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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 37/38/39/40

The last weekend of the Pool matches features only one game that has any meaning, (especially after Scotland have nixed any chance Japan had of progressing) and that is France vs Ireland. However there’s still a shed load of great music to explore and enjoy.

GAME 37: ARGENTINA vs NAMIBIA

UNSEEN vs GOD EAT GOD

Fusing funeral doom with black metal vocals, Argentina’s Unseen takes us on quite an unpleasant journey. Glacial pace combined with huge, monolithic riffs and  mixing traditional funeral doom growls with black metal shrieks make for fun times!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Unseen/3540401151

https://dir666.bandcamp.com/album/necrospheric

I picked God Eat God for two reasons: 1) the name and 2) because they play funeral doom/death metal and it turns out that the band (a UK/Russian mix) features Daniel Neagoe again on vocals! I’d already featured two of his bands before, Clouds and Eye of Solitude, and this third band is just as good and just a little different as his others. The violin (played by a guy named Casper) is featured quite prominently in the songs giving God Eat God a slight My Dying Bride-vibe.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/God_Eat_God/3540370782

https://godeatgod.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: Argentina are already through and will face either France or Ireland in the quarter finals, so I can see this being a bit of a walkover for the Pumas.

Musically I’m giving this to God eat God due to Daniel Neagoe’s involvement in the project. I’ve been impressed by his other bands and GEG are another great band to get into. (Note: I do not know/work or have any contact with Mr. Neagoe whatsoever!)

GAME 38: ITALY vs ROMANIA

KANSEIL vs BUCOVINA- BATTLE OF THE FOLK BANDS!

Kanseil are an Italian folk metal band who use bagpipes, bouzoukis and whistles alongside traditional metal instruments to meld the worlds of folk and metal into a glorious musical success. More akin to Cnoc an tursa and Forefather folk metal than Alestorm/Korpiklaani folk metal. Bonus points for singing in their native language too.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Kanseil/3540372119

https://instagram.com/kanseil_official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/KanseilOfficial

Bucovina are another new band to me and, like Kanseil, they fuse traditional folk stylings with metal to produce some great music with some wonderful vocal harmonies too. Like Kanseil, Bucovina also sing in their native language giving the songs a more ‘authentic’ feel.

https://bucovina.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Bucovina/37241

PREDICTION: Pride is all that’s left for these two teams and I belive the Italians will take this one due to their experience in the Six Nations competition.

Musically, wussing out again and calling a draw! Both bands are excellent and worth your time and money in discovering.

GAME 39: FRANCE vs IRELAND

VI vs CORR MHONA

A side project from 2 of the members of Aosoth (and the ex-drummer from Aosoth), VI play black metal that is best listened whilst naked, on all four with a piece of raw meat between your teeth and shaking your head from side to side until you start foaming and the mouth. Yeah, it’s that good!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/VI/123827

https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/de-praestigiis-angelorum

Corr Mhona (translation: the twisted thing form the bog), like their fellow countrymen Mael Mhorda and Primordial, fuse pagan folk metal/doom metal and black metal to produce a very enjoyable noise and get extra brownie points for singing in Gaelic

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Corr_Mh%C3%B3na/3540303704

https://corrmona.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: The winner of this game, and the group, will face Argentina in the next round and the second-placed team will be up against tournament favourites New Zealand, so a lot is riding on this game. Both teams will be eager to avoid the All Blacks, it will be a close, tight game but I can see Ireland edging it slightly.

Musically I’m going for VI.

GAME 40: USA vs JAPAN

PETRYCHOR vs LIFEBLOOD

From Petrychor’s website: “Black metal laced with folk, avant-garde classical, and other musical interests”, which sums it up far better than I could! If you like Aquilus, Skagos and Nhor and bands of that ilk you will get a lot of enjoyment from Petrychor.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Petrychor/3540328413

https://petrychor.bandcamp.com/

Lifeblood hail from Japan and play depressive metal/rock with touches of black metal. Only two songs are available to listen to at the moment but they’re fairly well written and produced for that style of music. Nothing earth-shattering but not bad.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Lifeblood/3540400884

https://lifebloodjp.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: Japan will finish the tournament the way they started it, with a victory. The Americans will leave this World Cup with no wins and no points.

Musically the US takes this in large parts to Petrychor’s musical abilities and fusing of different styles.

The quarter-finals start next weekend, so I’ll see you then with new bands from New Zealand, France, South Africa and Wales.

 

WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 31/32

Uh-oh! Will I survive another end of the world prediction?

