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A few questions - interview with death metal band from United States - TZOMPANTLI.

A few questions - interview with death metal band from United States - TZOMPANTLI.

Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play etc.?

I’m Huey Itztekwanotl, I play in Tzompantli. We started in 2019 and play indigenous death doom. We incorporate a lot of indigenous folk instruments along with a heavy, punishing but spiritual sound.

Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?

We recorded ‘Tlazcaltiliztli’ with my good friend Erol Ulug at Bright Lights Studios, here in California. He also did session drums for the album and was in charge of the sound and engineering. He and I both co-produced the album.

How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?

I do not know how many copies are pressed up, but it is being released on cassette, CD, digital and vinyl via 20 Buck Spin.

Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with?

I wrote all the lyrics except on Eltequi, I got them from a Mexica chant called “Song of Huitzilopochtli '' in the Florentine Codex. The lyrics mainly have a theme of ritual sacrifice and references to history of the Mexica people or Aztecs as most people know them.

Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?

Alex Herrera did the logo. The cover art was done by Andi at AVS Ravenheart and the album layout was done by Dan Fried. We don't have a website other than our socials and bandcamp that I manage. I do think that social networks are important for bands to network and share their news.

Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you?

20 Buck Spin is the label that I asked and they said yes to putting out the album. I am very satisfied with how the release has been handled. They have been good to us.

Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration?

There are so many but for this project, I drew inspiration from Disembowelment, Mortician, Morbid Angel, Evoken, Mournful Congregation and more. Most of my inspiration I got for this record was reading books about my culture and ancestors as well as playing with the native instruments.

Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?

I only sent it to 20 Buck Spin and they responded very quickly. So I didn't need to send it anywhere else.

How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?

I’ve played many gigs with my other bands but none with Tzompantli yet. I love playing clubs though. They are always way more intimate and fun.

What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?

I don’t have any plans. All I want is to continue to write music that I enjoy and hopefully people will continue to enjoy and support as well.

How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?

Hit up my socials (twitter & instagram) @tzompantlidoom

Thanx for the interview.

You’re welcome! Thank you for having me!

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