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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 34/35/36

As the final weekend of the Pool matches take place, there are still a few places up for grabs. Can the Japanese beat the USA and pip Scotland for second place? (‘Yes’, and ‘No’ respectively) errrr…….and that’s it really. All the places are more or less sorted and so the majority of the remaining games are for pride only so……….here a picture of some rugby players with the ball replaced by a cat.

GAME 34: SAMOA vs SCOTLAND

VOODOO GODS vs ABANDONED STARS

Voodoo Gods are an American/German/Polish combo that play some pretty damn fine death/thrash metal in a similar vein to Vader and Behemoth etc. Damn good for what ails you and the perfect soundtrack for a night of headbanging goodness.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Voodoo_Gods/3540344431

Abandoned Stars are a young Edinburgh band (with a French vocalist and an Italian drummer) who remind me a lot of Firewind, Sonata Arctica, and Stratovarius in their style of music. Heavy metal with some symphonic cheese added to the mix makes for an ideal soundtrack to practice your air guitar in front of the mirror and slightly scare the cat.

https://ouerghrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fragments

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Abandoned_Stars/3540340199

PREDICTION: Unlike the football team, Scotland’s rugby squad will have no problem progressing to the next round by dispatching Samoa quite easily.

Musically, I’m going to wuss-out and call a draw. Both bands are new to me and both bands hit the spot in different ways, which makes me a very happy bunny indeed.

 

GAME 35: AUSTRALIA vs WALES

AUTUMN’S DAWN vs ANESMWYTHDER

A double dose of depression for you to ……enjoy? Autumn’s Dawn features Tim Yatras (brainchild behind Germ, and ex-member of Austere and Grey Waters to name but a few) and Matthew Bell, guitarist in Bane of Isildur and Troldhaugen, and what a miserably, wonderful listening experience they bring forth! Gorgeous guitar notes, howling vocals and a sense of lovely despair permeate throughout.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Autumn%27s_Dawn/3540380018

http://records.eisenton.de/album/gone

Welsh solo act Anesmwythder is a different kettle of halibut altogether. Musically there’s some great black metal going on but it’s lyrically that sets him apart from others. Depression, dysphoria and body modification, identity issues and other personal experiences with mental illness are some of the subjects he uses for inspiration. A hard, but rewarding listening experience.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Anesmwythder/3540384139

https://anesmwythder.bandcamp.com/releases

PREDICTION: Wales need to win heavily if they are to leap-frog over the Aussies and claim top spot and although I feel they will win, it won’t be by a big enough margin and will have to settle for second spot.

Musically I’m plumping for Autumn’s Dawn slightly ahead of Anesmwythder just on musical variety alone.

GAME 36: ENGLAND vs URUGUAY

NHOR vs VERMIFORNE

I’ve said this once before and I’ll say it again: one of my favourites reasons to do these ‘World Cup’ posts is to discover new bands and new music and the six bands featured in this post are living proof of this. Take Nhor for instance.

hailing from the green fields of Herefordshire, Nhor play a sublime atmospheric/folk black metal, all quiet, chill piano parts lulling you into a dreamy state of mind, conjuring up images  beautiful fields, flowers in bloom and blue skies, until the guitars crash in and you stumble over a rotting corpse or two. Fans of Alcest will enjoy Nhor’s stuff as will fans of Aquilus.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Nhor/3540333774

https://nhor.bandcamp.com/

Vermifone are a different band entirely. Like Sabbath riffs? Enjoy sludgey-doomy goodness? Would you like a crazed Uruguayan sinisterly shouting at you for no reason? Then this is the band for you!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vermiforme/3540390142

PREDICTION: Both teams have nothing to play for in this game, so I’m going to pick Uruguay just for shits and giggles.

Musically I’m picking Nhor and I’m off to discover his back catalogue on Prophecy Records. As the old advert goes “Nhor- he’s got the Nhor-how!”

(crap joke so here’s another picture of a rugby player holding a kitty!)

awwwwww!

 

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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) GAMES 39/40

GAME 39: INDIA vs ZIMBABWE

Demonic Resurrection are an Indian symphonic black metal act with several albums to their name who, whilst not re-inventing the genre, are fairly competent but I feel there’s something missing from the music. Maybe the band are missing a trick by not incorporating sounds or instruments from their culture/heritage as it would probably elevate their music above ‘just ok’.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Demonic_Resurrection/8293

Thomas Mapfumo is a Zimbabwean musician known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe” and “Mukanya” (the praise name of his clan in the Shona language) for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government of President Robert Mugabe. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music and his slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognisable to Zimbabweans.

Mapfumo was imprisoned without charges under the white-dominated regime of Rhodesia. He now lives in exile in the United States, and although he has occasionally returned to Zimbabwe he has not returned since 2005.

PREDICTION: India, who will face Bangladesh on 19th March, will probably go undefeated in this group as they face a pretty poor Zimbabwean side.  Musically I’ll be giving this to Zimbabwe as demonic Resurrection’s music was ok but not spectacular.

 

GAME 40: AUSTRALIA vs SCOTLAND

Named after one of my favourite Rainbow songs (but probably not) Stargazer play some pretty fine blackened death metal and are not afraid to use some experimentation in their songs (tempos, angular riffs, slow, quiet prog-like passages) to keep the music interesting and exciting. Stargazer are a very innovative and fresh-sounding band and their albums are all worth checking out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/StarGazer/2942

One of my favourite things about researching for this blog is checking out the band names on the metal archives site. I usually go by the genre I like followed by the band name, sometimes it’s the band name that will jump out at me  and in this case Danny, Champion of Nothing was just too good to resist! Hailing from Edinburgh, DCoN, are a slow loud band in the vein of Isis, Pelican, Cult of Luna etc, and have an ep out on their bandcamp page. It’s a glorious mixture of quiet, loud, quiet, even louder moments in the songs, huge riffs, intense vocals and just a wonderful noise from these young guys. No youtube clip, but check out the bandcamp site.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Danny%2C_Champion_of_Nothing/3540390571

https://dannychampionofnothing.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: Predictably I’m going to go for an Australian win on the field against a quite poor Scotland side. Musically, the Aussies win again but only just due to their larger back catalogue over DCoN though I do look forward to hearing more from these Edinburgh boys.