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Credo

by AKITSA

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nintyo Trve as fuck, raw as hell, and dripping with atmosphere. This album is why we love black metal. Favorite track: Credo.
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Fantomas Ragnarok De loin leur meilleur!
Dagonite A
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Dagonite A This album encapsulates everything that captivated me with black metal back in the 90s. I feel my love of the genre reborn listening to this album and that is high praise indeed. Favorite track: Voies cataclysmiques.
JOhN dREaD
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JOhN dREaD one of the best black metal albums of the year, raw and filthy hymns of grief and despair. awesome. Favorite track: Siècle pastoral.
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Meatbreak This has been well worth the wait. Does not disappoint - Akitsa back with raw and direct rocking black metal. Starts of hard and keeps going all the way to a visceral melancholic climax. Favorite track: Vestiges fortifiés.
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Vardapet How do you like your BM? Bloody and raw? So this one is for you. Although more approachable than his previous works, AKITSA kept his hypnotic and punky style.
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    Hospital Productions, 2018
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    Hospital Productions, 2018
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about

At the threshold of its 20-year anniversary, Akitsa presents Credo, the band’s most focused, furious and hypnotic album to date. Throughout its history, the band 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 Est 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.

credits

released October 12, 2018

Mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk

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Track Name: Siècle pastoral
On ignoroit dans leurs retraites
Les noirs chagrins, les vains désirs
Les espérances inquiètes
Les longs remords des courts plaisirs

L'intérêt au sein de la terre
N'avoit point ravi les métaux
Ni soufflé le feu de la guerre
Ni fait des chemins sur les eaux

Les pasteurs, Dans leur héritage
Coulant leurs jours jusqu'au tombeau
Ne connoissoient que le rivage
Qui les avoit vus au berceau

Tous dans d'innocentes délices
Unis par des noeuds pleins d'attraits
Passoient leur jeunesse sans vices
Et leur vieillesse sans regrets

La mort, qui pour nous a des ailes
Arrivoit lentement pour eux
Jamais de causes criminelles
Ne hâtoient ses coups douloureux...

Paroles écritent par Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset (1709-1777)
Track Name: Voies cataclysmiques
Monoblocs noirs de givre, caillots supersoniques
Arrachant l'harmonie au monde agonisant

Dévalant en aplomb les voies cataclysmiques
D'nos citadelles de lave aux murs incandescents.

En ordre alphabétique, les démons hennissants
Tombant du nord au sud en grappes hallucinées

Fissurent à grands coups rudes toute la réalité
Pour réécrire sans cesse ses moindres fondements.

Paroles écritent par Valnoir
Track Name: Le monde et ma bile
La chape de plomb
Couvrant le ciel vacillant
Laisse filtrer qu’un rayon
De lumière s’évanouissant

Tel l’espoir ténu
Qu’entretient mon cœur
D’atteindre cette crête au-dessus
De vos pleurs, joies et douleurs

Ô être au sommet du monde
Pour y déverser sans parcimonie
Toute la bile féconde
Accumulée qu’enfin je vomis
Track Name: Espoir vassal
Rarement se ravive les feu​x​ noy​és par la pluie d'automne
Amours pétrifiés, corps écartelés
Au temps des moissons résonne
L'hymne des éternels condamnés

L'hiver arrive, le blizzard souffle
Couvrant de givre les malaises du gouffre
Cœurs de pierre ensevelis, gelés
Dans un coin noir et oublié

À l'équinoxe vernal
La glace fait place à la boue
L'essence de la terre dégèle et revient au goût
Massacrant les restes de l'espoir vassal

Le sang coula à flot
Sans intermittence
Remplit le cachot
Afin que mort soit sentence
Track Name: Vestiges fortifiés
Mes fortifications et mes murailles
Abîmés, affaiblies et percés
Ne sont plus que féraille
Vestiges de mes ancêtres oubliés

Monde immonde, modernité
Où mon fantôme est ambassadeur
D'un laborieux passé
Idolâtré de mes prédécesseurs

D'innombrables erreurs acquitté​e​s
Que mes contemporains se plaisent à répéter
Participant à un cirque rampant
Qui se mord​ la queue naïvement
Track Name: Credo
Je ne suis pas de ceux
Qui baissent les yeux, fixent leurs pas
Malgré que de toute morale je suis le gueux
Et de tout credo le rat

Ma tête, qu’elle soit mise à prix
Ou que mon âme ne pèse que peu
Dans la balance, mon parti pris
N’est pas le tien, ni celui de ceux

Pour qui importent l’enfer et le paradis
Je ne choisirai aucune délivrance
Quels que soient les sermons dits
Sur la valeur d’autrui et la différence

Entre le bien, le mal, le rêve et la réalité
Ma sentence je la connais depuis ma naissance
Totalement libre, déchaîné, mais enterré

Entre six pieds de terre et une vie sans importance
Mais je ne suis pas de ceux
Qui baissent les yeux, fixent leurs pas

Malgré que de toute morale je suis le gueux
Et de tout credo le rat

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