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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) SEMI-FINAL 1

Simples!

With only two games left before the final, it seems that someone from the Southern hemisphere is going to be crowned Rugby World Champions. Let’s find out who it’s going to be (hopefully not the Aussies!)

SEMI FINAL 1: SOUTH AFRICA vs NEW ZEALAND

SINDULGENCE vs ARC OF ASCENT

Sindulgence are an experimental metal act from Cape Town, S.A. Their music ranges from a variety of old-school Heavy Metal influences to more modern technical acts; imagine a combination of Metallica, Mastodon, Maiden, S.O.A.D and you’re got an idea of how Sindulgence sound. Not sure why they class themselves as ‘experimental’, sounds like good old fashioned metal to me and that’s alright by me.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sindulgence/3540348425

https://sindulgence.bandcamp.com/album/recollections

Hamilton natives Arc of Ascent combine great vocals, meaty-heavy riffs and some blistering solos to bring you a glorious stoner/doom noise that will move you and groove you.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Arc_of_Ascent/3540302601

https://arcofascent.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: South Africa broke Welsh hearts with their last minute try in the quarter finals but I think beating the All Blacks will be a much sterner ask for the Springboks. Tournament favourites New Zealand will have as much difficulty dispatching South Africa as they did France ie: not much. The All Blacks for the win.

And it’s a Kiwi double as the stoner doom bliss from Arc of Ascent blows Sindulgence off course and into the jaws of defeat.

 

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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) QUARTER FINAL 1/2

Welcome to the weekend edition of Pish and Mince as the Rugby World Cup reaches the thrilling Quarter-Final stages. Can Wales progress pass the improving South Africans? Can France defeat the tournament favourites, the All Blacks? Will I be able to find more sports ball replaced by cats pictures? Only one way to find out…………….

QUARTER FINAL 1: SOUTH AFRICA vs WALES

MAD GOD vs SIGIRIYA

Not sure why god would be mad with this South African trio, as they make an unholy and glorious stoner doom racket; all heavy riffs, throbbing bass notes and wigged-out guitar solos. Quite the pleasant listening experience.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mad_God/3540397249

https://unholyritualsep.bandcamp.com/releases

Sigiriya are a Welsh stoner doom band with a large dose of rock running through them and were formed from the ashes of Acrimony and seem to be the Principality’s answer to Monster Magnet and Orange Goblin. Big chunky riffs a-go-go, pummeling drumbeats and a vocalist who sounds like he could be in Black Stone Cherry (that’s a compliment btw). A fun time to be had by all.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sigiriya/3540334469

https://candlelightrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/darkness-died-today

PREDICTION: This will be a tough one to call. South Africa started off with a loss but then had 3 straight victories to propel them to top spot of Pool B whilst Wales’s only defeat came at the hands of the Aussies and put them into second spot of their Pool. A tight game but I feel the Welsh will come out victors by three points.

Musically I’m going for a Welsh double due to Sigiriya’s song writing abilities, catchy riffs and great vocals.

QUARTER FINAL 2: NEW ZEALAND vs FRANCE

APNEA vs DUR DABLA

If black metal screeching, tremelo riffing and blastbeats mixed with lovely guitar passages and gentle ambient sounds sounds like a good time then Apnea will be right up your alley. A very impressive ep followed by a great album full of light and shade show that these guys have a good handle on the loud/quiet/loud/quiet dynamics.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Apnea/3540343582

https://bleakapnea.bandcamp.com/releases

Hailing from Brittany, France Dur Dabla  are a folk/ black metal act who use traditional folk instruments in their songs and they merge well with the Celtic legends and folklore of Brittany that is found in the lyrics. Depending on your love/tolerance of tin whistles, accordions, flutes and the suchlike in your folk metal will determine whether you like this band or not. Me? I’m firmly in the ‘like’ camp.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dur_Dabla/3540303834

https://frenchfolkmetal.bandcamp.com/track/dremmwel

PREDICTION: Another close game but I feel the French will face an uphill battle to defeat the All Blacks. They’ll put up a good showing but I’m siding New Zealand by at least 6 points.

