Xalpen are an international band with members from Chile and Sweden that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and satanic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 ep "Wowk Otrr" which will be released in September by Morbid Skull Records.
A short intro starts off the ep before going into a heavier direction while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the faster sections of the songs also bringing in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are a mixture of demonic growls and high pitched black metal screams while the riffs also bring in a great amount of dark sounding melodies along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style as well as a brief use of synths and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and at times the music gets very ritualistic and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly.
Xalpen creates another recording that remains true to the raw style of satanic black metal from their previous release, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Shamanism and the ancestral traditions of ancient occult knowledge.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Xalpen and if you are a fan of satanic black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ten Hashpen" and "Wowk Otrr". 8 out of 10.