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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY FOUR- Friday Night And The Gates Are Low

Strange and unsettling scenes occurred at the Brazilian press conference to announce the line-up for the Brazil squad to face the Netherlands for the 3rd/4th Place Play Off this Saturday.  Behind the advertising board noises of a scuffle were heard and the voice of Big Phil Scolari  shouting “7-1!! 7-Bloody-1!!!!! And that were an own goal!” before the sounds of an antique clock being hurled through a window and then Big Phil being unceremoniously shoved out towards the waiting throng of sports writers and journalists. Casting the evil eye over his shoulder to some unseen adversaries behind the screen, Big Phil regained his composure, sat down in front of the microphones, cleared his throat and then announced the Brazil team he had picked for Saturday’s match.

“Haggerty F, Haggerty R, Tomkins, Noble, Carrick, Dobson, Dewhurst, Crapper, McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt.  Substitutes: Ferris, Codren, Davis, Sullivan, O’Grady, Kembell and Hacker.”

And without waiting for the bemused reporters to gather their thoughts and ask any questions, Big Phil was off like a flash leaving the voice of Al Dvorin’s ghost to intone “Ladies and gentlemen, Big Phil has left the building………thank you and goodnight.”

BRAZIL vs THE NETHERLANDS

THOTH AMON vs CIRITH GORGOR

With lyrical themes of the Hyborian Age and band members named Anderson Stormruler(drums), HardRocker (bass) and Arquimedes666 (on guitar and vocals) what’s not to like about this Brazilian epic heavy metal band? The playing is enthusiastic, the songs rock as you would expect epic heavy metal would and it has a very ‘Bathory’ feel to the production which gladdens the soul of this old fart no end. Thoth Amon only have one demo out at the moment but hopefully more will be heard from this band.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thoth_Amon/3540366978

Taking their name from the the point were the mountain ranges of the Ered Lithui and the Ephel Dúath meet, (just to the northwest of Mordor if you ever fancy hiking it one day), Cirith Gorgor are yet another black metal band taking their name from one of Tolkien’s book (The Lord of the Rings for those clueless amongst us) and although some of their early lyrical themes featured LOTR, most of their later stuff is about war. In fact their last album (Der Untergang…) is a concept album, in three parts, about the war on the Eastern front during World War Two and it is an excellent slab of black metal, with some great vocals, brilliant drumming and fantastic, cold riffing. Quality black metal in all departments.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cirith_Gorgor/2104

verdict: Musically the Netherlands win this one with an excellent BM band in Cirith Gorgor, however on the field Brazil may just win it especially if Davitt scores one with the back of his from 28 yards like he did against Barnsley reserves.

 

thanks to the Kubrick on the Guillotine blog for having the scoop on Big Phil’s line up and to the Earth Abides blog for the lowdown on the substitutes.

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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY TWENTY-ONE- (Gun Salute) For Those About To Rock

The final four bands for the final four countries of the final day of the quarter finals and an exciting bunch I’ve got. Four bands whom I’ve never heard of before (let’s face it, before I embarked on this mad parade Argentinian and Costa Rican metal was not exactly on my radar) but after today I’m going to rectify that. Onwards and onwards!

ARGENTINA vs BELGIUM

TRUBE vs SLOW

Trube (German for gloomy or dim) is another one man black metal act ambient and doom characteristics. He (Gabriel Loco) has one album out and, to go along with the cheery sounding name and the style of music he plays, it’s a concept album about the Chernobyl disaster and a damn fine piece of work it is. The album gives off a vibe of menace, horror and utter helplessness mainly due in part to the Russian dialogue that sounds like it is from some kind of broadcast that was sent that day and the following weeks after. Sublime music, excellent production and heartily recommended.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tr%C3%BCbe/3540366927

In keeping with the doom and gloom feel of this post (and my fears for Belgium’s progression in this tournament) I present to you SLOW, which stands for Silence Lives Out/Over Whirpool and is yet another one man act (I’m losing count of how many I’ve featured!) playing funeral doom metal. Deha (the man behind Slow- and apologies for not adding the accents to his name, acute on the ‘e’ and grave on the ‘a’) has three Slow albums available at his bandcamp page (http://musicalexcrements.bandcamp.com/)  and each one showcases his superb songwriting and excellent playing. The slow, doomy pace, the deep,  growled vocals and the light and shade Deha uses in his compositions are truly stunning. Highly recommended.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Slow/3540375410

 

verdict: On the pitch, I feel the Argies will beat the chocolate eating, beer-swilling, pissing Belgians (all In need to do is to mention Poirot, Flanders and the Wallonians and we have a full house on our Belgium Bingo Card!) however musically I’m going to call it a draw. Never heard of either band before but know I’m interested in getting their albums.

