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Cemican (2006-present)

Cemican is a progressive power metal band from Mexico, currently presiding in Jalisco. Dressed as warriors of the past, their re-telling of Aztec and Mayan myths center around sacrifice.

"Falda de Serpientes" is about the mother goddess Coatlicue.


Translation:
"Goddess dead you hide from your bowels power
Time does not exist
Strange deities, torments, deaths
Skulls twisted between the cries of Heaven and Earth
Serpents thirsting for Human Sacrifice will come"

Coatlicue is the goddess who gave birth to Huitzilopochtli, god of the sun and warfare.

'Mixteco'

 

'Yaotecatl'

 

The message of Cemican is clear.

Spiritual revolution is coming as ancient roots are reclaimed.

 

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Mictlan (1991-present)

They are a Death Metal band from Mexico City, former capitol of the Aztec empire. Their lyrical themes consist of Pre-Hispanic Aztec and Mayan mythology.

 

Distorted metal guitar welcomes the meshing of ancient instruments to create a technical fusion of styles and time.

Indigenous percussion and flutes set ambience in the background while bass lines flawlessly bounce off the ever-changing drums.

In 'Con tu llegada', blame is directed at the Christian invasion for desecrating cultural beliefs and systems. 

'Con tu llegada'

 

Translation:
"By biblical principle
Enemies of the snake.
Symbol of wisdom in our Anahuac
Sacred continent.

With your arrival:
Dozens of deviations from your religion
That castrates even the simplest heart.

For the life respect and admiration.
With your arrival:
Genocide and betrayal copulating
With merciful defamation

Man, nature and power were honored
With your arrival:
An absurd cross of blood drenched
With implanted misery nails.

We were clean, we did not know the dissatisfaction
With your arrival:
Now the Mexican is a sad toy of any passion

Former owner of himself robust and angry lord
With your arrival
Submissive and resigned Christian slave,
Between contradictions of his trapped doctrine.

The heart spoke
With your arrival:
You turned almost everything into shit.

Remember your race
And see what we are now."

The end of the song asks indigenous Mexicans to remember the past and see how the world is turning out today.

History's re-write would have people believe the Aztecs were solely brutal and savage, indulging in sacrifice and war.

Mictlan writes from the perspective that human sacrifice was a willing and necessary ritual to sustain existence under Huitzilopochtli.

 By the time the Spanish arrived, ultimate sacrifice had escalated to unsustainable numbers. This led to a false interpretation of the ritual.

 Mictlan provides a scathing review of Christian conquest that is equally hard-hitting as the war drums.

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Kukulcan (2004-present)

Kukulcan perform black metal with pagan and anti-war themes. The name of the band belongs to the feathered snake god that created humanity and Earth.

They speak no English in the music, most of which is instrumental.

'Xochiquetzal'

'Vivir o Morir por Quetzalcoatl'

 

They live and perform in Mexico City as a three-piece band.

Kukulcan was previously known as a god, a cult and now a musical act. Using present and past instruments, they use war gods to denounce needless war.

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Tezkatlipoka

The 'Mexica metalheads' have left a bad-ass impression with 'Kuitlahuak' and 'Nauhkampa'. Tezkatlipoka is a major Aztec spiritual figure: the 'Smoking Mirror', god of creation.

Tezkatlipoka embodied the night sky and winds, hurricane weather, magic, obsidian, and war.

'Mekates de Energia'

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