Akercocke - Renaissance In Extremis (Peaceville Records)

Mendoca leads by example, summoning shrieks and growls that would make Lucifer himself feel overshadowed
Release Date: 
25 Aug 2017 (All day)

British Progressive Death/ Black Metal pioneers Akercocke arrive back on the extreme metal circuit after four long years of hiatus, a decade since their last album Antichrist, well what can I say the purveyors of Satanic, Erotic and everything in between make a defiant return to the heavy metal world with ‘Renaissance in Extremis’ released by Peaceville records.

From the opening track Disappear you are hit with hard edged riffs, bludgeoning drums that build into something sinister that reminds you of Baphomet making his ascendance into Earth. Undoubtedly you know you are in for a treat. 

The musicianship of this record is ten-fold one of the best performances from any metal or extreme metal band this year so far. The guitar work from Jason Mendonça, the return of Paul Scanlan is exceptionally technical, but still providing the story telling, mood building prog and evil riffs which fans of extreme intelligent music will head bang to in an instant. The bass work from new bassist Nathanael Underwood makes a very welcome, pleasing entrance to Akercocke’s hectic sound with his lead guitar and strumming pace which totally fits the scheme of all things. The drumming is nothing short of phenomenal by David Gray bringing his ever present stride, technicality and supreme skill behind the kit continuing the story of the music laid foundation by the guitars and bass. Bringing to the picture the vocals; Mendonça leads by example summoning shrieks and growls that would make Lucifer himself feel overshadowed, but Jason still brings his immaculate cleans vocals when the tone calls for it.

Renaissance In Extremis is one truly amazing album that melds aspects of thrash, death, black, and prog metal all into one to make this album one of the best returns for a band in years to come. The overall feeling it gives the is that this is probably one of their best albums even eclipsing Chronozon from 2003 and Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone 2007. 

A triumphant return that will make you forgot the band was ever on hiatus to begin with. A must have album for fans of progressive, extreme metal because you’ll be head banging over this album continually hitting the repeat button...