Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hanal Pixan Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Andy Chuc: Hanal Pixan is Maya Extreme metal/Black metal band of the country of Belize which consist of Richard Acosta AKA "Mayan Samurai" in all instruments and my self Andy Chuc AKA "Halach Uinik Chuc" in vocals/Lyrics. We have 2 releases Noh Mul EP and our full length In Lu'umil Belice.

2.So far this year you have released an ep and a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings

Andy Chuc: The sound of both releases are very experiment blending elements of Black metal,Symphonic Black metal,Death metal,Doom and folk metal. Wecalled it Maya extreme metal.

3.Your lyrics go very in depth with Mayan Culture, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the mythology or the ancient religion that the Mayans practiced?

Andy Chuc: The lyrics are written in English,Spanish and Mayan. They speak about Maya Heroes,History,Culture etc. For example The song Nachan Can Speaks about the Maya lord Nachan Can of Chactemal who was very feared during the Conquest of the Maya world. The song Cruzoob is a dedication to the  Cruzoob Maya rebels who fought in the Caste War. Also a dedication to my maya ancestors who were part of the Cruzoob like General Juan Bautista Chuc and my great grand father Juan Chuc. I'm interested in the Maya Mythology and Ancient Maya religion it's like a calling of my ancestors
especially when reading the books like Popol Voh and Chilam Balam.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hanal Pixan'?

Andy Chuc: Hanal Pixan means "Food for the souls"  and is a celebration done in Belize and the yucatan peninsula it's similar to "Day of the dead". I chose the name because I wanted something that would reflect our Maya  traditions that we still do today.

5.Originally the band started out as a solo project but are now a duo, what was the decision behind
adding other members and also are you planning on expanding the line up in the future?

Andy Chuc: The band original started as a raw Black metal one man band but I was busy with other musical projects. Once chatting with Richard Acosta he told me he wanted to experiment with Symphonic Black Metal. Since Richard is a multi intrumental musician I thought he would help me develop the sound of Hanal Pixan so I invited  him to the project. Yes we have taught of adding other members maybe a  drummer.

6.The album was released on Metal Mayhem Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Andy Chuc: Metal Mayhem records is a record label of the country of Belize founded in the 2015 by Romel Villanueva. This label is helping the Belizean Scene. We are so grateful with Mr. Romel Villanueva.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?

Andy Chuc: Well until now we have got good feedback better than what I thought.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band
members are a part of?

Andy Chuc: Richard and I are also part of a melodic death metal band name Flames of apocalypse which we are recording our second full length. I'm also  part of a Goregrind band name Kill The Whore along with Thiago C. of Neverchrist we should start record this year our new album also.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Andy Chuc: Recording new music and trying to improve the sound,Composition and quality.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Andy Chuc: There are so many which have influence us but to name a few Orisha Shakpana, Congrad, Xipe toltec Kapul,Emperor,Immortal,Sepultura,SoulFly.Lately I have been hearing a lot of Hacavitz.

11.Are there any other band from your home country of Belize worth checking out?

Andy Chuc: I would recommend Lasher Zombie,Kill The Whore, Death suppressor and Severity.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Andy Chuc: Apart from music, I am a member of a Belizean Cultural group name U Puksi'ik'al Maya(Maya heart) to preserve the language and traditions of the Yucatec Maya in Belize . I have a huge interests in Maya history which is not taught in Belizean Schools.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Andy Chuc: Thank you so much for this interview , want thank every body who have supported us , and just
be yourself and be real. In K'aaba'e Andy Halach Uinik Chuc yu'um Bo'otik Occult Black metal Zine.
(My name is Andy "Halach Uinik Chuc" thank you Occult Black metal Zine).

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