The monkey is out of the cage! The sartorial satanists Akercocke are back with their first new music since their excellent Antichrist album in 2007. Their new song Inner Sanctum premiered on Radio One over the weekend and a recording has wound up online. It’s exciting to hear Jason Mendonca’s vocals again and it’s classic Ak through and through: an eclectic whirlwind of a tune.
It’s the first concrete Ak-tivity from the band after a period of teasing on social media. The band also hinted at a further announcement on 26th April 2016 by posting a Facebook link to the site www.themonkeyisoutofthecage.com (A reference to the band’s name – Akercocke was a talking capuchin monkey in Robert Nye’s Faust). Hopefully a new album will be on the cards and there are rumours of an appearance at Bloodstock but I’ll keep you posted when the announcement is released. Even as I write this the band has posted a photo of the new lineup. It’s all go! From left to right: returning guitarist Paul Scanlan, new bassist Nathan Underwood, Jason Mendonca and David Gray. The Ak is back! Praise Satan!