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From New Album Renaissance In Extremis Out Now
Akercocke are proud to present their first promo video from the new album Renaissance in Extremis.
The video has been directed by Khaled Lowe. The treatment produced by Khaled and his team mirrors the story of the protagonist in the song. The dark surrealism sees the central character at the ultimate point of personal despair. Despite his plans to end it all he realises that it is not his time. That there is still hope. It’s a skilful visually told story about coming back from an emotional and psychological brink. Khaled and his team used their creative vision and technical expertise to tell the story perfectly. Utilising 4K Steadicam time-lapse and drone cameras the final result is a haunting visual feast.
Akercocke’s long awaited return with their recently released studio album Renaissance In Extremis has garnered praise with media and fans alike:
“decadent, complex, utterly spellbinding extreme metal” 5/5 Kerrang Magazine
“A heartening reassertion of Akercocke’s singular craftsmanship with a decade of personal growth worn into the grooves” Metal Hammer Magazine
“Wholly remarkable” 4/5 Record Collector
“thrash riffs blend into more proggy, dissonant death metal flourishes and shredding solos, which in turn give way to post-punk-influenced, clean arpeggios” Decibel Magazine (US)
“Renaissance in Extremis’ is totally inspired, the fans will be thrilled!” Metallian Magazine (FR)
“An absolute must have” Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany)
“Akercocke is back at its best” Rock Hard Magazine (FR)
Jason Mendonça – vocals / guitar
Paul Scanlan – guitar
David Gray – drums
Nathanael Underwood – bass
Sam Loynes – Keyboards
Towering above the vast majority of nefarious contemporary noisemakers, London’s Akercocke erupted across the consciousness of the UK metal scene in the late ‘90s, wielding a fiendishly inventive blend of death, black and progressive metal. Their distinctive, smartly-dressed demeanour and eloquent preoccupation with all things dark and Satanic marked them out both as ferociously individual artists and enlightened students of the pitch-black sonic code. Immediately embraced by the British faithful upon the release of debut album ‘Rape Of The Bastard Nazarene’, Akercocke spent the following decade leading the creative charge for their entire native scene.
Akercocke received widespread acclaim for follow-up album ‘The Goat of Mendes’ (Peaceville, 2001) and despite enjoying furious momentum over the following years, the release of fifth album ‘Antichrist’ in 2007 signalled the end of the first chapter of the Akercocke story, when the band retreated into the shadows and remained dormant for the best part of a decade.
Fast forward to 2017 and Akercocke’s ongoing return to active service has reached its first invigorating climax. 2016 saw frontman and vocalist Jason Mendonca reconvening with drummer David Gray and returning original second guitarist Paul Scanlan to reignite the flames that first drove this band to deftly redefine an entire genre. This was deftly followed by a triumphant live return at Bloodstock festival in August 2016.
Collectively buoyed by a renewed sense of purpose, the band reunited with former home Peaceville Records, to unleash their sixth full-length release – Renaissance In Extremis – Mixed by legendary studio guru Neil Kernon [Nile/Deicide/Thin Lizzy/Yes] & mastered in NYC by Alan Douches [Death, Misfits, CroMags] at West West Side Music., Renaissance In Extremis is nothing short of a new dawn for these most eccentric of extremists.
Renaissance In Extremis tracklisting
2. Unbound by Sin
4. First to Leave the Funeral
5. Familiar Ghosts
6. A Final Glance Back Before Departing
7. One Chapter Closing For Another To Begin
8. Inner Sanctum
9. A Particularly Cold Sept