At the threshold of its 20-year anniversary, Quebecois black metal cult 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.
Over the better part of the last two decades, AKITSA have established themselves at the forefront of the emergent underground black metal scene in Québec. Formed in 1999 by founding members O.T. and Néant, the band released its first demo that same year. Entitled ?Totale Servitude? the recording was a rousing statement of intent?hostile, hateful, and devoid of compassion. In performance and production, the tape was primitive but powerful, and would lead to a ghostly trail of obscure underground relics.
By 2001, when AKITSA released their debut full-length album, ?Goetie?, the band?s sound and identity were beginning to calcify, and AKITSA established a distinctive approach. Songs ranged from haunting hymns to solitude, melodious and atmospheric, to pummelling, punk-influenced tracks suffused with contempt. In 2002, following closely on the heels of their debut, AKITSA released their second more confrontational album, ?Sang Nordique?, which was actually solo recording by O.T.
AKITSA was relatively inactive in 2002 and 2003, but the following two years saw a flurry of activity for the band, yielding one full-length album (?La Grand Infamie?), as well as an EP and a half-dozen split releases. One of these, the collaborative split full-length with PRURIENT, marked the beginning of a long-standing relationship with Hospital Productions and ushered in a new era of subculture between black metal and industrial noise. In the thirteen years since, AKITSA has become more systematic and methodical with their output, releasing just two full-lengths (?Au Crépuscule De L'espérance? in 2010, and ?Grands Tyrans? in 2015) as well as a handful of EPs and split releases.
AKITSA?s performance is increasingly taut and muscular, and the composition has developed as simultaneously eccentric and traditional. With ?Credo?, 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.
1. Siecle Pastoral
2. Voies Cataclysmiques
3. Le Monde Et Ma Bile
4. Espoir Vassal
5. Vestiges Fortifies
Label: Profound Lore Records
Catalog No.: PFL-207
Release Date: October 12, 2018