GAME 31 SOUTH AFRICA vs USA

VINTERSLAV vs OBSEQUIAE

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vinterslav/3540296278

Vinterslav (Swedish for ‘winter slave’) are a South African black metal combo that deal in BM of the ‘raw’ kind. Blastbeats, tremelo riffing and harsh vocals all lead you to believe the lads are wandering the snowy-capped mountains of some Scandinavian countryside rather than kicking back and enjoying the sunny beaches of Cape Town. However the music is good, a tad formulaic at times but still an enjoyable stab at an oversaturated genre.

A change of pace with this next band, Obsequiae: it’s still black metal but it uses melody which seems to be influenced by medieval music and they even use a medieval harp on some of their songs on their latest album. The melodies and the instrument give the songs an ‘authentic’ feel to them rather than some hokey, sub-par ‘folk metal’ band you’d see at Wacken.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Obsequiae/3540290073

http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/aria-of-vernal-tombs-2

PREDICTION:

South Africa will be heavy favourites as they still atop Pool B facing a US side that have no victories in this World Cup. The Springboks for the victory.

Musically the US take this one due in large part to Obsequiae’s use of medieval melodies and harp to produce some truly outstanding black metal.

GAME 32: NAMIBIA vs GEORGIA

FORESTFATHER vs  ENNUI

Forefather are comprised of two Americans and one Chilean and play atmospheric black metal with some folk influences that will have the fans of Agalloch, WITTR, Alcest etc curious to discover them ( and I include myself in this list!) One difference of Forestfather and other bands of this genre is the use of clean vocals, which are used predominantly in the songs and can take a little getting used to but worth it in the end.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Forestfather/3540367025

https://forestfather.bandcamp.com/

A change of pace for this next band representing Georgia. Ennui are a Georgian duo that play funeral doom metal, full of deep, growling vocals, heavy-as-a-mountain-and-twice-as-mobile riffs and some sublime guitar solos and excellent guitar interplay that pushes home the despair and grief the band are singing about.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ennui/3540353754

https://ennui-funeral.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION:

Both teams will be going home from the tournament no matter what the result today. Georgia have been quite a nice surprise in this World Cup and I can see them beating the Namibians quite handily.

Musically the contest goes to the Georgians again. Ennui are an excellent funeral doom metal act similar in style to Evoken, and that’s good enough for me!

 

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 17/18/19

GAME 17: AUSTRALIA vs URUGUAY

THADDAEUS vs APLANADORA

Thaddaeus are (now) a three piece funeral doom act with traces of gothic doom, ambient married with some lovely classical/orchestral music to push the band above the likes of others in this genre. Similar to some of Dis Pater’s many guises, Thaddaeus’ vocals are reminiscent of Nick Cave and this is what makes me tingle inside!

https://thaddaeusband.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thaddaeus/3540382238

From Uruguay come Aplanadora, who’s first album featured six Sabbath songs and was called ‘Tributo a Black Sabbath’ so it’s no surprise to discover who they are influenced by! Good old fashioned no-frills meat and potatoes 80’s metal that’s just bloody good fun!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Aplanadora/110631

PREDICTION:

This will be the first meeting between the two nations; Australia are the only Tier One nation that has not had a XV that has faced Uruguay in a Test match. Australia have won five of their last six Tests, this after suffering defeat in six of their seven games before that. After Wales’ victory over England, Australia will be looking to exploit an English defeat and take second (and maybe first) spot and I believe that The Wallabies will do this.

Musically, although Aplanadora are great fun and are a solid metal act however, due to the more textured layers of Thaddaeus’ music I’m giving this win to them.

GAME 18: SCOTLAND vs USA

TRANSCENSION vs ARES KINGDOM

Transcension are a bunch of hairy-arsed Scotsmen from the sunny shores of Greenock (which is a quaint fishing village on the Clyde!) playing some fantastic melodic death metal and with the twin guitar sound and clean vocals they give the songs a power metal/Thin Lizzy-‘Celtic’ feel to them which is very refreshing and something that makes me a fan of their music. Only one album at the moment but damn the quality of the songs make me excited to hear more from these guys!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Transcension/3540398844

Ares Kingdom have been around since 1997 featuring two members of black/trash metal act Order From Chaos. They’ve been releasing consistently great music since 2003 and have a new album out this year………so why I have only just heard about them now? Probably because I’m a freaking idiot! Anyhoo, Ares Kingdom are an excellent death/thrash metal act, in the vein of Bolt Thrower/Hail of Bullets/Blasphemic Cruelty, who many of you will probably be familiar with, for those (like me) who may not know them, i suggest just clicking the youtube link and listen to some amazing metal!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ares_Kingdom/10670

h@ttps://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/the-unburiable-dead-2

PREDICTION: Scotland have won all four meetings between the two nations by an average margin of 33 points and I can’t see anything from the USA to make it 5 wins for Scotland and see the Scots retake first place in the Group.

