The Metal Insight Podcast #32
Akercocke have reformed - Jason Mendonca on life, image and integrityYes, the suits too. But also... apple pie?
When they landed they were a sensation. The suits. The sound. The blistering, new death metal they brought.
After 5 years hiatus, they’ve reformed. They’ve an album in the can and are eager to push an updated, more mature sound. It reflects the changes they’ve undergone as individuals and as a group – some pretty profound.
Jason Mendonca from the band tells the Metal Insight Podcast of the band’s journey as people; what’s gone into making it; and even lets us hear some of the samples right from his home studio. They sound bloody good too.
They’ll be playing the Ritual Festival pre-show in Leeds on 7 April along with with Fen, The Infernal Sea & Sathame.
Suited and Booted
I’ve always thought that too many people focused on Akercocke’s image. That was their problem: they let that genie out of the bottle. It was fantastic when they first started out. And on stage it was an amazing look too.
Yet it sometimes came to obsure the insanely high quality of the music they made, particularly on classics like Choronzon, which we gave Album Of The Month aeons ago.
In time, they’d look like this:
Which I always felt came sort of close to self parody. So Jason reflects on this in the podcast – and he’s not apologizing for a second of it.
Now as you’ll hear throughout the podcast, when we caught him for the chat he was doing some cooking in his kitchen.
Turns out he makes a mean apple tart – a fitting dish for a devil’s dessert! And this was the result of it. Note not a pentagram on top, but rather some fine leaves. Yet what’s that at the edges? A supurating spumenesence of pus, no doubt…
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