Yaotl Mictlan are a band from Salt Lake City, Utah that has been featured before in this zine and plays a pre Hispanic folk influenced form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar" which will be released on October 30th by American Line Productions.
Folk instruments start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Clean playing and war chants can also be heard in some parts of the recording while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody. One of the tracks also introduces acoustic guitars onto the recording along with the music also having its atmospheric moments and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording as well as one song also introducing throat singing onto the album which also enhances the ritualistic side of the music and as the recording progresses a small amount of melodic chants can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Mayan/Pre Hispanic Paganism and Culture themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Yaotl Mictlan and if you are a fan of pre Hispanic folk influenced black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Entre Iluvias Fuertes""Tezcatlipoca - Espejo Relumbrante" and "Sombra del Mictlan". 8/5 out of 10.