Musically this is very exciting for me. as I’ve discovered two great new bands, even if one of them has been around for a while! Both bands play different variations of death metal: Transcension are more melodic and ‘Celtic’ influenced whilst Ares Kingdom are more experienced, heavier and nastier but both bands have released excellent music. In the end experience wins out for Ares Kingdom (I’m off to buy the new album as soon as I get paid and catch up on their previous stuff) but as for Transcension the future’ looks really bright for them and I’l be hunting down their album too! (See! I don’t always sit on the fence!)

GAME 19: IRELAND vs ROMANIA

SONUS MORTIS vs INDIAN FALL

One of the pleasures of doing these posts is that I get to discover so many new bands and some great music from all over the world and here’s another band I’m thrilled to have found. Kevin Byrne is the brains behind twisted, noisy, symphonic death/doom metal act Sonus Mortis. Aggressive, harsh yet melodic, mixing the power of Aanal Nathrakh with some heavy DM riffs, cool gothic doom passages and nasty vocals makes this a great listening experience.

https://sonusmortis.bandcamp.com/album/war-prophecy

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sonus_Mortis/3540371908

Romanian metal Indian Falls play atmospheric death/black metal in a similar style to Old Man’s Child, full of melody, great riffs and excellent songwriting.

https://indianfall.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Indian_Fall/9823

PREDICTION:

The Irish have won all 14 games against non-Tier one opposition in the Rugby World Cup; those 14 wins have come by an average margin of 30 points. Ireland defeated Romania by 30 and 28-point margins at the 1999 and 2003 editions of this tournament respectively. the Romanians will probably give the Irish more of a test than the Canadians did but not much more. Ireland for the win.

Musically the Irish will take this again though Indian Fall are no slouches, I just felt more moved by Sonus Mortis.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAMES 2/3/4/5

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So it’s a bumper-filled edition today as the Rugby World Cup gets under way with FOUR games today meaning eight new bands for your sweet, delicate little lugholes.

GAME 2: TONGA vs GEORGIA

Ancient Moon are an international black metal/ambient act that have just the one album out and it only features one track, but what a track it is! Grainy tremolo riffing gives way to a cacophony of buzzing guitars and crashing drums followed by an ominous, almost Tuvan throat-like vocals which continue throughout the song. The quieter moments allow the listener a breather before the noise comes crashing back in and sweeping you away. This is a very well written piece of music and there’s enough here to keep you interested over it’s 28 minute length.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ancient_Moon/3540398265

https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat109-ancient-moon-vvltvre-2015

Adramalech, hailing from Georgia, is a one-man black metal act (Veliar-all instruments) who has released several eps and albums  of varying black metal/ambient quality since 2009. Each release has seen Adramalech expand and improve his songwriting skills and range of music, making his later work a lot more of an enjoyable experience than his earlier stuff, in my opinion.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Adramalech/3540377914

PREDICTION:

Tonga have lost their first game of the Rugby World Cup in five of the six editions they have competed in, Georgia have failed to score a try in each of their three Rugby World Cup openers since debuting in 2003, losing all three of those games as well so something’s going to change after this game! Tonga will be favourites and will need a good start if they are to claim second place from Argentina and this game should be theirs for the taking.

Musically it’s also a win for Tonga as Ancient Moon’s single track is a lot more engaging than Adramalech’s work.

GAME 3: IRELAND vs CANADA

Worshiping at the Holy Altar of the Riff, Irish ne’er do wells Astralnaut play fairly enjoyable stoner rock/metal that throws nods to the usual suspects: Kyuss, Sabbath etc. Nothing ground-breaking but pretty damn fine stoner metal to bang your head to.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Astralnaut/3540346922

https://astralnaut.bandcamp.com/album/thieves-beggars-and-swine

Finnr’s Cane are an interesting bunch of Canadians. Aside from their nicknames (The Slave, the Peasant and The Bard) Finnr’s Cane’s take on atmospheric doom/black metal is a little different to these ears and that is due in part to the use of a cello instead of a bass guitar which leads to some rocking cello solo moments in the songs! Agalloch, WITTR, Drudkh, early Ulver are the reference points for Finnr’s Cane but their strong sense of melody and songwriting also set them up as their own band and not just a copy of their influences.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Finnr%27s_Cane/3540303251

https://finnrscane.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION:

Ireland have won their opening match of the last four Webb Ellis editions, scoring a combined 20 tries in these four matches. These two nations met in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1987, with Ireland running out 46-19 winners. Canada’s record in their Rugby World Cup openers is positive, they have won four and lost three but I feel that Ireland will just have too much experience and power to overcome their opponents and should be comfortable winners.

