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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) 2nd SEMI-FINAL

The second semi-final of the Cricket World Cup features two sides who between them have won the last four World Cups (Australia with 3 and India are the current holders) and had fairly easy quarter final wins over poor opponents.

AUSTRALIA vs INDIA

Hailing from Brisbane, Australia comes one-man-ambient-atmospheric-black metal act Afterwalker (D.P. Pearce) and if you’re familiar with fellow Brisbane resident Dis Pater and his Midnight Odyssey act, then you’ll know what the music will sound like. And that’s a good thing because after M.O, Afterwalker has become one of my favourite ambient BM bands in a while. Pearce’s playing on the albums is superb, there never feels like there is a wasted note and he does have some catchy songs up his sleeve, even the 20+ minute songs never seem to outstay their welcome and all 3 of his albums are worth checking out ob his bandcamp page.If you’re into OMAABM acts then you must check out Afterwalker.

https://afterwalker.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Afterwalker/3540376988

Death/doom metal act Dormant Inferno hail from India and are signed to the ever impressive Transcending Obscurity India label. Their take on the genre is more doom than death, all quiet intros, bass runs and staccatto guitar notes before the song kicks in and off they go at a snail’s pace, and the vocals veer from a harsh, almost bm-style  to a more lower ‘doom’ sound.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dormant_Inferno/3540359605

https://transcendingobscurityindia.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: Both sides have been here before and both sides will be looking to make yet another finals appearance against co-host nation, and finalist virgin, New Zealand. Current holders India will be looking to repeat and keep their hands on the trophy, whilst Australia will be looking for revenge for their Feb 28th one wicket defeat in the Pool A game vs NZ. This will be a close, thrilling contest; both sides are capable of putting up big runs and have bowlers that can keep the batsmen quiet. In the end I do believe that home field advantage will see the Aussies through to their seventh Cricket World Cup Final, but it’ll be a cracker of a game!

Musically, I got to give it to Afterwalker. Midnight Odyssey comparisons aside, the music is some of the most enjoyable, from that genre, I’ve heard in a while.

 

 

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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) 2nd QUARTER FINAL

Yesterday South Africa booked their ticket into the semi-finals after beating Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. Their reward is a match against the winners of the New Zealand/West Indies. Who’s next to book themselves a semi-final spot? Let’s find out!

BANGLADESH vs INDIA

If you read yesterday’s piece, you’ll have seen my bit about how the ‘less well known’ metal nations have a smaller pool talent and sometimes it’s difficult to find good bands. Well…….I’m a fucking idiot and I’d like to retract my statement!

Cryptic Fate have been around since 1993 and play a powerful mixture of heavy metal with thrash elements and some proggy moments. The current members of Cryptic Fate have been together since the band formed, which is somewhat of a rarity these days. The songs are great to headbang and air guitar along to, the vocalist, Chowdhury Fazle Shakib, has a great, powerful range and the harmonies are some of the best this side of Iron Maiden. Good old fashioned heavy metal but in no way derivative.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cryptic_Fate/19414

https://crypticfate.bandcamp.com/

From Bangalore (I know a salty song about a girl from there) comes stoner/doom band Bevar Sea (pronounced Bay-var Sea) and man, what a fucking trip they are!  Blatant Sabbath/St. Vitus/Trouble worshiping is on display and man does it feel good! Infectious riffs, interstellar guitar solos and some seriously grooving songs makes Bevar Sea’s debut album, ‘Bevar Sea’, worthy of buying. Check it out on bandcamp.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Bevar_Sea/3540352985

https://bevarsea.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: India was undefeated in the Pool matches and I cannot see anything changing here against a good, but not spectacular Bangladeshi team. Musically, I’m torn. I love me some stoner/doom and Bevar Sea ticks all the boxes for me though Cryptic Fate are no slouches either, playing some terrific thrash-influenced heavy metal that makes me punch the air. After much consideration I’m going for Bevar Sea….just! And when it comes to ‘leeser known’ metal nations and a small talent pool, I’ll keep my mouth firmly shut!

