by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Xibalba's 'Hasta La Muerte' art by Dan Seagrave
Xibalba

If we were to go strictly by the books, I really really should hate Xibalba's Hasta La Muerte. The reality is far different though. The So-Cal crew specializes in simple hardcore that focuses on breakdowns and clearly takes influence from bands of that grew up in the shadow of Madball. Yet Xibalba's absolutely furious vocals and mammoth, down-tuned hardcore stylings set them apart from the pack, making this record unique from the legions of flat-billed, Nike-clad, camo-short-wearing crews out there. Stream all of Hasta La Muerte below.

Don't forget, you can catch the animal-stylings of Xibalba at Power of the Riff East, where they'll team up with Agnostic Front and Pentagram to tear down Warsaw on September 1st. Tickets are still available for their appearance as well as for the second day (tickets here) with sunn o))), Repulsion, Winter and so many others.

Stream all of Xibalba's new LP (available via Southern Lord), and catch them on tour at the dates below.

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XIBALBA, ALPHA & OMEGA, POWER TRIP - 2012 TOUR DATES
8/11/2012 Echo/Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff West
8/12/2012 The Branch Street House - Sacramento, CA
8/13/2012 Pop Culture - Vancouver, WA
8/14/2012 West Seattle Legion Hall - Seattle, WA
8/15/2012 The Astoria - Vancouver, BC
8/16/2012 New Black Art Center - Calgary, AB
8/17/2012 Oliver Hall - Edmonton, AB
8/18/2012 *house show - Lethbridge, AB
8/19/2012 Louis' - Saskatoon, SK
8/20/2012 The Frame Gallery - Winnipeg, MB
8/21/2012 The New Direction - Fargo, ND
8/22/2012 The Beat - Minneapolis, MN
8/23/2012 TBA - Chicago, IL
8/24/2012 The Launch Board Shop - Ann Arbor, MI
8/25/2012 The Devils Cellar - Toronto, ON
8/26/2012 CCSG - Gatineau, QC
8/27/2012 Katacombs - Montreal, QC
8/28/2012 Cafe L'Agitee - Quebec City, QC
8/29/2012 The Kave - Bucksport, ME
8/30/2012 Anchors Up - Haverhill, MA
8/31/2012 State Street Church Gym - Schenectady, NY
9/01/2012 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY @ The Power Of The Riff East [info]
9/03/2012 TBA - Richmond, VA
9/04/2012 Carabar - Columbus, OH [*no Power Trip]
9/05/2012 The Hatch - Evansville, IN [*no Power Trip]
9/06/2012 Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO [*no Power Trip]
9/07/2012 The Warehouse - Oklahoma City, OK [*no Power Trip]
9/08/2012 The Pinebox - Midland, TX [*no Power Trip]
9/09/2012 The Pound - Tucson, AZ [*no Power Trip]