Judicator (USA)

Power Metal , Symphonic Metal , Opera Metal
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Judicator (USA)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 22 Nov 2022, 11:29

Judicator - The Last Emperor (2018)

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Year : 2018
Style : United States
Country : Italy
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 202 mb


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Judicator is a US Power Metal band formed by Tony Cordisco and John Yelland in 2012 after the two met at a Blind Guardian concert. Sharing a love of Blind Guardian and old school power metal, the two recorded a quick cover of Helloween’s classic song ‘Ride the Sky’ for fun one day, and quickly realized doing a full on album of original material in that vein would be a great homage to their heroes and fun for any of their friends to listen to. The debut album “King of Rome” was then crafted over the course of a few weeks in 2012, utilizing home recording and drum machines, as Judicator did not have any plans to be a ‘real band’ as it were, and simply just wanted to put the album up on bandcamp for whoever might find it enjoyable to listen to. Subsequently, the album was released on October 30th, 2012, showcasing Tony and John’s shared love of old school power metal and Blind Guardian vocal stylings. The album’s concept followed the final days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last campaign, leading up to his eventual defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.After a number of affirming underground reviews and unexpected, humbling fan and friend reactions, John and Tony decided the band would be more than just a one album ‘fire and forget’ recording project set on paying homage to their favorite bands, and quickly began working on the follow up “Sleepy Plessow” — this time focusing on developing more of their own heavy/power metal sound and incorporating a wider range of their influences, and also putting a little more into the production side of things without going outside the means of what they had available to them. The album was released less than 7 months later in June of 2013. The sophomore effort showed a departure from the speed and riff obsessed nature of ‘King of Rome” and focused more heavily on atmosphere, melody, slower tempos, more complex vocal arrangements, and bigger overall narrative concept. The album also brought in numerous guest vocalist from friends and underground bands alike in order to portray the various characters and soundscapes needed for the album. The story of Frederick the Great of Prussia showed the band progressing into a more mature and developed territory as a band, but Judicator still remained a homemade recording project with only Tony and John at the helm.Feeling that ‘Sleepy Plessow’ had demonstrated the improvement they wanted over the first album, and feeling encouraged by the exponential increase of listener and reviewer engagement, John and Tony decided it was time to begin work on a third, and change the nature of the band to reflect a more a traditional setup and help progress the band’s material to a more professional level. The band added drummer Jordan Elcess in late 2013–whom Tony had worked with previously in Sedulity, Vermiform, Grimaced, and other bands–and began work on the third album ‘At the Expense of Humanity’. This album took the band to new heights and finally saw Judicator transition from a homemade recording project into an actual band–leaving behind the days of home laptop recording, and quickly released albums. The band played their first two live appearances at the Deland Rock and Metal Festival in Fall 2014 leading up to the release of ‘At the Expense of Humanity’ in March of 2015. The album showed an even further expansion of the band’s sound, both musically and production wise. The album pushed the band in a more progressive and personal direction, as the concept revolved around John’s retelling of the story of how he lost his brother to cancer when he was 18 years old. The album’s tragic and personal concept was illustrated by a more diverse and progressive approach to power metal. The band was able to partner with Dirty Viking Audio (Shadowdance, Noble Beast, Helion Prime, etc) and Tower Studios (Ayreon, Noble Beast, etc) to have their first truly professionally produced album, and with the help of fan support, was able to crowd fund the production for the album. Additionally, ‘At the Expense of Humanity’ saw the band partner with Divebomb Records, which Tony had previously worked with in Project: Roenwolfe, for a widespread release of the album and beyond. The album was met with enthusiastic underground/online critical praise, noting the professional and mature change of direction for the band, and that Judicator had finally come into their own. The band was able to also embark on their first small regional tours throughout the Southwest and West Coast of the United States in Spring 2015 and Summer 2016 in support of ‘At the Expense of Humanity’.Currently, the band is hard at work promoting the release of their fourth album, “The Last Emperor”. The album shows a full swing return to their germanic influenced power metal and features a re-recording of the title track of the debut album “King of Rome” with an accompanying music video.“The Last Emperor” is a historical power metal concept album covering several events and figures from the first Crusades and the People’s crusades, including Pope Urban II, Godfrey of Bouillon, Alexios I Komnenos, Raynald Porchet, and Bohemond I of Antioch. The album was recorded in 2017 and reamped, edited, and mixed by Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio. The album was once again mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima of Tower Studio. Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian appears for additional lead and backing vocals on the song ‘Spiritual Treason’. David Brown of Chaos Frame returns once again for support with choir and backing vocals, as well as featuring on guest lead vocals on “Antioch”, playing the part of the martyred knight Raynald Porchet.

