Band Photo: Akercocke (?)
From: Feltham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active
Formed in 1997 by long time friends guitarist Jason Mendonca and drummer/song writer David Gray, Akercocke was a continuation of their former project, Salem Orchid. After some searching, they found Paul Scanlan and Peter Theobalds to round out the line up, and Akercocke was officially born.
The band worked on "creating" their sound and writing material for 1997, and spent most of 1998 touring and developing a fan base. In early 1999 they decided to release their first record, Rape of the Bastard Nazarene on their Goat of Mendes record label.
Critical acclaim followed, and Peaceville Records signed the band in 2000, with Goat of Mendes coming out in 2001. Known for taking the stage in suits, Akercocke has created a niche in the scene, and looks to bring satanic metal to new heights.
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Two previously out of print releases from British Satanic death metallers Akercocke are due to be re-released together in a 2-CD set.
The new set, due to be released next Monday, October 24th, features two complete albums - Akercocke's 2003 Earache Records debut, "Choronzon," along with the 2005 breakthrough, "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone."
Earache Records is set to release the "Metal Survival Kit" on November 22nd, 2010. The kit includes three audio discs and one DVD, offering more than 80 total tracks. Earache Records commented on the release:
"The three audio discs, 'Festival Faves,' 'Future Classics' and 'Under the Radar,' offer an indispensable mixture of established classic hits, the best of metal's new breed and more underground artists deserving of recognition. Included are tracks from such greats as NAPALM DEATH, WHITE WIZZARD, ANNIHILATOR, AT THE GATES, EVILE, CARCASS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CLUTCH, MORBID ANGEL, GODFLESH, ENFORCER, GAMA BOMB, DEICIDE, OCEANO, BONDED BY BLOOD and many, many more.
"The DVD includes classic videos as well as previously unreleased videos from EVILE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, AT THE GATES, WHITE WIZZARD, BONDED BY BLOOD, AKERCOCKE and more. METAL SURVIVAL KIT also includes a selection of exclusive, free essential goodies, including earplugs in a handy holder, a woven patch, a keyring and stickers. Everything comes housed in a rigid, deluxe box."
Matt Wilcock, guitarist of Akercocke, has issued the following update regarding his departure from the band:
"After 5 years with Ak, and a lot of good times, its now time for me to move on. Musically, im differing a bit with the natural path that akercocke’s taking, so it’s best for me to part ways now. Theres no shit between anyone, and im thoroughly looking forward to going out with a bang, (or blast) on these last 4 shows. Full respect to the guys, especially Jason and Dave. Ill be continuing to work with Dave on The Antichrist Imperium which will be up and running very soon. Also much respect to everyone ive met on the road and at shows etc…
Black metal act Dark Funeral has issued the following update about kicking off the "A Declaration of Hate" European tour:
"Ave everyone! Today it’s less than 2 weeks left until we kick off our massive tour throughout Europe, a tour that we dubbed 'A Declaration of Hate - European Tour 2010.' 41 shows across 17 countries are lined up, so this will be a massive trek indeed. The tour premiere will be held in Skövde, Valhall, Sweden on March 5th, and we will round up with a hometown show (Stockholm, Sweden) on April 19th. As support, we will bring with us some truly killer acts too: Zonaria (SE), Carach Angren (NL), Nefarium (IT). On the UK dates Akercocke will join the horde, too.
"On March 3rd-4th we have rented a theater where we are going to hold some serious pre-production rehearsals. You know, to plan the last few details and make sure that everything works and goes as we’ve planned. Can’t fucking wait for that! Anyway, I’ll make sure we get some images shot from it and posted on the web, hopefully on the 4th already! We have also prepared a killer set list. And I’m absolutely sure that it’ll please both old and new fans of the band.
"Since it’s almost five years since we last toured Europe we have planned and prepared to bring out our biggest production yet. So be prepared for a HELL of a show! Not only will this be the biggest production we have ever brought out on the road, it will also be the longest tour we’ve done since 2001 (Diabolis Interium). And we’re totally looking forward to it! For those of you who haven’t got your ticket yet, you’ll find tour dates and links to where you can purchase your ticket below. See you soon!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Swedish metal band Dark Funeral has issued the following update regarding their upcoming European tour dates:
"We are proud to announce that Italian NEFARIUM will be the 3rd support act that will join our massive crusade throughout Europe in March/April 2010! That means that the bill is complete, finally! New and final banners are available too. You’ll find links here below."
"Beside the tour, we are ready to announce a couple of festival dates for summer 2010. You’ll find the dates below."
"Please note: Since the last update, there’s been some slight changes in the routing. Here’s the last update!" More...
Swedish metal band Dark Funeral has issued the following update:
"We’re proud to announce two (of the three) support acts for our up-coming tour throughout Europe; ZONARIA and CARACH ANGREN. On the UK leg of the tour AKERCOCKE will be joining us too. One more band, a third band that will participate on the whole tour, will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!"
Lord Ahriman comments, "I can’t wait to hit the road throughout Europe again. It feels like ages ago since we last toured here (2005/2006). And to make up for this rather long absence from our European fans, to support and celebrate the release of our latest masterpiece 'Angelus Exuro pro Eternus,' we are going to bring out and offer you our biggest and most professional production yet! And as you perhaps can tell, I’m really excited about this. This will be insane! I’m also glad we have managed to put together a truly strong and musically interesting bill for this tour. And I am totally convinced that this will be a killer tour in all aspects. So raise those Metal Horns high. And we will see you in March/April!" More...
