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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On Monday, May 14, sharp-suited metal maestros AKERCOCKE arrived at Wilton's Music Hall in London to begin shooting their video for the brand new track "Axiom", lifted from the new album "Antichrist". The shoot was produced by the highly acclaimed promo clip company HSI (responsible for classic clips by NIRVANA, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, etc.) and was directed by Erica Herbert, who specializes in a dark, elegant style of imagery that complements the group perfectly. With a mixture of band performance and storyline in the form of two beautiful seductive girls dressing and undressing one another, the viewer will witness a clever twist in the normal performance alongside storyline format.
AKERCOCKE frontman Jason Mendonca had the following to say about the shoot: "The new video for 'Axiom' promises to be a tremendously surreal work indeed. Erica Herbert's dreamlike direction and Schwanmeir-esque approach should make for a unique and beautiful visual outing."
Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.
Jason Mendonca to discuss Catholic church's outrage at new album
Akercocke’s latest album, ‘Antichrist’ has caught the attention of the US printing plant where the CD booklet is being manufactured. According to an Earache representative, the plant is refusing to print satanic material.
In other news, the British progressive black metallers have also caught the attention of Catholic Church in Northern Ireland.
The band’s label, Earache, were contacted by BBC Northern Ireland who want to host a debate with the band and some noted ecumenical spokespeople. To be broadcast on The Stephen Nolan show the BBC are sending a broadcast truck to Nottingham’s Rock City venue where mainman Jason Mendonca will join the debate after he leaves stage at 10.30.
Metal Hammer spoke to Jason:
Tell us about the US printing press saying they won’t print your CD booklet because it’s satanic. “That’s just ugly. That's censorship. No matter how you look at it it’s really ugly. And it smacks of fascism to me. I wonder what other works of art – we are art which ever way you look at it – is barred from the good people of the United States Of America. What else they’re obstructed from seeing in their so-called democracy. It’s thoroughly un-American and thoroughly undemocratic actually.”
What was it they were so offended by?
“I don’t know. I’ve had a thumb through the booklet and I can’t see anything that is overtly anti-Christian at all.”
Do you think it was over-sensitive self-censorship on behalf of the printing press?
“Someone sees the word ‘antichrist’ and amongst the ignorant masses you get some form of moral hysteria [laughs] it’s comical. I thought the US was the land of the free. To try and cast any negative light on a minority view point such as ours is surely against their much vaunted and beheld first amendment.”
Tell us about the media’s involvement:
“I think the album has caused a bit of a stir amongst certain circles in Northern Ireland, and the BBC got wind of this and have set up a debate between us and some people who I imagine are quite incensed by our mere existence. I won’t comment any more on that until I’ve spoken to the gentlemen.
Surely there’s satanic stuff all the time, why has this issue blown up around you guys this time?
“I don’t know. I think it’s extraordinary. I wonder if whether periodically, under the guise credibility and in the interest of maintaining viewer ratings, this is just an easy shot at trying to put some sort of tabloid angle on something which in essence is rather innocuous. I’m quite amused to be honest. Anyone who took the trouble to research Akercocke would actually know that we’ve stated openly in the past – ten years – that we’re anything but anti-Christian."
Do you think that’s the media conveniently ignoring the facts in favour of sensationalising what they see as being a great story?
“I’d be interested to see how this was engineered, who brought our work to the attention of the catholic church. I think previous works have been infinitely more inflammatory, the words this time are purely poetic and surreal, it doesn’t lambaste or criticise religion or anyone’s way of life or thinking at all, so [laughs] it’s pretty funny really.
Do you think the media have latched onto it because in their eyes, it’s a classic tale of good vs evil?
“I strongly suspect that. I’d be impressed if any rational arguments are put forward when this takes place. I hope there are some intelligent and tangible arguments put forth, but I fear all that we will be confronted with is the usual blind dogma that certain monotheistic religions perpetuate in their reign of fear over the masses.”
Are you nervous or worried about the debate?
“I don’t view this as a battle or that I’m setting out to have some moral or ethical victory over anyone. I’m just prepared to speak about what we’re about and perhaps shatter a few illusions that people have about anything that people may have associated with the ‘S’ word. I’m not there to participate as a shock jock and be perceived as the evil one, because as anyone who knows us knows, there’s nothing remotely evil about us.”
Do you think the BBC are banking on some theatre?
“I don’t know, but I hung up my ham acting hat a long time ago.”
With the publicity this is a win/win situation for you.
“Yeah, it’s great. There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Bring it on.”
The show will be broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland live (available on Sky and freeview), live on 16th May.
