This is a review of another recording from Mexico's Xibalba which continues the raw and Mayan themes style of black metal from the previous releases and the album w as released in 1994 and called "Ah Dazm Poop Ek" which will be re-issued in February 2021 by Nuclear War Now! Productions.
Shamanistic and tribal style drumming starts off the album along with some pre-Hispanic instruments before going into a heavier musical direction. Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic yet early 90's style while melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
The songs also add in a great amount of Norwegian influences along with the music also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the tribal elements also making a return on some of the later tracks, there are also a few instrumentals. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Mayan Cosmology and Ancient Mexican Culture.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Xibalba and if you are a fan of raw and old school Mayan themes black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Furor Antiquus" Sign of Eastern War" "Deers In The Mounts" and "Horizons". 8 out of 10.