Howler Creates 'Group of Death' to Scream Metal Anthems to Protest World Cup

The magazine enlisted a thrash band to provide a soundtrack for a soccer-themed fundraiser

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As the FIFA World Cup gets underway in Qatar, a soccer magazine is taking a wildly different approach to its coverage of the globe’s biggest tournament—and it involves thrash metal protest songs, a fundraiser for girls and youth soccer and its own version of the “Group of Death.”

The team at Howler Magazine, a publication dedicated to telling great soccer stories, noticed after the World Cup pairings were announced that there was no noticeable “Group of Death”—a storied tradition comprised of four teams that are so good that it’s a shame that only two of them make it through to the next round.



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