A couple under-praised classics:
In this sense, this album is very much in the graceful spirit of Romanticism that defined original black metal, including its primary influence, Emperor. Avzhia explores this spirit with songs that unfold majestically from a few hard-hitting riffs into promenades of graceful phrases which by their emphasis on interchangeable forms, emphasize pattern and through it, structure, like an echo of the Romantic ideal of understanding nature at a scientific level, but appreciating the beauty of consciousness that it enables at a scientific level.
Swimming in its own energy, the music of Xibalba using a constant interplay between the rudiments of percussion in an economy jazz style to balance riffs moving frequently from lower tones to higher tones at increasing speeds of tremelo strum conditions an undulating pattern of perceptual interference into which it is easy to fall and from whose evil seduction escape is difficult. The intent is poplike and involved in the deepest avantgarde of conditioning the mind away from everyday stimulus toward a more basic rhythm and survival instinct.
Both of these bands are believers in organic culture, or the idea that a people defines a nation, with a consensus as to beliefs, values, customs, language, religion and heritage.
In this case, they are extolling the wisdom of the ancient Mayan and Aztec empires, who had so declined by the time Spanish conquistadors arrived that they were easily conquered by a few hundred men who allied themselves with the slaves of the Maya and Aztec, creating a popular revolt that dethroned more civilized, intelligent and reverent people.
If humanity were thinking clearly, it would extend the right of organic self-determination to all peoples.