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XIBALBA
HASTA LA MUERTE
SOUTHERN LORD

Xibalba thrusts the harrowing sounds of sludge metal into the new millennium on the quintet’s sophomore effort HASTA LA MUERTE. This Southern California-based troupe punishes the senses with a bevy of dark and bludgeoning downtuned rhythms that mercilessly pound out shotgun-blasts of explosive hardcore and dastardly death metal meant to render an ugly and uncomfortable listening experience. Ripe with tense buildups yielding brawny breakdowns, massive guitar chugs and skull crushing slowdowns, Xibalba does little in the way of innovation, yet manages to maintain high levels of intensity throughout their latest 11-track endeavor while developing a nasty concoction of Crowbar, Bloodlet, Morbid Angel, and Obituary custom made to tear the dancefloor apart. -Mike SOS
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- Mike SOS