French Death Metal phenoms AKIAVEL gave a stellar live performance as part of the February installment of Metal Injection’s Slay at Home Festival! The set aired Friday, February 19th, to benefit the Black Art Futures Fund, which provides support and grants to small Black-led arts & culture nonprofits Watch their full performance HERE.
AKIAVEL is currently supporting their latest full-length, ‘V,‘ which was released in February 2020 and named one of the Best Underground Metal Albums by Metal Injection. The band is also set to release their 2nd full-length album April 24th, 2021.
AKIAVEL is a Melodic Death Metal band from the South of France, formed in 2018. The band released their first, self-titled, EP in December 2018, showcasing their trademark sound: a mix of Groove, Thrash, Black and Old-school Death Metal, with a touch of melodic riffs, heavy rhythmic and hardcore sounds.
They draw their inspiration from bands such as: Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Gojira.
AKIAVEL’s debut full-length album, “V” was recorded at Studio Artmusic and mastered by Kohlekeller Studio, and was released on 20 February 2020 on Mystic Production. Acclaimed by critics, they immediately found their footing in France and abroad. A genuine and balanced expression of melodic metal and brutal violence. Julien Truchan (Benighted) makes an appearance on the track “I & Me”.
Each of the 4 AKIAVEL members has a strong and varied experience in the French metal industry:
Auré (vocals) was the singer for Indust, and has been spreading her powerful and recognizable growl over the Southern metal stages for many years;
Chris (guitar) is former composer and funding member of ACOD (Sony Music), with which he released 4 albums and 2 EP and did several international tours;
Jay (bass) is the former bassist of Scarlean, he toured on many French stages, amongst which the 2018 Hellfest edition;
Butch (drums) was notably the drummer of the Parisian thrashcore band Inner Disorder, with which he shared the stage with numerous national and international bands.
The band is sponsored by several tier-one brands (Darius Guitarz. Dominger Pickups USA, SP Custom, Skull Strings, ProOrca drumsticks) and is supported by the custom-made Lalite drums.
AKIAVEL made their first stage appearance at the Hellfest Off festival in Clisson on June 2019 (Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast, Sinsaenum, Les Tambours du Bronx) joining the band on stage for 2 mythic covers) and participated in the charity Metal Help Fest 2 in September 2019 at the Secret Place (Montpellier).
AKIAVEL began recording their second full-length album in February 2021, to be released in April 2021.