Tecuciztecatl

by His Name Is Alive

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"A pitch-black psych-rock album" - Wondering Sound

"Classic rock power riffing, both ridiculous and kind of perfect" - Pitchfork

"Guitar riffs joyously and eerily behind a wall of chilling vocals" - Stereogum

"Starting with an overture, the nine-minute opener sets the stage with gradually crescendoing motifs, grandiosity and story exposition" - Orlando Weekly

"It's a rock opera heavy on Thin Lizzy-style twin guitar leads" - Brooklyn Vegan

"At its most insurmountable this album is surprisingly gorgeous" - Metro Music Scene

"As bonkers as you'd expect" - Tiny Mix Tapes

HNIA's stunning new offering is a psychedelic rock opera with heavy fuzz guitar depicting an epic struggle between identical twins, reflective in nature, and mirrored in twin science, secret language and mythology. Tecuciztecatl's plot pivots on mellotron melodies copied, recopied, repeated, twisted and inverted and a horror movie soundtrack vibe straight out of a bubble gum prog machine.

The rock opera is imagined vaguely in the shape of a 1969 Hammer horror film: bloody, British, gothic, sexy vampires, etc., and the songs are written from the perspective of five characters, the mother, the doctor, the twins and the librarian whose side hustle is demon hunting. The story begins with a young woman getting an ultrasound who discovers she's pregnant with twins. Realizing something is going terribly wrong, "I think I'm missing something on the inside," she visits a local library for research. The librarian instructs the woman on how to kill the demon baby without harming the other twin, and together they carry out the various rituals necessary. Eventually one baby is born.

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released October 28, 2014

Personnel:
Andrea Morici vocals, bass synthesizer, piano
Warren Defever guitar (left channel), mellotron
Dusty Jones guitar (right channel), talkbox
J. Rowe drums, water drum, gong

Credits:
violin and string arrangments by Jean Cook
baritone saxophone by Elliot Bergman
All songs by His Name is Alive
Published by Perforate My Heart Music, BMI
Recorded at 2000 Brooklyn St, Detroit MI
Mastering by Jason Ward, Chicago Mastering Service

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His Name Is Alive Detroit, Michigan

Patterns of Light and Tecuciztecatl LP and CD available through Light In The Attic Records

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