The forthcoming album from Akercocke, abruptly titled "Antichrist", has run into more controversy. The provocative nature of the record has already led to problems in Ireland, where the band will take part in a live discussion on the 'Nolan Live' show on BBC1 Northern Ireland tonight at 10.45pm with members of the Irish Catholic clergy.

Now the album has run into problems in the US, where the pressing plant handling the production of the album, Disc USA, has refused to handle the record due its 'anti-Christian' perspective. Commenting on the decision, Akercocke frontman Jason Mendonca stated:
"I rather perturbed that in this day and age, the 21st Century, people are so uptight. Whatever happened to freedom of speech and freedom of expression in the alleged democracy of the USA? Censorship is always ugly no matter how you view it. It smacks of fascism to me. What other works of art are barred to the good people of America?
The attitude of the printers is typical of the brainwashed. Judging something (literally) by its cover [click here for a picture of the cover art].
Anyone who took the time to look into our history would recognise that we have always stated we are anything but anti-christian. It's divisive attitudes such as this that bring about conflict. Conflict through ignorance."

Akercocke's "Antichrist" is currently set for May 28 release in UK/Europe, with an American release due on July 17.

Go to Akercocke's MySpace page to listen to the track 'Summon The Antichrist' and an album teaser.


Source: earache.com
Band profile: Akercocke
 
Posted: 16.05.2007 by Thryce



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Damnated - 16.05.2007 at 17:19  
what a blasphemous cover art

this is why extreme metal should stay underground and hidden from the spotlight .
Lucas - 16.05.2007 at 17:35  
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Anyone who took the time to look into our history would recognise that we have always stated we are anything but anti-christian.


Then why name youre album Antichrist?

But whatever, like controversy is something new in the Metalworld.
Dirt pride - 16.05.2007 at 17:49  
he he, i hope they put thier interview on the internet.
Hope theres no problems in england for the album
BestMetalstormer - 16.05.2007 at 19:04  
The cover is so nice.

Anti Christian is not new perspective in Metal, why still problem arising?
Stigmatized - 16.05.2007 at 19:19  
What a lame cover. I mean, damn....
dismaleuphony - 16.05.2007 at 19:38  
I don't find the cover shocking at all. Irregardless, I will be buying the album, even if as an import.
Dark Forever - 16.05.2007 at 19:39  
Isn't music just art, culture? When someone write a book only writes true things in which he believe? Can't music also be a fictional work based on "someone's" opinion and tastes, or just about a subject no matter what are members' beliefs? If the album was something like "Die, Satan" I'm sure they hadn't started such a controversy. (btw, I'm a non-believer, I'm defending not antichristian things but musical culture). About the cover... It's kinda stupid... Both the pics and the color... Well, but at least it's a good album
Black_Handed - 16.05.2007 at 20:24  
well i think they should arrive at BBC in their stage costumes, that means suits. those guyz overthere might be pretty surprised . btw if anyone can capture the stream with that interview, please do it i want to hear it.
Black_Handed - 16.05.2007 at 21:16  
hmm i suppose i could find it over here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/nolan/podcasts/tv/index.shtml, after its over.
Katatronik - 16.05.2007 at 21:51  
There isn't freedom of artistic expression in this world...
Why are we still living in a medieval-like age? No hope...
Carrion - 16.05.2007 at 22:40  
Shit happens.. That just gives you some idea of a conservative country. Guess the band is now on the endless list of metal bands suffering from censorship..
__Az__ - 16.05.2007 at 23:51  
God, this is crazy.. He's right, where is free speech these days?

Ill have to catch this on TV later...
__Az__ - 17.05.2007 at 01:54  
Bloody hell, what a joke that program was, Nice to see the point of view of Akercocke, but that damn clergy completely have no right to say what should and what should not be said.
Baz Anderson - 17.05.2007 at 03:52  
I havent seen that program (I was seeing Saxon and Masterplan) - but I have the program recorded to watch some time in the future..
Syk - 17.05.2007 at 07:01  
I haven't taken the time to look at their history, so I don't know... are they kidding there?

How long was the TV bit? Could it possibly be thrown onto youtube?
Hyvaarin - 17.05.2007 at 09:54  
That album art is massively unblasphemous/not a problem. I'm really interested in this TV debate, too.
Syk - 17.05.2007 at 11:03  
I think the issue with the pressing company here isn't the artwork, but more the title(/concept?)

"refused to handle the record due its 'anti-Christian' perspective"
..HumanError.. - 17.05.2007 at 22:28  
I just wonder why the French gave The Statue Of Liberty to the USA.


Bleh


*pukes*
Nickferatu367 - 18.05.2007 at 02:11  
damn america. people in here are too fuckin hypocritical
tulkas - 18.05.2007 at 02:33  
all this contorvsry over such a laaaame cover!! haha.
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.05.2007 at 08:41  
Brilliant cover art btw. The controversy probably has to do with the boobs featured on it and the album title. We all know that Christian fundamentalism is gaining ground all over the world and especially in the US.
Kaamos - 21.05.2007 at 22:54  
Here's the tv-bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl9oM4f1xdQ
Syk - 25.05.2007 at 17:48  
Thank you Kaamos!
Desertman - 28.08.2007 at 14:01  
land of free my ass!!!!!!!!!!!!
Desertman - 28.08.2007 at 14:02  
i think they should give it to taliban
Ilham Cotterell - 28.08.2007 at 14:34  
Hey, you quoted me, and inserted what you wanted to say INSIDE the quotation. Guys, I didn't say "and they should give it to taliban!!!!!!".
I'm not..... like that.

Please edit your post Desertman, don't make me say what I haven't said.
Desertman - 31.08.2007 at 12:58  
Written by Guest on 28.08.2007 at 14:34

Hey, you quoted me, and inserted what you wanted to say INSIDE the quotation. Guys, I didn't say "and they should give it to taliban!!!!!!".
I'm not..... like that.

Please edit your post Desertman, don't make me say what I haven't said.




take it easy...!
strangelysaucy - 10.06.2008 at 18:00  
nobody mentioned the first album is called RAPE OF THE BASTARD NAZARENE and features a naked woman fingering herself on the cover - there was and is no problem distributing or buying it...

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