Akercocke is a British Death Metal band, who incorporate progressive and black metal influence into their extreme styled death metal. They are famous for dressing in suits during concerts, their Satanic beliefs and having an extremely fast drummer.AKERCOCKE GENRES
The band was formed in 1997 by Jason Mendonca (guitar) and David Gray (drums). The two had been friends in the past, and played in Salem Orchid until 1992, when that band split up. They soon added a second guitarist, Paul Scanlan, and a bassist, Peter Theobalds. They self-released their first album, Rape of the Bastard Nazarene, in 1999; after this release met with some success, they were signed to Peaceville Records, an underground record company; their debut release for the new company was 2001's The Goat of Mendes. 2003 saw the release of Choronzon, on Earache Records.
Guitarist Paul Scanlan has recently parted company with Akercocke. He has suggested privately that this was not his choice, but no official statement to that effect has been made by either party. His replacement is Matt Wilcock, formerly of Australian metal band The Berzerker.
Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds that go Undone was released in Britain and Europe in October 2005, and in the United States in February 2006 on Earache Records, to great critical acclaim. To promote the album, Akercocke went on tour wih Mortician and Blood Red Throne through Europe. Prior to this, they had played four shows in Britain to promote the new album, supported by fellow British death metallers Ted Maul.
Akercocke released their fifth album titled "Antichrist" this year. This was their last album on the Earache label, as they were only contracted to them for three albums.
On 18th of January, 2007, Theobalds left the band, citing personal differences. His replacement is Peter Benjamin of the band Corpsing.
Progressive Black/Death Metal
AKERCOCKE LYRICAL THEMES
Satanism, Faustian themes
United Kingdom (London, England), formed in 1997
AKERCOCKE CURRENT RECORD LABEL
AKERCOCKE CURRENT LINE-UP
Jason Mendonça - Guitar, Vocals (Disciples of Belial, Lorenz Attractor, Salem Orchid (UK))
Matty Wilcock - Guitar (Abramelin (Aus), ex-The Berzerker, Steel Affliction, The Senseless)
Pete Benjamin - Bass, Keyboards (Concept (UK), ex-Corpsing, Pantheist)
David Gray - Drums (Salem Orchid (UK), The Berzerker (live session))
AKERCOCKE PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Paul Scanlan - Guitars (Skaldic Curse)
Tanya Kemp - Female Vocals
Nicola Warwick - Female Vocals
Vanessa Gray - Violin
Martin Bonsoir - Electronics
Daniel Reeves - Keyboards (ex-As She Screams, Ted Maul)
Peter Theobalds - Bass (ex-Three Days By Camel, Salem Orchid (UK), Photographing Girls, Xerox Girls, Blood Island Raiders, Gonga)