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Xalpen – Sawken Xo’on (2020)

Xalpen
Release date: September 13th, 2020
Label: Morbid Skull Records

So the band finally releases their first full length and if you never heard of them the are one of the extremist black metal acts around these guys have gotten better with each release, if you like it as mean and dirty as it gets this is something you should put an ear to.

From the opening of Devourer of Light (Ya’alwe Kar-t’en) the sense of pure mayhem is there this comes out pounding with no mercy as the track has this really grabbing force in it the lead thrown in adds to the force of it, a powerful opener.

1340, now here this one grabs you quick as it has a very catching feel to it, the riffage is excellent as it drives on as the lyrics are good as they flow perfect and its one of those tracks that stand out just because the groove it brings and it continues on Dark Nights of Winter (On Stekenjhio’ joshckek) as the beginning has a slower tempo but its good as it gets heavier and then it really gets good, the production on here is very good as it really makes these tracks get a hold of you as its on this one and the bashing here is pure perfection.

And it continues on Han K’win Saik (For Those Who Have Departed), this is one of the best tracks on here as it has this really dark feeling to it as it makes you feel your in a tunnel of madness some really catchy hooks in here that leave you floored, the bass is thunderous and the vocals are pure insanity! a killer!

Among the Pillars of Death (Han on Outeken Chesk) is the first of the two long tracks on here this has a lot of tempo changes as it goes but they are all heavy as if you know the band really gets into their lyrics and it shows pretty much on here as the track has a lot of feel to it, a bit different from the previous but still packs a powerful punch that adds to the glare of the album, Tres Chamanes (Sawken Xo’on) is the only track sung in Spanish and its back to crushing again as it storms in without no mercy with these killer guitar drives and then this really pounding drive that just kills as it bashes you and gets even heavier after, this is some brutal shit here this is pure chaos a hell of a driver to torture people to.

To close it out The Formidable Fumes of Hell-Fire (On Tohown Tahner on Kár Xawqekyen) a long one with a bit of a slower pace at the beginning as the band makes you feel like your taking a trip as this goes along and it gets heavier as it goes as the drums start pounding more and the bass goes off as well but it calms down as it leads to the end, its heavy no doubt but in its own way, a good closer with feel.

A great piece of raw black metal, the band sounds great on here, a very powerful first full length.

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