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THE EURO 2016 TOURNAMENT OF METAL (DAY SIX)

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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.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Grey_Heaven_Fall/97820

https://greyheavenfall.bandcamp.com/

More folk black metal,

with a strong female singer,

good stuff for your ears.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ancestral_Volkhves/10860

http://bandzone.cz/ancestralvolkhves

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.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Autumn%2C_Leaves%2C_Scars/3540348849

https://autumnleavesscars.bandcamp.com/

Avant-garde Black metal:

complex riffs and song structures,

there is beauty here.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Schammasch/3540316251

https://schammasch.bandcamp.com/

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;

bloody powerful.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Throane/3540412217

https://dmp666.bandcamp.com/album/derri-re-nous-la-lumi-re

Death metal abounds,

raise your horns of evil to

great riffs and strong songs

 

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Aten/3540381609

https://ulknir.bandcamp.com/album/horns-of-evil

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.

 

 

THE EURO 2016 TOURNAMENT OF METAL (DAY TWO)

lyrics from: ‘The Dead Flag Blues” – Godspeed! You Black Emperor

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GAME TWO: ALBANIA vs SWITZERLAND

NIHIL vs DYSRIDER

Nihil are an Albanian black metal  band who have a pretty decent ep out (video below). Mixing COF-keyboards and 2nd-wave BM riffs to produce

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Nihil/3540325402

Previously known as Trophallaxy, Swiss quintet Dysrider play symphonic death metal with lots of low growls from co-vocalist Johnathon mixed with Joelle’s operatic vocal parts, flashy guitar solos and beefy riffs. A lot more enjoyable than most of the ‘Napalm Records, female-fronted-cleavage-core’ that’s out there.

https://dysrider.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dysrider/3540393079

PREDICTION: This is Albania’s first ever Euro Championship tournament and although they aren’t going to be the whipping boys many think they will be, they aren’t going to win against an experienced Swiss team.

Musically, I’m siding with Dysrider on this one. Their use of brass, cello and violin elevate their songs above the usual female-fronted-symphonic bands.

GAME THREE: WALES vs SLOVAKIA

A VULGAR PICTURE vs ABSTRACT

Wales: it’s not just filled with huge gangs of tough sinewy men roam the valleys terrorising people with their close-harmony singing or mushroomed-addled stoner bands (see previous Welsh posts); and you don’t need half a pint of phlegm in your throat just to pronounce the placenames. Hailing from Swansea (see? not that difficult!) A Vulgar Picture play pretty damn fine progressive death metal. Chunky riffs, cool time signatures and killer drumming add up to a damn fine band from the valleys.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/A_Vulgar_Picture/3540371952

https://avulgarpicture.bandcamp.com/

Representing Slovakia are an instrumental, atmospheric, progressive metal act called Abstract. Three full albums to their name and the musicianship is outstanding, the riffs melodic and the guitar solos pretty damn good. A good variety of songs and melodies without getting too ‘muso’ in places.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Abstract/21123

http://bandzone.cz/abstract

PREDICTION: This will probably end in a draw. Wales are in their first tournament since the ’50’s and this is Slovakia’s first Euro tournament as an independent country (they did have 8 Slovakian players in the Czechoslovakian team that won the Euros in 1976).  A draw but a high-scoring draw.

Musically, it’s another draw. Both bands have a lot going for them and both bands hit the right spot when the time is needed.

GAME FOUR: ENGLAND vs RUSSIA

WODE vs GRIMA

Manchester has given us some pretty good music in the past (Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, A Certain Ratio, Buzzcocks) but I’m struggling to recall a great, or even good, metal act from Manchester……until now. Wode are a quartet who have just delivered one of the best BM albums this year. Ferocious riffs, raspy vocals pretty sweet solos and a grimey production all add up to make this intense slab of black metal one of the best things you’ll hear all year.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Wode/3540338474

https://wode.bandcamp.com

Russia’s Grima are an atmospheric black metal act, who’s debut album, ‘Devotion To Lord’ was a big hit in my household last year. Intense riffing, blastbeats and some tasty soloing all adds to their praise of Mother Nature in this superb album.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Grima/3540404377

https://naturmachtproductions.bandcamp.com/album/devotion-to-lord

PREDICTION: Another tournament for England and another disappointment for them. They should get out of  their group, just like they should have gotten out of their World Cup group, but it will all depend on this first game, which I can see the Russians winning 2-1 (last minute own goal by Smalling) leading to fights, a smashed bar and tear gas all round.

Musically, this is a draw. Both bands are superb and both debut albums are essential listening. Very, very excited to hear from Grima and Wode in the future.

 

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY NINE (NINE NINE EMERGENCY)

Day nine and now I don’t have to worry about looking for new bands for this blog from Spain, Australia, Cameroon (not they have metal bands anyway!) and Japan. And after this post I may not have to worry about England (no real surprise), Honduras and Ecuador. Annnndddd, hopefully after this world cup I can finish writing my German gay porn musical featuring the songs of Neil Diamond entitled “Hans, Touching Hans”.

