Cat 1: Yakushima National Park
A dense lichen covered forest. Mystery lurks around every corner. Ancient gods slumber beneath thousand year old trees, nature sprawls untouched by human hands, sharp cliffs make it clear though that this is no kindly and gentle nature, at least not always. Send me a song that embodies the wonder and mystery of a forest such as this.
Cân Bardd - Crépuscule
Joe Hisaishi - Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa (Opening)
Donkey Kong Country 2 - Swamp Theme
Cat 2: Nyiragongo
A bubbling volcanic lake. The eruption is inevitable, you may not know when it's going to happen, but it WILL happen. The sky lights up orange at night, it's like a second sun. Visible from space, you sit nearby nervously, hoping nothing goes wrong. But it's a beautiful sight nonetheless. Send me a song that conveys a sense of nervousness and anxiety, something about a volcano just ready to bubble over before the eruption, ideally something raw and primal too.
Yoshinori Hayashi - Chember
Gorillaz - Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head
Rafael Anton Irisarri - Fright And Control
Cats 3-6: The Hemispheres
Pretty self explanatory cats, send me something from a band from each hemisphere. A few special rules / disputes over which hemisphere a country is in exist though so I will address these below. Nunatak was the only band you can argue are from Antarctica, and I discovered them while looking at this, so they are banned. If you find another Antarctica band, they are also banned. Sorry. Colonies/overseas territories/whatever will count will the colony/overseas territory/whatever is, not where the home country is. Finally, I'm not saying I'm going to give bonus points to people who submit music from more unorthodox countries, but I will probably be more inclined to break ties in their direction and such.
Cat 3: Northwest Hemisphere
Any band from the United States is BANNED in this cat. Colombia, the UK, Spain, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana are in the Northwest Hemisphere.
Cat 4: Southwest Hemisphere
Brazil and Ecuador are in the Southwest Hemisphere.
Cat 5: Northeast Hemisphere
France, Algeria, Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia are in the Northeast Hemisphere.
Cat 6: Southeast Hemisphere
Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Indonesia are in the Southeast Hemisphere.
Cat 7: Emergence Of An Imposing, Otherworldly Being
Exactly what the name says
Murmuüre - Reincarnate
Nadja - In The Shadow Of The Wing Of The Thing Too Great To Be Seen
Lingua Ignota - THE HEART OF MAN
(Moose snuck this one in) Crazy Frog - Axel F