Review – Hacavitz: Meztli Obscura

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Hacavitz: Meztli Obscura
Death Metal
Moribund Records
June 22nd, 2010
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The Mexican Death Metal band Hacavitz is typically an enjoyable metal act that seems to always have some kind of low production quality behind their releases. Meztli Obscura marks the band’s third full-length release, and while the production value on this release is rather outstanding, there still lies one rather aggrivating problem amidst the entertaining metal that often seems to delve into the atmosphere of a Satanic Black Metal band that succeeds at using production quality and their music to their advantage of creating an evil atmosphere for their work. Is this the album the band releases that is good enough to bring the band out of the underground and gain a substantial fan base?

Not likely. While Meztly Obscura is a decent album as far as the music presented goes, the problem lies in the production quality itself. Once again, the volume level on this release is very low, and winds up causing some of the album to sound muffled, especially when you attempt to turn the volume up to a much louder level. While this seems to be a theme that the band typically brings to the final mix of their albums, it’s simply frustrating for those who have volume level restraints on their players in the first place, and it really doesn’t do much to help the band’s music either. It’s not like this is some way to have the music sound more menacing or create an ambience to it all it’s own, or even to make it sound like it was some sort of recording from fifteen, twenty years ago. The fact that it contributes practically nothing to the overall album is what really makes this whole situation quite frustrating to the point where you’ll get a headache from trying to comprehend it.

Aside the fact that the album sounds really low, the production quality has actually improved as well over the last album. Everything sounds fine and all mixes together well without one instrument overpowering another, or even the vocals. “Hablan Los Muertos” does find the audio level of the CD go up for a short period of time due to what sounds like nothing more then someone moving a microphone closer to the amp and recording the feedback. Chances are good you won’t even notice it due to the already low audio quality of the recording, so it won’t reall matter much. But, despite the issues brought on by the production aspect of the album, Meztli Obscura proves to be another solid Death Metal release from Hacavitz. There is a decent amount of variety as far as the song’s music, as well as structures go, which helps keep the album from growing stale quickly from reptition.

Each track on here is just as good as the last. However, there are some that do seem to amp the music up a bit as far as speed or tenacity goes. “Angstcraftwerk” is one of those tracks thanks mostly to the additional sections that increase the speed throughout the song, a fantastic guitar solo, as well as some well done drumming that picks up speed when needed. “Ye Parani Eojtocomol” also winds up being an enjoyable experience, though not much different from the others. The main allure of this track relies mostly in the haunting atmosphere brought on by the guitars, as well as the slight Black Metal feel that comes into play in the chords once in a while through the song, as well as the drumming, leaving a slightly more evil feel to the track then in other songs like “To Meet Again”, which also features the same kind of somewhat haunting guitar style, among others on this release. The only other track that can really match the haunting allure of “Ye Parani Eojtocomol” would be the song “Hablan Los Muertos”, which has a few slower segments to it where the guitar really does dominate and send the song in a different path laid with despair briefly. While this may sound tacked on, it works well for the song and really flows naturally considering the many changes pace this track goes through.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Hacavitz yet, then there is no excuse to pass up this album. Yes the audio level is low but with a good sound system you won’t have any problems with that. Either way, this is yet another intimidating Death Metal release from Hacavitz where every track on here is highly enjoyable from the start and simply will not get old, leaving you with plenty of replay value for your money, as well as making this a must have for any true fan of Death Metal, or even metal in general.


01. To Meet Again – 3:23
02. Ye Parani Eojtocomol – 4:39
03. Towards Black Pest – 4:20
04. Hablan los Muertos – 4:39
05. Most Unclean – 3:40
06. Cauitl Glalticpac – 5:33
07. Angstcraftwerk – 4:14
08. Sulphur Winds – 3:34
09. Totajtzin Miqui – 3:08
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.