Akercocke have seen their new album Antichrist refused by a US pressing plant due to its “anti-Christian” perspective.
The band have already run into problems in Ireland and they will appear on the live discussion show Nolan Live on BBC Northern Ireland with members of the Irish Catholic clergy. Frontman Jason Mendonca said:
“I’m 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. 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.”
Antichrist gets a May 28th release in the UK and Europe with a July 17th date for the US.