Heavyweight Double Black Vinyl Edition in Gatefold Cover
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 demeanor 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. The release of fifth album Antichrist in 2007 signaled 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 – Renaissance In Extremis. Mixed by legendary studio guru Neil Kernon (Nile, Deicide, Thin Lizzy, Yes) and 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.
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.