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TZOMPANTLI – Sophomore Album “Beating The Drums Of Ancestral Force” via 20 Buck Spin – Details and Trackstream revealed


Last Updated on 04:10 PM by Nikos Nakos

20 Buck Spin proudly announces “Beating The Drums Of Ancestral Force”, the sophomore full-length album of Southern California-based Death/Doom Metal act TZOMPANTLI, set for release on May 17th 2024.

With their debut “Tlazcaltiliztli”, TZOMPANTLI – the brainchild of Brian “Itztlakamayeh” Ortiz of metallic hardcore outfit Xibabla – called forth a penetrating strike of Death and Doom Metal like a poisoned arrow through the heart. The band’s foundation in Indigenous / Native rituals, history and lore, and merging of traditional instruments into their sound made for one of 2022’s most uniquely voiced metal records.

Now TZOMPANTLI have again been summoned from the smoke of the ancient fires with a new offering at the altar of human sacrifice, “Beating the Drums of Ancestral Force”. Fearsomely brutal marches of war-like, percussive Death Metal are contrasted with melancholy passages of longing spirit and entrancing ceremonial invocations to the ancestors. The TZOMPANTLI tribe has greatly expanded on this second album with 10+ musicians enlisted in the conjuring of wrathful deities and collection of invader skulls.

There has been no shortage of fantastic Death/Doom records in recent years and TZOMPANTLI’s latest entry in the genre’s pantheon demonstrates its continued expansion into wider musical and thematic arenas. The anguished fortitude at the heart of “Beating The Drums of Ancestral Force” exalts in the blood and ash of empire and would be conquerors, a fiery lamentation to centuries of erasure.

A first track entitled “Tlayohualli” has been premiered at this location:

 “The Drums Of Ancestral Force” was recorded, produced, mixed & master by Erol Ulug at Bright Light Studios. Cover artwork by Adam Burke.



1. Tetzahuitl
2. Tlayohualli
3. Tlaloc Icuic
4. Chichimecatl
5. Tetzaviztli
6. Otlica Mictlan
7. Icnocuicatl


Brian “Itztlakamayeh” Ortiz – Vocals, Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Bass, Folks Instruments & Percussion

Manzig “Yohualli” Sanchez – Lead Guitars
Eric Delgado – Bass
Mateotl Boughton – Lead Guitars
Jason “Katulu” Brunes – Vocals, Folks Instruments & Percussion
Erol Ulug – Vocals, Lead Guitars
Alejandro Aranda – Vocals, Drums, Folks Instruments & Percussion
Justin Moore – Vocals
Lord Foul – Vocals
Mateotl Gonzalez – Folks Instruments & Percussion
Justin Ton – Lead Guitars

Nikos Nakos
Nikos Nakos
“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”

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