NETHERLANDS vs COSTA RICA

TERZIJ DE HORDE vs HOWLER

Originally called Liar Liar Cross On Fire (you can see why I picked!) Terzij de Horde are a five piece post black metal band and sure play a mean pinball. The ‘non’-black metal parts (all dreamy chords and mid paced tempos) sit very nicely with the basic black metal parts of the song. They only have one ep and a split ep to their name, however I do see great things in the future for this band. I just wish they kept the original name.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Terzij_de_Horde/3540305837

Howler (umlauts over the ‘o’) are a Costa Rican thrash metal band with plenty of energy and some really nice ideas and tunes. Formed from two bands (Inhaler and Howler) they have opened for DRI and Whiplash and released their debut album in 2014. If you’re looking for a good, new thrash band then Howler could be one.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/H%C3%B6wler/3540344996

verdict: Costa Rica’s fairytale ride will come to an end today as the Oranje have to much for them on the field and musically the Dutch take it again.

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY TWELVE- still hating the seven nation army chant.

So this week is going to feature the final games in each group before the knockout stages. Some have already qualified (tek a boo Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Costa Fucking Rica Ya Beauties- as they are now known in this household.), some have games that will determine who goes through (I’m looking at you Italy v Uruguay and Croatia v Mexico) and others that are going to either pure dogshit, absolute goalfests or just some pure, fucking magic violence (I’m definitely looking at you Honduras!)

This post is taking a while to write as the internet keeps drifting in and out (akin to my interest in the Iran/Nigeria game) and suddenly stopping for no reason. I think it’s this apartment I live in. I’ve a feeling the place is being haunted by Brad Delp; in fact it’s more than a feeling.

CAMEROON vs BRAZIL

MONI BILE vs VULCANO

Moni Bile is an singer of a musical style called makossa, which is a type of funky, dance music and he was the top selling artist of this genre in the 1980’s.

Vulcano was the first Brazilian band to play ‘extreme’ metal all the way back in the halcyon days of 1981 and play straight up  thrash metal from those glorious days. At times it does sound a little generic but it’s done with a passion and a love for the genre that some of these little foibles can be overlooked for the most part.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vulcano/1769

verdict: A win or a draw for Brazil will see them through to the last 16 but depending on what the Croatia/Mexico result is, they may not finish top. Vulcano for the win.

CROATIA vs MEXICO

STRIBOG vs MAJESTIC DOWNFALL

Stribog are a Croatian black/folk metal band that employ the usual flutes, whistles and female vocals as other bands pedaling black/folk metal but what sets Stribog apart from most of the pack is the strength of their material. Just the right side of cheesiness  with the right amount of riffs, frantic drums, soaring female vocals to satisfy  even the most jaded fans of this genre.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Stribog/71514

Now here’s a thing: similar to Portugal’s Ironsword, I discovered Mexico’s Majestic Downfall whilst researching for the Metal World Cup 2014 and then I found out that Hell’s Headbangers distro were having a cd sale and both bands cds were on offer. So sometime after the world cup I’ll be reviewing both albums but in the meantime, MD play death/doom metal that can stand alongside the more well known exponents of this genre (Draconian, Isole,Daylight Dies) and from the clips I’ve heard on youtube, I’m more than excited to hear more from this band.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Majestic_Downfall/93929

verdict: another tough call. Mexico just need to draw to qualify for the round of 16 and I think they have enough talent to do so. Majestic Downfall for the win (hopefully their name is not a portent of what is to come for Mexico!)

Next up is Group B in which the Netherlands and Chile have already qualified and will duke it out to see who faces… and the dead rubber match between Australia (Rule 1: Nah Pooftahs!) and the tiki-taka ex-experts that is Spain.

AUSTRALIA vs SPAIN

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION vs HRIZG

Australia: land of sunshine, surf, Bondi Beach, weak piss beer and throwing another shrimp on the barbie. (Strewth Bruce! How many cliches can you cram into this piece ya flaming goliah!) So how come all the bands I’ve featured for Australia play either introspective black metal or doom metal? Oh yeah, probably something to do with all those insects that are waiting to kill you (Oh, bonzer mate! Another bloody cliche, ya whinging Pom!) anyway, Mournful Congregation play the kind of funeral doom that makes mo moist in places that I didn’t know could get moist. (TMI?) Droning guitars, snail’s pace songs, deep, sonorous vocals and long songs that do not outstay there welcome. Highly recommended.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mournful_Congregation/2824

More one-man black metal band, this time from Spain. Hrizg is certainly prolific (2 albums and 2 ep’s in the space of three years) and whilst not the most unique band in the BM genre, Hrizg’s journey down some familiar territory is quite an enjoyable ride and a lot more fun than most bands in the genre.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hrizg/75502

verdict: With both teams playing for nothing but pride I predict an Australian win by six clear goals and a hat-trick from both Paul Hogan and Skippy!

NETHERLANDS vs CHILE

DODECAHEDRON vs CONDENADOS

Dodecahedron are a Dutch avant-garde black metal band similar in style to Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord and balance aggression, melody, atmosphere and brutality into creating some unsettling music. The music may not connect with you immediately but with repeated listens it slowly makes you realise how fantastic this band is.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dodecahedron/3540329941

Condenados are a Chilean doom metal band and judging from their debut album (‘A Painful Journey Into Nihil’) they are influenced by Candlemass and let’s face it, how many more bands do we need copying early Candlemass? Well, if they’re as good as Condenados we need as many as we can get!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Condenados/87855

verdict: this has draw written all over it. Two great teams and two great bands.

