Hasta La Muerte

Hasta La Muerte

by Xibalba


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Hasta La Muerte

The second album by the 21st century, L.A.-based Xibalba finds its rough-edged doom/thrash/hardcore combination in rude good health, kicking off with a glowering drone before ripping fully into "No Serenity" with rough vocals, angry glazed guitars, stop-start rhythms, and a sense of everything corroding by inches, with the impact of a rusty evil mecha that's still alive and out to destroy everything. Only appropriate, after all, for an album that salutes the approach of death in its title and has cover art that looks like it only can belong on the T-shirts and van of the scariest D&D player in town. Taylor Young's engineering captures a pitch-perfect blend of aggressive clarity and low-end impact -- it's one of the more bass-heavy releases out there in 2012, aiming to undercut from below rather than simply pummel. It's all the more appropriate on a song with a title like "The Flood," centered around a slow, stately, and anything-but-happy kind of a fanfare over a rhythm that's halfway between lost sacrificial ritual and Gotterdammerung. The swagger of a song like "Sentenced," transposing just a touch of boogie on some of the breaks, is tempered by the contrast of "Mala Mujer," the album's key moment of surprising beauty -- not quite uplifting prettiness, but there's a sense of warring impulses, guitars rising above and out of a constricting atmosphere, and buried voices in the mix calling out with strange vulnerability. Even a brief solo on "Soledad" sounds like a scattered burst of energy subsumed in focused sludge. The whole album feels like it should be emerging from a crack in the earth of a basement club and just building up from there to threaten an explosion that takes out several city blocks -- but if you're going to go, go big.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2012
Label: Southern Lord
UPC: 0808720015928
catalogNumber: 159
Rank: 173971

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Xibalba   Primary Artist
Alfredo Gutierrez   Percussion
Greg Anderson   Guitar
Omar Gonzales   Percussion
Bryan Valdivia   Bass,Group Member
Brian Ortiz   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jensen Hucle   Guitar,Group Member
Jason Brunes   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Nate Rebolledo   Vocals,Group Member
Esther Banuelos   Vocals
Dorian Zombrano   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Thin Lizzy   Composer,Lyricist
Dan SeaGrave   Paintings
Taylor Young   Producer,Engineer
Xibalba   Producer
Aaron D.C. Edge   Logo,Construction
Morgan Olivia Newton   Band Photo

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