Akitsa
La Grande Infamie


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2009 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hawks won’t like it so you should definitely check it out.

Beginning with nothing short of a grim, cavernous introduction, La Grand Infamie bursts to life with the dirty riffs and distorted shrieks of ‘Magie Et Verites’ – the first thing one will notice is that Akitsa’s style of black metal on this particular track is far from bleak. In actual fact, the almost cheery melody creates a strange fusion with the frenzied screams, the repetitive drumming and repeated riffs spiraling into something of a hypnotic trance, strangely addictive and infinitely satisfying.

This stripped bare style of raw black metal that is generally poorly executed comes natural to Akitsa; following ‘Magie Et Verites’, ‘Silence’ continues the theme of simple yet addictive riffing and rhythm, but with the noticeable difference in throaty gutturals rather than shrieks. Both of the two mentioned tracks rely solely on rhythmic chord progressions, but their repetitive nature is their strongest point and the fact that they come off as confronting while playing a relatively jolly tune works the band wonders.

Nevertheless, Akitsa are raw and fucking grim, and after the somewhat dreary ‘Cultes Vertueur’, the turning point of the album comes in a short acoustic piece entitled ‘Cthonos’. Again, Akitsa make best use of their very harsh shrieking, having it tastefully placed over the gentle acoustic melodies.

‘Origine Mythique’ begins with a USBM replicated toad croak, albeit the opening roar feels like it goes forever. Akitsa may be Canadian, but their articulation of the laughable vocal form is oodles better than that of any American black metal bands. The eerie lead guitar line which comes in towards the end of the track is simply ideal for the tone set by the fuzzy rhythm and low-register vocals, and the slow pace sets the scene for the rapid black metal surge that is to follow with ‘La Grande Infamie’.

The title track is the pinnacle of the band’s manic approach; again, a head-noddingly good riff drives the song, which is then augmented by those fantastic shrieks. If you think you’ve heard high shrieks, then you haven’t heard Akitsa.

At this point in the album, with only one track remaining, it would be a safe assumption to think that this was all the ingenuity one was going to get from Akitsa. Well, in such a case, one would be wrong. ‘Foret Disparue’ is a sprawling twenty-one minute epic, slow moving riffs completely drenched in feedback creating an absolutely desolate mood. As much as the preceding tracks kicked arse, this lengthy closer invokes a genuine sense of dread, far better than the countless doom bands who constantly fail at coming close to any semblance of an atmosphere.

It would be an utter travesty for someone to listen to this album expecting what posers normally expect from black metal, so let the air clear right now – this is raw, terribly produced, and chances are that you will absolutely hate it. The incredibly distorted shrieks notwithstanding, the actual production on separate tracks sounds different, and gives the album something of an amateurish feel; this, however, greatly enhances the rawness and the grimness and utterly austere and severe mood. Any criticism pertaining to the production is simply invalid, as it completely succeeds in establishing the character of the album.

Akitsa play an undeniably unique form of raw black metal, and they do it well. The irony of the situation is that the purpose of raw black metal is to sound bad and uninviting, yet I can’t stop listening to La Grande Infamie. Kudos to Akitsa, in that regard.



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itchyandscratchy
April 23rd 2009


314 Comments


hawks10pec

good review mann, might check this out. is it gonna be on slays for days?

rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


yeah i'm going to put it up in a few days

itchyandscratchy
April 23rd 2009


314 Comments


RAW & GRIM

Willie
Moderator
April 23rd 2009


16145 Comments


Good review. I can't get into raw black metal, though.

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rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


Yeah it's definitely a very limited genre. This has heaps of atmosphere though, I would go as far as saying you might really like the atmospheric track (Foret Disparue), but not sure about the rest.

illmitch
April 23rd 2009


5429 Comments


akitsa is badass as fuck, i have Sang Nordique but not this. i might look into this.

and obviously anything Hawks won't like is going to be quality.

Lelle
April 23rd 2009


2156 Comments


two solid reviews in one day? When will you be a staff reviewer?

Wizard
April 23rd 2009


19641 Comments


Summary is full of win. So I will be looking into this.

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rasputin
April 23rd 2009


14555 Comments


yeah this is awesome. Foret Disparue chills my bones

BallsToTheWall
April 23rd 2009


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Unique, raw black metal? SOLD!!! Not for Hawks. SOLD!!!!! Canadian frog croak. SOLD!!!!!

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fireaboveicebelow
April 23rd 2009


6837 Comments


summary is propaganda...


but I'm buying into it, getting now

Tyler
Emeritus
April 23rd 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Balls this isn't really for you either.

This is good but super overrated.

rasputin
April 24th 2009


14555 Comments


too grim for ratings

BallsToTheWall
April 24th 2009


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, now I just feel like a child. But you're probaly right. Heard a couple songs and I dont really have the attention span to get into them properly. meh.

rasputin
April 24th 2009


14555 Comments


Most of the songs are based around a single riff, if you have a short attention span then this shouldn't be a problem.

Turtlelephant
April 24th 2009


168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I'm gonna try this one on for size.

rasputin
April 24th 2009


14555 Comments


why not try it on for weight

taylormemer
April 25th 2009


4953 Comments


Summary is probably the most win I've seen this year.

Turtlelephant
April 25th 2009


168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't make fun of my weight rasputin.

rasputin
April 26th 2009


14555 Comments


Balls, a 2?



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