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THE WORLD CUP OF METAL 2015 (RUGBY EDITION) GAME 37/38/39/40

The last weekend of the Pool matches features only one game that has any meaning, (especially after Scotland have nixed any chance Japan had of progressing) and that is France vs Ireland. However there’s still a shed load of great music to explore and enjoy.

GAME 37: ARGENTINA vs NAMIBIA

UNSEEN vs GOD EAT GOD

Fusing funeral doom with black metal vocals, Argentina’s Unseen takes us on quite an unpleasant journey. Glacial pace combined with huge, monolithic riffs and  mixing traditional funeral doom growls with black metal shrieks make for fun times!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Unseen/3540401151

https://dir666.bandcamp.com/album/necrospheric

I picked God Eat God for two reasons: 1) the name and 2) because they play funeral doom/death metal and it turns out that the band (a UK/Russian mix) features Daniel Neagoe again on vocals! I’d already featured two of his bands before, Clouds and Eye of Solitude, and this third band is just as good and just a little different as his others. The violin (played by a guy named Casper) is featured quite prominently in the songs giving God Eat God a slight My Dying Bride-vibe.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/God_Eat_God/3540370782

https://godeatgod.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: Argentina are already through and will face either France or Ireland in the quarter finals, so I can see this being a bit of a walkover for the Pumas.

Musically I’m giving this to God eat God due to Daniel Neagoe’s involvement in the project. I’ve been impressed by his other bands and GEG are another great band to get into. (Note: I do not know/work or have any contact with Mr. Neagoe whatsoever!)

GAME 38: ITALY vs ROMANIA

KANSEIL vs BUCOVINA- BATTLE OF THE FOLK BANDS!

Kanseil are an Italian folk metal band who use bagpipes, bouzoukis and whistles alongside traditional metal instruments to meld the worlds of folk and metal into a glorious musical success. More akin to Cnoc an tursa and Forefather folk metal than Alestorm/Korpiklaani folk metal. Bonus points for singing in their native language too.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Kanseil/3540372119

https://instagram.com/kanseil_official/

https://www.youtube.com/user/KanseilOfficial

Bucovina are another new band to me and, like Kanseil, they fuse traditional folk stylings with metal to produce some great music with some wonderful vocal harmonies too. Like Kanseil, Bucovina also sing in their native language giving the songs a more ‘authentic’ feel.

https://bucovina.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Bucovina/37241

PREDICTION: Pride is all that’s left for these two teams and I belive the Italians will take this one due to their experience in the Six Nations competition.

Musically, wussing out again and calling a draw! Both bands are excellent and worth your time and money in discovering.

GAME 39: FRANCE vs IRELAND

VI vs CORR MHONA

A side project from 2 of the members of Aosoth (and the ex-drummer from Aosoth), VI play black metal that is best listened whilst naked, on all four with a piece of raw meat between your teeth and shaking your head from side to side until you start foaming and the mouth. Yeah, it’s that good!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/VI/123827

https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/de-praestigiis-angelorum

Corr Mhona (translation: the twisted thing form the bog), like their fellow countrymen Mael Mhorda and Primordial, fuse pagan folk metal/doom metal and black metal to produce a very enjoyable noise and get extra brownie points for singing in Gaelic

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Corr_Mh%C3%B3na/3540303704

https://corrmona.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: The winner of this game, and the group, will face Argentina in the next round and the second-placed team will be up against tournament favourites New Zealand, so a lot is riding on this game. Both teams will be eager to avoid the All Blacks, it will be a close, tight game but I can see Ireland edging it slightly.

Musically I’m going for VI.

GAME 40: USA vs JAPAN

PETRYCHOR vs LIFEBLOOD

From Petrychor’s website: “Black metal laced with folk, avant-garde classical, and other musical interests”, which sums it up far better than I could! If you like Aquilus, Skagos and Nhor and bands of that ilk you will get a lot of enjoyment from Petrychor.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Petrychor/3540328413

https://petrychor.bandcamp.com/

Lifeblood hail from Japan and play depressive metal/rock with touches of black metal. Only two songs are available to listen to at the moment but they’re fairly well written and produced for that style of music. Nothing earth-shattering but not bad.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Lifeblood/3540400884

https://lifebloodjp.bandcamp.com/

PREDICTION: Japan will finish the tournament the way they started it, with a victory. The Americans will leave this World Cup with no wins and no points.

Musically the US takes this in large parts to Petrychor’s musical abilities and fusing of different styles.

The quarter-finals start next weekend, so I’ll see you then with new bands from New Zealand, France, South Africa and Wales.

 

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Moving Swiftly Along

It’s been a while since my last post and I’ve seemed to have doubled the people who now follow me (from 1 to 2!) and as I’ve already listened to 5 of the 20 cds I bought from Debemur Morti (and I’m currently devouring the sixth-though not in the literal sense!) I’d best get on and review what I’ve already listened to.

OLD WAINDS- DEATH NORD KULT  DMP0041

This album from Russian band Old Wainds clocks in at a whopping 35 minutes and is none the worse for it. This is a band I’m not familiar with but having listened to this several times  they certainly have gained a new fan. The trio play black metal (natch!) but with a thrash element in some of the songs especially the opening 3 numbers, and the production is pretty good too- you can actually hear the bass!

After the opening three song thrash/bm salvo, the band revert to a more melodic black metal sound and, whilst keeping the intensity of the opening tracks. But one of the best things about the album is the variety in the music. From blackened thrash to melodic bm to (a little) prog bm, Old Wainds show off their skills as musicians in creating a very good metal album. Halfway through the title track, it goes all slightly Enslaved-like (think proggy-ish guitar riffs) before picking the pace up again whilst a madman shouts at you in Russian.

Though the band are still active (as it appears on their Metal-Archives entry), this 2008 release is the last recorded album by the band (so far) and I’m hoping that a new album is available soon.

7/10

VI- DE PRAESTIGIIS DAEMONUM- DMP0043

Clocking in at just a few seconds shy of 25 mins, this 4 track ep from France’s VI is a very visceral and vicious piece of black metal. Featuring two members of black metal band Aosoth, VI play a brand of raw satanic black metal that really gets the old blood flowing with titles like; Je me dresse devant le trône et j’attends mon jugement en crachant sur le livre de vie. (I rise before the throne and wait for my judgement while spitting on the book of life.)

The guitar playing is simple yet sharp and effective, the drums (despite being programmed) sound as if there is actually a human being the drum kit (or at least something humanesque!) . The only downside to the overall sound is the lack of a bass sound, which would have given the songs an even greater punch than they already have but that’s a minor quibble (from a bass player!) Also the use of choir sounds in certain parts of the songs adds a majestic and sometimes malevolent atmosphere at times, especially on the final track where the last four minutes are reminiscent of an Elend track!

The artwork is sublime, all red and black and all the text (ALL the text including the inside inlay) is written backwards making it a tad difficult to read and the song titles are in French too! Written backwards, obviously!

Again, another quality release from Debemur Morti, another band for me to check out and more proof that the devil really does have all the best tunes.

9/10