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OriginLondon, England, United Kingdom
Genres Blackened death metal, progressive metal
Years active1997–2012, 2016–present
LabelsGoat of Mendes, Peaceville, Earache
Associated acts Voices
  • Jason Mendonça
  • David Gray
  • Paul Scanlan
  • Federico Benini
Past members
  • Rob Archibald
  • Peter Theobalds
  • Martin Bonsoir
  • Daniel "The Ritz" Reeves
  • Matt Wilcock
  • Peter Benjamin
  • Dan Knight
  • Nathanael Underwood
  • Michal Huk

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] and Nathanael Underwood.



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 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 there. [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, was released on 25 August 2017, which was their first full-length album in a decade since 2007's Antichrist.


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