French death metal up-and-comers AKIAVEL are now unveiling the grizzly second video from their recently released sophomore effort, Væ Victis, released April 23rd, 2021. “Comrade” is based on the notorious and truly horrifying serial killer: Andrei Chikatilo. Chikatilo – also known as the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper – murdered at least 52 women and children in the 70s and 80s. Check out the new music video below.
Vocalist Auré comments on the track: When I decided to write on this killer I knew it wasn’t going to be easy… He is for me one of the most violent monsters. Above all, he targeted children…
When I was in front of my blank page, as I did for the other songs, I was watching reports on Andreï Chikatilo. It hurt me a lot. I was angry too.
I’m a mom. I couldn’t help but think that it could happen to anyone…Then I had an idea. If our children could be their voices. I wrote a chorus to make it easy to sing. I wanted us not to forget these poor victims…When the song was written, I hugged my son very hard against me. I had tears in my eyes. I asked him if he wanted to participate in a tribute to the missing children. He immediately agreed. We did the test and it gave me chills.
For the video clip, I printed the real photos of the victims and the real search notices. I hope we have respected their memories. While denouncing the atrocities of this monster, we do not forget the victims.
Væ Victis Tracklist:
1. Frozen Beauties
2. Bind Torture Kill
4. Needles From Hell
7. The Lady Of Death
8. Pentagram Tattoo
9. Mommy I’m Capable
10: Matrimonial Advertisements
If you haven’t yet, check out their previous music video for the track “Frozen Beauties” here.