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Hacavitz - Katun (5,5/10) - Mexico - 2007

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Moribund Records
Playing time: 51:39
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Regnum Satani (In League With Satan We Ride)
  2. Tenieblas - Tenochtitlan 
  3. Motlatito Yn Quetzalcoatl
  4. Summoning Self-Destruction
  5. Omitzhuicazquia Tezcatlipoca
  6. From Sin To Honour
  7. Ride Thee Nebulah
  8. Ya Notsi De Huitzil        
  9. Rex Funebre     
  10. Serpents Ov Smoke      
  11. Hunger Of The Undead (Dark Angel Cover)
Hacavitz - Katun

It’s sad when good bands don’t get the proper attention they deserve. I’ve said it over and over again that with this modern music industry, too many good bands get looked over when too many bands get proper funding and label deals they need. Had HACAVITZ received some good funding for the recording of “Katun”, the album would have been a lot better. Unfortunately, the poor production values are a little too much to overcome even with the talent that HACAVITZ has.

 

The production is circa 1981 and even though a subgenre such as Death Metal feeds off of a raw sound, this album will only appeal to those willing to overlook some of the production flaws or those who dwell in that raw live sound. It’s a shame really because HACAVITZ does have a lot of great moments on the album and there is a lot of talent in all of the members.

 

The guitar work (amazingly done by one individual on the album) is well written and performed. Fast as lightning riffs mixed with a solid dose of technicality keep the guitars going at breakneck speeds without becoming to overwhelming to the listeners. The leads are well incorporated and when the solos came ripping out (there were only 3 or 4 songs that had solos unfortunately) they were quite diverse and well performed. The guitar production is a little quiet and pushed to the back to really be a brutal sound but they are well written and performed.

 

The bass work is non-existent. I caught some glimpses of bass lines here and there at times, but in true Death Metal fashion most of the bass is lost in the flurry of drums and guitars. Once again, had the production been a little more even the bass may have been a bigger influence and the heavy end of the music would be deeper.

 

The drums are well played and written but I am not sure what the mixer and producers were thinking when they microphoned them. The snare and cymbals are far too loud in comparison with rest of drum parts, the bass drums sound very hollow in comparison. Even though the drumming is pretty spectacular with great variety the overall drum sound suffers.

 

The vocals have a very unique quality to them on “Katun”. The obvious idea behind the recording was to have a very raw and live quality to them, thusly there is a lot of echo effect on the vocals. And despite the vocals having hardly any volume (at least compared to the drums) the sound is relatively interesting. At first I thought the echo effect would annoy me but it actually just grew on me, it helps that the vocalist does try quite a bit of variety with his vocals too to help shape the sound of each individual track.

 

The album is surprisingly good once one tears away all the production value. The band mix a lot of concepts with their Death Metal approach by adding atmospheric song intros and changing up the tempo every once in a while. This band has a lot of talent but to really shine they need receive a little better production values.

 

Songs to check out: “Ya Notsi De Huitzil”, “Tenieblas – Tenochtitlan”, “From Sin To Honour”.

(Online August 10, 2007)

Matt Reifschneider



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