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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!



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!


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.


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!



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.”



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.


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.


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.


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)



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!


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.


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.



THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY TWENTY-ONE- (Gun Salute) For Those About To Rock

The final four bands for the final four countries of the final day of the quarter finals and an exciting bunch I’ve got. Four bands whom I’ve never heard of before (let’s face it, before I embarked on this mad parade Argentinian and Costa Rican metal was not exactly on my radar) but after today I’m going to rectify that. Onwards and onwards!



Trube (German for gloomy or dim) is another one man black metal act ambient and doom characteristics. He (Gabriel Loco) has one album out and, to go along with the cheery sounding name and the style of music he plays, it’s a concept album about the Chernobyl disaster and a damn fine piece of work it is. The album gives off a vibe of menace, horror and utter helplessness mainly due in part to the Russian dialogue that sounds like it is from some kind of broadcast that was sent that day and the following weeks after. Sublime music, excellent production and heartily recommended.


In keeping with the doom and gloom feel of this post (and my fears for Belgium’s progression in this tournament) I present to you SLOW, which stands for Silence Lives Out/Over Whirpool and is yet another one man act (I’m losing count of how many I’ve featured!) playing funeral doom metal. Deha (the man behind Slow- and apologies for not adding the accents to his name, acute on the ‘e’ and grave on the ‘a’) has three Slow albums available at his bandcamp page (http://musicalexcrements.bandcamp.com/)  and each one showcases his superb songwriting and excellent playing. The slow, doomy pace, the deep,  growled vocals and the light and shade Deha uses in his compositions are truly stunning. Highly recommended.



verdict: On the pitch, I feel the Argies will beat the chocolate eating, beer-swilling, pissing Belgians (all In need to do is to mention Poirot, Flanders and the Wallonians and we have a full house on our Belgium Bingo Card!) however musically I’m going to call it a draw. Never heard of either band before but know I’m interested in getting their albums.



Originally called Liar Liar Cross On Fire (you can see why I picked!) Terzij de Horde are a five piece post black metal band and sure play a mean pinball. The ‘non’-black metal parts (all dreamy chords and mid paced tempos) sit very nicely with the basic black metal parts of the song. They only have one ep and a split ep to their name, however I do see great things in the future for this band. I just wish they kept the original name.


Howler (umlauts over the ‘o’) are a Costa Rican thrash metal band with plenty of energy and some really nice ideas and tunes. Formed from two bands (Inhaler and Howler) they have opened for DRI and Whiplash and released their debut album in 2014. If you’re looking for a good, new thrash band then Howler could be one.


verdict: Costa Rica’s fairytale ride will come to an end today as the Oranje have to much for them on the field and musically the Dutch take it again.

THE WORLD CUP OF METAL DAY TWENTY- Crashing Starships into Planets

So here we are in the years, well the Quarter-Finals at least and we have two European powerhouses facing off once again, as they have so many times (mainly in the early 20th Century-you may have read about it or seen programmes about it on the Hitler History Channel) and two South American teams that both play in yellow, have two of the most talked about young players of the tournament (Neymar and Rodriguez), have fanatical fans and crushing poverty with soccer being the only way out for many youngsters. Wow! Look at that! Some actual football talk and not a hint or sign of crappy jokes. Allez!



Hamka are a female fronted symphonic power metal band that feature ‘ethnic’ music influences. They play very strong, powerful ‘power metal’ and are a quite enjoyable listen.


I discovered Schattenbrandung on Bandcamp, and they play a very impressive style of black/doom metal. Angry, harsh, doomy and with some progressive Enslaved-ish elements makes this debut album a must for black/doom metal lovers. There’s only two videos on Youtube, a 5 minute teaser and one for the whole album. I’m posting the teaser and if you like it play the album then click the Bandcamp link and buy the damn thing!



verdict: I had the Germans as my pick to win this whole thing, so I’m going for them to advance to the Semi’s and Schattenbrandung win this round musically.



HellLight are a Brazilian Funeral doom band that are just fantastic. Strong playing, excellent vocals and a great penchant for covers that reminds me of Type O Negative make HellLight a great doom band for you to enjoy.


Luciferian Werewolfs are a duo playing raw black metal and it is very raw, and possibly they may be a little NSBM for my tastes (judging from the images) but as they sing in Spanish, have bad production and the words are screamed rather than sung, I’ve no idea what’s being said. Still the name’s cool, if slightly misspelt.


verdict: On the field I’d love Colombia to win and progress to the semis however I think Brazil have enough guile (read: dirty, diving cheats) to win. Musically HellLight, no competition.


I’m quite surprised that my predictions for which teams go through were all correct! One of my greatest days I must say. The second greatest time I had was when me and my father decided to put on a ‘Download’-style festival. We took Chirk Airfield as our site and booked a lot of groups we thought would suit the bill. However, we found out the long range weather forecast from the Met and it said that it would be torrential rain. With this in mind we thought it best to call the whole caboodle off. The greatest time I ever had? We didn’t tell the bands.



Lundi Galilaois the driving force behind one man project Dead Mountain Mouth, a death/black metal band with large progressive and avant garde influences. The lyrics deal with extra-terrestrial lifeforms and space and some of the music reflects that. The quality of the music, the playing and the songwriting itself shines through on almost every track. Another fantastic act to check out.