Musically, the Canadians take this one due to the inventive songwriting and rocking cello parts of Finnr’s Cane.

GAME 4: SOUTH AFRICA vs JAPAN

Firegate are an unusual band for me to feature on one of my blog posts, not because they’re a power metal act but because of their overt Christian lyrics. Now the bible and metal have quite a few lyrical themes in common: war, death, slaughter, bloodshed and some of Firegate’s songs have those themes too but they are a little more forthright in their beliefs (“Give glory to the Lord your God before it’s too late. Acknowledge Him before He brings darkness upon you, causing you to stumble and fall on the darkening mountain
where you’ll find only terrible darkness and gloom.”- subtle isn’t it?) Now the younger more head strong me would have dismissed this straight off the bat as preachy christian crap, however if I can accept bands singing about Odin, Satan, Osiris, Ra, Shiva, unicorns, goblins, Orcs, Cthulhu then why worry about yet another fictional character and his chums? Firegate’s music is pretty decent power metal; nothing too bad but nothing that makes it stand out from the crowd.  Competent musicianship and clean, strong but not powerful vocals make Firegate on ‘OK’ listen. Damned with faint praise indeed!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Firegate/3540397516

Japan’s Aeternum Sacris (yet another one-man  band) are a funeral doom metal act with ambient affectations. Lush keyboards, gothic/doom style vocals and a funeral doom pace to the songs makes Aeternum Sacris a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Aeternum_Sacris/3540284289

PREDICTION:

This game represents these nations’ first meeting at Test level. South Africa have won all their tournament openers since debuting in 1995. Japan are winless in their last 18 World Cup matches and aside from those two draws against Canada, have lost by double-figure margins in 15 of those 16 defeats. South Africa and Samoa will be firm favourites to advance from a group that also features the USA and Six Nations Wooden Spoon winners, Scotland and this game will not give the Springboks too much trouble.

Musically, Japan win this one by a country mile. It’s not the overt Christian message in Firegate’s lyrics that bother me, some of the lyrics are quite metal in places and some of them wouldn’t look too out of place in a Meads of Asphodel song. No, the problem for me is Firegate seem to be a (very) poor man’s Satan’s Host, right down to the Harry Conklin-style vocals but as we all know the devil has all the best tunes and Firegate just can’t compete. Aeternum Sacris’s music is more deeper, more developed and just hits me on a more emotional level than Firegate ever could be.

GAME 5: FRANCE vs ITALY

Atmospheric doom metal is a favourite genre of mine and France’s Ixion have becaome a new favourite band for me (I’m such a bandwagoner!) This Brittany trio produce some very lush, beautiful gothic/doom metal with the clean and the harsh vocals mixing well and the musicianship and songwriting are of a very high standard. Their last album was 2011 so hopefully some new songs will be released soon.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ixion/108420

Mourning Mist, an Italian avant-garde doom metal outfit, give a lot of prominence to the violin in their songs and it helps give the band’s music a little extra creepiness and weirdness and adds to the misanthropy. An Italian Sigh if you please.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mourning_Mist/3540392217

https://fpr666.bandcamp.com/album/mourning-mist

PREDICTION:

This is the first Rugby World Cup meeting between these European rivals. France have won five of seven World Cup openers, losing as hosts in 2007 and drawing against Scotland in the inaugural edition in 1987. France have won three of the last five Tests between the sides, all in the Six Nations, with all those wins coming via margins of 18+ points, so it would seem that a French victory is all but assured and quite frankly I’m not going to bet against Les Bleues. Musically it’s a different ball game and although they play different styles of metal I have to give this match to the Italians just because of teh use of violins adds a n extra dimension to their sound.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) GAMES 41/42

So here we are, down to the final two games of the Pool stages and three of the four teams involved have something to play for: a spot in the knockout stages against either the co-hosts or Sri Lanka.