The upcoming release of UK death metal giants Akercocke’s latest album ‘Antichrist’ has caused uproar amongst Northern Ireland’s religious community, and is set to be the subject of a major religious debate live on BBC1 Northern Ireland.
The overtly satanic content contained within ‘Antichrist’ has come under attack by religious forces, leading to the band's vocalist Jason Mendonca facing a head- to-head live TV debate that will air on BBC1’s ‘Nolan Live’ show. The debate will be broadcast live via satellite link at 10.45pm on BBC Northern Ireland following Akercocke’s gig on May 16th at Nottingham’s Rock City. This meeting of minds is sure to stir waves of controversy ahead of their show in Belfast on May 18th and Dublin on May 19th, and with the ‘Antichrist’ misson statement in full force, Akercocke are sure to voice their closely held satanic beliefs.
To find out more about ‘Antichrist’ and to listen exclusively to the track ‘Summon The Antichrist’ that has ignited this controversy, head over to the band's MySpace page.
‘Antichrist’ will be released in the UK on Earache Records on Monday May 28th (UK) and on July 17th in the USA.
Stephen Nolan's show can be viewed online here.
You can listen to a new song from AKERCOCKE entitled “Summon the Antichrist” over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming new album, Antichrist, which will be released on May 28th through Earache Records.
U.K. death metal band AKERCOCKE has made its entire new album, "Antichrist", available for streaming at Earache.com. Due on May 28 via Earache Records), the CD's concept was previously described by the group as "wonderfully rich. It represents a supreme opposite. The epithet of the great antagonist provided a wonderful metaphoric framework within which to work. We have strived to make elements of the recording as evil as possible. Creating atmospheres that are deliberately uncomfortable. Spurred on by a rage enhanced by the complete disgust with our recent history, we didn't have to dig very deeply to find the malice and rancour sufficient to evoke the spirit of violent antithesis. Antichrist is the perfect banner for a collection of songs that are tales of opposition, sanguinary lust and the axiom of our raison d'etre."
"Antichrist" track listing:
01. Black Messiah
02. Summon The Antichrist
04. The Promise
05. My Apterous Angel
06. Distant Fires Reflect The Eyes Of Satan
07. Man Without Faith Or Trust
08. The Dark Inside
09. Footsteps Resound In An Empty Chapel
AKERCOCKE will team up with CEPHALIC CARNAGE, TED MAUL and BURNING SKIES for a U.K. tour beginning May 16 in Nottingham.
To tie in with the release of their forthcoming album 'Antichrist' released on May 28th, UK death-metal giants Akercocke have launched a treasure hunt with a twist - The Antichrist Code. This is a unique digital phenomenon that asks fans to take part in a quest that is both challenging and confounding, with the reward of seeking a unique grand prize.
Avid Akercocke devotees will be guided around the depths of the internet, through sites such as Myspace and YouTube with their skills of discovery put firmly to the test at every stage. By following clues and unearthing conclusions relating to Akercocke, fans will take part in a rare pursuit that will present them face-to-face with a dazzling and satisfying result!
The hunt to crack the Antichrist code begins on www.myspace.com/akercockeantichrist, follow the first clue now and embark on this journey of discovery!
CEPHALIC CARNAGE has completed work on their brand new full-length, titled Xenosapien.
Xenosapien was recorded by the band and long-time producer / engineer Dave Otero in their studio in Denver, CO. Advance song titles include: “Endless Cycle of Violence”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Vaporized”, “G.lobal O.verhaul D.vice”, and “Ov Vicissitude”. Xenosapien is scheduled for a May 29 North American release date (May 28 internationally).
Additionally, CEPHALIC CARNAGE has announced the first European leg of the ‘Xenosapien World Tour.’ This tour will kick-off on May 4 in Utrecht, Netherlands and includes the band’s first headlining U.K. tour in over two years. Support on the U.K. portion of this tour will be provided by AKERCOCKE. A listing of CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates can be found in the tour section with many more to be announced soon.
Akercocke have made footage of their current recording sessions available via You Tube, at the following locations:
The band are currently putting the finishing touches to the new album, (the title of which will be announced shortly), which is due on May 14. A full UK tour with Cephalic Carnage will run in May, with the band playing two intimate shows debuting new material in March, at the following venues:
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U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE have commenced the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled album at their own Goat of Mendes Studios in West London.
Commented frontman Jason Mendonca: "The studio has recently undergone a refit following the recording of the previous album 'Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That go Undone', and is now a fully digital facility. It's been interesting to have to work with the new equipment on this new album. Ideally I would have liked to have completed some demo work at Goat of Mendes first to familiarize myself with the new digital mixing console, but this wasn't possible so it's been a steep learning curve whilst doing the pre-production for the album.