ITALY vs COSTA RICA

FUOCO FATUO vs THE TOVVER

Fuoco Fatuo are a relative newcomer to the world of doom/death metal but make an excellent addition to the genre. They like to mix up the tempos and rhythms during their numbers and with a sludgy guitar sound, cavernous drumming and deep growled vocals this makes even their longest songs not outstay their welcome.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Fuoco_Fatuo/3540354366#Reviews

Instrumental funeral doom with dashes of black metal from Costa Rica, you say? Hmm sounds intriguing and it is. Whilst The Tovver ‘s first three demos are ambient/experimental noises (no as off putting as it sounds!) with spoken words from various lectures over them, their fourth demo is the one that has intrigued me most with a mixture of funeral doom and sludgy black metal (is that a thing?) and shows a band finding their feet and their place in the metal world.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/The_Tovver/3540359302#band_tab_discography

The Tovver’s bandcamp link: http://thetovver.bandcamp.com/album/demo-12

verdict: Italy take this due to better production and stronger songwriting.

SWITZERLAND VS FRANCE

TRIPTYKON vs WAY TO END

Formed after the demise of Celtic Frost, Trptykon is Tom G. Warrior’s new project and an absolute beast of a band it is.  Everything that made 2006’s ‘Monotheist’ such a great album is on display here too only cranked up even more; the riffs are monstrous beasts, the bass rumbles deep into your bones and the song exude a fury not heard from Warrior in a while.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Triptykon/3540303132

Only two albums in but French band Way To End are probably one of my favourite bands at the moment. Whilst they are a great black metal band what elevates them is their willingness to experiment with time changes (almost jazzy at some points), the various vocal styles (sometimes harsh, raspy vocals, clear tones and chants often in the same song) and a production where you actual here the bass guitar! Similar in style to Sigh, Hail Spirit Noir and Negura Bunget, Way To End are an excellent addition to the avant-garde black metal genre.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Way_to_End

verdict: this is a tough one, both are great bands and I’m going to have to go for the draw here. Can’t really split the two.

HONDURAS vs ECUADOR

WINTERSAD vs URKU

Two black metal bands from South America and two different styles.

Wintersad are a two-man ambient black metal band with lyrical themes of depression and suicide but unlike other DSBM Wintersad have some great songs and some good production so you can actually here the pain and despair clearly! It’s not really my cup of tea but the music is well made and there are some nice ambient passages to set the mood.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Wintersad/3540337384

Urku are also a two piece black metal band but play pagan black metal. This seems to be a side project because the two members of Urku are also the two members of the heavy metal band  Golden Wolf (also form Ecuador. Hey! What are the odds?) So info is scarce about Urku but the music is great and that is all that matters.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Urku/3540339122#band_tab_discography

verdict: Ecuador win this battle due to the simple philosophy put forth by the 20th Century’s greatest thinkers, Grand Funk Railroad: good singing, good playing.

THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY FOUR. GOALS,GOALS,GOALS!!!!

More matches, more goals, more music, more bands that I’m not familiar with! Let’s get it on!

SWITZERLAND vs ECUDAOR

BLUTMOND vs DELICADO SONIDO DEL TRUENO

Switzerland, land of chocolate, Heidi, neutrality and looted Nazi gold is also the home to avant-garde black metal act Blutmond. Three albums in and it’s still quite hard to pin down the musical style of this band. As with Sigh, Hail Spirit Noir et al, Blutmond employ many different influences  to create some very unique sounds. Another band who I’ve not heard of but I’ll be rectifying that tout suite!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Blutmond/37345#Reviews

The best thing about doing this Metal World Cup is the amount of new bands I’m discovering from countries that I didn’t know had a metal scene. case in point is Delicado Sonido del Trueno, (Delicate Sound of Thunder for you non-Spanish speakers like me!), a seven piece gothic doom metal act that features female vocals juxtaposed with harsh, raspy male vocals and it makes for a very enjoyable sound. They are not reinventing the wheel but they a cut above most female-fronted metal bands.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Delicado_Sonido_del_Trueno/3540318697

FRANCE vs  HONDURAS

GOJIRA vs APEIRON

One of the criteria I am using for the bands that I feature in these posts, is that they are not ‘too famous’. So for example, England won’t be represented by Maiden, Priest, Sabbath etc. There will be no Metallica for the U.S. I want to feature bands that are either not too well known or totally unknown (to me). However for France I cannot NOT feature Gojira! One of the most well known metal bands at the moment, Gojira paly such a heavy form of death metal that will shred your brain and snap your neck! This band just gets better and better with each album and if you’ve not got anything of theirs you need to rectify that immediately!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Gojira/18351

Apeiron play traditional heavy metal in an ‘Iron Maiden’ style. Plenty of galloping basslines and twin guitars and pounding drums. They only have one album out but it’s enjoyable stuff and deserves to be featured here.

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Apeiron/Apeiron/388176

 

ARGENTINA vs BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

TIERRA DE ELEFANTES vs BRAIN FOREST RYTUAL

Two new bands for me  (and you) to discover. First up Tierra de Elefantes an unsigned three peice who play progressive stoner metal and have an ep out entitled ‘ATSYS’, which is available on thier bandcamp page. They sing in Spanish, I can’t understand the lyrics but I do like the vocals of the Rey brothers, Nicolas and Luciano.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tierra_de_Elefantes/3540367483

Brain Forest Rytual hail from Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of the countries that made up Yugoslavia in the old Soviet days) and play experimental fusion metal, in other words it’s another band that likes to take chances with their music and experimental with sounds, tempos etc. (are you noticing a pattern here?). Anyway this 3 piece has one studio album and two live albums to their name and are well worth checking out.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Brain_Forest_Rytual/83700