GAME 41: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES vs WEST INDIES

In the vein of Dying Fetus and Aborted comes U.A.E death/thrash band Perversion. From the name and the influences you can probably already hear what they sound like and you’d be right. Manic drumming, pummeling riffs and cookie monster vocals make Perversion  a typical DM act and that’s alright. It’s well played, well produced and an enjoyable way to spend half an hour or so.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Perversion/3540270416

From Trindad and Tobago come a rock/metal band called Orange Sky who mix King’s X-style riffing and a S.O.A.D-vibe with splashes of reggae and funk that makes the album quite refreshing, and the Caribbean-accented phrasing in the songs is also tuneful and catchy as hell! And if anyone is going to cover the Scorpions’ reggae-tinged ‘Is There Anybody There?’ it might as well be these guys!

PREDICTION: The West Indies, on paper, look to have the easier of games against an U.A.E side unused to one-dayers and I can’t see them losing to the U.A.E. However will it be enough to go through to the quarter-finals? Musically, the West Indies take this one as well thanks in part to the infectious and joyful songs of Orange Sky.

GAME 42: IRELAND vs PAKISTAN

Lovecraft-inspired funeral doom metal, this piece writes itself, yes? No! Where you would be expecting ponderous bass riffs, doom-laden deep vocals and a bpm slower than a dying tortoise’s heartbeat, Transfiguration (a one man act from Banagher in Ireland) is heavy on atmosphere and even heavier on keyboards and synths, creating an uneasy ambience for the listener. It’s only with the final (and title) track of his 3-track ep, that Transfiguration ‘plays’ by the funeral doom rules, and even then it’s still a creepy listen.  If you enjoy Midnight Odyssey then you will dig this.

https://existentiell.bandcamp.com/album/lovecraftian-rhetoric

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Transfiguration/3540390220

Pakistan’s Dusk have been around since ’95 and over that time have dabbled in death/doom, progressive metal, ambient metal and death/thrash in their 20 year existence. For a band that’s been around for so long and have  so many different styles, their back catalogue can be a little hit or miss but they do seem to have songs to suit all occasions!

https://duskhorde.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dusk/645

PREDICTION: This match is do or die for both teams. A win for either will almost guarantee elimination for the other, as long as the west Indies defeat U.A.E which will more than likely happen. For Ireland, it’s a chance to put cricket on the map back home as they have never been this far in a tournament before. They’ve been playing some wonderful cricket and it would be great to see a newer team in the knockout stages rather than the usual suspects. However, I just feel that Pakistan will have a slight edge over Ireland and will qualify (along with the West Indies) for the quarter finals starting 18th March. Musically I’m giving this to Ireland as Transfiguration’s ep has been on repeat the entire time I’ve been writing this post and the songs seem to be seeping slowly into my marrow.

WE’RE ALL DOOMED AGAIN! (Once More With Feeling)

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(And we’re live in 3……2……1………….)

Sliding back again into the doom saddle and presenting 4 bands for your delectation it’s your hostess with the mostess…………………………….ME!

Starting off in Chile with a new band named A Sad Bada, who have their debut album out now and it’s pretty damn fine. Funeral doom mixing with some post-rock moments make for a fine pairing and the vocals are nice and gruff, suiting the overall vibe of the music. My only criticism is the poor production: bass too low and the drums are too loud and tinny with kind of detracts from the songs, which are excellent.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/A_Sad_Bada/354037785

https://asadbada.bandpage.com/

Up next are a German band called A Sickness Unto Death who have a very Daylight Dies/Katatonia vibe about them and clean vocals throughout their songs, which makes a interesting change from the growls and deep vocals usually associated with some doom metal. Their debut album is available now at their website and a new album is promised soon.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/A_Sickness_unto_Death/3540363504

http://www.asicknessuntodeath.de/en/

 

We leave Germany and make our way over the border to France (and not for the first time in Franco-Germanic history!) and to a great band with an even better name: A Very Old Ghost Behind The Farm.  Breaking down the lines between doom, sludge, blackened metal, crust and stoner metal, AVOGBTF deals with darkness and horror and exude an air of menace and despair in their songs.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/A_Very_Old_Ghost_Behind_the_Farm/3540313821

https://behindthefarm.bandcamp.com/album/la-came-crude

Finally away up north to Norway we find a side-project from Carpathian Forest’s guitarist Vrangsinn and what a bizarre side project it is! Describing themselves as ‘Groovy Depressive PopRockMetal, A Waste of Talent have their debut album available for free download from their website (link below) and it’s a mixture of doom, the Cure, Morphine (especially the saxophone), 70’s psychedelic rock, some Super Furry Animals and despair! They do promise a second album soon but as they’ve managed to record 2 songs in 3 years, expect the follow up sometime around 2022!

 

http://www.misantrof.net/mse/viewPage.php?bandId=670

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/A_Waste_of_Talent/107768