The the start of the second round of matches I’ll be trying to review the acts I present in the form of haiku (as my writing style has not improved! and with very sincere apologies to Andy Synn at No Clean Singing for ripping off his idea and doing a piss poor job of it!)
GAME THIRTEEN: RUSSIA vs SLOVAKIA
GREY HEAVEN FALL vs ANCESTRAL VOLKHVES
Great black/death metal,
Deathspell Omega worship
makes my ears happy.
More folk black metal,
with a strong female singer,
good stuff for your ears.
PREDICTION: The Russians will take this one, 2-1 and dash Slovakian hopes.
Musically the Grey Heaven Fall album is a superb piece of work and one to be check out immediately.
GAME FOURTEEN: ROMANIA vs SWITZERLAND
AUTUMN, LEAVES, SCARS vs SCHAMMASCH
Lush post-black metal,
riffs and melodies,
there are not any words.
Avant-garde Black metal:
complex riffs and song structures,
there is beauty here.
PREDICTION: A draw for me 0-0, as the Swiss had a hard time beating Albania,I feel they’ll struggle to beat a good Romanian side.
Musically, Schammasch have released an amazing album, that will be in many peoples Top ten of 2016. Complex, deep and very rewarding with repeated listens.
GAME FIFTEEN: FRANCE vs ALBANIA
THROANE vs ATEN
Dark, brooding black metal,
it’s uneasy listening;
Death metal abounds,
raise your horns of evil to
great riffs and strong songs
PREDICTION: The French will take this game 3-0 and book a spot in the next stage.
Musically the French take it again as Throane has also released a very strong album that is richly rewarding with repeated listens.