Hanal Pixan are a band from Belize that plays a very grim and atmospheric sounding mixture of black and doom metal and this is a review of their 2015 ep "In Lu'umil Belice" which was released by Metal Mayhem Records.
Dark and atmospheric sounding synths start off the ep and after a minute the music starts going into a heavier doom metal direction along with some melodic guitar leads that are also a huge of most of the tracks and when vocals are added into the music they are very grim sounding black metal screams.
You can hear a decent amount of melodies in the guitar riffing at times along with some of the tracks being long and epic in length and some of the tracks also add in folk instruments and elements of Mayan music which also gives the ep more of a tribal feeling and as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and there is also an instrumental track while the later songs back back the vocals and the music also speeds up at times and brings in a small amount of blast beats and the last track brings in spoken word parts.
Hanal Pixan plays a style that combines black and doom metal with the music of the Mayans to create a sound of their own and the music sound s very dark, raw and atmospheric, the production has a very dark and raw sound while the lyrics are written in Spanish and cover Mayan history, culture and the Caste War.
In my opinion Hanal Pixan are a very great sounding atmospheric mixture of black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nachan Can" "Ch'i'bal Maya" and "Muul Ba'ate'el". 8 out of 10.