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XIBALBA Diablo, Con Amor​.​. Adios.

EP · 2017 · Metalcore
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3/5 ·
Nightfly
Reviewers Challenge Nov 17.

This three track E.P. is my first taste of Xibalba as I only occasionally venture into metalcore/deathcore territory. Doing a bit of homework and checking out some previous releases from this USA band they seem to have gone for a simpler approach than on their last album, 2015’s Tierra Y Libertad which I have to say I found more involving and prefer to this.

That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with this release though. At just over two minutes Diablo kicks things off and the sound is raw, the tempo slow, blending death metal, metalcore and doom. Con Amor is more up tempo, at least initially before they bring it down for a slow grinding breakdown. Adios is the longest of the tracks at over five minutes and probably the most interesting of the three. Whilst it maintains the traits of the first two songs the riffs are more compelling and they throw in more tempo changes. The standard of musicianship is good and the vocals a cross between a shout and a death growl which do the job but nothing more.

All in all this is the kind of release that I quite enjoy whilst listening to it but with so much other great music out there am unlikely to return to in a hurry. That said I’m tempted to go back to Tierra Y Libertad for another blast.
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Nightfly wrote:
8 days ago
Cheers. A good band for sure and a good EP. Their last album was very good. as for the earlier stuff I've only heard bits but will investigate.
Unitron wrote:
8 days ago
Good review, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've never actually went back and checked out any of their other stuff, despite how much I love this EP.

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