To say we adore Akercocke would be an understatement. The band headlined the 5th and 7th editions, played on the 12th and performed some of the most memorable shows in the festival’s history, so when news came of their return during the last day of SWR19 it was a no brainer to have them play here once more. Recently awoken from a long sleep, their echoes are rich in contrast as they can be soft yet brutal, harmonious yetdissonant, lustful yet pure, as if Ved Buens Ende had met with Deicide at a chapel turned brothel. Their new album “Renaissance In Extremis” is on the works, so this won’t be the last time you hear from Akercocke until SWR. Jason and company, welcome back!