Hanal Pixan are a band from Belize that has been featured before in this zine and goes for more of a mixture of raw black metal and Mayan folk music on this recording and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "U k'aayo' ob K'ujo'b".
Clean yet distorted playing starts off the album along with some folk instruments before going into a heavier direction which also introduces grim black metal screams onto the recording and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a raw feeling.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the riffs also use a decent amount of melody and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and there is also a brief use of rain and thunder sounds.
The slower sections of the songs add in a touch of doom metal along with influences of death metal being added into some parts of the songs and there is also a small amount of atmospheric synths as the album progresses and they close the album with a track that is very long and epic in length which also introduces clean guitars onto the recording which also gives the music more of a progressive feeling while also being all instrumental.
On this recording Hanal Pixan brings in more of a raw black metal style while also mixing in more Mayan folk music this time around and only keeping around a touch of doom metal, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Yucatec Mayan and cover the history, mythology, and heritage f their home land..
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hanal Pixan and if you are a fan of raw black metal with folk elements, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aj Muuk Kimen" "Maasewal" and "K'aay Uti'al Pixan". 8 out of 10.