Akercocke

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Akercocke
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Blackened death metal, progressive metal
Years active 1997–2012, 2016–present
Labels Goat of Mendes, Peaceville, Earache
Members
  • Jason Mendonça
  • Paul Scanlan
  • David Gray
  • Nathanael Underwood
Past members
  • Rob Archibald
  • Peter Theobalds
  • Martin Bonsoir
  • Daniel "The Ritz" Reeves
  • Matt Wilcock
  • Peter Benjamin
  • Dan Knight

Akercocke are an English extreme metal band from London, formed in 1997 by Jason Mendonca and David Gray. The band also features Paul Scanlan.[1]

Akercocke's first album, Rape of the Bastard Nazarene, was self-released by the band in 1999. Akercocke later signed to Peaceville Records, releasing The Goat of Mendes in 2001, which reached number 4 in Terrorizer's album of the year chart. In 2003 the album Choronzon was released, through Earache Records. This album was voted number 1 metal release of the year by Terrorizer. Paul Scanlan left the band after this album, and was replaced by Matt Wilcock.[citation needed]

Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone was released in October 2005. On 18 January 2007, Peter Theobalds left the band, and was replaced by Peter Benjamin.[citation needed]

Akercocke released their fifth album, Antichrist, in May 2007.[2] Whilst touring to promote the album, due to the perceived anti-Christian nature of the music, the band generated controversy in Northern Ireland when they scheduled a tour date in Belfast on 18 May 2007, and appeared on BBC1's debate show Nolan Live on 16 May 2007 to defend their right to play the gig.[3] The band broke up in 2012 following extensive periods of inactivity. Prior to the break up, Akercocke were planning to release a DVD based on their 10-year anniversary as a band, though this was never released.

Akercocke revealed a surprise reunion as a band in 2016, featuring original Guitarist Paul Scanlan returning to the band along with newcomer Nathanael Underwood on bass guitar. The band posted a brand new song on YouTube, titled 'Inner Sanctum' on 24 April 2016. The launch of a new official website on 25 April 2016 was followed on 26 April 2016 with the announcement of a series of reunion shows starting with Bloodstock Open Air 2016, and a Full UK tour. A new album, Renaissance in Extremis, is not yet scheduled for release.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jason Mendonça – guitar, vocals (1997-2012, 2016-present)
  • Paul Scanlan – guitar (1997-2003, 2016-present)
  • David Gray – drums (1997-2012, 2016-present)
  • Nathanael Underwood – bass (2016-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Rob Archibald – keyboards (2006-2010)
  • Peter Theobalds – bass (1997-2007)
  • Martin Bonsoir – keyboards (1997-2003)
  • Daniel "The Ritz" Reeves – keyboards (2003-2006)
  • Matt Wilcock – guitars (2004-2010)
  • Peter Benjamin – bass (2007-2012)
  • Dan Knight – guitars (2011-2012)

Current live members[edit]

  • Sam Loynes – keyboards (2010-2012, 2016-present)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]