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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!

 

 

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL (RUGBY EDITION) GAMES 14/15/16

GAME 14: ITALY vs CANADA

KROWNN vs WILT

Kicking off the second weekend of the Rugby World Cup I’m featuring some bands that I found on Instagram (@sufferingzappatache is my handle- check me out!).

Firstly we have Italian doom trio Krownn who, if you’re fans of Place of Skulls, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus etc, then you should not hesitate to click their bandcamp page and snap up the two albums that are available right now The riffs are heavy and contagious and the lyrics are inspired by the fantasy greats of Tolkien, Howard,etc. Also check out the guitarist’s Instagram page (@sealsofblackening) for some brilliant artwork.

https://krownn.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Kr%C3%B6wnn/3540359875

From the snowy depths of Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba to be exact) come atmospheric black metal band Wilt who conjure up spacious, depressive  bm melodies and give the listener a real sense of bleakness and futility. There is some light amongst the shade and dark but the overall feeling is one of despair, and that’s fine with me!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Wilt/3540353837

https://wiltmanitoba.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION:

Italy defeated Canada 19-14 at the 2003 World Cup; the five-point margin was the narrowest victory Italy have recorded over Canada in their seven Tests against the Maple Leafs (W5 L2). Italy have won the last four Tests between these nations having lost two of their first three against the North American nation. Both teams suffered a defeat in their opening games and with both France and Ireland already looking like they’ve got the top two spots sewn up, it’s probably just a matter pride for these two teams and I believe the Italians will have just a little too much for their Canuck counterparts.

Musically, Krownn take the erm……..crown for Italy with their retro-doom loveliness and gorgeous riffs.

GAME 15: SOUTH AFRICA vs SAMOA

DREAMS OF NIGHTMARES vs SO HIDEOUS

Up first is South African melodic death/groove metal act Dreams Of Nightmares playing a fairly decent, no frills melodic death/groove metal. It’s nothing too spectacular and a little too much on the groove side for my liking but decent enough.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dreams_of_Nightmares/3540401152

https://dreamsofnightmares.bandcamp.com/releases

Representing Samoa for this game will be New York orchestral/post-black metal/shoegaze act So Hideous (@sohideous on Instagram). Combining elements of G!YBE-type orchestration, hardore, shoegaze and post BM riffing and phrasing, the band are a powerful act to listen to. Occasionally there is a little too much going on in some of the songs, but when the fire mix just the right amount of their influences together it makes for a potent an heady brew a emotional, uplifting metal.

https://sohideous.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/So_Hideous/3540372881

PREDICTION:

This will be the fifth World Cup Test between these nations; the Springboks have not faced any other side more often (England also four times). South Africa won the previous four games between the sides. This will be a tough game for South Africa to try and bounce back from after their defeat to Japan. Samoa will be confident after their victory over the US and will be looking forward to keeping their winning momentum going. This will be a close game but I feel SA will just do enough to edge out the Samoans.

Musically So Hideous take the victory.

GAME 16: ENGLAND vs WALES

JUKEBOX MONKEY vs ZONDERHOOF- The Battle of the Stoner Bands!

Jukebox Monkey can be found on Instagram (@jukeboxmonkey) and are from the sunny seaside hamlet of Gravesend in the English garden that is Kent. Playing stoner metal/rock that’s similar in style to Grand Magus fronted by Maynard James Keenan , Jukebox Monkey are a powerful four piece with some amazing riffs catchy choruses and excellent songs. One to check out.

https://jukeboxmonkey.bandcamp.com/

Zonderhoof’s take on stoner metal/doom is of a more instrumental variety, with huge riffs, more emphasis on the doom aspect and killer long songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Church of Misery or Sleep album (and great song titles too!)

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Zonderhoof/3540287195

https://zonderhoof.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION:

These two rivals have met twice at World Cups, in 1987 and 2003, with England losing the first encounter but winning 12 years ago and each of those games were settled by significant margins, 13 and 11 points respectively. England are aiming for three straight victories over Wales for the first time since 2011 however England have lost two of their last five Tests at Twickenham against their border rivals but prior to that won 10 in a row against Wales at HQ. In their last three defeats against Wales (2011-2013), England failed to score a try, however, England have failed to score a try just once in their last 15 Tests. With the Australians also in Pool A neither team can afford to slip up and defeat for one team will probably hinder qualification into the next round. England will be favourites due to being the host nation, but the Welsh will have more than enough to counter the English. A tough game settled by a point or two and with the Welsh coming out as victors.

Musically I’m going for the draw. Both bands are excellent examples of the variety in the stoner doom/rock genre. If I was to judge it I’d probably give it to Jukebox Monkey due to the great sing-a-long choruses but it’ll be a close call.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAMES 9/10/11

Today’s games sees 3 teams opening their World Cup campaign (Scotland, the Aussies and Romania), 2 teams hoping to have a 100% record after two games (France and Japan) and one team looking to get their first points of the tournament (hello Fiji!)

GAME 9: SCOTLAND vs JAPAN

ADABROC vs QUEST FOR BLOOD

Regular readers of these post type things will realise that I have a soft spot for one-man atmospheric black metal acts and Adabroc (from the Isle of Lewis) has wormed his way into the soft spot of my heart with his use of the flute in his atmospheric Drudkh inspired numbers. Great riffs, drumming and songwriting showcases Dómhnall Alasdair MacIlleMhuire’s prodigious talents and is definitely a name to look out for in atmospheric BM circles.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Adabroc/3540359490

https://adabroc.bandcamp.com/

If the use of the flute in Adabroc is used to make his songs sound folk-tinged, then the flautist in Japan’s Quest For Blood (great movie title by the way!) is channeling Iain Anderson, Napolean Murphy Brock and Jimi Hendrix giving this black/folk/progressive metal band an edge not too often seen or heard in metal circles. Jazz, metal, prog, improv and just plain weirdness makes Quest For Blood and interesting and worthwhile listen too. To paraphrase Frank Zappa: “Good God, give the flautist some!”

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Quest_for_Blood/3540257824

PREDICTION:

Scotland faced Japan at the 1991 and 2003 World Cups, winning each game by more than 20 points and Scotland have lost just one of their opening World Cup games (W5 D1), losing their 1999 opener against South Africa. Both of Scotland’s RWC games against Japan were tournament openers for both sides, though this time around it is Japan’s second game.

The Scots have failed to cross the try line in five of their last seven Rugby World Cup matches and last scored a World Cup try in their 2011 opener against Romania, overall Scotland have won all four of their matches against Japan, all by 20+ points. Japan became the first non Tier One nation to beat South Africa in a Test match last weekend, and only the fourth side at all to beat them at the Rugby World Cup (England, NZ and Australia). Whilst it’ll be a tricky game for the Six Nations wooden spoon winners, I can see Scotland getting past this potential banana skin and getting their first points of the tournament.

Musically it’s going to be a tie. Adabroc’s atmospheric BM is beautiful and spectacular but Quest For Blood’s sheer insanity and flute skills are more than a match for the Scot. Everybody’s ears are the winners!

 

GAME 10: AUSTRALIA vs FIJI

WHEN DAY DESCENDS vs BOLIVAR COLA

When Day Descends are an instrumental progressive rock/metal/post rock/metal act from Australia and from that description you can guess what their music sounds like: all chiming, ethereal guitars, complex time signatures, searing guitar solos and just general loveliness and you’d be correct. Nothing to put this act head and shoulders above similar artists but  good stuff nonetheless.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/When_Day_Descends/43342

https://whendaydescends.bandcamp.com/

It seems the flute is more metal than it first appears! Stoner/doom metal act Bolivar Cola incorporate it to pretty nifty effect (along with the jew’s harp) adding a little something different to the standard female-fronted stoner doom.

https://bolivarcola.bandcamp.com/album/the-beast

PREDICTION:

Australia faced Fiji at the 2007 edition of this tournament, running out 55-12 winners; both teams went on to qualify for the quarter-finals. Australia have won six of their seven opening games at World Cups, including the last four in a row and Australia have limited the Fijians to single figures in five of their last eight meetings. Based on this information, and the fact only a fool bets against the Aussies, I’ll be predicting a comfortable Australian victory.

Musically it’s another draw, and yes I do have splinter from sitting on this damn fence so often! Whilst When Day Descends have a bigger catalogue, I’m kinda excited about hearing more from Russia’s Bolivar Cola

 

GAME 11: FRANCE vs ROMANIA

BARUS vs GOD

French progressive death metal, anyone? If you raised your hand then you should be checking out Barús as soon as inhumanely possible. Meshuggah and Gojira combined plus a dash of something other-worldly about the proceedings make Barús quite an exciting listen.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Bar%C3%BAs/3540393658

https://barus.bandcamp.com/releases

And now for something completely blasphemous,, or not depending on your outlook. From Romania come GOD The Barbarian Horde, an atmospheric/melodic death/doom/folk/kitchen sink band who sing in their native language and make no excuses for it. The later material is more folk-infused metal and it’s a pretty interesting listen. Check it our for yourself.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/God/14687

https://godthehorde.bandcamp.com/album/zal-mox

PREDICTION:

