Akercocke is an English progressive blackened death metal band from London, England. They take their name from a talking monkey in Robert Nye's interpretation of the Faust-legend, and are notable for their heavily Satanic and sexual lyrical content.
Akercocke was formed in 1997 by guitarist/sound programmer Jason Mendonca (ex-Salem Orchid and Disciples of Belial) and his onetime Salem Orchid colleague drummer David Gray. The band was soon completed by the addition of second guitarist Paul Scanlan and bassist Peter Theobalds.
Akercocke's first album, Rape of the Bastard Nazarene, was self-released by the band in 1999. The album met with enough success to get Akercocke signed to the underground metal label Peaceville Records. Their debut release for the new company was 2001's The Goat of Mendes, previously released on the band's own Goat of Mendes label. 2003 saw the release of Choronzon, on Earache Records.The band embarked on an exhaustive tour of the US to promote the album ...