AKITSA - CREDO LP
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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.