Video Premiere: Akiavel – “Lady of Death”

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French thrill-killers Akiavel formed in 2018 with a self-titled EP that turned heads. Their approach to melodic death metal reveres the old school while nudging the genre into more palatable territories. While the heavy grooves recall Gojira and post-Necroticism Carcass, Akiavel pack some choruses with clean-sung hooks from vocalist Auré. When she’s not carrying the melodic burden of the track, guitarist Chris dyes the riffs with shades of Gothenburg death. Meanwhile, Auré’s venomous snarls describe the darkness of the human psyche. The band released their sophomore record Væ Victis back in April. But they’re back with a riveting music video of their song “Lady of Death.”

“”Lady of Death” is a song about Aileen Wuornos,” shares vocalist Auré. “I absolutely wanted to put her on our album because I find her fascinating. I have studied her story a lot; I have a lot of compassion for her despite the fact that she has murdered people. That’s why the text isn’t very violent or bloody, it’s more based on how she feels. She had a lot of suffering in her. For the video clip we got closer to her psychological state. That’s why we chose the actress who clearly embodied her conscience and the struggle within her.”

Join the body count: press play below to watch the video for Akiavel’s “Lady of Death.”

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