Hacavitz are a band from Mexico that has been featured before in this zine and played a bestial mixture of war, black and death metal on previous releases but go for more a traditional style of black metal this time around and this is a review of their 2015 album "Darkness Beyond" which will be released on February 24th by Dark Descent Records.
A very dark black metal sound starts off the album along with some high pitched screams and you can also hear a death metal influence being mixed in the riffing at times along with a small amount of melody and when the music speeds up the music brings in more of a raw feeling and also adds in a decent amount of blast beats.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and a good portion of the music focuses more on a traditional style of black metal than previous releases and the songs also bring in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses one of the tracks brings in a small amount of acoustic guitars and ethnic elements before returning back to more of a raw style of black metal and they also add a depressive approach to the vocals on some of the tracks and when solos and leads are finally added onto the recording they are in a very dark and melodic musical direction.
Hacavitz strip all of the death metal and bestial elements out of their musical style and go for more of a straightforward black metal direction and while it does the have the brutality of previous releases and will might anger some of their long time fans, the music is still very great quality black metal and still unleashes a very dark, grim and evil atmosphere, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in mostly English with some tracks in Spanish and cover dark, occult and pre Hispanic Mythology themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding from Hacavitz and if you are a fan of dark and raw black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Deadream" "Darkness beyond" and "Time Is Now". 8 out of 10.