Musically I’m calling it a draw as I’ve come across two new bands to add to my ever growing lists of albums to buy!

 

 

 

WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 33

Wait, the world didn’t end? You mean I got drunk for nothing??? Oh great! Now I gotta do another post!

Welcome Survivors of the End of the World (TM) to a post-apocalyptic Pish and Mince post about the Rugby World Cup. Only one game today, so what better way to celebrate surviving yet another end-of-the-world prediction than with some Viking metal for our ears!

GAME 33: NEW ZEALAND vs TONGA

JORMUNGANDR vs  KARKAV

And where better to start our Viking metal journey than……..New Zealand?  Jormungandr, a four-piece from Wellington, are a relatively new band with just the one album of pretty decent Bathory-inspired metal that sounds like it could have been recorded in 1985. The drums are a little flat but the riffs are solid, the songs are really good and a head-banging, horn-throwing, beer-swilling good time is guaranteed for all.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/J%C3%B6rmungandr/3540400945

https://jormungandrnz.bandcamp.com/releases

Karkav are also a new band with just the one demo out at the moment but they do have a bit a pedigree behind them. Formed by Auztaroth Dragon (Warlord), Funes, and Hildr Valkyrie (Hildr Valkyrie, Folkearth,Folkodia, etc.) in May 2015 they play a more keyboard-orientated style of Viking metal plus the addition of Hildr Valkyrie’s vocals gives the songs more shadow and light.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Karkav/3540398277

PREDICTION:

Is anyone really crazy enough to pick against the All Blacks? Not me!

Musically, although Jormungandr are quite enjoyable and will get a lot better as they progress, I have to give the nod to Karkav for producing a more polished and varied take on the genre.

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 12

Jazz hands ahoy!

Only one game today so this’ll be a shorter post than normal but the music will still be rocking! This will be Namibia’s first game of the tournament and the question will be can they score a try? Let’s find out!

GAME 12: NEW ZEALAND vs NAMIBIA

ORPHANS OF DUSK vs THE SABBATHIAN

Orphans of Dusk are an Antipodean  gothic/doom metal collaboration that have one ep out at the moment and it showcases the band excellent blend of Type O Negative, Woods of Ypres, My Dying Bride and early Katatonia. If you’re a fan of any of those bands then you need to get Orphans of Dusk into your life.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Orphans_of_Dusk/3540385022

https://orphansofdusk.bandcamp.com/album/revenant

The Sabbathian are another International act (US guitarist/drummer and Norwegian vocalist) and another female-fronted, Sabbath-worshiping doom act. Are they any cop or just another bunch of bandwagon- jumpers? Well, formed by Chad Davis (Hour of 13) and with vocals from Annette Gulbrandsen (Mandylion, Leaves Eyes, Nattsol), The Sabbathian sound like classic doom metal (Candlemass, Solitude Aeternus etc)  with very strong female vocals and the band sounds like the real deal. The riffs, the songs and the strong vocals put The Sabbathian head and shoulders over other female-fronted doom acts out there.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Sabbathian/3540385516#band_tab_discography

https://thesabbathian.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION:

This is the first meeting between these nations. Namibia were on the wrong end of the heaviest defeat in World Cup history (0-142 vs Australia in 2003) while New Zealand were responsible for three of the five largest wins in Webb Ellis history. The All Blacks have never lost in the Pool Stage of the Rugby World Cup; winning all 25 games in this round. Namibia have lost all 15 of their games at the Rugby World Cup by an average margin of 55 points. So if you have any prayers, good vibes, well wishes or even better tries then I reckon you send them Namibia’s way! A walkover for New Zealand and quite possibly a whitewash!

Musically it’s a lot closer than the game will be! Both bands are relatively new and only have one ep out but both bands are worthy of your attention (and your money!) so this will come as no surprise to anybody when I go for the draw!

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAMES 6/7/8

 

Once more with feeling, chaps!

Another busy schedule of games today, so let’s get to it.

