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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.

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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY FOUR. GOALS,GOALS,GOALS!!!!

More matches, more goals, more music, more bands that I’m not familiar with! Let’s get it on!

SWITZERLAND vs ECUDAOR

BLUTMOND vs DELICADO SONIDO DEL TRUENO

Switzerland, land of chocolate, Heidi, neutrality and looted Nazi gold is also the home to avant-garde black metal act Blutmond. Three albums in and it’s still quite hard to pin down the musical style of this band. As with Sigh, Hail Spirit Noir et al, Blutmond employ many different influences  to create some very unique sounds. Another band who I’ve not heard of but I’ll be rectifying that tout suite!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Blutmond/37345#Reviews

The best thing about doing this Metal World Cup is the amount of new bands I’m discovering from countries that I didn’t know had a metal scene. case in point is Delicado Sonido del Trueno, (Delicate Sound of Thunder for you non-Spanish speakers like me!), a seven piece gothic doom metal act that features female vocals juxtaposed with harsh, raspy male vocals and it makes for a very enjoyable sound. They are not reinventing the wheel but they a cut above most female-fronted metal bands.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Delicado_Sonido_del_Trueno/3540318697

FRANCE vs  HONDURAS

GOJIRA vs APEIRON

One of the criteria I am using for the bands that I feature in these posts, is that they are not ‘too famous’. So for example, England won’t be represented by Maiden, Priest, Sabbath etc. There will be no Metallica for the U.S. I want to feature bands that are either not too well known or totally unknown (to me). However for France I cannot NOT feature Gojira! One of the most well known metal bands at the moment, Gojira paly such a heavy form of death metal that will shred your brain and snap your neck! This band just gets better and better with each album and if you’ve not got anything of theirs you need to rectify that immediately!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Gojira/18351

Apeiron play traditional heavy metal in an ‘Iron Maiden’ style. Plenty of galloping basslines and twin guitars and pounding drums. They only have one album out but it’s enjoyable stuff and deserves to be featured here.

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Apeiron/Apeiron/388176

 

ARGENTINA vs BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

TIERRA DE ELEFANTES vs BRAIN FOREST RYTUAL

Two new bands for me  (and you) to discover. First up Tierra de Elefantes an unsigned three peice who play progressive stoner metal and have an ep out entitled ‘ATSYS’, which is available on thier bandcamp page. They sing in Spanish, I can’t understand the lyrics but I do like the vocals of the Rey brothers, Nicolas and Luciano.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tierra_de_Elefantes/3540367483

Brain Forest Rytual hail from Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of the countries that made up Yugoslavia in the old Soviet days) and play experimental fusion metal, in other words it’s another band that likes to take chances with their music and experimental with sounds, tempos etc. (are you noticing a pattern here?). Anyway this 3 piece has one studio album and two live albums to their name and are well worth checking out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Brain_Forest_Rytual/83700