Tzompantli
Beating the Drums of Ancestral Force


4.5
superb


Release Date: 05/17/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hope is so close.....yet so far.

I don’t know about y’all, but I absolutely LOVE when bands incorporate native folk music from their homeland into their music. It adds a heightened sense of authenticity into whatever style of music that band/artists decides to make. Tzompantli is a band that is from California (WHOOPIE), they consist of members that are mainly of Mexican and/or Asian descent and their debut album Beating the Drums of Ancestral Force is a monstrous death/doom assault, but it’s also much more than that.

The way this band blends the sheer brutality of death metal, the slow and torturous build ups of funeral doom and all of the different folk instruments not only gives this album tons of variation, it also shows an immense appreciation of their heritages while pounding the listener’s skull in with a blunt object. Riff upon gloomy doomy riff will fall upon your noggin like Thor’s hammer when it crashes into his enemies. The production job is perfect and keeps alive the grimey spirit of 90s death/doom that bands like Incantation and Autopsy perfected all those years ago. The implementation of the folk instruments is seamless and they bring a feeling of a faraway land that is never quite reachable because the riffs keep pulling you back into the eye of the hurricane. Guttural gurgles will cry out to you from the middle of the storm, echoing like a painful cry for help that has no hope of being answered.

Tzompantli has given us YET ANOTHER death metal banger in 2024. It’s the year of death that just keeps on giving. Beating the Drums of Ancestral Force is bound to get lost in the shuffle among the Ulcerate’s and Funebrarum’s and Hyperdontia’s of the world. With so many great death metal albums, it’s hard to imagine people being able to keep up. But let me plead with you to NOT let this album go by the wayside. It is a unique take on the death metal genre and while it may not end up being the best death metal album released this year, it certainly deserves a spot in every death metal fan’s reppetoir.



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user ratings (59)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hawks
May 25th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album slayz gents. M///

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2024


672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thoroughly enjoyed this

Hawks
May 25th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its so damn good!

artificialbox
May 25th 2024


1901 Comments


such a dope album cover. listening to this now and I agree the production is ace, perfectly grimy. damnit Hawks your reviews are turning me into an actual metal enjoyer

botb
May 25th 2024


17991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules

Hawks
May 25th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Artificial bro I honestly love hearing that! Bm and dm are such vast genres.

Orb
May 25th 2024


9420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweeet! Album really caught me off guard. Absolutely crushing! Really love the ancient indigenous influences here

Hawks
May 25th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Me too bro!!

Hawks
May 25th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This made it to trending albums NICE! M///

Orb
May 25th 2024


9420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's dope! Though I'm puzzled how this did and the new Replicant didn't

Hawks
May 25th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah boiiiii. M///

Piglet
May 26th 2024


8496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

babe wake up new ritualistic mesoamerican human sacrifice metal subgenre just dropped

Hawks
May 26th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YESSSS!!!

Orb
May 26th 2024


9420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here for it

Hawks
May 26th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Me also.

KillJester
May 27th 2024


170 Comments


I swear 20buckspin just keeps pumping out bangers. Great label if your into this genre

Hawks
May 28th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The absolute best at the moment agreed!

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
May 28th 2024


11610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I felt like I was listening to the same doomy chugs for another 40 minutes as last time but tbh not that mad about it.

Hawks
May 28th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hi Game!!!

Hawks
May 30th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feature mod bros! M///



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