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Review: Raxa - Oxlahun Ti Ku
Oxlahun Ti Ku

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 41:42
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Multi-instrumentalist Lefthander is the sole soul behind this Aztec project. Maybe you'll be more familiar with his other artistic form, Sea of Desperation. Both acts have something in common; a Doom Metal touch, but each have their distinctive flavor.

"Oxlahun Ti Ku" is the opening chapter of an ancient saga done in the memory of the people of Atzlan tribe Aztec. Lefthander not only has Aztec arts from cover to back on the booklet but even went as far as writing all the lyrics in that ancient tongue. This means that quite a bit of research were done before this album saw the light of day. The vocals are mostly of the raspy/growls type, but traditional chants, whispers etc...are also involved in creating the proper ambiance. Lots of atmosphere and darkness are to be witnessed here due to excellent ambient/spacey keyboard parts. Epic percussions and keys are also very present in the song structure as well as melodic musical interludes not to forget those great instrumentals: "Ni Cah Raxa", "Nahua Cochi" and, my overall favorite number, "Citlalin Calpoli." Since this is a Doom/Black Metal album, rawer and mid fast moments with distorted guitars bring a colder and darker side to the people. They can be found frequently on these great compositions: "Tzonimolio", "Tlaloc" (nice progressive time signature here) and "Lamat."

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