Xibalba
Ah Dzam Poop Ek
[Guttural]


Fucking incredible atmosphere here. If you were to coalesce Under a Funeral Moon with the Vlad Tepes side of the split with Belketre you might gain some premonition of the hate and insanity spewing forth from this release; however, the Mayan (!) grunted vocals about war, blood and sacrifice along with some hypnotizing instrumentals ("Garchah") that I'd rank along with the likes of Burzum and Graveland even make this a rather unique emotional experience. There's something about the spirit of good Mexican black metal that takes me back to the old proto/thrash Brazilian days of Vulcano, Sarcofago, Holocausto, and Expulser where energy was paramount, genre lines were not so clearly cut, and bands played with character. Upon those statements those of you that are going to love this release probably already know who you are, and those of you with your dumbfuck forefather Scandinavian pride mentality can go screw a Viking or something.

I'm not going to bother going deep into the style on this one because it's probably rather apparent by now, and if it isn't you're reading the wrong review. Raw, primitive, powerful and vile, this is what the concept of black metal is about. A cold and beautiful release by a very overlooked band.

Don't confuse them with that pathetic American project from Baltimore.


2001 hando