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AKITSA "Credo" (Profound Lore Recs/Hospital Prods)
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SangNord



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:06 am    Post subject: AKITSA "Credo" (Profound Lore Recs/Hospital Prods) Reply with quote

A pillar of the true black metal underground, French-Canadian black metal cult Akitsa have completed work on their new album “Credo” to be released on Oct 12th on CD/Digital and on LP/Cassette via Hospital Productions (pre-orders eventually). At the threshold of AKITSA’s 20-year anniversary “Credo”, mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk, is the band’s most focused, furious, and violent album to date.

Check out a new track called “Espoir Vassal” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPEyjmZNlLc



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Throughout its history, AKITSA has operated unconstrained, willing, and capable of simultaneously exploring divergent paths. The accretion of AKITSA’s sprawling array of influences finds its most comprehensive expression on this album. Musically, O.T. handled the writing for the album, and there is a compositional coherence to it, despite the shifting moods of the tracks. The lyrics, however, were a shared endeavor; O.T. furnished the lyrics for two tracks (“Espoire Vassal” and “Vestiges Fortifiés”), as did Néant (“Le Monde Et Ma Bile” and “Credo”). Additionally, longtime AKITSA associate Valnoir (best known as a high-profile visual artist and designer) provided lyrics for another track (“Voies Cataclysmiques”). The surprise drum programming on the title track, from none other than Kris Lapke of cult industrial enigma Alberich, brings a barbaric strength to the intro of the title track. A critical component for the album, adding clarity to the sound without sacrificing the raw violence that has long characterized AKITSA’s music, is the visceral mixing, mastering, and post-production by revered producer Arthur Rizk.

“Credo” opens with “Siécle Pastoral,” which begins with a driving, mid-paced riff before shifting into more tortured territory as O.T. delivers the lyrics—actually, a poem by the 18th century French poet, Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset—in anguished howls. Like the opening track, there is a mercurial aspect to the entire album; it vacillates between epic and agonizing melodies and combative martial stomps. AKITSA’s ability to execute controlled shifts in tempo, atmosphere, and style is at its zenith on this recording, but as with all of AKITSA’s material, the band unapologetically meditates on extreme repetition building tension to the point of inner coldness.

Consistent with this pattern, the album’s second track, “Voies Cataclysmiques,” is a physical attack. Its forceful belligerence stands in contrast to the more atmospheric, melody-laden sound of the ten-minute album opener, as well as the track that follows, “Le Monde Est Ma Bile,” which showcases the band’s propensity for the slow unfolding of sorrowful melodies. Following is “Espoir Vassal,” a vicious track featuring soaring, agonizing riffs with hints of Norwegian influence, which gives way to the frenzied and tense “Vestiges Fortifiés” complete with the signature choral mourning intro that harkens back to the youthful spirit of “Goetie”. The album closes with the title track, bearing nearly all of the most salient elements that define AKITSA’s work to date. Spread across nearly ten triumphant minutes, proving the versatile depth of this singular horde, Néant’s lyrics, bellowed out in French by O.T., are a pure manifestation of poetic nihilism. The track, like the album as a whole, is arguably the metric by which AKITSA will long be recognized. That a band would produce its finest work so deep into an already sensational career is an undeniably rare achievement in metal, and in AKITSA’s case, it is a testament to the band’s tenacity and versatility.

After three years of total silence from AKITSA—the band’s longest dormant phase—“Credo” is a culmination of the band’s catalog and rise in cult status and arguably the finest representation of its pure underground devotion.

“Credo” track listing:
1. Siecle Pastoral
2. Voies Cataclysmiques
3. Le Monde Et Ma Bile
4. Espoir Vassal
5. Vestiges Fortifies
6. Credo
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most anticipating release of this year. Preview sounds fantastic. But that relase date is pure sadism...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... Akitsa on Profound Lore. Shocked

The cover is so and so, compared to previous Akitsa covers. Not a fan.

However, the new track is savage! Love it. Buying it as soon as it is out.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sample song is great, hopefully Hospital doesn't charge $50 for the lp.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pessoa wrote:
Wow... Akitsa on Profound Lore. Shocked



What is surprising about this?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: AKITSA "Credo" (Profound Lore Recs/Hospital Pr Reply with quote

SangNord wrote:
mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk.





No.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: AKITSA "Credo" (Profound Lore Recs/Hospital Pr Reply with quote

hymnsoftheneedlefreak wrote:
SangNord wrote:
mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk.





No.


What's the issue?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Profound Lore and people who have mixed more than 2 albums are too mainstream now, I'm guessing? Cool guys.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

theconquerorwurm wrote:
Profound Lore and people who have mixed more than 2 albums are too mainstream now, I'm guessing? Cool guys.



Profound Lore has many great bands, not the issue.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

under a funeral shroom wrote:
Sample song is great, hopefully Hospital doesn't charge $50 for the lp.


For real. Their prices are out of control. I can't believe anyone buys from them anymore.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Album is savage. Very strong and cult.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

absolutely incredible, savage. old ways arise.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my long time favorites. Can't wait.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New track sounds killer!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking forward to this
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