Best of British Prog: Ackercocke [Prog Metal March: March 16th]

Whilst not immediately identifiable as progressive, Ackercocke are a band that defy single categorisation, and evince many of the qualities we hold dear in a prog-metal band.

Initially, your mind will jump to blackened death metal. That’s fine; stick with it, because I promise I ain’t lyin’ to ya guv’nor. Wait for it…wait for it…see, I bloody told you din’t I?! That said, they are still clearly some bastard form of death metal, which is just fine; something a little bit different to what we’ve shown you so far I hope.

They’re fairly well established by this point – a good twelve or thirteen years under their belt – and as such are also pretty well established as hated figures by many, due to their highly controversial nature. With album names like Rape of the Bastard Nazarene and Antichrist, containing songs like “Praise the Name of Satan“, “Valley of the Crucified” and “Of Menstrual Blood and Semen” (mmm, tasty), are you surprised? Of course you aren’t.

Anyway, as I’m sure I’ve said before, I’m not generally a fan of death metal, but this is actually some damn decent stuff. Give it a go!

– CG

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