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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY FIVE-So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

So after thirty two countries and nearly a month of football, we come down to the sixty fourth game and the final two bands out of the one hundred and twenty eight bands that I have featured. This 2014 World Cup will feature the two teams that got to the final of Mexico ’86 an Italia ’90: Germany and Argentina. The Germans have been the most consistent team of the tournament and are looking for their fourth World Cup trophy (they last won in 1990 after beating Argentina) and the Argentinians have not quite lived up to the teams of old, occasionally it seems like it is just Messi plus ten guys, but are hoping to win their third World Cup (last victory in ’86 against the Germans) and to win it in the host country of their South American rivals. Hopefully it’ll be a good game, more ’86 than ’90 but with Die Mannschaft winning!

Before we start I’d like to say that this has been a highly enjoyable project for me, checking out all these bands from different parts of the metal world and being amazed at the quality of the music. I’d like the thank the metal-archives site ( http://www.metal-archives.com/ ) for having a ‘Search by Country’ function otherwise this would have been a much longer and painful process! and I’d also like to thank everyone who clicked on and read and some of you even became followers of this blog, for which I’m very grateful; I’ll try to keep making my posts educational and entertaining just like a Bruce Willis movie. I’ll be doing this again for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and probably the 2016 Euros in France and hopefully I can feature some Scandinavian and British and Irish bands! But now: The Main Event!

GERMANY vs ARGENTINA

MINAS MORGUL vs TENGWAR

As you can probably tell Minas Morgul (and Tengwar for that matter) have taken their name from seems to be the most influential book for metalheads everywhere: the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. Minas Morgul play pagan black metal which is riff heavy, bass driven, sung in German and there is definitely an Amon Amarth (another Tolkien reference!) feel to some of the later albums, which is no bad thing.  Very impressive metal, I need to get some of the band’s albums now!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Minas_Morgul/11607

Same influences (Tolkien) but musically different, Tengwar, the Elvish script created by Tolkien, go for all out epic folk metal and while folk metal and songs about orcs and hobbits have been done to death these Argentinians breathe some new life into a dying carcass mainly due to featuring more on the folk than the metal. That’s not to say there aren’t riffs and pounding drums to get your neck moving, it’s just that they focus more on traditional instruments (bodhran, whistles, Galician bagpipes etc) and aren’t afraid to use them as the lead instruments in some of their tunes. If you are a fan of folk metal mixed with a little power metal then I do recommend checking out Tengwar and their debut album.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Tengwar/45080

verdict: A difficult call, I do really like both bands and thanks to discovering them whilst doing this blog I’ll be buying as many of the albums as possible but just shading it is Minas Morgul just because I do need to be in the mood to listen to folk metal whereas black metal (in most of it’s guises) i spretty much a daily thing. On the pitch, well I pick the Germans from the start and I won’t back down now!

 

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY FOUR- Friday Night And The Gates Are Low

Strange and unsettling scenes occurred at the Brazilian press conference to announce the line-up for the Brazil squad to face the Netherlands for the 3rd/4th Place Play Off this Saturday.  Behind the advertising board noises of a scuffle were heard and the voice of Big Phil Scolari  shouting “7-1!! 7-Bloody-1!!!!! And that were an own goal!” before the sounds of an antique clock being hurled through a window and then Big Phil being unceremoniously shoved out towards the waiting throng of sports writers and journalists. Casting the evil eye over his shoulder to some unseen adversaries behind the screen, Big Phil regained his composure, sat down in front of the microphones, cleared his throat and then announced the Brazil team he had picked for Saturday’s match.

“Haggerty F, Haggerty R, Tomkins, Noble, Carrick, Dobson, Dewhurst, Crapper, McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt.  Substitutes: Ferris, Codren, Davis, Sullivan, O’Grady, Kembell and Hacker.”

And without waiting for the bemused reporters to gather their thoughts and ask any questions, Big Phil was off like a flash leaving the voice of Al Dvorin’s ghost to intone “Ladies and gentlemen, Big Phil has left the building………thank you and goodnight.”

BRAZIL vs THE NETHERLANDS

THOTH AMON vs CIRITH GORGOR

With lyrical themes of the Hyborian Age and band members named Anderson Stormruler(drums), HardRocker (bass) and Arquimedes666 (on guitar and vocals) what’s not to like about this Brazilian epic heavy metal band? The playing is enthusiastic, the songs rock as you would expect epic heavy metal would and it has a very ‘Bathory’ feel to the production which gladdens the soul of this old fart no end. Thoth Amon only have one demo out at the moment but hopefully more will be heard from this band.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thoth_Amon/3540366978

Taking their name from the the point were the mountain ranges of the Ered Lithui and the Ephel Dúath meet, (just to the northwest of Mordor if you ever fancy hiking it one day), Cirith Gorgor are yet another black metal band taking their name from one of Tolkien’s book (The Lord of the Rings for those clueless amongst us) and although some of their early lyrical themes featured LOTR, most of their later stuff is about war. In fact their last album (Der Untergang…) is a concept album, in three parts, about the war on the Eastern front during World War Two and it is an excellent slab of black metal, with some great vocals, brilliant drumming and fantastic, cold riffing. Quality black metal in all departments.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cirith_Gorgor/2104

verdict: Musically the Netherlands win this one with an excellent BM band in Cirith Gorgor, however on the field Brazil may just win it especially if Davitt scores one with the back of his from 28 yards like he did against Barnsley reserves.

 

thanks to the Kubrick on the Guillotine blog for having the scoop on Big Phil’s line up and to the Earth Abides blog for the lowdown on the substitutes.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY TWO- Sponsoring The Moshpits

So here we are at the final four of the 2014 World Cup. These four teams will be last teams featured on this blog and so I’ve chosen eight bands that I think you’re going to enjoy.  Today’s game features two of the most dominant teams in World Cup history: Brazil, with seven appearances and five victories and Germany also with seven appearances but only three victories. A victory for either side will give them an unprecedented eighth appearance in World Cup Finals history. Brazil has never won the trophy as a host nation (they were runners up in 1950) and no European team has ever won the World Cup when it has been held in the Americas, so sit back and relax and watch a game that could have more twists and turns than a M.Night Shyamalan movie. (fun fact: M.Night Shaymalan has a sister called Whoablackbetty)

BRAZIL vs GERMANY

STATIK MAJIK vs SLARTIBARTFASS

Statik Majik, who take there name from a Cathedral ep, are a trio (who’ve now expanded to a four piece but all the albums are as a trio) who play heavy metal with a stoner doom vibe especially on the earlier releases. Excellent production, huge heavy riffs, a fantastic guitar sound and an great vocalist in Thiago Neves makes Statik Majik produce some great songs that will keep many a headbanger happy. Check ’em out!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Statik_Majik/28759

Now there are many metal bands out there that owe a great thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard et al and I know I’ve featured a few on here during this World Cup blog, however I’ve yet to discover a band influenced by Douglas Adams and his seminal work ‘The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy’ (if you know any different please let me know in the comments section) so I was delighted to discover Slartibartfass (the German translation of Slartibartfast, the Magrathian who designed the Norwegian fjords) who play Viking folk metal with a passion and flair and some nice experimentation that would bring a smile to even the most hardened of Vogon faces. There more than enough viking/pagan/folk metal to satisfy fans of the genre but the band also take some risks and for the most part they pay off making the listening experience all the more enjoyable.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Slartibartfass/72851

verdict: without Neymar and Thiago Silva I feel that the Brazilians will not be able to contain the Germans and it’s Die Mannschaft who will progress to the final.