Xibalba are a band from California that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of death metal and hardcore and this is a review of their 2015 album "Tiera Y Libertad" which will be released on January 27th by Southern Lord.
Deep death metal growls and a heavy metal/hardcore sound starts off the album along with the vocals also mixing in elements of the later mentioned genre and the music also brings in melody as well as a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts which also bring in a great amount of blast beats onto the recording.
When solos and leads are added into the music they bring in more of a 90's influenced death metal sound to the bands musical style and some of the songs also bring in a small amount of spoken word parts and as the album progresses element s of groove metal can be heard in certain sections of the songs and the last track is 12 minutes in length and also brings in a small amount of clean playing along with some clean singing vocals while still having its heavy moments.
Xibalba remains true to the death metal and hardcore mixture of previous recording and all of the songs are heavily rooted in 90's extreme metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Spanish and cover violent, hateful and political themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Xibalba and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Enemigo" "Pausa" and "El Vacio". 8 out of 10.