. On with the show!

CAMEROON vs  CROATIA

RICHARD BONA vs S.O.M.

Richard Bona is a jazz bassist who has played with Bobby McFerrin and has released 7 studio albums of mellow jazz fusion which sometimes can stray into muzak.

S.o.M (which stands for Sons of Medjimurje.) hail from Croatia  and are currently a three piece folk/doom metal act. The pace is slow, the guitars toll like church bells and the vocals (both male and female) are filled with heartbreak and loss.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/S.o.M./123106#band_tab_discography

Verdict: Predictably,  Croatia take this one.

AUSTRALIA vs NETHERLANDS

ELYSIAN BLAZE vs CARACH ANGREN

Elysian Blaze is another one man black funeral doom act from Oz (must be something in the water) and is one of the most consistent acts, in terms of output, around today. Each album release has seen the production, the musicianship and, more importantly the songwriting improve no end and this results in more grandiose and epic songs as featured below:

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Elysian_Blaze/17646#Reviews

Dutch symphonic black metallers Carach Angren have probably provided us with the most ‘whatthefuckery?’ moment of this blog! The music is in a similar vein to Dimmu Borgir and Cradle etc, but it’s the video that has the most ‘WTF?’-moments-per-minute since I first saw the Black Satans’ videos that really stands out. I like the band, I like the music but sometimes you can understand why most of the metal videos I’ve posted are just pictures of album covers or band photos!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Carach_Angren/28907

Verdict: Elysian Blaze win it for the Aussies but by jingo the video for Carach Angren is a comedy masterpiece!

SPAIN vs CHILE

TEITANBLOOD vs THY SERPENT’S CULT

You want fast, hard, brutal, extreme death metal? Then look no further than Spain’s Teitanblood. Honestly this is just vicious, face ripping stuff that is just sick and nasty! Enjoy!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Teitanblood/20242#Reviews

Some more nasty, death metal courtesy of Chilean band Thy Serpent’s Cult. Nasty riffing, ferocious drumming and some great death growls shows that this band can hold their own with their more illustrious counterparts from ‘el Norte’.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thy_Serpent%27s_Cult/3540309915

verdict: Thy Serpent’s Cult are great but Teitanblood just cranks it up nastier, faster, filthier, harsher, so victory to the Spanairds!