XIBALBA (CA)

Metalcore / Hardcore Punk / Death Metal • United States
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Xibalba is a metalcore / beatdown hardcore / death metal / deathcore band from Pomona in California, formed in 2007. The band gets their name from the name of the underworld in Mayan mythology.

The band started when long time friends Nate, Brian, Jason and Bryan wanted to play dark and heavy music as opposed to the hardcore punk bands they were in before.

Xibalba blend sludge metal, death metal and 90’s metalcore, with some doom metal tendencies, with lyrics in English and Spanish.

Thanks to andyman1125 for the addition and Bosh66, Unitron, tupan for the updates

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XIBALBA (CA) Discography

XIBALBA (CA) albums / top albums

XIBALBA (CA) Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias
Metalcore 2010
XIBALBA (CA) Hasta La Muerte album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hasta La Muerte
Hardcore Punk 2012
XIBALBA (CA) Tierra Y Libertad album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tierra Y Libertad
Death Metal 2015
XIBALBA (CA) Años En infierno album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Años En infierno
Death Metal 2020

XIBALBA (CA) EPs & splits

XIBALBA (CA) Earthquake Split album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earthquake Split
Metalcore 2010
XIBALBA (CA) Incendiary / Xibalba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Incendiary / Xibalba
Metalcore 2012
XIBALBA (CA) Xibalba / Suburban Scum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xibalba / Suburban Scum
Hardcore Punk 2014
XIBALBA (CA) Diablo, Con Amor​.​. Adios. album cover 3.69 | 3 ratings
Diablo, Con Amor​.​. Adios.
Metalcore 2017

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XIBALBA (CA) demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

XIBALBA (CA) 12.2012 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
12.2012
Metalcore 2007

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XIBALBA (CA) Reviews

XIBALBA (CA) Diablo, Con Amor​.​. Adios.

EP · 2017 · Metalcore
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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.

XIBALBA (CA) Diablo, Con Amor​.​. Adios.

EP · 2017 · Metalcore
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These days, it can be difficult to find death metal that retains the rawness and brutality of its heyday in the late 80's and 90's. As time went on, death metal bands felt the need to get more technical or melodic. While natural development is important for any style of music, as it continues and production values get higher, essential parts of the music can end up getting lost while the monotony continues. When this happens, it can take only one band to give the genre a kick in the ass and return to its roots. For death metal, it appears like Xibalba is that band.

While classic bands like Obituary, Vader, and Sinister have always successfully delivered old-school death metal with punishing brutality, as well as bands like Nile, I haven't really found any new death metal bands capturing the old-school brutality like the classic bands do. Xibalba has done that though on their 2017 EP, Diablo, Con Amor...Adios. With the title being made up of the three tracks on the EP, Xibalba pummels the listener to the ground with sharp riffing and gargantuan grooves. In this case, less is more, as there is no time to waste during the 10-minute running time. All you get on each track shows what death metal is all about, skull-crushing guitar crunch, piercing riffing, colossal percussion, and roaring vocals.

Adorned with artwork from the master himself, Dan Seagrave, Xibalba retains the old-school spirit while also having their own sound. Classic Morbid Angel and Sepultura can definitely be heard, with Nate Rebolledo's vocals reminding me of Sepultura's Derrick Green at times. The production gives the EP this really low and deep crunch, where you can feel the power and reverb from the gritty slabs of noise. While all three tracks are killer and will slam you to the ground, "Adios" is probably the standout. Just try not to bang your head to the pummeling groove.

If you're looking for some modern death metal that will punch your face in like the old school greats, give a listen to the mighty Xibalba's Diablo, Con Amor...Adios. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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