GAME 6: SAMOA vs USA

Up first, representing Samoa, are psychedelic doom metal act Cruthu, which means ‘creation’ in Gaelic, a female-fronted four-piece act from Michigan. Whilst their take on 70’s stoner/occult rock is not the most original, they do seem to have a better understanding of how to use the blues in their sound and singer Teri Brown has a good voice on her.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cruthu/3540395265

https://cruthu.bandcamp.com/releases

Where would heavy metal, and to an even greater extent black metal and it’s off-shoots, be without the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien? If you’ve seen any of my other ‘World Cup of…’ you’ll discover that Tolkien-inspired band names, albums, songs etc are everywhere and now we add another name to the list ; Mirkwood. In Tolkien’s world, Mirkwood is a vast forest in Middle-Earth whereas Mirkwood here is a one man black metal act from California who wears his Summoning and Windir influences on his sleeve and produces some great symphonic bm. There are only a few demos out so far but hopefully a full album will drop soon.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mirkwood/110865

https://mirkwoodband.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION:

These sides clashed in the pool stages of the 2007 tournament in a match which Samoa triumphed 25-21 and Samoa have featured in every World Cup since 1991 and have won their tournament opener on five of six occasions. Since winning their opening match of the 1987 tournament, USA have lost 18 of 20 Rugby World Cup fixtures including all of their openers since. This is going to be a tough ask of the USA and I feel that they will come up short against such tough opponents. Samoa win.

Musically I’m giving this one to Mirkwood due to his songwriting skills and sense of melody.

GAME 7: WALES vs URUGUAY

Siluria are a Welsh epic folk metal band with touches of melodic doom in their songwriting reminding me a little of Falkenbach. The songs and the riffs are excellent and the clean vocals are some of the best I’ve heard for a while.  Only one ep out at the moment but hopefully that will change soon.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Siluria/3540336546

Representing Uruguay are progressive heavy metal act Contracultura and although they aren’t re-inventing the wheel, their brand of heavy metal is really enjoyable and they manage to keep their prog leanings reigned in on their debut album ‘Inmortal’, with most songs being under 6 minutes or so. Strong songwriting and some inventive riffs makes Contracultura a good listen.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Contracultura/117190

PREDICTION:

This will be the first ever meeting between these sides. Wales have lost successive World Cup matches heading into their 2015 opener; they’ve never lost three in a row. Uruguay have a points difference of -254 in their seven Rugby World Cup matches, conceding 352 points and scoring 98. Wales will need to get off to a good start if they want to escape from a group that features both England and Australia and I believe that they will get that win.

Musically it’s a victory for the welsh also as Siluria’s epic folk metal charms win the day.

 

GAME 8: NEW ZEALAND vs ARGENTINA

Heavy metal act West of Hell play no-nonsense thrash metal similar to the Bay Area classic bands of the ’80’s: Testament, Exodus etc. fronted by Zimmer’s Hole and ex-SYL singer Chris Valagao, West of Hell grab your throat from the opening riff of their debut album, ‘Spiral Empire’, and don’t let go for the next 50-odd minutes. Good, old-fashioned kick-arse thrash metal.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/West_of_Hell/3540346155

Argentina’s 2112 changed their name from Fahrenheit in 1986 to their current moniker in honour of Rush (no big surprise there) and whilst they take some of their musical cues from the Canadian rock gods, 2112 also channel a modern, commercial Yes-vibe to their songs, along with some Dream Theatre influences, though fortunately most of their songs last under 7 minutes!.  Great riffs, great songs and some excellent musicianship all adds to a great listen.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/2112/16700

PREDICTION:

A reigning champion has lost their opening game of a World Cup just once, when 1991 winners Australia were beaten in the opening game of 1995 by South Africa. This will be the third World Cup meeting between these two teams; New Zealand won both previous games by a margin of at least 23 points and Argentina have taken New Zealand on 21 times previously; never recording a victory (D1 L20). The All Blacks have won seven of their last eight matches in England (L1). Given all that information I think it’s pretty certain which way I’m going to go on this one! The All Blacks to kick off the defence of their title with a victory.

