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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Peaceville Records
  • ASIN: B0009NR81C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Of Menstrual Blood And Semen
2. Skin For Dancing In
3. Betwixt The Iniquitatis And The Protigators
4. Horns Of Baphomet
5. Masks Of God
6. Serpent
7. Fortune My Foe
8. Infernal Rites
9. He Is Risen
10. Breaking Silence
11. Initiation
12. Ceremony Of Nine Angels
13. Infernal Rites

Product Description

Akercocke hail from London and were formed in early 1997 by friends David Gray And Jason Mendoca, who had both previously been in the underground Black Metal band, Salem Orchid. With an accomplished debut under their belts it wasn't long before they caught the attention of the metal press & ultimately Peaceville Records who released this, the band's second album of satanic death/black metal brutality mixed with more experimental & twisted riffing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought Chronzon before this, and felt a little trepidation about what I would think of it. I worried over nothing. Choronzon is by far the better record, but this has a raw edge to it that makes it immeadiately compelling. A black metal quality, that, somehow fits itself in nicely with the far more aggressive death metal body that makes up this album.
Alot of the tracks switch back and forth from black to death effortlessly, with a quick blast beat, or at the other end of the scale, a clean vocal, to seperate the two. This is a real treat to hear, as listening to purely "black", or purely "death" metal, can from time to time become a little stagnant in the vocals department. With the rich spoken word parts on songs such as "A Skin For Dancing In", its enough to keep your attention throughout. Add to that the female harmonies that acompany the brutal death growls of Jason Mendonca and you have an instant black metal classic. Like the sticker on the front says, This band really are the most evil sounding lot to come out of the UK in a long time.
The drums on this album are very fast and dynamic. The guitar riffs as well are catchy and fast (to say they were easy on the ear would be doing them a disservice) with plenty of time changes and rolling thrash style sprints to get the blood pumping.
Akercocke know how to write a tune. Of that there is no doubt.
I am more a fan of the death metal sound, rather than the black metal high pitched, wailing style. This album is safely more 'death' in style, but 'black metal' in feel (and obviously lyrical content). Saying that, my favourite moment on the whole disk is about 44 seconds in to "The Serpent" with its darker than dark bass blast. Black metal blasting in the true old skool style. Evil!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
What with Cradle of Filth signing to the major lables and Napalm Death seeming happy to only write song over 2 minuets long and include choruses (shock horror!), it seems the mighty Akercocke are now one of the best truly extreme bands that Britain has to offer at the moment. Listenin to this CD you hear a fine blend of death and black metal delivered by some of the best musicians on the scene with the best shriek-to-grunt voice since Dani Filth. Opening track "Of Menstural Blood.." is nothing short of genious. Sounding like the old skool black matal of Mayhem & Darkthrone, but with top production to rival any of the more modern black metal albums, it is the best album opener since Deicide told us about Satans Spawn on Legion. Next track "A Skin for Dancing in" is also a little piece of brilliance but is prehaps lacking a certain something you wont be able to grasp untill you've listened to the whole album, but i'll tell you now; the albums main fault is that your left wishing that sometimes Akercocke would just forget about being technical and just thrash the hell out of their instraments. It's not that this CD isnt heavy or extreme etc, its just abit too complex sometimes. "Masks of God" is prehaps the most stripped down, full on death metal song on the album and its an absolute cracker. You're left wanting more moment like this but you rarly get them. Having said that, this is still a fantastic album by a fantastic band who know what the word "extreme" really means. It wont disapoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markghaigh on 23 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Satanic metal played by men in dinner dress, anyone? This album proves that it's not just image, but that Akercocke do have what it takes to make great albums. If their debut album was a promising record spoilt by bedroom production, this CD jumps from your speakers, and delivers great songs too. The drums are the first thing you notice, and they continue to display prominently thru the whole album; this band loves a good blast beat!The music is death metal with a black metal atmosphere, kinda reminiscent of modern-day Gehenna except far more technical. The band show a great awareness of dynamics; not content to get stuck in a rut like Deicide, they utilise clean sounds, female vox and mid-tempo riffs. An album which bears repeated listening to get the most out of it. Hopefully with a settled lineup the next record will be of Reign In Blood proportions!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 10 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
