The crossover from Metal and Trash to Hardcore has lead in All Out War to a harder and heavier sound that was undeniably 'harder' in that era. When I heard it as a kid, I was amazed by it's heaviness. And always wondered how they could actually produce that kind of pounding sound and riffage.
Well, now approximately 15 years later I have the same feeling. Although it's actually against a different background that we need to situate this. XIBALBA brings us an underground metal concept, influenced and crossed over by Beat Down, Doom Metal and Sludge into the hardcore landscape. This might change the face of 'Hard'-core as we know it. It comes to a point where you either need to adapt to it or leave it.
Although it's challenging the hardcore listener in my opinion, I would not be afraid of saying some words of criticism too. Maybe it's not positive enough or maybe it's not always necessary to reach a higher level of hardness in music. Maybe it's not always needed to bring the listener to a bigger sensation. Or thinking that hard isn't hard enough or that it needs to become harder as time progresses.
|XIBALBA "Hasta La Muerte" dLP YELLOW out of 500 copies|
The second side is the hunt for it. I was able to get it without being raped on eBay. So my motto of "Keep Your eBay Out Of My Collecting" was done justice. I was actually thinking that eBay was the only place to go in getting this if you missed out on pre-orders. I was able to buy this for a fair price at Hardcore.gl ... For which I'm very glad.
Also the package is very high quality, thick gatefold sleeve: