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    Hurts: Exile

    Mon Apr 29

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    Local Natives: Hummingbird

    Mon Feb 4

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    The Rolling Stones: GRRR!

    Fri Jan 11

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    David Jacobson: Come Around Again!

    Wed Dec 12

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    Devalued: Plagues

    Fri Dec 7

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

    Tue Dec 4

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    Grizzly Bear: Shields

    Fri Nov 30

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    Deftones: Koi No Yokan

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    Levek: Look a Little Closer

    Thu Nov 15

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    The Killers: Battle Born

    Mon Nov 12

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    Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory

    Fri Nov 2

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    Chelsea Wolfe: Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

    Fri Oct 19

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    Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind

    Wed Oct 10

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    The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth

    Tue Oct 9

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    Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

    Thu Oct 4

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    Muse: The 2nd Law

    Wed Oct 3

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    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Meat and Bone

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Vaccines: Come of Age

    Mon Sep 24

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    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Tue Sep 18

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    Swans: The Seer

    Wed Sep 12

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    The xx: Coexist

    Tue Sep 11

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    Wild Nothing: Nocturne

    Mon Sep 10

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    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

    Fri Sep 7

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    Circa Survive: Violent Waves

    Wed Sep 5

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    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

    Tue Sep 4

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    Krallice: Years Past Matter

    Fri Aug 31

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    Overdue for Review: Beach Boys through Woody Guthrie

    Mon Aug 27

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    Teengirl Fantasy: Tracer

    Fri Aug 24

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    Bloc Party: Four

    Thu Aug 23

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    Xibalba: Hasta La Muerte

    Tue Aug 21

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    Praything: Her Skin Caught the Glow EP

    Mon Aug 13

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    Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

    Wed Aug 8

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    Nas: Life is Good

    Mon Aug 6

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    Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine

    Fri Aug 3

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    Purity Ring: Shrines

    Tue Jul 31

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    Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

    Mon Jul 23

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    Fri Jul 20

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    Baroness: Yellow & Green

    Wed Jul 18

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    Aesop Rock: Skelethon

    Tue Jul 17

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    Metric: Synthetica

    Fri Jul 13

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    Gasoline Heart: Thanks For Everything

    Thu Jul 12

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    Agalloch: Faustian Echoes

    Wed Jul 11

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    GRANT: Beat Tape Vol. 1

    Mon Jul 9

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    Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel...

    Sat Jul 7

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    Hundred Waters: Hundred Waters

    Fri Jul 6

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    Carrousel: 27 rue de mi'chelle

    Mon Jul 2

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    Joey Bada$$: 1999

    Wed Jun 27

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    Motion City Soundtrack: Go

    Mon Jun 25

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    The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now

    Fri Jun 22

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    Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family

    Fri Jun 22

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    Cold Specks: I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

    Fri Jun 22

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    2:54: 2:54

    Wed Jun 20

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    Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

    Tue Jun 19

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    Paul Simon: Graceland (25th anniversary reissue)

    Mon Jun 18

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    Golden Curls: Warm Fiction

    Fri Jun 15

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    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

    Fri Jun 15

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    A Blaze in the Southern Sky:
    10 Best Metal Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 11

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    Burzum: Umskiptar

    Mon Jun 11

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    Japandroids: Celebration Rock

    Fri Jun 8

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    Crocodiles: Endless Flowers

    Wed Jun 6

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    The Dropp's 25 Best Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 4

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    Sigur Rós: Valtari

    Fri Jun 1

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    The Walkmen: Heaven

    Thu May 31

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    Overdue for Review: Bowerbirds through Toro y Moi

    Tue May 29

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    The Cribs: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

    Fri May 25

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    Kimbra: Vows

    Fri May 25

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    Hands: Massive Context EP

    Thu May 24

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    Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

    Wed May 23

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    Best Coast: The Only Place

    Mon May 21

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    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (reissue)

    Fri May 18

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    Pseudo Kids: Stay Glad EP

    Thu May 17

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    B.O.B: Strange Clouds

    Wed May 16

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    Tue May 15

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    mewithoutYou: Ten Stories

    Mon May 14

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    Silversun Pickups: Neck of the Woods

    Fri May 11

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    Off!: Off!