this is black metal,its well produced which always saddens the purists but i think clear and well produced metal is always better anyway,anyway this is one sick puppy,filled with rage and venom,there is some soothing instrumentals thrown in like a nice blanket to cuddle you and then we are off again with violent riffs and grunts and shrieks like dani filth would give the thumbs up too,this wont be for everyone but its as nasty and vile as black metal can be,the band in later years became more accessible in a way ,this is the sound of the devils laugh
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great blend of black/death metal 10 Feb. 2002
By Andrew A. Deikun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
BR>Background: Akercocke originate from London, England and were formed in early 1997 by friends David Grey and Jason Mendoca. Both had previously been in the underground black metal band "Salem Orchid", which disbanded several years earlier, and had a strong following in the underground in England. Akercocke seems to be getting a lot of press recently, partly because of the heavy Satanic imagery and partly because of their country of origin.
Packaging: The packaging is very professionally done. The lyrics to all songs are included as well as a video for the song "Infernal Rites". The artwork includes depictions of satanic worship and female nudity. The nudity does not appear gratuitous and the imagery is not "hokey" ala some of the Norwegian bands out there. I have read many criticisms of the video, and I guess I can see why. The "lip sinking" is not done very well and the whole video seems kind of contrived.
Production: "Goat of Mendes" was recorded, engineered and produced by Martin Bonsoir at Goat of Mendes studios. It was mastered by Noel at Transfermation. The line up includes Jason Mendonca, Paul Scanlan, Peter Theobalds, David Gray and Martin Bonsoir. Dean Seddon of Hecate Enthroned lends some vocals on the track "The Serpent". Additional guest musicians participate with violins, keyboards, cello, trumpet, sasz and the clarinet. The main force behind the band appears to be David Gray who writes all of the lyrics and wrote the band bio on their website. The production is definitely adequate on this recording. It has a dark, death metal type of feel to it and the overall sound kind of reminds me a little bit of older Morbid Angel. You can make out all of the instruments and the vocals are mixed very well.
The Music: I think the one word that best describes this music is "schizophrenic". This music is very diverse. The main focus is "old school" brutal death metal but you can also hear influences of black metal, grindcore and good old heavy metal at times. As with most extreme metal, the guitar is the major focus here, and it is very well done. The guitar parts are actually quite innovative, with brutal death metal riffs, fast black metal melodies and melancholic doomy parts being incorporated into the same song. What I really enjoy is the use of non-traditional metal instrumentation (rustic horns, violins, even Latin chants) along with the many transitions in the songs. Most of the songs are quite lengthy and are broken up by very weird interludes. A few of the interludes remind me of a soundtrack to a Stanley Kubrick film. Actually, listening to this recording kind of gives me the same feeling as watching "A Clockwork Orange". Beneath all of this bizarreness is an underlying black metal sensibility, which actually makes the music quite enjoyable. As with everything else on this recording, the vocals are also very diverse. Most prominent is a mix of brutal deep death metal grunts and screechy black metal vocals, occasionally interspersed with melancholic clean and female vocals. I typically don't like the use of female vocals, but these are used very well, similar in a way to how Cradle of Filth uses them. Imagine the brutality and production qualities of Nile mixed with the melody of a black metal band like Cradle of Filth.
Recommendation: I really enjoyed this release and think I will be listening to it well into the future. I also am going to do everything I can to find the previous release from this band as well. Once again, this is not for the faint of heart as this music is very aggressive and even brutal at times. Highly recommended.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The beginning of the Fourth wave of black metal? 27 Oct. 2001
By Robert Stotzky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must admit (rather embarrasingly) that I did not know who Akercocke were when I picked up this album. A friend of mine informed that they had been really hyped, something that I somehow managed to miss. So on to the music then.
At times, this reminds me of old Mayhem. Tortured, rasping screams on top of blasting drums and frantic guitars. At other times it reminds me of Immolation, Sadistik Exekution...but still with an air of freshness to it.
Being a black metal fan, as well as a CD-reviewer for a Swedish fanzine, I'm always overjoyed when I find something I like; something original. And this is original. Akercocke couldn't care less what you think of their music - or at least that's the feeling I get. If they want a female choir they use a female choir. If the want a cello, they use a cello, etc. If you want original, hateful, agressive black metal, then you want Akercocke.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Horns Of The Goat Of Mendes. 10 Feb. 2006
By El Oscuro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally you are near to get one of the darkest releases of all the history...so don't think it more! buy it now!

