Akercocke is a British progressive blackened death metal band. They are well known for their heavily Satanic and sexual lyrical content and for wearing suits when performing live. The band was formed in 1997 by Jason Mendonca and David Gray. The two had been friends in the past, and played in Salem Orchid until 1992, when that band split up. They soon added second guitarist Paul Scanlan and bassist Peter Theobalds.