    Tue May 8

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    Father John Misty: Fear Fun

    Fri May 4

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    Thu May 3

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    Wed May 2

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    Reptar: Body Faucet

    Tue May 1

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    Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

    Thu Apr 26

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    Mon Apr 23

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    Fri Apr 20

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    Wed Apr 18

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    Fri Apr 13

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    Bear In Heaven: I Love You, It's Cool

    Mon Apr 9

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    Tanlines: Mixed Emotions

    Wed Mar 28

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    Ear Dropps Come Lately

    Mon Mar 26

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    Fri Mar 23

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    Drudkh: Eternal Turn of the Wheel

    Wed Mar 21

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    Mon Mar 19

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    Fri Mar 16

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    Fri Mar 9

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    Wed Mar 7

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    Mon Feb 20

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    Tue Feb 14

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Xibalba: Hasta La Muerte

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Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte album cover




     
          Southern Lord // 2012
          Dropped by Robert Miller




Xibalba’s latest album, Hasta La Muerte, is seemingly everything I could ever want in a hardcore release. The Pomona, California-based brutal quintet is named after the Mayan underworld—”the place of fear”—where about 12 gods were supposed to reign over a number of human agonies, such as death, disease, starvation, and more. The cover is both a beautiful and dismal portrait of an ominous temple, and the name, Hasta La Muerte, translates in English to “until death”! Everything screams larger than life, theatrical, conceptual and enthralling. Plus, Sunn O)))’s Greg Anderson shows up on a few tracks, giving the typical hardcore this sludge-y, doom-like resonance. I’m already loving everything about it.

Yet what a full listen through Hasta La Muerte ultimately gives me isn’t entirely what I was set up for. To put it bluntly: it hits as heavy and as consistently as any hardcore album I’ve ever heard before, but with little in the way of a trademark. If you ever listened to the hardcore band Terror—also hailing from California—or even Chicago’s grindcore-leaning Weekend Nachos, then you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you’re getting yourself into here. From bellowing over the “powers that would be” on “Laid to Rest,” crushing the hell out of D-beats via “Sentenced” and endlessly breaking down on “Soledad,” you get a pretty thorough synopsis of the album as a whole. Xibalba are not afraid to flex their mosh-loving muscles, and they don’t even understand the term “humility,” because this album is as consequently tyrannical as it could ever have been.

For those hardcore enthusiasts, this is a great album. The consistency of endless hardcore breakdowns is like the equivalent of a quick fast-food stop—it’ll satisfy your moshing alter ego in mere seconds. On top of that, it does come with an almost doom metal mentality that’s slightly refreshing. The opener, “No Serenity,” is an evil and droning piece, featuring what sound like ritual chants; and closer “Cold” is a longer rumbling doom piece that surely had Anderson’s grimy hands all over it from start to finish. And when the female vocals show up on “Mala Mujer,” it’s at least a stark contrast from the rest of the growling vocals, even though it’s a little oddly placed.

Hasta La Muerte is as good of a hardcore album that you’re going to get. The tight-knit community with the California band is honorable in itself. The band’s Facebook profile proudly and simply claims, “Brown Pride.” in its bio section. And while that might not translate so clearly to any passerby who just happens to hear this one album and nothing more, it’s at least noteworthy to anyone interested in digging into their discography. But when push comes to shove—or in this case, push comes to windmill kick—I’m left with nothing more than redundancies and primal instincts. Thankfully, Xibalba gives doom its darkened chance on this album, and it will resonante more clearly than any other hardcore knockoff you’ll probably hear this year, but when it comes to breaking molds and stereotypes, I still wish Xibalba’s push was a little more shove.

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Listen to Xibalba’s “Laid to Rest” off of Hasta La Muerte via Southern Lord below:

Tue Aug 21

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