This is the CD that deserves my first look when I see to my shelf. A great purchase that worths the money without any doubt.

The band Akercocke is known for wear suites, and for have one of the fastest drummers of the world, David Gray, who also writes their lyrics. This brutal industrial satanic black/death metal (what a name...), makes a sonic assault of brutality and Goat invoking anthems for all who wander in the abyss as me and you.

The album's artwork is all in black and white and is full of Black Mass' imagery, and the CD is compossed by 12 tracks (or 13 if you get the digipack version as myself, and then you have the last track, the stunning video for Infernal Rites...a video full of Black Mass imagery and woman nudity...and one of the bests I seen in my life). Here is a little description of each song.

Enjoy:

1-Of Menstrual Blood And Semen: the first track attacks with grunts and screechs that transports you to the world of Akercocke. Great guitar solos by Jason Mendonca and Paul Scanlan.

You also can hear women having orgasms...simply great.

2-A Skin For Dancing In: this one adds melodic vocals like they were(satanic)nuns invoking The Dark One. Great riffs again and amazing drum beatings. "Sister Cunegonde...Novitiate veiled in black...."

3-Betwixt Iniquitatis And Prostigiators: this is the first instrumental of the album. And in it you can hear rustic horns (this shows how original are Akercocke)and even sasz's melodies played by Jason, the frontman.

4-The Horns Of Baphomet: here you will find more "like satanic nun's" invoking words, and spectacular guitar riffs...hear the drums and amaze yourself how f*cking great is Dave!

"Baphomet...I am hostage to your pressence"...

5-Mask Of God: yeah, one of the most dark lyrics I read in all my life. True blasting blasphemic track. You'll love it really much.

6-The Serpent: in here you can hear the voice of the vocalist of Hecate Enthroned...this says you did well to buy that masterpiece of Dark Invoking.

7-Fortune My Foe: this is the second instrumental, in the line of the first one. It's good, believe me, more beautiful melodies.

8-Infernal Rites: black metal screechs and low grunts of brutal death metal at the same time, as in all the tracks. This song is the chosen for the videoclip...and it's a great chose...Sure.

9-He Is risen: the track of Lucifer, without any doubt. The vocals in here are as haunting as blasphemic. A track that nobody can loses.

10-Breaking Silence: the lyrics of this song talk about the nuns confined in cloisters, supposedly "pure", but with lust desires that break the oath of silence in which they are. I must say: David, write more songs like that.

The track finishes with melodic vocals, done by the frontman Jason Mendonca, who knows how to sing in a band like this.

11-Initiation: the third instrumental, also full of melodies and instruments not usually in that genre, like the rustic horns I named before. A good song to finish the album?...no. It's not finished...

12-Ceremony Of Nine Angles: yes, this is the last and final track of the album.(why the people writes "nine angels"?? I think is obvious in the back cover it says "nine angles"!)

Well, the track, the longest of the CD, surely is the most appropiate to close this masterpiece of Satanic Metal. Great guitar solos, astonishing drum beats, inhuman grunts and infernal screams...anything more to say?...yes:

BUY IT IF YOU CALL YOURSELF AN EXTREME MUSIC'S FAN!!!

Nobody shouldn't miss this album. This is the album I never would give or sell to NOBODY...before it I'd rather be killed than lose this jewel!

I can't talk about favorites, cuz there is no one bad song in it. But, maybe Of Menstrual Blood And Semen, The Horns Of Baphomet,Infernal Rites,Breaking Silence or Ceremony Of Nine Angles.

In conclusion, buy it, man. Don't think it more. Buy it (if you can get the digipack version, buy it, and you'll have one true dark video, Infernal Rites) Anyway, even without video, this gem is calling you. Can you hear its calling? BUY IT NOW!

And if you want buy it here with Choronzon. Hail Black Metal!!!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Satan Rocks! 9 Oct. 2001
By "grinlv" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Draw a circle on the floor and sit in it. Conjure a mixture of the vocal stylings of Cradle Of Filth with the songwriting style of King Diamond and Venom and throw in some interesting instruments other than guitars and keyboards and you have a very heavy black metal album from the UK and not Norway for a change. Akercocke sound a lot like other black metal bands but their packaging is different as well as their wardrobe. A cool booklet with the lyrics is packed with some unique photos. Grab your favorite virgin and sit under a full moon and hail the Goat! (Be sure to wear your Sunday best.)
get yer goat 20 Feb. 2007
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this a pretty insanely awesome slab of blasphemic death metal with a high dose of black metal kinmanship. first off all, the music: it's fast, blazing fast! with lots of blastbeats and furious guitar solos! the band members display an impressive style and the songwriting and composition are head and shoulders above your average death metal recording. This is especially evident in the varied tempos that are found within The Goat Of Mendes. overall...it's fast...fast fast fast..but plenty of creativity and thought seems to have gone into these fast parts and there are plenty of slowed down parts to allow the songs to grow and breathe.

Akercocke's sound seems to be a nod in the direction of 80's thrash here and there (most notably the sounds of Carnivore and Bolt Thrower to these ears)...although they don't fully divulge into that kind of riff-o-rama, it sounds like they at least grew up on a steady diet of thrash. the production also seems to carry with it a certain kind of bone-dry sound that only help to elevate the listening experience. while alot of death metal and (especially) black metal bands seem to want to swab their songs with gallons of murky reverb and atmospherics, Akercocke seems more intent on letting that dry production have it's own unique effect (much like Reign In Blood did years ago). The vocals are really great on this record. demonic screams, low end belchy stuff, horrifying shrieks, and eerie whispers. there's even some chanting that creeps in over the fog.

the album cover and inner booklet are both well designed and carry a stark black and white feel throughout. photos, mystic symbols and well-written lyrics devoted to the satanic faith are all included inside. at the end of the day, The Goat Of Mendes is sure to fuel your fix for great blackened metal and old fashioned satanism!
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