AKERCOCKE To Release Renaissance In Extremis Album In August; “Disappear” Track Streaming; Tour Dates Announced
June 14, 2017, 6 months ago
Akercocke, the celebrated masters of dark and twisted British extreme metal, make a triumphant return with their new studio album, Renaissance In Extremis, due for release via Peaceville on August 25th. Pre-order the new album in various formats at this location.
The album’s opening track, “Disappear”, is available for streaming below. Jason Mendonca introduces the song saying, “”Disappear” gives a summary insight of all that follows on Renaissance In Extremis. It contains all of the classic Akercocke hallmarks, yet aptly represents the bands development in intent, style and delivery.”
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.
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) and mastered in NYC by Alan Douches (Death, Misfits, Cro-Mags) at West West Side Music, Renaissance In Extremis is nothing short of a new dawn for these most eccentric of extremists.
On returning to the Peaceville family, founding member and drummer David Gray comments, “Akercocke are proud and privileged to be returning to Peaceville Records this year for our new album, our first release for ten years. Peaceville unleashed the band on the wider metal community and were responsible for laying the foundations of our two-decade history. Therefore, it is wholly appropriate that they assist us once again in our mission to pursue quality progressive death metal to the masses!”
A comprehensive reinvention and expansion of the band’s multifarious sound, Renaissance In Extremis delivers euphoric force and mind-boggling weirdness. There are scything thrash and death metal riffs in abundance, plus warped but elegant melodies and clouds of ugly dissonance; moments of unsettling calm and quiet. Renaissance In Extremis is a bold, bullish and belligerent statement of creative intent: metal’s dark spirit reborn in an explosion of bright ideas and inspirational fury.
Standard CD tracklisting:
“Unbound By Sin”
“First To Leave The Funeral”
“A Final Glance Back Before Departing”
“One Chapter Closing For Another To Begin”
“A Particularly Cold September”
Akercocke have confirmed they will be heading out on a headline tour of the UK in support of the release of Renaissance In Extremis. Hecate Enthroned will be in support.
Inner Sanctum tour:
13 - Glasgow, Scotland - Audio
14 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
15 - Milton Keynes, England - The Crauford Arms
20 - Belfast, Ireland - Voodoo
21 - Dublin, Ireland - Voodoo lounge
22 - Nuneaton, England - Queens Hall
27 - Manchester, England - Rebellion
28 - London, England - Underworld
29 - Colchester, England - The Arts Centre
Ticket details at this location.