British extreme metal veterans AKERCOCKE will play a headline set at London's Camden Underworld on Friday, October 16, supported by a stellar lineup of underground metal talent that includes HADES LAB, INGESTED, DIMINISHED FIFTH and HIDEOUS MISCREATION. This will be AKERCOCKE's only autumn appearance as the London four-piece is currently ensconced in its own Goat Of Mendes Studios, preparing its sixth, as-yet-untitled album. The London gig may feature new material from the sessions, which have yielded music described by frontman Jason Mendonça as "cortex-shredding slabs of sonic malevolence."
"London is in for a shock on October 16," Mendonça told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The new material is AKERCOCKE at our most advanced. We've been labelled death metal, black metal and progressive metal over the last decade, and those labels all have their merits — but the new songs start from there and ascend to a higher, more ambitious and far more punishing plane. Our aim is always to extol the beauty of the voluptuous female form, the ineffable intelligence of the Satanist and the importance of a good tailor — and all of these things will be celebrated to their logical conclusion at the Underworld."
Mendonça is joined in AKERCOCKE by Matt Wilcock (guitar, ex-THE BERZERKER), Peter Benjamin (bass, ex-CORPSING), Martin Bonsoir (keyboards) and David Gray (drums). The band will releasing its debut DVD, "A Decade of Devil Worship", and new album in 2010.
Video footage of AKERCOCKE performing the song "Leviathan" live at UK Deathfest on May 3, 2009 at Leeds University Union in Leeds, U.K. can be viewed below (clip uploaded by Dave Ingham a.k.a. YouTube user "triptykon").
AKERCOCKE's music video for the song "Axiom" was directed by Erica Herbert of HSI London (NIRVANA, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE). Her surrealist vision is the perfect compliment to AKERCOCKE's brutally beautiful sound. Deemed "a unique and beautiful visual outing" by frontman Jason Mendonca, "Axiom" leaves the realm of mere music video and enters the realm of pure art.
"Axiom" comes off AKERCOCKE's latest release, "Antichrist" (2007), which is said to be "yet another step forward in AKERCOCKE's ever-evolving journey into darkness."