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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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.
In Aeternum has been confirmed as one of the support bands for Deicides European tour. At the end of April will be released brand new mini CD of In Aeternum entitled No Salvation . In summer the band will enter Abyss Studio again to record their new full lenght album for Agonia Records.
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LABRAT were forced to cancel two of their recent shows with AKERCOCKE and SIKTH after drummer Nathan Perrier was rushed to Naas General Hospital in County Kildare, Ireland for an emergency hernia operation. He has been told to rest for a minimum of two months, ideally three, before attempting any kind of drumming, which puts LABRAT on the backburner.
Due to the serious nature of his condition, the band have had to postpone any plans to go into the studio to record their as yet untitled second studio album.
An official statement from the band reads as follows:
"We can not begin to convey how absolutely gutted we were (and still are) at having to cancel our appearances alongside Sikth and Akercocke in Dublin and Belfast over the weekend. Nathan was rushed to hospital on Friday afternoon after experiencing severe pain, was diagnosed with Necro-Intesto (very metal) and went into emergency surgery for a hernia operation that evening. This left us no choice but to cancel the remaining dates. We promise to come back to give you the ear-raping you deserve as soon as possible, and would like to thank our brothers in Akercocke and Sikth for playing longer sets - both bands played a blinder both nights, respect to you mandrills! Nathan, who is currently recovering at home, would also like to thank the staff at Naas General Hospital for taking great care of him, not to mention supplying him with diazepam, which is extremely hard to come by in England."
Black/death metallers AKERCOCKE are headling out to Northern Ireland & Eire for their first shows in the region where they'll be supported by UK experimentalists SIKTH, and those London lunatics LABRAT. Here are AKERCOCKE's upcoming tour dates: More...