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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY EIGHT (when rock’n’roll was created)

My mate wears the same jacket when he’s impersonating either Matt Damon or Hugh Jackman.
Maybe he’s Bourne with it, maybe it’s Wolverine…

The jokes will continue until morale improves!

COLOMBIA vs IVORY COAST

YOGOTH SOTHOTH vs ALPHA BLONDY

Going by the name and the song titles on their albums, Yogoth Sothoth lyrics are influenced by H.P.Lovecraft and they play pretty decent death metal. Nothing earth shattering but decent. (My knowledge of Colombian metal is woeful isn’t it?)

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Yogth_Sothoth/56844#Reviews

Alpha Blondy is a reggae singer from the Ivory Coast and he has recorded over a dozen albums of quite pleasant reggae (my knowledge of Ivorian reggae is even more scant than my knowledge of Colombian metal!)

Verdict: In a shock result Ivory Coast take this mainly due to the bagpipe sound in his cover version of ‘Wish You Were Here’.

JAPAN vs GREECE

CHURCH OF MISERY vs RAVENCULT

CoM write songs solely about real-life serial killers and set it to Black Sabbath-inspired doom metal. And when I say it’s Sabbath-inspired, not only are the guitar riffs and bass riffs are inspired by Birmingham’s finest but Church of Misery have also taken the stuff that had influenced early Sabbath records. Sabbath grew up with the ’60’s rhythm and blues beat-boom in the UK ¬†and CoM have taken those influences and manifest them in their songwriting and playing.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Church_of_Misery/763#Reviews

Ravencult play no-frills, filthy black metal and that is not a bad thing at all. Similar to Nifelheim, Watain and early Vemon with a nod or two to the mighty Motorhead, Ravencult aren’t doing anything groundbreaking but when they do things this well, who needs innovation?

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ravencult/5690#Reviews

verdict: Japan take this cos everyone love a bad boy, don’t they?

URUGUAY vs ENGLAND

UPON SHADOWS vs ORANGE GOBLIN

Upon Shadows are a two piece all female dark, gothic metal band from Uruguay. Their style of music is not something I listen to often but it’s a little different and I’m always open to discovering new things.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Upon_Shadows/32404

Are you after cool, energetic riffs, Missing Kyuss and Sleep? Want a home-grown (ie English) stoner band that knows the secret formula to great songs is riffs + melody? Ladies and gentlemen, 19 years old and seven albums strong, I present to you Orange Goblin!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Orange_Goblin/1703#band_tab_discography

verdict: Although Upon Shadows are really quite good, I’m always a sucker for home-growm bands, so Orange Goblin¬†for the win!

 

 

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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY III HENRY V

So after living in the U.S. for the past 5 years or so, I’ve still not got used to the east coast/west coat time difference! Hence the previous post was posted after the Mexico/Cameroon game and halfway through the Spain/Netherlands game (just after Robben scored a beauty! GIRFUY Spain!) So in future I’ll try to post the posts BEFORE the games! Neat idea, eh readers? Four games, eight countries, lots of music. Let’s get intae ’em!

COLOMBIA vs GREECE

INQUISITION vs HAIL SPIRIT NOIR

Colombian giants, Inquisition are a two piece that play black metal and play it bloody well! The music is cold, brooding, grim, violent, all the usual adjectives yet what makes them really stand out is the vocals of lead singer/bassist/guitarist Dagon. A mixture of harsh, raspy vocals, Tuvan-esque throat singing and Popeye! Honestly! Yet somehow it works, listen for yourself.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Inquisition/6665#Reviews

Hail Spirit Noir are formed from the remnants of another progressive avant-garde metal band Transcending Bizarre? (the question mark is deliberate!) and have two albums to their name. Black metal mixed with 70’s rock and psychedelia and a sense of humour makes for a very satisfying listen time and time again. I love bands that takes chances and aren’t afraid to experiment and Hail Spirit Noir fit that bill majestically.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hail_Spirit_Noir/3540343083

 

IVORY COAST vs JAPAN

Ivory Coast have no metal acts, so for your listening pleasure here is Manou Gallo and a track called Maisha taken from her 2003 album ‘Dida’

Sigh are probably the very definition of ‘eclectic’ in heavy metal circles. A band who’s ‘everything-including-the-kitchen-sink’ attitude to music is very refreshing (to my ears). They are not afraid to take chances and this fearlessness producing some excellent music and essential albums. Bands in a similar vein include Hail Spirit Noir and a great French band called Way to End (more on them soon).

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sigh/51#Reviews

 

URUGUAY vs COSTA RICA

REQUIEM AETERNAM vs ADVENT OF BEDLAM

I know next to nothing about either of these countries’ metal scene and I won’t pretend I will. So I picked six bands whose names I liked and decided to have at it!

RA (from Uruguay) are signed to Century Media, have three full length releases and play pretty decent melodic black/death metal. Pretty good stuff.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Requiem_Aeternam/10268#band_tab_discography

AoB (from Costa Rica) were originally called December’s Cold Winter (which is a cool name-no pun intended!) and changed names in 2009 and have released two albums of damn fine melodic death metal and have been a very pleasant discovery for post.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Advent_of_Bedlam/3540311576

ENGLAND vs ITALY

MEADS OF ASPHODEL vs MELENCOLIA ESTATICA

Ah, the English! Has there ever been a more misunderstood and maligned nation of mongrels? For the record I’m half-English, half-Scottish, which probably explains the self-loathing! And England has been a mongrel nation since the Roman Occupation: Romans, Jutes, Britons, Angles, Saxons, Celts, Normans, Danes, bitch please! We were doing multicultralism before it went mainstream (#ethnic hipster)

Anyway the Meads are, yet again, another one of those bands that play experimental/avant garde black metal and occasional feature ex-Hawkwind guitarist Alan davey and the lead singer from Sigh. Their lyrics deal with various religious issues (particulary focusing on the crusades), war, death, biblical apocrypha and their past two releases were ‘concept’ albums about the murder of Jesus the Jew and then about the jews that were forced to work in the Nazi death camps to aid with the disposal of the gas chamber victims. All good clean fun (whatever that means)

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Meads_of_Asphodel/3235

ME hail from Italy and is the solo project of Climaxia from Absentia Lunae. Her latest album ‘Hel’ is a great slab of depressive, claustrphobic black metal and is lyrically and visually inspired by the Fritz Lang movie ‘Metropolis’ and is well worth checking out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Melencolia_Estatica/58390#Reviews