British extreme metal outfit Akercocke has announced that they will be performing a special one-off show in London next month. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Akercocke are pleased to announce that they will be playing in London after a very long break from hometown shows, Ak will be appearing at the Underworld on Friday, October 16th with support from Ingested, Hades Lab, Hideous Creation and Diminished Fifth. The band have been writing and rehearsing new material some of which may be aired at the show along with the usual holocaust of blast violence which we've been itching to play live so this will be a killer show, get down there early, get on the beers and get ready to bang your head for Satan."
New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.
Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.
"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."
The lineup is as follows: More...
The first-ever UK Deathfest, happening on May 3rd in Leeds, UK has hammered out their final line up. It looks like it will be a fantastic show. The line up for the UK Deathfest is:
Tickets run £19.50; priced low in light of our current economic situation. If you haven't heard some of the bands, you can go to the UK Deathfest Myspace to hear some sample songs.
British extreme metal act Akercocke has posted the following message online:
"Akercocke are pleased to announce the first live shows of 2009, including Scumstock 09 Northeast Metal Festival in Sunderland April 13th at the Independant. And the UK Deathfest at Leeds University Union on May the 3rd also featuring The Rotted. Be prepared for a holocaust of darkness and evil. There will be more dates revealed in the future, death metal!!!!!"
Earache Records has posted the following message online:
"In recognition of a music genre that has spawned some of the most original and talented bands hailing from every corner of the globe, Earache Records is proud to announce the release of Worldwide Metal.
"Celebrating the diversity of metal in all of its forms, Worldwide Metal is the ultimate collection of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal metal tracks to rock this planet. Offering 5 CDs of pure metal mayhem plus a fully playable PC game - all for the price of one CD - this collection consists of over 80 tracks from some of the most legendary and inspirational bands of all time. More...
A new video with British metallers Akercocke has been posted online. It was filmed at this years Bloodstock festival in the U.K. You can check out the interview below. More...
Australian metallers, The Amenta, have announced their new album, "n0n," will be released on October 20th. "n0n" was mixed by Lachlan Mitchell at The Vault Studios and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301. According to the band, "The recording of the album spanned three different countries and seven different studios. 'n0n' contains a myriad of different contributors and performers with no less than two drummers, six vocalists and two bass players recording on the album which features guest appearances from Jason Mendonca (AKERCOCKE), Alice Daquet (SIR ALICE), Alex Pope (RUINS) and more" More...
London black/death metal outfit AKERCOCKE has been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008, which is to take place in Catton Hall Derby (UK) on August 15, 16, and 17 of 2008.
As previously reported, the band is currently preparing for two UK live dates with Sabbat and Gamma Bomb in early June before unleashing their ferocious aural assault on Bloodstock Open Air.
UK-based black metallers AKERCOCKE have issued the following update:
"Akercocke team up with legendary British thrash metal icons SABBAT, supporting them at a show at London's Scala on Sunday, June 8th.
Opening the show are Dublin thrash monkeys GAMA BOMB.
You can also catch Akercocke earlier that week in Birmingham, see the Live section for further details."
Controversial UK dark art practitioners AKERCOCKE have scheduled a June 5 performance at The Barfly in Birmingham, England. Support at the gig will come from LEFT TO BLEED and SCORCHED DEITY.
AKERCOCKE's music video for the song "Axiom" can be viewed here. The clip was directed by Erica Herbert of HSI London (NIRVANA, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE). Her surrealist vision is the perfect compliment to AKERCOCKE's brutally beautiful sound. Deemed "a unique and beautiful visual outing" by frontman Jason Mendonca, "Axiom" leaves the realm of mere music video and enters the realm of pure art.
"Axiom" comes off AKERCOCKE's latest release, "Antichrist". Rated a 9 in Decibel magazine, "Antichrist" is yet another step forward in AKERCOCKE's ever-evolving journey into darkness. More...
Controversial U.K. dark art practitioners AKERCOCKE will team up with TED MAUL for a tribute/benefit show dedicated to late DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka on December 10 at the Camden Underworld, England.
AKERCOCKE frontman Jason Mendonca was recently interviewed by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia). Download the eight-minute interview in MP3 format at this location (3 MB).
U.K. death-metal gentlemen AKERCOCKE have announced a headline Australian tour with support from Australia's own musical mastermind THE BERZERKER. The tour will take place in October and looks set to be an unmissable collaboration of death-metal annihilation and experimental extreme metal for fans Down Under.
The full list of dates is as follows:
Oct. 19 - The Arena Brisbane
Oct. 20 - The Factory Sydney
Oct. 21 - Crowbar CS.UNI Wagga
Oct. 24 - Fowlers Live Adelaide
Oct. 26 - Heat Nightclub Perth
Oct. 27 - Hi-FI Bar Melbourne
Oct. 28 - Hi-FI Bar Melbourne
British extremists AKERCOCKE have posted this message on their official website:
"AKERCOCKE announce a special show at the Underworld, London on August 4. This will be the much discussed and previously scuppered 10-year anniversary show.
We've decided finally to go ahead and mark the 10th year of the band's existence with a unique show that will feature a lot of unusual material as well as some classic blasters. Older songs that have seldom seen an airing. Some that haven't been heard live for many years or ever. We will be filming the show for an anniversary live album/DVD to be released later in the year on Goat Of Mendes Records.
Support for this special event will be provided by KINGSIZE BLUES, TED MAUL and BREED APART.
UK black metallers AKERCOCKE will be IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON’s special guests on his BBC 6 Music Rock Show radio program on Saturday, July 7th. You can listen to Bruce’s weekly BBC 6 Music rock show live via the internet between 9 PM and Midnight (UK Time) (between 3 PM and 6 PM - EST) here.