"The drums are 80% recorded and are sounding very powerful. I am particularly pleased about this as even at this early stage I think the source sounds are even better than on 'Words'. David has played some killer performances with one section of blasting topping out at a genuine, accurate 280BPM (he's playing to a click track so we know this for sure).
"I am reluctant to divulge too much about the new material other than to say 2006 was a difficult year for us and I think this has been subconsciously reflected in the vitriolic sound of some of the songs. I can safely say that this will be our most aggressive work to date. I am pleased about this as it means we are beginning the 10th year of our bands history in the way we intend to continue — making extremely dark, violent and challenging music.
"Drum sessions are expected to reach a frightening conclusion by the 29th of January. At that time work on the guitars will begin. I'm really looking forward to recording the guitars this time. We've got some fantastic new amplification from Hughes and Kettner that I reckon will make a significant difference in creating an extraordinarily heavy yet clear sound."
AKERCOCKE will play two “special” intimate shows in March:
Mar. 27 - Water Rats, Kings Cross - London
Mar. 29 - Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester, Essex (w/ HECATE ENTHRONED)
Bassist Peter Theobalds has announced his departure from U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE.
Commented Peter: "It's been possibly the most difficult decision in my life to make but after 10 years of the beast that AKERCOCKE has become, I have decided to pack up my four strings and hit the highway in search of new adventures. My reasons are many and varied but the principal factor has been that the original vibe that drove me to play has gone. The fun, the utter immersion of the music and friendship and the camaraderie has been slowly eroding for me, personally, over the last year or so.
"The AK has given me so many unforgettable moments and brought me into contact with some amazing human beings and situations and I shall sincerely miss all of those aspects. But my heart tells me its time to seek other ideals and situations…I will NOT be giving up music, however, and will continue to bash out some form of pseudo-metallic noise, until chronic rheumatoid arthritis turns my hands into claws or Alzheimer's finally puts paid to what little common sense I currently possess.
"Massive, massive respect to all those people that have been so unbelievably supportive and encouraging: my family, the fans, the crews, the bands and other random maniacs that have been there for me all the way. I'd love to do a 'thank you' list but it would just be so long and I'd inevitably forget someone and get branded a total cunt (again), so I'll just say that I raise a glass to all of your honour!" More...
Akercocke are gearing up for the recording of their fifth album. The suited ones plan to commence recording at their very own Goat of Mendes Studios in December.
Frontman Jason Mendonca describes the new material as "...a logical development from Words That Go Unspoken. We are continuing to enhance and highlight the dynamics in our music. The contrast between light and shade is stronger in places although in essence, our new work promises to be our most violent. Expect hyperblast speeds that will shame the pretenders. Bludgeoning primitive death grooves, rancorous hate filled black metal and teutonic thrash assaults all seared with swathes of mind shredding electronica and dark, ancient textures."
Akercocke's last album "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" was released on Earache in 2005. The forthcoming album to be released in May 2007 will be the band's third with Earache records.
You can now catch a glimpse of the final trailer for Earache Records’ forthcoming videogame online. ‘Earache Extreme Metal Racing’ is due to be released in the UK and Europe on November 3rd on PlayStation 2, PSP and PC and is set to take the videogaming world by storm.
The game features ten evil Earache racing teams battling it out on a torturous track that takes the wicked racers into the depths of hell and beyond. The teams you can drive around the 4 satanically-inspired levels include Mortiis, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Decapitated, Biomechanical, Municipal Waste, The Berzerker, Linea77 and Society 1.
For the first time this game introduces the world of video gaming to the genre of extreme metal head on, as fans will simultaneously be able to race their favourite artists whilst doing battle to over 3 hours of Earache’s most annihilating releases. The soundtrack to this brutal game not only features music and videos from the racing teams, but also includes tracks from classic Earache bands such as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral plus bonus unreleased material and videos.
U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE filmed a video for the song "Intractable" earlier in the week in an exclusive gentleman's club in the depths of London's Soho district. The idea for the video, shot by U.K. production company Multiplicity, was developed from a storyboard drawn up by the band's drummer, David Gray. Check it out at this location.
Taken from 2005's "Words That Go Unspoken" release, "Intractable"'s video will feature an explosive performance from AKERCOCKE in a club within the heart of London's infamous Soho district. Fans can expect to see AKERCOCKE blasting away to the audience, surrounded by the expected X-rated entertainment typical of Soho's more "adult" locale. More...
U.K. satanic death metal act AKERCOCKE has been confirmed as last-minute support to MORBID ANGEL in London this coming Tuesday, August 22 at the Mean Fiddler.