 

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.

 

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) GAME 34

After this World Cup, this meme is no longer relevant.

GAME 34: INDIA vs IRELAND

The Down Troddence from India are a death/thrash act with some Indian folk influences and it’s these little touches that makes them stand out from other death/thrash bands that clearly influenced by  Amon Amarth/Pantera/C.O.B. and L.O.G. The vocals are superb, low and menacing and the playing and songwriting are top notch and makes their debut album, ‘How Are You? We Are Fine, Thank You’ one of the best debuts of 2014. A fine find indeed.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Down_Troddence/3540375231

In a totally different metal vein we have Malthusian from Ireland who play a psychotic blackened death metal and it’s not a pleasant or comfortable listen but that makes the listening pleasure all the more sweeter. Discordant, chaotic riffs battle with manic drumming and psychotic screaming to produce some of the most unpleasant, uncomfortable yet somehow glorious listening experience I’ve had in a while.

https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/demo-mmxiii

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Malthusian/3540372789

PREDICTION: This is going to be a tough game for Ireland, who are facing one of the favourites of the tournament. The only chance I can see Ireland having is if there are rain delays or the game is a washout, in other words an typical Irish summer’s day. This is not a knock on Ireland: they’ve got more points than England and they still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages if they beat Pakistan in their last game. However, India are looking unbeatable at the moment and it could be a long day for the Irish, with or without the rain.

Musically, it’s quite a tough call but I’m giving the nod to Malthusian just because they made me feel very uncomfortable and unsettling when I listened to them and that doesn’t happen to often.

 

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 WORLD CUP OF METAL (CRICKET EDITION) 2015 GAME 20/21

 

So let’s get the jokes out the way now.

Australian scientists have discovered two new uses for sheep: wool and meat.

New Zealand scientists have discovered two new uses for sheep: wool and meat. (Although to be honest as a half-Pom/half Scot I’ve no real right to make any jokes as the performances at this World Cup have shown!)

Today’s match sees the two co-hosts facing each other with New Zealand having maximum points from 3 games and their Antipodean neighbours having played 2 games with 1 win and 1 No Result due to the game against Bangladesh being washed out.

GAME 20: NEW ZEALAND vs AUSTRALIA

First up is Creeping, a doom/black metal act from Auckland playing a very filthy sounding doom mixed with black metal, raspy vocals and a sense of creepiness, for want of a better word. Reverend Bizarre meets early-70’s Sabbath which is no bad thing indeed!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Creeping/52745

Meanwhile, just over 1400 miles away, here comes Caligula’s Horse, a progressive metal/rock band that have a slew of excellent songs, fantastic riffs and more time changes than the TARDIS on a good night (I may have already used that phrase before, I make no apologies). Tight playing, great singing and two albums that are worth buying. Go check ’em out!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Caligula%27s_Horse/3540339155

https://samvallen.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: It’ll be a close, tight game but I feel the Kiwis will just shade it. Musically, the Aussies have this one.

The second game today features Pool B leaders India looking for their third straight win against the Pool B whipping boys Pakistan  I mean the U.A.E.

Up first is Djinn and Miskatonic, which seems quite an apt name to feature in a cricket themed blog (gin and tonic, anyone?), and they play a Sabbath/Saint Vitus/Cathedral/Rev Bizarre style of doom which fair near warms the cockles of my heart.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Djinn_and_Miskatonic/3540369385

From the U.A.E comes one-man black metal project Thamud which partially takes the name from  an ancient Arabian tribe that existed in the period of the pre-Arabian age of ignorance. He’s only released on demo in 2010 and not much activity since, but the demo is quite an interesting piece of ambient BM and can be downloaded from the link below.

http://digitalmeltd0wn.blogspot.com/2011/04/thamud-remnants-of-time.html

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thamud/3540317346

PREDICTION: India are looking quite comfortable to progress into the knockout stages and I can see an easy win here. Musically it’s a win for the sub-continent too.