New album “In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli” out on August 23rd!
The Mexican-based Aztec folk metal group CEMICAN – who combine the modern instrumentation of a metal band with traditional pre-Hispanic instruments – will release their third album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli” (“the mystical path of the dead”), on August 23. The cover art, designed by Jesús Lhysta (Rotted Artist / Extreme Metal Artworks).
The music of CEMICAN, a name that means “the duality of life and death” in the Aztec language of Nahuatl (spoken by 2 million people in Central Mexico), incorporates elements of the legends, mysticism and ideologies of ancient Mexican culture. The new album further explores those themes, as the title refers to fallen warriors who travel to Mictlan, the underworld in Aztec mythology.
The band’s theatrical live performances features makeup and clothing inspired by Aztecan legends, as well as dancers and pre-Hispanic instruments.
After independently releasing two albums and performing alongside some of metal's top names (Eluveitie, Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Amon Amarth) in their native Mexico, CEMICAN experienced a breakout year in 2018.