Salt Lake City, Utah-based indigenous black metal outfit YAOTL MICTLAN presents their epic third album, Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar. With the record on the verge of its official release through American Line Productions this Friday, the record is playing early through an exclusive stream at CVLT Nation.
YAOTL MICTLAN – which translates into “Warrior(s) from the land of the Dead” in the Mexican language Nahuatl – delivers their most epic material to date on Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar. Focusing on a deeper Mesoamerican mysticism feel with this album, the eight new songs transport the listener into the band’s immersive, ethnic, blackened metal vision. Amid the searing riffs and hammering metal attack, beautiful auras and melodies meet with traditional and pre-Hispanic instrumentation.
CVLT Nation writes with the advance stream, “Have you ever listened to a band that channels their ancestors into sound? YAOTL MICTLAN is the kind of band that knows the power of their past and are able to create a sound that pushes the listener into the future.”
Hear YAOTL MICTLAN’s Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar early only through CVLT Nation at THIS LOCATION.
Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar will see release this Friday, October 30th on CD and digital formats through Mexico City’s American Line Productions. Find the CD at the label webshop HERE, and the digital at Bandcamp HERE and Spotify and iTunes HERE.
YAOTL MICTLAN was formed in 1998 in a basement in Salt Lake City, Utah by brothers Yaotl and Tlatecatl, exploring their mutual passion around their Mexica and Mayan culture. Their lyrics focus on the belief that after Christians colonized Mexico, their people lost their identity and succumbed to a colonized way of life; the lyrics are inspired by the unfortunate way in which at the present time their people live in extreme self-hatred. Ultimately, they would like to see the end of the colonized way of thinking and for their people to embrace their roots.
YAOTL MICTLAN’s first song made its way to Brujeria’s vocalist Juan Brujo who wanted to work with the band and sent a check to cover studio time for what would become their 2001-released demo, A Batalla Vamos. In late 2004, Aj Ben joined what Yaotl and Tlatecalt called their “culto” and at that point decided they were ready to finance and record a new album, Guerreros de la Tierra de los Muertos. Mexico City-based label American Line Productions offered to release the album in 2006, which quickly increased the band’s visibility in the international metal scene.
Due to the success of their first album, Candlelight Records approached YAOTL MICTLAN and signed a deal to release their second album. The band named the new record Dentro del Manto Gris de Chaac, emphasizing their interpretation of the mystical ancestral rituals of the Mexican and Mayan culture, transporting the listener into a foggy, backdrop filled with dark and mournful guitar riffs idolizing evidence of a glorious past. The album was released in 2010 to positive critical acclaim from fans and media outlets around the globe. Following tours of Mexico and Europe over recent years, YAOTL MICTLAN began working on their third album, Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar.