Erik M. : This obscure four piece, formed around drummer and founder David Gray, is back on the Peacevill roster after ten years. I my opinion this is the best marriage you can imagine between a band and a label, Akercocke just belongs on Peaceville. The nine tracks are extreme widely influenced, the music bounces between bizarre theatrics and blunt death metal and from melodic atmospheric blackish passages. The typical and bizarre elements Akercocke flirts with since 1997 are well represented. Both musically as vocally, Akercocke achieves cool surprises along the way. The vocal (theatrical parts) singer Jason Mendonça offers must appeal to fall in place, but the way it all blend with the music makes it acceptable (a matter of taste). I needed a few spins to get into the record, but every spin offers new angles. The tight production, by Neil Kernon (Nile, Deicide, Queensrÿche), creates a great space to provide room for the band (not an easy task in this case). ‘Renaissance In Extremis’ is a refined and challenging release, were all trusted Akercocke elements emerge better than ever after ten years. What a ride!