Agathocles is a Belgian political grindcore band that began in 1985. They are mainly known for producing a large quantity of split seven-inch EPs. They play a style of grindcore that they have dubbed "mincecore".
Their lineup has changed numerous times since they first started, the only consistent member being Jan Frederickx (also known as Jan AG).
Agathocles formed in the Belgian city of Mol, aspiring to sound like bands such as Larm or Hellhammer. Although the band itself did not form until 1985, its original members (Jan and Erwin) had been involved in the underground metal/punk scene since the beginning of the decade, releasing compilation tapes and zines. Most of the rehearsal tapes they recorded during their first year together have now been lost, although a few survive, mainly in the form of appearances on compilations from the time.
Agathocles first started doing concerts a year later, in 1985, although audiences were always small due to there only being a small minority ...