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As we rush headlong into the final matches of the first round it’s all very exciting and tight at the top of Pool B with three teams vying for two spots and one match being a ‘win and you’re in’ kind of thingy……….so it’s a shame that we’re featuring two games from Pool A today, which has already been deceided.


Lysithia are a melodic/doom metal band who, before singer Mike Wilson joined, were a one man instrumental act (Mike Lamb). The addition of a vocalist (who also plays guitar) has expanded the band’s sound and songwriting style. Reminiscent of Daylight Dies, Draconian and all those other classic melodic/doom bands out there. Very highly recommended.



I’m not a huge fan of one man depressive black metal outfits but Mourning Hours. who is also a member of Brajangngana, and his music is a lot more tuneful and well produced than a lot of ONDBM acts out there, the songwriting is very strong and the vocals aren’t too off-putting for this genre.


PREDICTION: It’s more than likely that New Zealand will win this and keep up there 100% record in this tournament, although if Bangladesh they could leapfrog into second place and get an easier quarter-final opponent. Musically, I was very surprised and impressed with Mourning Hours and his take on Depressive Black Metal but again melodic/doom metal wins the day so go check out Lysithea.



I was sort of mistaken last time when I said that there were only 2 Afghani rock/metal bands out there. It seems there are now three: (from Wikipedia) White City is progressive/punk/rock band, based in Kabul, Afghanistan. The current line-up consists of Ruth Owen (UK), formerly from the England based band Echobelly, on bass and lead vocals, Travis Beard (Australia) on guitar and backing vocals and Andreas Stefansson (Sweden) on drums and backing vocals. The music has a ‘Brit-Pop’/rock feel to it and it’s very pleasant and Ruth Owen’s voice reminds me a little bit of Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders……which is nice.

For today’s England selection, I will be choosing a Welsh band. Why? Well the ECB (England’s governing cricket body) is actual the English and Welsh Cricket Board so it seems only fair that a band from the principalities gets featured and what a doozy we have for you!  Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard play psychedelic sludge doom metal, as if you couldn’t get from the name! They have a one-track 30-min ep out available on bandcamp and a glorious sludge-y doom trip it is! Fuzzy guitars, big riffs and being heavier than a really heavy thing with a heavy thing on top of it. Music to be played really fucking loud as the psilocybin ‘shrooms kick in!



PREDICTION: Musically the mad Welshmen win it, however on the field I would love to see Afghanistan beat England at cricket just for shits and giggles and to make their World Cup misery complete. But that probably won’t happen, so England for the (undeserved) win.




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.


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!


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!



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.


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.



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.