Boomkat Product Review:
Journey To Ixtlan are a band who draw together doom metal with desert rock in an unholy (and most likely metaphorical) sonic dustbowl, populated only by threads of tumbleweed and harsh, spiny cacti - but the tumbleweed is tumbleweed of pain and the cactus is a cactus of despair. Oh cripes, I just can't churn out this psych-metal parlance like the pros do. The Aurora Borealis press release blurb for this album is far more informative and pretty entertaining to boot: "Journey To Ixtlan are an anonymous badass rock band of desert dwellers, in some cases living outside the law at the very margins of society, who converge infrequently to render their physical surroundings in psychotropic sound. Their heavy sound owes as much to Doom Metal as it does to Psychedelia, as much to Now as it does to Then, as guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocal chants intertwine like shamanic smoke. To listen to Journey To Ixtlan is to participate in a ritual out of time, to tread the path of Don Juan, to lay on the mesa as a 'man of power' and be touched by the sun at the heart of the cosmic stage." Ace.