Akitsa
Aupres de la mort, triomphant!


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
July 20th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


It’s reached boiling point – Akitsa keep on putting out shitty black metal and I keep on enjoying it. Last year’s Au Crepuscule wasn’t very good but I bought it anyway, and now I play it pretty regularly. Regardless, Akitsa obviously don’t give a fuck what I think and have released a new EP, again putting a few drips of wet anticipation down my leg. Auprès de la mort, triomphant! keeps things as lo-fi as they have ever been, all while putting together a sharply contrasting black metal record. In relation to its tracks, the EP creates a three-way juxtaposition, with each song displaying an element of Akitsa’s music in all of its stark and naked glory.

‘La grotte des anges déchus’ comprises the entirety of the A-side, being the longest individual track at six minutes. The song plays on Akitsa’s depressive black metal tendencies, though obviously it merely toes the line, never quite going over to the levels of cliché we usually experience with the genre. Distortion and repetition play a huge part in this track’s resonance, and its droning nature inarguably sticks.

The B-side has two songs, both vastly different from one another and from ‘La grotte…’ – ‘Notre avant-guerre’ is a pure example of Akitsa playing Oi within their minimal black metal aesthetic. The song's thin guitars and vocals lend themselves very much to what we would expect from the band, but the song itself is very much a simple punk composition. Closing the B-side is the title track, which is a synth-driven ambient piece in the same vein as Burzum’s shitty ambient albums. While I was very dubious of the track at first, its handle on melody and arrangement is actually quite satisfying.

This isn’t essential nor is it even close to Akitsa’s finest moment, but as a vehicle to further mature their own black metal sensibilities, Auprès de la mort, triomphant! does significantly well. Fans of the band shouldn’t hesitate.



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rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


review

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011


16137 Comments


Sweet. I'm down for some new Akitsa.

coneren
July 21st 2011


11111 Comments


Oh another Canadian band I need

Relinquished
July 21st 2011


25296 Comments


La Grande Infamie was pretty good, I don't feel enough to get this though.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011


16137 Comments


La Grande Infamie rules. Have a LGI hoodie that I cut the sleeves off of. Has the cover art on the back, and I put a Fell Voices patch on the front.

Relinquished
July 21st 2011


25296 Comments


my brother has the same hoodie, I can't fit into it.

rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


i only have albums no clothing

wouldnt mind a shirt with the la grande cover though

Relinquished
July 21st 2011


25296 Comments


what about that awesome worship shirt of yours

rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


meant that i only have albums not clothing from akitsa

got a few shirts from other bands

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011


16137 Comments


Worship shirt would be rad. Finally got LVBD a few weeks ago.

rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


i have two worship shirts actually, each wiht a cover of each album

LVBD is fucking awesome, definitely a wise purchase

Relinquished
July 21st 2011


25296 Comments


man hopefully worship will have a new album somewhere next year

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011


16137 Comments


Yeah, seemed silly not to have what is probably the best doom metal album ever in my collection.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011


16137 Comments


man hopefully worship will have a new album somewhere next year


Certainly would be nice. At least there was one truly excellent doom album this year. (Speaking of Loss' album and not Draconian lol.)

rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


according to the info on his blog the new worship album should be out this year, but it might get pushed back

you guys should get your hands on the new seidr full length, ive had the cd for months but the sputnik community hasnt really caught on to it. could prob review it but im lazy. it's really good.

also a band from my city called drowning horse are releasing their debut LP this year (will be a DLP) and im really looking forward to that. the band they sound most like is corrupted, theyve got a crushing live set.

rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


they got a 20 minute sample from one of their songs on their blog

http://www.drowninghorse.blogspot.com/

Relinquished
July 21st 2011


25296 Comments


yeah I heard a few good things about drowning horse

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011


16137 Comments


the band they sound most like is corrupted


Already sold.

they got a 20 minute sample from one of their songs on their blog


Haha. One of the only bands you could ever say that about.

rasputin
July 21st 2011


14550 Comments


i interviewed micky their guitarist last week for a zine im putting together, prob one of my favourite bands at the moment

you would definitely dig them angel

oh and my bad, the sample is actually a live track. the band as it is now hasnt actually doen any proper recording, just released a live tape. they have a split 7" but the song on that isnt really what drowning horse is like now, that's more straightforward sludge. hence why im looking forward to the DLP

Ire
July 21st 2011


41805 Comments


cool review and stuff



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