When I woke up at an ungodly hour this morning and then woke up my computer, my bleary eyes were immediately greeted by a bombardment of links from friends to the song stream you’re about to hear (or re-hear): The first new song from Akercocke since the band’s dissolution in 2012, with their last album being 2007’s Antichrist.
The song was broadcast on the Radio 1 Rock Show on April 24, and some enterprising soul recorded the radio stream and uploaded it to YouTube. The uploader made this comment: “The intro sounds like it’s slightly cut off but unfortunately the radio station played right into it, so although it sounds like the intro is cut off, it isn’t, the song just starts that way.”
I have not seen any announcements or other news about Akercocke’s plans (if any) for recording a new album or further activity. But based on this new song, I can hardly wait for more.
It’s an electrifying, inventive, rapidly changing piece of music — rocking, jolting, jabbing, swirling, swarming, with vocals that are as varied as the exuberant instrumental performances. MOAR PLEASE!
UPDATE: In the hours before this day ended, Akercocke posted the following on their Facebook page:
“Akercocke followers…should that be Akerytes?
Thank you for all of the warmth and enthusiasm you have shared since our return has become apparent. At GoM HQ, we are delighted to read your messages and posts supporting our endeavours.
We have launched some official band pages which can be found here – www.akercocke.co.uk
Our web presence will grow over the coming days with announcements, reports, merch and media to share.
For now, there’s nothing more to say beyond thank you all once again.
Simon Magus & Akercocke“
THE KING IS BACK, BABY!
MY ORIFICES AWAIT RAVAGING
HA! As do mine….
Great song. Hope they make more music
Curious about the line-up.
Yes, and I’m not sure. They have a Facebook page which I linked to in the post above, and it shows Jason Mendonca, David Gray, Paul Scanlan, Peter Theobalds, Martin Bonsoir, Matt Wilcock, Peter Benjamin, but I don’t know how current that is.
Definitely sounds like Mendonca on vocals, and this is awesome.
I almost cried some manly tears when i saw this. Ive missed these guys a ton and i really cant wait to hear a statement from Akercocke reguarding whats happening in their camp at the moment.
YESSSSSSSS! I’ve definitely enjoyed what the part of the band who broke off and did the Voices project has done, but I’ll confess that I always hoped Akercocke would come back around 🙂
This was most unexpected, and welcome. Very excited for what’s coming next.
Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone was one of the best black metal albums of the 2000s, so if Akercocke really has reformed (as they have, according to Metal Archives), this is great news.
That album, London, by Voices is also quite good, but takes repeated listens to get into – patience will reward you, though.
Agree — that Voices album was outstanding. But the prospect of a new Akercocke album still tends to put it in the shadows.
One of my favourite bands EVER!! I got goosebumps listening to this,last time I heard Mendoca was working in IT and had a young family so I didn’t think he’d be back but the lure of the beast is strong,so good to hear his voice though, great singer/growler.
One of my favourite bands EVER!! I got goosebumps listening to this,last time I heard Mendoca was working in IT and had a young family so I didn’t think he’d be back but the lure of the beast is strong,so good to hear his voice again though, great singer/growler.
It’s official, guys!