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Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Blackened death metal, progressive death metal, progressive metal
Years active 1997–2012
Labels Goat of Mendes, Peaceville, Earache
Past members Jason Mendonça
David Gray
Peter Benjamin
Daniel Knight
Paul Scanlan
"The Ritz"
Peter Theobalds
Matt Wilcock

Akercocke were an English progressive blackened death metal band from London, England, formed in 1997 by Jason Mendonca and David Gray. The band also featured Paul Scanlan and Peter Theobalds.[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 and final 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] Following the break up of Akercocke, David Gray and Peter Benjamin went on to form Voices. Akercocke had a sixth full length studio album and DVD based on their 10 year anniversary as a band planned, though these were never released.


Studio albums