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Formed: 1997
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.

Latest Akercocke News

Below is our complete Akercocke news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Akercocke To Support Morbid Angel In London

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.

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Akercocke To Headline UK's Damnation Fest

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.”

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Akercocke Ready New Release With LE Bonuses

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.

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Akercocke Confirm New Guitarist

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.

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Vehemence Forced To Skip Toronto Show

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.

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Mortician, Akercocke, Vehemence Tour Dates

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.

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Tour Update From Vehemence

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.

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In Aeternum To Support Deicide On Euro Tour

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 Cancel Shows Due To Drummer's Hernia

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."

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Akercocke Irish Tour Dates And More

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...

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