Saturday, 12 March 2016

Album Review: Hanal Pixan - "Noh Mul" Reviewed by: Nick Yngve

Hanal Pixan
Album: Noh Mul
Label: Letargia Subversiva Records
Genre: Black Metal

Reviewed by: Nick Yngve

1. Ch'i'bal Maya
2. El Alux Guardian
3. Muul ba'ate'el
4. Nachan ka'an

Hanal Pixan is a band from Belize and they exist since 2013. So far they have 2 releases, this EP which you will be reading about in a while and a full length album entitled "In Lu'umil Belice", released in 2015. The band was formed as a one man's band by Halach Uinik Chuc (now on vocals and the traditional instruments) and soon Nojoch Brujo joined on guitars, bass and drums.

This EP contains 4 tracks and the lyrics and philosophy behind the band is the Mayan ancestry and heritage. One thing is for sure. They are very honest in what they do and it shows. Also the atmosphere is there alright, due to the use of synths, flutes and traditional instruments, but they need A LOT of work until they reach their goal. They must rehearse many hours before they can be an awesome band. They want to and there is no doubt about that, but they are not there yet. But I don't want to be bad and evil, so I will give them some points for the atmosphere and the honesty as I said before and also the vocals. Black metal to the right point and eerie enough to connect with the pain for the Mayan people.

Overall, this EP, if we count out the not so good playing, is a very decent effort which with the correct amount of practice will take the band to the next level.

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