On the musical side however, I have to go for a tie. Both bands, whilst not ground breaking, are very good, have some excellent songs and are pretty enjoyable to listen to and are both worth checking out.

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) FINAL

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post but I tried viewing the eclipse through a colander. I think I’ve strained my eyes.

NEW ZEALAND vs AUSTRALIA

Shallow Grave are an atmospheric sludge/doom metal band from NZ and by jingo, are they heavy! Huge face melting riffs, a menacing rhythm section and vocals that are shouted at you by a deranged, pissed off man. The atmosphere that they go for here is mayhem and destruction and they certain succeed on that level. Harsh, uncompromising, nasty sludge/doom metal at it’s best.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Shallow_Grave/3540359037

https://shallowgravedoom.bandcamp.com/

Aquilus is a one man black metal act that is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill OMBM bands. Mixing black metal, folk, acoustic passages and orchestral passages into one huge epic, outstanding, cinematic piece of music. A lot of his music wouldn’t sound out of place in a film, so grandiose and sweeping are some parts of this album and yet the metal is also supremely played that it doesn’t sound out of place next to the quiet, acoustic moments. An utterly amazing album that has to be heard in full to be truly appreciated.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Aquilus/99197

https://aquilus.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: I’ve got no dog in this fight, both my teams (England and Scotland) were home before the postcards and so I don’t really mind who wins this final. Both teams (and co-hosts) have played great cricket and their Pool A match was a great display of bowling by both sides. Australia have already won this competition four times and will be looking to win it on home soil against their Antipodean neighbours (#everybody needs good neighbours!#) and the same is true of NZ. It’ll be their first World Cup Final appearance and to win it against the Aussies and in Melbourne will be extra special for them. However, despite their Pool A 1 wicket win in February, I fear that New Zealand will not have the firepower to overcome Australia and I can see a fifth World Cup title for Green Baggies.

Musically, although I love Shallow Grave and their self-titled album, just the sheer range, depth and beauty of Aquilus’ music makes him the winner of this contest.

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A big thank you to everyone who has read these blog posts. I’ll be back in this format in September when the Rugby World Cup starts. The usual suspects will be there as well as Canada, USA, Romania, Italy, Georgia, Samoa, Argentina, Fiji, Tonga, Japan and Namibia, so I’ll be featuring metal bands from those countries as well as England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, NZ, SA, France, Uruguay and South Africa. I hope you can join me again. I will be posting, hopefully once a week before then but for now I’m off to bone up on my knowledge of the Namibian, Fijian, Samoan and Tongan metal/rock scene!

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) 1st SEMI-FINAL

NEW ZEALAND vs SOUTH AFRICA

Something a little different for y’all today, industrial/doom metal by a band named Dying of the Light. The sound is post-industrial Godflesh worship, with nods to Head of David (Justin Broderick’s previous band) and also pays respects to Wiseblood , a Clint Ruin Foetus album in all but name. The songs are relatively short (no longer than 5 minutes) and very catchy in the same way that herpes is catchy. If you enjoy your industrial doom heavy and bleak then Dying of the Light could be the band for you.

https://dyingofthelight.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dying_of_the_Light/3540296087

Throne Below is a one-man BM act from South Africa who’s debut album, ‘Defy Deceit Destroy’, is a solidly enjoyable slice of 2nd wave black metal mixed with the multicultural influences of the BM sound today, alongside a production that actually lets you hear all the damn instruments! A great debut album and hopefully there is more to come from this guy in the future.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Throne_Below/3540293487

PREDICTION: After Martin Guptill’s 237 n.o. in the quarter finals over the West Indies, New Zealand will be hoping for another big performance from their batsmen over a fully rested South Africa, who barely broke into a sweat when defeating Sri Lanka six days ago. This will be a tough game, both sides are capable of big numbers and their bowlers are capable of shutting down batsmen so I believe that home field advantage will decide this game, with the Kiwis winning a close one. Musically, I’m going to pick Dying of the Light over Throne Below but only just. Both acts are fantastic and deserve wider exposure, check them out!