The SJOB Movement were a bunch of Nigerian backing musicians who were sick of not getting credited on songs and albums they featured on, so they formed their own band and it allowed the four guys to develop and bring their own ideas to the table. The music is funky, groovy, has an Afrobeat essence and features fuzz guitar, psychedelic sounds, keyboards and moogs. Nice!

verdict: if you’ve been reading this blog from the start of the World Cup, you’ll have noticed that the Nigerians have won all of the musical contests, however today their luck runs out. SJOB Movement is really good stuff however Dead Mountain Mouth take this one because I’m a sucker for one-man projects that deal with space. Oh and France to do it on the pitch too.



Farsot play some great black metal, full of melody and mid-tempo songs with raspy/growl ing vocals alongside spoken passages. Similar to Enslaved, Farsot like to stretch out their songs and add some progressive elements to them and, like Enslaved, the music is elevated into something special.


Algeria’s Orcus play symphonic black metal and whilst it’s not re-inventing the wheel, and it’s not exactly my favourite genre, Orcus are very good and the vocals and playing are very competent. Worth a listen or two.


verdict: I really can’t see past the Germans on the pitch and musically black metal with progressive elements will beat out symphonic bm most days, and it does today.



THE METAL WORLD CUP DAY TWELVE- still hating the seven nation army chant.

So this week is going to feature the final games in each group before the knockout stages. Some have already qualified (tek a boo Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Costa Fucking Rica Ya Beauties- as they are now known in this household.), some have games that will determine who goes through (I’m looking at you Italy v Uruguay and Croatia v Mexico) and others that are going to either pure dogshit, absolute goalfests or just some pure, fucking magic violence (I’m definitely looking at you Honduras!)

This post is taking a while to write as the internet keeps drifting in and out (akin to my interest in the Iran/Nigeria game) and suddenly stopping for no reason. I think it’s this apartment I live in. I’ve a feeling the place is being haunted by Brad Delp; in fact it’s more than a feeling.



Moni Bile is an singer of a musical style called makossa, which is a type of funky, dance music and he was the top selling artist of this genre in the 1980’s.

Vulcano was the first Brazilian band to play ‘extreme’ metal all the way back in the halcyon days of 1981 and play straight up  thrash metal from those glorious days. At times it does sound a little generic but it’s done with a passion and a love for the genre that some of these little foibles can be overlooked for the most part.


verdict: A win or a draw for Brazil will see them through to the last 16 but depending on what the Croatia/Mexico result is, they may not finish top. Vulcano for the win.



Stribog are a Croatian black/folk metal band that employ the usual flutes, whistles and female vocals as other bands pedaling black/folk metal but what sets Stribog apart from most of the pack is the strength of their material. Just the right side of cheesiness  with the right amount of riffs, frantic drums, soaring female vocals to satisfy  even the most jaded fans of this genre.


Now here’s a thing: similar to Portugal’s Ironsword, I discovered Mexico’s Majestic Downfall whilst researching for the Metal World Cup 2014 and then I found out that Hell’s Headbangers distro were having a cd sale and both bands cds were on offer. So sometime after the world cup I’ll be reviewing both albums but in the meantime, MD play death/doom metal that can stand alongside the more well known exponents of this genre (Draconian, Isole,Daylight Dies) and from the clips I’ve heard on youtube, I’m more than excited to hear more from this band.


verdict: another tough call. Mexico just need to draw to qualify for the round of 16 and I think they have enough talent to do so. Majestic Downfall for the win (hopefully their name is not a portent of what is to come for Mexico!)

Next up is Group B in which the Netherlands and Chile have already qualified and will duke it out to see who faces… and the dead rubber match between Australia (Rule 1: Nah Pooftahs!) and the tiki-taka ex-experts that is Spain.



Australia: land of sunshine, surf, Bondi Beach, weak piss beer and throwing another shrimp on the barbie. (Strewth Bruce! How many cliches can you cram into this piece ya flaming goliah!) So how come all the bands I’ve featured for Australia play either introspective black metal or doom metal? Oh yeah, probably something to do with all those insects that are waiting to kill you (Oh, bonzer mate! Another bloody cliche, ya whinging Pom!) anyway, Mournful Congregation play the kind of funeral doom that makes mo moist in places that I didn’t know could get moist. (TMI?) Droning guitars, snail’s pace songs, deep, sonorous vocals and long songs that do not outstay there welcome. Highly recommended.


More one-man black metal band, this time from Spain. Hrizg is certainly prolific (2 albums and 2 ep’s in the space of three years) and whilst not the most unique band in the BM genre, Hrizg’s journey down some familiar territory is quite an enjoyable ride and a lot more fun than most bands in the genre.


verdict: With both teams playing for nothing but pride I predict an Australian win by six clear goals and a hat-trick from both Paul Hogan and Skippy!



Dodecahedron are a Dutch avant-garde black metal band similar in style to Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord and balance aggression, melody, atmosphere and brutality into creating some unsettling music. The music may not connect with you immediately but with repeated listens it slowly makes you realise how fantastic this band is.


Condenados are a Chilean doom metal band and judging from their debut album (‘A Painful Journey Into Nihil’) they are influenced by Candlemass and let’s face it, how many more bands do we need copying early Candlemass? Well, if they’re as good as Condenados we need as many as we can get!


verdict: this has draw written all over it. Two great teams and two great bands.