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THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY ELEVEN

DAY ELEVEN: and I want to thank my new followers and hope that I keep producing posts that are entertaining and educational (just like a Bruce Willis movie).  In other news, the England football team visited an orphanage in Rio today.
“Its heartbreaking to see all those sad little faces with no hope” said Lucas, aged 6.

USA vs PORTUGAL

MIDNIGHT vs IRONSWORD

Although they’ve been around for over ten years, Cleveland band Midnight have only just be releasing their second album on 19th August (No Mercy For Mayhem available on Hells Headbangers Records http://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/midnight.asp). Mixing classic heavy metal, punk and hard rock and showing their Motorhead/venom influences,they produce some of the filthiest metal sleaze out there today.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Midnight/46617

Ironsword are a band I discovered whilst doing these posts (one of many!) and once again I’m happy that I started this Metal World Cup thingy. Ironsword play heavy metal. No more no less, just straight up good old fashioned heavy metal featuring tales of brave warriors, bloody battles and fantastic heroes. There’s a lot of the ‘3M’ influences in their sound (Maiden, Manowar, Manilla Road) and it sounds like it could have been released in ’85 not the 2000’s but it never sounds derivative.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ironsword/1736#Reviews

verdict: this is a draw. I cannot split the two bands because they both take me back to being a young lad first getting into metal and both bands put a big smile on my face and throw my horns into the air.

BELGIUM vs RUSSIA

PANTHEIST vs AMBER TEARS

Pantheist started out as a funeral doom act and whilst they still play doom but have now added a gothic and progressive element to their sound which has opened up their songwriting.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Pantheist/3698#Reviews

Amber Tears are a Russian doom metal outfit that have lush, beautiful songs filled with despair and loss and evoking images of tearful goodbyes in the snow. They are similar in style to Draconian but without the female vocals and are well worth checking out if you are into melodious doom metal.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/%D0%AF%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B5_%D0%A1%D0%BB%D1%91%D0%B7%D1%8B/70424

SOUTH KOREA vs ALGERIA

TAEKAURY vs BARBAROS

Taekaury play pagan black metal from South Korea. There’s not a lot of information available (that I can find) about this one-man band. From his blog spot and press releases he is interested in the old Korean past of warriors and samurai. The music is excellent, the debut album is a great piece of pagan black metal and I hope to get to hear more stuff by Taekaury.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Taekaury/3540379248

Barbaros play some great raw, black metal from a country that is not known for metal acts let alone BM bands. (23 acts are listed on metal-archives, only 13 are still listed as active!) Again it’s nothing ground breaking but it is a cut above most of the stuff out there.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Barbaros/14079

verdict: Taekaury because whether you’re singing about Vikings, Romans, Barbarians or Samurais, metal is the only apt choice of music to set it to.

 

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The Metal World Cup Day Six (One Six)

Only one bad game out of fourteen so far, I like them odds! Today we more on to the last two first round games and the start of the second round of group matches.

BELGIUM vs ALGERIA

EMPTINESS vs RIVERGATE

Belgium, land of chocolate, beer (so much beer!), statues of little boys pissing (maybe because of all that beer) and some damn fine metal bands. Emptiness are a black/death metal band that feature a couple of members of Enthroned (another band worth checking out) and like to create a feeling of unease throughout their music.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Emptiness/5845#Reviews

Rivergate are an Algerian progressive metal band that mixes elements of folk, power and symphonic metal  and have released and ep entitled ‘Enter The Gate’. Despite the poor production, the quality of the songwriting and the musicianship really shines through and if a major labe took a chance with them, then great things await Rivergate. Check them out!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/RiverGate/3540375982#Reviews

RUSSIA vs SOUTH KOREA

LESHAK vs GOSTWIND

Leshak (the English name) are a Russian folk/death metal band whose lyrics mainly focus on Slavonic culture and mythology and are a very enjoyable band in a very over-saturated genre.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/%D0%9B%D0%B5%D1%88%D0%B0%D0%BA/125758

One of the reasons for doing these posts was to discover new metal music from countries I did not know had metal scenes. Case in point, Gostwind. a South Korean six piece that fuses metal with traditional Korean instruments. A first the sound of the Korean instruments can be a little jarring mixed in with the more ‘trad’ metal sound but after a while the sound gels together really well and the quality of the band shines through. A band to feature later in a separate post.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Gostwind/73915

and now the second round of group matches begins today with:

BRAZIL vs MEXICO

CANGACO vs HURAKAN

Cangaco are a Brazilian death metal band with Brazilian folk influences in their music. They do like to throw the odd curveball or two into their songs by featuring quiet, acoustic passages and unusual guitar strumming/picking and the vibe is more ‘prog’-ish than death at times and that for a much more interesting and enjoyable listen fro me.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Canga%C3%A7o/3540317186#Reviews

Hurakan are a one man black metal band from Mexico featuring a guy called Gucumatz and used to go under the name of Thanatos and he plays raw, uncompromising black metal that also features sounds from nature (rivers flowing, birds chirping, etc) alongside traditional folk instruments. This seems to be a feature for Gucumatz judging by previous releases as you’ll discover if you click the links!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hurak%C3%A1n/3540372664