These two sides met in the 1987 and 1991 World Cups, with the two matches producing 100 points in total, France won each of those matches by over 25 points and by a combined margin of 70 points. However, the Oaks remained in the game at half-time in both those fixtures, going in level and trailing by just six points in ’87 and ’91 respectively. France have won three Tests in a row, their best run since 2012, Romania however have won three of their last four Tests and have won six of nine in 2015 overall. Despite all that I will go with Les Bleues to get their second win of the tournament. Musically despite the interesting Romanian-folk metal stylings (and awesome name) of GOD The Barbarian Horde I’m giving the win to new guys Barús.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) 4th QUARTER FINAL

The last quarter-final match is playing tonight and after South Africa, India and Australia all through to the semi finals it’s left to either co-host New Zealand or the West Indies who may or may not be with talisman batsman Chris Gayle.

NEW ZEALAND vs WEST INDIES

Up first is New Zealand band The House of Capricorn and their take on alternative stoner doom. The riffs are aggressive, the vocals gruff and angry and the songs rock harder than a bear with rocks. The band certainly know how to pace an album mixing in the occasional doom-paced track in between the faster QOTSA-styled songs.

https://thehouseofcapricorn.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_House_of_Capricorn/69941

It’s been quite difficult finding metal or even rock bands from the Caribbean, the music scene is mainly reggae, dancehall or syrupy pop acts, so it’s always good to find a band that will fit this blog piece. Standing Penance are from Barbados and play alternative metal/hard rock with some great vocals and even better harmonies. It’s good stuff if not exactly groundbreaking but enjoyable nonetheless.

https://noremorserecordseustore.bandcamp.com/track/barbados-standing-penance-the-active-ingredient

PREDICTION: New Zealand will take the final place in the semi-finals. The West Indies have been to inconsistent in the tournament and were fortunate to get into the quarter finals.

Musically, The House of Capricorn win this thanks to there refreshing upbeat take on stoner/doom.

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) 2nd QUARTER FINAL

Yesterday South Africa booked their ticket into the semi-finals after beating Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. Their reward is a match against the winners of the New Zealand/West Indies. Who’s next to book themselves a semi-final spot? Let’s find out!

BANGLADESH vs INDIA

If you read yesterday’s piece, you’ll have seen my bit about how the ‘less well known’ metal nations have a smaller pool talent and sometimes it’s difficult to find good bands. Well…….I’m a fucking idiot and I’d like to retract my statement!

Cryptic Fate have been around since 1993 and play a powerful mixture of heavy metal with thrash elements and some proggy moments. The current members of Cryptic Fate have been together since the band formed, which is somewhat of a rarity these days. The songs are great to headbang and air guitar along to, the vocalist, Chowdhury Fazle Shakib, has a great, powerful range and the harmonies are some of the best this side of Iron Maiden. Good old fashioned heavy metal but in no way derivative.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cryptic_Fate/19414

https://crypticfate.bandcamp.com/

From Bangalore (I know a salty song about a girl from there) comes stoner/doom band Bevar Sea (pronounced Bay-var Sea) and man, what a fucking trip they are!  Blatant Sabbath/St. Vitus/Trouble worshiping is on display and man does it feel good! Infectious riffs, interstellar guitar solos and some seriously grooving songs makes Bevar Sea’s debut album, ‘Bevar Sea’, worthy of buying. Check it out on bandcamp.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Bevar_Sea/3540352985

https://bevarsea.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: India was undefeated in the Pool matches and I cannot see anything changing here against a good, but not spectacular Bangladeshi team. Musically, I’m torn. I love me some stoner/doom and Bevar Sea ticks all the boxes for me though Cryptic Fate are no slouches either, playing some terrific thrash-influenced heavy metal that makes me punch the air. After much consideration I’m going for Bevar Sea….just! And when it comes to ‘leeser known’ metal nations and a small talent pool, I’ll keep my mouth firmly shut!

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (CRICKET EDITION) GAMES 37/38

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.

GAME 37: NEW ZEALAND vs BANGLADESH

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.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Lysithea/3540378989

https://lysithea.bandcamp.com/

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.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mourning_Hours/3540351761

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.

 

AFGHANISTAN vs ENGLAND

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!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mammoth_Weed_Wizard_Bastard/3540391894

https://mammothweedwizardbastard.bandcamp.com/

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.