submitted by Alyssa DeHayes at Riot Act:
From the somewhat spacey intro and kicking into the rockin’ verse, I had to wonder what would have happened if Velvet Underground had ever sobered up. Wow, this slams!
Then the cool Debbie Harry “Blondie” like vocal kicked in and it was all over for me.
This is one hell of a ride from start to finish. I’m going to quit listening now and hope that I can get His Name Is Alive to submit a song to my review show, Mid Tenn Listens. – cbc
“…a pitch-black psych-rock album …retaining Defever’s twisted take on classic pop tropes that has made the act so vital for more than 20 years.
Tecuciztecatl is a grand concept album that uses narration about a pair of twins to delve into the root of power struggles, exploring the slippery nature of dominance and power dynamics.” – Wondering Sound
His Name Is Alive‘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.Described variously by the press as “absolutely beautiful” (CMJ), “a silver thread out of the labyrinth” (NME), “moody, ethereal” (Trouser Press), “lofi freakouts” (XL8R) and “haunted, wholly out of time or context” (PLAN B), the Detroit band continues to mystify with Tecuciztecatl and its longstanding tradition of bedroom dream pop experimentation that began with self-released cassettes in the late 1980s and continued for over 13 years with the 4AD label.
Since parting ways with 4AD in 2002, Warren Defever has worked full-time as a record producer, mastering engineer and remixer for artists including Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, Michael Hurley, Iggy and the Stooges, The Gories, Destroy All Monsters, John Sinclair, Piranhas, Timmy’s Organism, Windy and Carl, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Low, Ida, Bill Dixon, Califone, Anonymous and Dark. As a study guide before attempting the harmony guitar solos on Tecuciztecatl, Warren and Dusty practiced along with an edit Warren made of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo from 1973 to 1983.