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Akiaval - Væ Victis

The French band Akiaval states, «We are pleased to announce the creation of our own Recording Studios, Akia Studios dedicated to the recording of metal music!».

Venomous French death metallers Akiaval will release their 2nd studio album Væ Victis on April 23. Their monumental new opus comes only one year after their debut album and is a dark and twisted affair, exploring the depths of human depravity. Further nihilistic details from the crypt will soon see the light of day. The track Frozen Beauties,

«We are very proud of this album», says guitar player Chris. «When the pandemic hit, and all our shows were cancelled, we adapted, becoming more creative and much more brutal in our music».

Embrace the new death metal masters and their second full-length album Væ Victis! Akiavel equals blistering and crushing death metal madness and, with this new chapter, returns with relentless destruction and greater punishment than ever before.

Not allowing a global pandemic to slow them down, Væ Victis comes only one year after Akiavel`s debut full-length album. This concept album delves into the darkest parts of the human psyche. Further evolving their sound, Akiavel takes a radical approach to their musical assault, consuming the listener with dizzying maelstroms of chaos. Væ Victis embodies the word death, putting forth an intrusive battery of blistering guitars, pummeling drums, and scathing vocals that culminates in one of the most robust death metal records the genre has seen yet.

In 2018, vocalist Auré, guitar player Chris, drummer Butch, and bass player Jay came together to create a sound distinctly modern but with an appreciation for the old school death metal legends from the ‘80s & early ‘90s. It didn’t take long until the chemistry between this quartets to hit critical mass.

The band have always been quick to lay out the hits, releasing their first, self-titled, EP that December. Drawing inspiration from bands such as: Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Gojira, this showcased their trademark sound: a mix of groove, thrash, black and old-school death metal, with a touch of melodic riffs, heavy rhythmic and hardcore sounds.

Although limited by the pandemic, the live performances that followed were executed with stone cold merciless aggression. Akiavel made their first stage appearance at the Hellfest Off festival in Clisson in June 2019 (Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast, Sinsaenum, Les Tambours du Bronx) joining the band on stage for 2 mythic covers) and participated in the charity Metal Help Fest 2 in September 2019 at the Secret Place (Montpellier).

The debut full-length album, V was a fast follow, released in February 2020. Tracks such as My Lazy Doll or The Witness hit you right in the face with shredding riffs, neck-breaking drums, and skull-crushing guttural vocals – courtesy of one of the most dynamic frontwomen in death metal.

These releases, along with their reputation in the French music scene, drew the attention of fans and major media outlets worldwide. The band is sponsored by several tier-one brands (Darius Guitarz. Dominger Pickups USA, SP Custom, Skull Strings, and ProOrca drumsticks). Additionally, their debut album V was named the Best Underground Metal Album of 2020 by Metal Injection.

And now, only one year later, Akiavel are back with more! Buckle up for a blistering musical ride through the minds of the most abhorrent humans to ever walk the earth. Metal at its best!

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5345 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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