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Review: Yaotl Mictlan - Dentro Del Manto Gris De Chaac
Yaotl Mictlan
Dentro Del Manto Gris De Chaac

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 49:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Dentro Del Manto Gris De Chaac

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (3 Votes)

This is some chaotic, blasting Black Metal from a Mexican band who have since relocated to Utah for some reason no sentient being could possibly understand. Yaotl Mictlan are very much steeped in South American/Nahuatl folklore and imagery, and this lends their music a level of individuality beyond the usual.

The music here is raw, loose, and aggressive, with some excellent riffs and a lot of energy. The guitar sound is solid, and the riffs are fucking cool. There is a lot of dynamic and tempo shifts in this, a lot more complexity than just hammering away. The vocals of Tlatecatl are rather one-note, but they are nicely raspy and well-executed. There's enough going on here to warrant repeated listens, and enough quality to make that a pleasure. I definitely think the vocals could use some variation, but the music here is excellent, and this is a band to watch for.

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