|Review: Blue Hummingbird on the Left - Atl Tlachinolli|
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Year released: 2019
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 31, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
Weird band name, right? Sure sounds inoffensive enough. It is the translated name of the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli. The English name is easier to pronounce, though it certainly gives the listeners no hint at what awaits them inside. Black metal is what this is, and pretty damn good at that. It's mostly very fast, raw and basic and it sure as hell "rocks"—major headbanging material right here. Blue Hummingbird on the Left augment their barebones metal with demented, haunting vocals (the echoed ones are especially noteworthy). Throw in some more "tribal" (for lack of a better word) passages, but vocally and musically and you have a winner here. Where this band does it right and others fail is that they don't abuse those effects. They're just in the right places, few and far between, and simply fit with breaking the flow of the album.
Blue Hummingbird on the Left have been around for nine years and this is their first full-length after an EP and a couple of splits. Let's hope that they'll be able to produce more good stuff like this in the near future.
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