"That's an incredible amount of talent and the end result is ambitious .."
- Metal Injection
" There are undoubtedly frequent sonic hints that could be compared to the line-up’s collective output elsewhere, yet this is an album and a project that feels more like a multi-decade love letter to all of death metal, particularly focused on forward-thinking experimentation."
- NO CLEAN SINGING
"The song [Leave Them Scars] is a nine-minute ride through devastating progressive death metal passages with enough twists and turns to keep listeners constantly engaged.
"A wonderfully twisted offering, Come Forth To Me is the sort of death metal record that makes the skin crawl and the body convulse in honor of the sheer brutality that the group conjure up seemingly at will. Few acts delve into the sheer level of potency that comes natural to Akurion."
- Two Guys Metal Reviews
I see “Come Forth To Me” as nothing short of a masterpiece that will provide you with more than you need to survive our current state of epidemic hysteria. Pure passion shines through on this grim death metal recording as these truly masterful musicians come together and pour whatever the have into this record, years in the making, and it shows."
- Death Comes Lifting
"In spite of the great variety of ideas that follow one another throughout the album, cohesion is achieved, this album does not sound like a piece or by rambling ideas, this is because the band has interpretive quality as well as quality in the execution, all this gives them identity and that halo of originality that many bands currently pursue and very few achieve." 10/10
- RTMB Music
"The result of these years of persistence, toil, and sadly tragic events is now here. The culmination of this challenging process is an album steeped in creative technicality, and overflowing with range of both stylistic and mood shifts that span the entire length of the record. It serves as a haunting tribute to those whose memory it honors, and testament to the creative vision that each member brought to the table. "
- Heaviest of Art
"The new album “Come Forth to Me” is an incredible tour-de-force through the most extreme faces of the genre that will leave the listener utterly bewildered and take no prisoners. Showcasing fabulous musicianship and experimentation as well as plain, uncontained savagery, the group leaves no room for the faint-hearted and delivers one of the most intimidating metal releases to have seen the light of day in 2020."
- Metal Observer
"Their debut full length together is a masterful offering, hinting at all sorts of twists in the myth. A wonderfully twisted offering, Come Forth To Me is the sort of death metal record that makes the skin crawl and the body convulse in honor of the sheer brutality that the group conjure up seemingly at will. Few acts delve into the sheer level of potency that comes natural to Akurion."
- Permafrost Today
"...we are served top-notch technical and progressive death metal for almost an hour. Lovely to hear DiSalvo roar again like it did on Cryptopsy's 'Whisper Supremacy' and 'And Then You'll Beg'. In the nine-and-a-half-minute opening song 'Leave Them Scars' he also gets help from Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy), Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and JM Leblanc (Vengeful)."
- Arrow Lords Of Metal
"...this is an album that is unrivaled, and an album of noteworthiness."
- Metal Temple 9/10
Montreal Death Metal act, AKURION, is comprised of Mike DiSalvo (Vocals), Rob Milley (Guitars), Oli Pinard (Bass) and Tommy McKinnon (Drums)....the member's names speak for themselves. Back in 2012, fresh off the last Neuraxis tour, Rob had approached Mike to see if he would be interested in working on some ideas that he had for several new songs. The chemistry was immediate and plans were laid out for lyrical content and general structures and arrangements of the riffs. A year was spent working through the tunes and when the time became paramount to propel the project forward, Tommy and Oli were asked to be involved as they embodied the perfect elements to add to the band.
Four like-minded, well established musicians from the Montreal Underground Metal Scene forged a likely bond through one great equalizer; the love of crafting tunes and developing crushing musical flashes in time. The projects dark overtones, textures and sinister melodies are a major driving force and many layers await the patient listener.
About the Album:
The eight song debut album, Come Forth To Me was engineered and recorded live by Alex Hebert, including overdubs and a majority of guest vocals, at Mastermind Studios in Montreal from April - December 2017 and was mixed and mastered by Jeanne Strieder at Magma Studios in Germany in March of 2018. Gracing the band with their immense talent, the likes of Lord Worm, Luc Lemay, Jean-Marie Leblanc, Sylvia Hinz, Austin Taylor, Genevieve DiSalvo and Jeanne Strieder all contributed vocally or musically to the project.
** the band was originally teasing this material back in 2015.. Due to Mike's wife's terminal illness, Genevieve DiSalvo, who sadly left our world in 2018 and Oli's schedule once he joined Cattle Decapitation, the band was put on indefininate hiatus until it felt right and everyone was in a good place to move this band forward.
The time has come. Listen for yourself...
released April 10, 2020
Mike DiSalvo - Vocals (Coma Cluster Void, ex-Cryptopsy)
Rob Milley - Guitars (Neuraxis, Necrotic Mutation)
Oli Pinard - Bass (Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, Neuraxis, Vengeful)
Tommy McKinnon - Drums (Conflux, ex-Neuraxis & ex-Augury)
All music written and arranged by Akurion
All lyrics by Mike DiSalvo
Reamped, mixed and mastered by Jeanne Artemis Strieder at Magma Art&Sound (February 2018)
Recorded and engineered by Alex Hebert at Mastermind Studio (April through December 2017)
Cover art by Martin Lacroix
Logo by Fil Ivanovich
Layout by Jeanne Strieder
Quote by Banksy
Leave Them Scars
Backing vocs – Luc Lemay, Lord Worm and Jean-Marie Leblanc
Percussion instruments – Mike DiSalvo and Tommy McKinnon
Petals From A Rose Eventually Wither to Black
Backing vocs – Genevieve DiSalvo
Yet Ye See Them Not
Backing Vocals - Sylvia Hinz
Intro composed and programmed by Luc Lemay
Backing vocs – Jean-Marie Leblanc and Luc Lemay
Bedsores to the Bone
Backing vocs – Austin Taylor
Piano - Jeanne Strieder
Backing vocs – Lord Worm and Jean-Marie Leblanc