There are so many different hybrid genres out there in the world of metal alone that it’s nigh impossible to keep up with each and every one of them. New ones are made up every single day with another album and band trying to create their own sound that has never been heard before with really weird combinations. One such combination that at first sounds terrible is the trio of psychedelic rock, doom metal (already a hand full), and occult rock. Anyone can easily see two of those in any order going together, but all three just seems like it would be a mess that wouldn’t sound any good, right? Well, much to my avid disbelief Akasava has created an album with such a combination that actually sounds pretty fucking good! “Strange Aeons” is a debut album that definitely shows that Akasava had a unique idea in mind and definitely knew how to execute it almost immediately. Having the slower tempo of doom metal along with its heaviness, the catchy riffs and theme of occult rock, and then a psychedelic style to it that makes this entire 15 minute EP all the more worth it. The vocals also help tie everything together and helps everything flow alongside the catchy riffs. It’s also neat how Akasava draws their inspiration from really odd sources like “the dark side of the 60’s and 70’s, lovecraftian madness, Jean Rollin and Jess Franco movies” according to their Bandcamp page, and it’s cool how this band can get such good results from such a weird topic, but I’m not complaining because there wasn’t one moment during “Strange Aeons” where I thought it was getting boring or I wanted to skip to the next track. Akasava also manages to somehow get underneath your skin and subtly unnerve you even though you still want to listen to the interesting sound that this album has that no other does. I really hope this French troupe is working on new material or will be very soon because I would be more than keen to hear what they can come up with next, and I advise you to keep your eyes peeled, too.
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