AKERCOCKE released their fourth album, entitled "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone", in October 2005 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Choronzon" was recorded at the band's own Goat of Mendes studios in West London and was mixed by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" marks the recording debut with the group of new guitarist Matthew Wilcock, who replaced Paul Scanlan in 2005.
The UK’s progressive death metal band AKERCOCKE have been confirmed as headliners for the Terrorizer stage at this year’s Damnation Festival on October 15th at Jilly’s Rockworld in Manchester, UK. Akercocke mainman Jason Mendonca issued a typically uncompromising warning to fans about what they can expect at the festival: “Manchester beware, we are coming to ruin lives with a crushing assault of necromantic terror blasts and face melting guitar work.”
Satanic Death Metallers, Akercocke, Release their fourth Album 'Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone' Through Earache Records on Monday October 10th in the UK and Europe. The Album Will be released in 2 different formats, regular CD and Limited Edition Version containing a bonus 30 minute DVD with exclusive footage of the making of the album as well as a very cool documentary on the band
A Free limited edition 7" will also be available to anyone who purchases 'Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone' from an Independent store in the UK. The 7" is pressed on red vinyl and contains a demo version of the track 'Eyes of the Dawn' as well as an unreleased track that won't be found anywhere else called 'The Fulcrum'. This offer is for the first 1000 customers only.
Akercocke can finally confirm former Berzerker shred Master Matt Wilcock as their new guitarist. After surviving his recent Satanic baptism with great aplomb at a one-off show in Hamburg, Mr Wilcock was offered the position which he duly accepted. The Satanic Death Metallers are currently planning a short run of UK dates before heading to the studio this Summer to record the fourth as yet untitled album.
Due to circumstances beyond their control, Arizona-based melodic death metallers Vehemence were unable to play their previously announced Toronto show at Club Rockit on Wednesday, October 27. "Big disappointment for us, as this is our second Toronto show we were unable to play," the band said in a statement. "Last time our vocalist Nathan got really sick on tour and we had to cancel our remaining dates. This time is more about the politics, lack of extra fee notice, and how fucking hard Canada makes it to get into their country to just play a show. We are extremely sorry to any fans we might have let down. 'Till next time. We will tour in Canada in due time. This is by far the best tour we have been on. Cheers to all in Mortician, Akercocke, and all the opening acts that we performed with."
Vehemence are touring in support of their third studio album, "Helping The World To See", available now through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2002's "God Was Created" was produced by Will Solares and Vehemence at Open Primary Productions/DBD Studios in Maricopa, Arizona. Mixing duties were handled by Will Solares. Artwork was conceived by Wes Benscoter.
Mortician, Akercocke and Vehemence will be teaming up for a U.S. tour beginning in late September. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Sep. 22 - Fayetteville, NC - Jesters Pub
Sep. 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (w/ Dimentianon)
Sep. 26 - Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Sep. 28 - New Orleans, LA - Dixie Tavern
Oct. 09 - San Francisco, CA - The Pound SF (w/ Impaled)
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR - Conan's
Oct. 12 - Seattle, WA - The Catwalk
Oct. 17 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4 (w/ The Chasm, Anal Blast, Teratism)
Oct. 18 - Chicago, IL - Joe's (w/ The Chasm, Manticore)
Oct. 19 - Cincinnati, OH - Sudsy Malone's (w/ Manticore, Estuary)
More dates will be announced soon.
Vehemence have issued this band update:
The mini tour we just headlined went extremely well and we thank all the extremely talented bands that we played with for their support. The tour proved to us that we can now do our own headlining tours really at anytime. We now urge bands to contact our booking agency if they think they are suitable for touring or setting up various shows with Vehemence. Playing Mexico was a blast and wasn't really a culture shock, it was more like Hollywood meets Las Vegas in a way. The metal heads are hungry for extreme metal and it was our pleasure to perform for the audience. We will be back in Mexico soon, and thanks to the crew that took us down there. The Houston off date Ozzfest show with Superjoint Ritual went very well, around 600 people attended and Vehemence ended up earning the respect from all the bands on the bill and from comments we have heard backstage. Look forward to our tour with Crematorium, All Shall Perish, and Animosity in September on the west coast. Also look forward to seeing us on month full U.S. tours with Mortician, Akercocke in Sept/Oct and Vital Remains in Oct/Nov. Please check our tours and shows page for more updates! The Thoughts From Which I Hide has officially sold out, so we will not be taking any more orders for it. We urge you to download the album from wherever possible, we have mp3's featured on our website. Thanks to all those that purchased this album from when it was released till its extinction and we might be re-releasing it in the near future.