Reviews

Akiavel


Akiavel
Væ Victis
Self released
Release: 6 August 2021

“The French quartet’s sound most readily bring forth comparisons to Carcass, At The Gates, and Gossow-era Arch Enemy. Sure, there are well-established bands still keeping the melo-death sound alive, but it’s refreshing to see a new band come on to the scene with such skill and vigor. Even straight-forward death metal fans will definitely find enough here to sink their blood-soaked teeth into as well. Amazingly, Vae Victis is self-released. Major metal labels like Century Media, Nuclear Blast, and Metal Blade are dropping the ball and will be kicking themselves when (not if) another label snatches them up.”-Toilet Ov Hell

“2021 could be the year for Akiavel, then, a group of French upstarts who are keen on leaning into the genre’s heavier side (think: later At the Gates and Carcass). On their latest single, “Frozen Beauties,” the band expertly weave Amott-worthy riffs and composition with roaring, dynamic vocals, and the result is hard to turn away from: this band’s got something. And cyclical trends being what they are, the time could be right.”-Metalsucks

“Hailing from the south of France, the gentlemen and lady of Akiavel belie their dapper and sophisticated dress sense with a groovy and demonic salutation to the death and  thrash metal of old and new. Their latest and second full-length, Væ Victis was released back on April 23rd and the band have been promoting it as relentlessly as possible by slapping themselves all over a broad number of online, print and podcast media in both English and their native tongue. Let’s not forget their breakthrough appearance at Metal Injection’s Slay at Home Fest back in February, at which they so impressed that they’ve been invited back to help with the Slay at Home finale, starting tomorrow.”-Decibel

“Vae Victis” is a giant of a Death Metal album! AKIAVEL deliver a mix of modern melodic Death Metal with epic melodies and traditional Death Metal as well as Thrash Metal elements. The album is fast, brutal, dark, and an upgrade on their debut album. With “Vae Victis”, AKIAVEL develop their own Death Metal sound further and “Vae Victis” gives them a distinctive uniqueness and own identity as a band. The diversity of the songs on the album is evidence for excellent songwriting. The production of “Vae Victis” is excellent. With their second album, AKIAVEL is becoming a serious force in the Death Metal scene in the years to come and “Vae Victis” should be part of every Metal fan’s collection.”-Metal-Temple

“This is female fronted and modern but nothing like the others in the genre. If you’re looking for melo-death that offers something unique, this could be for you. Check it out!”-Metal Rules

French death metal band AKIAVEL are pleased to announce that they will release the vinyl edition of their critically acclaimed new album “Væ Victis” on August 6th 2021. The album will be available as a limited edition green “envy” splatter vinyl.

Order here: https://akiavel.com/product/vae-victis-envy-vinyl/

About Akiavel

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 quartet 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!

Akiavel – Comrade

Akiavel – Frozen Beauties
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Akiavel – Kind of Requiem

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