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Valentines

Last year we put together a compilation of some of our favourite songs to play to a loved one over the Valentines “holiday”. This year is no different. To celebrate the most saccharine of fake celebrations, please find below some of the Heavy Blog staffs sexiest selections for you and your loved one (or loved ones, we exclude no one, not even you polygamists!) to enjoy. Share this with that special someone instead of cheap chocolates or gas station flowers and we guarantee (we don’t) that you will have the best sex of your life this Valentine’s. All hail the mighty aphrodisiac power of music.

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Xibalba – Tierra Y Libertad

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Few bands embody heaviness quite like Pomona, California’s Xibalba.  Their peculiar brand is a bludgeoning potion of 90s death metal, beatdown hardcore, and downtuned sludge. Take the sheer girth of Crowbar, the bulldozing, decelerated grooves of Machine Head’s rawest mid 90s live performances, Morbid Angel’s nauseating trem-picked thrashing, and pepper it with a slightly pitch-bended, Latino version of Martin VanDrunen’s (Ex-Pestilence, Asphyx) pained wails and the picture becomes clear. The band generated a decent amount of hype with self-released debut Madre Mia Gracias Por Locos in 2011, which led to a deal with Southern Lord Records and the release of 2012’s Hasta La Muerte, arguably the album that propelled them into the underground metal stratosphere. Soon their name could be heard alongside contemporaries like Nails, Harm’s Way, and Suburban Scum, the latter with which Xibalba released one of the best split EPs in recent memory to satiate the appetites of fans awaiting another record. Enter 2015, where the band finished another gargantuan slab of punishing, chuggarific tunes in the form of Tierra Y Libertad.

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xibalba enemigo

California’s most lethal death sludge export Xibalba have released a video for ‘Enemigo‘, the opening track from the much anticipated Tierra Y Libertad, which is set to drop January 27th via Southern Lord. The video comes as an exclusive premiere courtesy of Revolver Magazine and can be seen after the jump.

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In case you missed the pun in the title, ‘Invierno’, the name of the new Xibalba aural onslaught, means winter in Spanish. Not only is the track name in Spanish, it’s also freaking excellent. After releasing their brutal split with Suburban Scum this year, we’ve been expecting the upcoming 2015 release to destroy. Judging by this track, it will. Head on over the jump for the stream!

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Pomona, CA death-sludge masters Xibalba have announced details and revealed artwork for their highly anticipated third LP, Tierra Y Libertad. The album will drop January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America via Southern Lord Records. The band commissioned renowned death metal artist Dan Seagrave for Tierra Y Libertad, famous for classic album covers like Malevolent Creation‘s Retribution, Entombed‘s Left Hand Path, and many more. Head on over the jump for the full track list and more details.

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Sleeping Giant are all set to release their new record “Finished People” on August 19th. In the meantime, the title track, previously premiering on Lambgoat, can be heard below and features Xibalba‘s Nate Rebolledo and Joe Musten of Beloved/Advent.

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xibalba suburban scum

Little known fact since I don’t like to talk about my personal life: I work with children with behavioral issues in an alternative school, and it’s a stressful job. Today I’ve had to break up two fights today alone, which makes metal and hardcore quite the much needed escape. When I need some ignorant hate mosh, I find comfort in bands like Xibalba and Suburban Scum, who always seem to stay angry, seemingly for my benefit. The two, who have repeatedly toured together in the past, are pairing up for a new 12″ LP for release this Spring, and we’ve got some tracks from the split worthy of putting another hole in the wall.

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comeback kid tour

We talk an awful lot about cerebral music here on Heavy Blog but there’s still the little-discussed urge in us to succumb to the ignorant hate mosh. Not to say that any of the following bands are ignorant in any way, but we use the phrase as a term of endearment for the shows that allow you to not think about anything other than the primal urge to slam yourself into other bodies. Hardcore still exists, as it turns out.

Photographer Maclyn Bean attended the New York stop of the Comeback Kid headlining tour, featuring support from Backtrack, Xibalba, and Downpresser. You can view photos of the show below.

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Nails headlining tour Spring 2013

Few tours offer as much MOSH as the recent Nails, Xibalba, and Early Graves tour. As usual, our regularly contributing photographer Maclyn Bean (the most technical and speedest photographer ever) attended his local show at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia and managed to not get his equipment broken! Photos of the show can be viewed below:

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Nails - Abaondon all Life

Few bands have taken hardcore by storm in such a short amount of time as Nails. Ever since their debut album Unsilent Death in 2010, people can’t seem to get enough of the bands ferocious melding of all things extreme. Their sophomore album Abandon All Life is just around the corner (out March 19th on Southern Lord), and the first taste of the record has finally come. The band’s new single ‘God’s Cold Hands’ is streaming over at Pitchfork, and if the track is any indication, Abandon All Life will be as chaotic and misanthropic as the title would lead us to believe. It isn’t much, with the song wrapping up around the two minute mark, but it’s certainly enough to get excited about.

While you play the song on repeat for good measure, check out their moshworthy headlining tour dates with Xibalba and Early Graves after the jump.

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