 

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY SEVEN

I could have been a professional footballer just like my father. He could have been a professional footballer too. *Silence. Tumbleweeds tumble past*. On with the show!

CAMEROON vs  CROATIA

RICHARD BONA vs S.O.M.

Richard Bona is a jazz bassist who has played with Bobby McFerrin and has released 7 studio albums of mellow jazz fusion which sometimes can stray into muzak.

S.o.M (which stands for Sons of Medjimurje.) hail from Croatia  and are currently a three piece folk/doom metal act. The pace is slow, the guitars toll like church bells and the vocals (both male and female) are filled with heartbreak and loss.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/S.o.M./123106#band_tab_discography

Verdict: Predictably,  Croatia take this one.

AUSTRALIA vs NETHERLANDS

ELYSIAN BLAZE vs CARACH ANGREN

Elysian Blaze is another one man black funeral doom act from Oz (must be something in the water) and is one of the most consistent acts, in terms of output, around today. Each album release has seen the production, the musicianship and, more importantly the songwriting improve no end and this results in more grandiose and epic songs as featured below:

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Elysian_Blaze/17646#Reviews

Dutch symphonic black metallers Carach Angren have probably provided us with the most ‘whatthefuckery?’ moment of this blog! The music is in a similar vein to Dimmu Borgir and Cradle etc, but it’s the video that has the most ‘WTF?’-moments-per-minute since I first saw the Black Satans’ videos that really stands out. I like the band, I like the music but sometimes you can understand why most of the metal videos I’ve posted are just pictures of album covers or band photos!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Carach_Angren/28907

Verdict: Elysian Blaze win it for the Aussies but by jingo the video for Carach Angren is a comedy masterpiece!

SPAIN vs CHILE

TEITANBLOOD vs THY SERPENT’S CULT

You want fast, hard, brutal, extreme death metal? Then look no further than Spain’s Teitanblood. Honestly this is just vicious, face ripping stuff that is just sick and nasty! Enjoy!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Teitanblood/20242#Reviews

Some more nasty, death metal courtesy of Chilean band Thy Serpent’s Cult. Nasty riffing, ferocious drumming and some great death growls shows that this band can hold their own with their more illustrious counterparts from ‘el Norte’.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thy_Serpent%27s_Cult/3540309915

verdict: Thy Serpent’s Cult are great but Teitanblood just cranks it up nastier, faster, filthier, harsher, so victory to the Spanairds!

 

The Metal World Cup DAY TWO

3 games today so there’s no preamble, just music.

MEXICO vs CAMEROON

YAOTL MICTLAN vs MANU DIBANGO

Yaotl Mictlan are a Mexican folk/black metal band that combines black / death metal with elements of indigenous Mexican Aztec and Mayan music such as flutes, rattles and tribal drumming and have two full length albums out.  This is a track from the 2010 album ‘Dentro del Mantro Gris de Chaac’.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Yaotl_Mictlan/23010#Reviews

According to the Metal-Archives site there are no metal bands from Cameroon (or Nigeria, Ivory Coast or Ghana) so for these four African nations I’ll be playing some of their most famous musicians to hail from that country. First up Manu Dibango.

According to his Wiki page, Manu is a saxophonist and vibraphone player who fuses jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. This is him with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

 

SPAIN vs NETHERLANDS

HORN OF THE RHINO vs AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN

HOTR play a lovely mix of sludge/doom/death metal. The bass just rumbles at you from out the speakers and grabs onto your throat demanding attention, and by jingo you give it!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Horn_of_the_Rhino/3540310927

 

AAFCC are a Dutch post-black metal band from Friesland. They’re a band that I should know more about but unfortunately I don’t. However doing research for this blog I’m going to be rectifying that soon!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/An_Autumn_for_Crippled_Children/3540302963#Reviews

 

CHILE VS AUSTRALIA

ANIMUS MORTIS vs MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY

AM are a black Metal band from Chile who I’d never heard of before doing research for this blog, though to be fair my knowledge of South American metal, let alone Chilean metal, was virtually non existent! This is a great slab of cold, black metal to rival most European BM bands.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Animus_Mortis/32420#Reviews

Dis Pater is the brains behind the ambient BM band Midnight Odyssey as well as side projects, Tempestuous Falls and The Crevices Below though these bands are now retired so Dis Pater can focus on his first band Midnight Odyssey. Despite the ‘one-man BM band’ stigma/stereotype, Midnight Odyssey’s music always appears to be positive and uplifting (to my ears) and has a lot of great energy and riffs and some wonderful ambient passages before crashing in with some scorching guitars and pounding drums.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Midnight_Odyssey/3540275343#Reviews