Album:

Judicator’s fourth album is a concept album that delves into history similar to their albums King of Rome and Sleepy Plessow, but this time the events of the First Crusade are the inspiration of the songs. After At The Expense of Humanity, to have an album based on one of the most controversial events in all of humanity’s history is incredibly exciting. To quote CROM owner Carl Frederick, it truly is as if “Blind Guardian and Riot had a lovechild called Judicator." For those unfamiliar with the timeline of these events, as well as highlighting the performances of the songs, let’s follow the album track by track:The Last Emperor: The scene is that of the nearly 40,000 soldiers gathering before a handful of priests as they bless the army to retake the Holy Land. Between the chanting of the priests and the power of the relics at their disposal, the protagonist of the album (a knight in the retinue of famed Crusader leader Godfrey of Bouillon) is swept up into holy fervor as they prepare to march towards the Levant with the idea of absolution of all sins driving these men to brace for adventure. This song is a stellar opener for the album, and sets the pace for the rest of the album.Take Up Your Cross: Once his holy fervor has settled down, the listener finds the protagonist rationalizing the decision he’s made to leave his home and embark upon this quest. There is doubt and fear within him, but he steels himself to go on Crusade because he feels called to defend those that cannot defend themselves and are falling victim to the villainous Saracens regardless of how terrified he may be feeling as he marches into lands completely unknown to him. Michael Sanchez’s lead guitar work on this track, as well as the rest of the album, is a wonderful addition to Judicator’s artistic palette.Raining Gold: Here the protagonist partakes in some of the Rhineland massacres of the Jewish population in 1096 that were encouraged by the zealous preacher Peter the Hermit. While he partakes in the massacres, the listener begins to see the doubt of the rationale behind why such atrocities were being committed. The Jewish women of the towns of Speyer, Worms, and Mainz threw showers of gold coins at the Crusading army in order to buy their safety, but much of it was futile as they massacres rampaged through the towns. John Yelland’s vocal range go into King Diamond territory at being able to sing very high without the awkwardness of falling short of hitting the notes, and the manic delivery of the vocals really portrays the 'franticness' of these atrocities.The Queen of All Cities: Finally after months of travel and adventures, the Crusading army arrives at the city considered to be the doorstep of Asia, the Eye of All the World, Constantinople. Before the army can be given passage across the Hellespont into the enemy territory of the Seljuk Turks, Emperor Alexios forces most of the leaders to swear allegiance to him in order to have the Crusading army reclaim lands that formerly belonged to him (hint hint, most of the Crusading army’s leaders had their fingers crossed when making their oaths). With the formalities out of the way, the army crosses into Asia Minor and begins to suffer with the loss of horses due to malnourishment before reaching the city of Nicaea. Tony Cordisco and Michael Sanchez both contribute fabulous guitar solos on this sprawling track.Spiritual Treason: The main character begins ask himself the tough question about how holy and justified this holy war truly is, but the weights of his sins and the offer of their absolution drives him to keep pressing on regardless of how shameful he may feel at the slaughter of the people that are seen as enemies. The great Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian joins us on this track and is synced perfectly alongside John Yelland’s vocals. Carlos Alvarez of Power Theory’s excellent mixing and Brett Caldas-Lima’s mastering skills perfectly compliments Charlie Bauerfeind’s engineering of Hansi’s vocals. It’s hard to tell whether or not this is either a Blind Guardian song or a Judicator song because everything comes together so fluently.Antioch: The Crusading army then arrives after much trials and adventures at the ancient city of Antioch. Almost immediately, they begin to lay siege to the city. Amidst some of the sorties that the army attempted, one of the knights by the name of Raynald Porchet was captured and the Turkish garrison gave him every opportunity to renounce his faith to live with the Turks in comfort or to have him ransomed back to the army. After praying for days, he denied both and was martyred. Dave Brown of Chaos Frame adds his vocals onto this track, and they compliment the range of Mr. Yelland’s vocals gracefully.Nothing But Blood: This track tells how Godfrey of Bouillon bravely hunted a bear in Asia Minor that had been terrorizing pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and the holy sites in the area. This event is only found in a handful of sources from the time, however, it serves as an intriguing metaphor as the noble Godfrey defends the defenseless against the “beastly” Muslim overlords. The thought of it being difficult to tell between the blood of the man and the beast can easily be transmuted to the events of the First Crusade. Michael and Tony’s guitar solos are excitedly reminiscent of the twin guitar attacks of the usual suspects such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.It Falls To Jerusalem: Finally, we reach the culmination of the Crusades. At first, we see Bohemond unsurprisingly break his oath to Alexios and claim the title of Lord of Antioch for his own self after the long and grinding siege had been lifted and the remainder of the garrison was slaughtered. Godfrey, amongst other leaders, call Bohemond a coward for such treachery. However, seeing as Bohemond was stubbornly determined to remain in Antioch, the rest of the army turns to march towards Jerusalem. As the Crusaders reach the holy city, the holy fervor returns and all of the soldiers proceed to massacre any and all of the residents remaining within the city. Being offered the Crown of Jerusalem, Godfrey feels the hollowness of receiving such a crown. Even having his sins absolved, he still struggles with not feeling a sense of peace he thought he would feel after the holy land had been “liberated”. In fact, it is not the end of the journey, but the beginning of another chapter that is the history of the holy land.King of Rome - Here is a re-recording of the title track off of their debut album, and it is a fitting song to end the album. While the subject matter is about Napoleon, the similar themes of the maddening drive that leaders have to obtain that which they deem illustrious or holy is similar enough to where it fits perfectly. Again, the twin guitar attack of Michael and Tony really enter into a territory that is occupied by the likes of Adrian Smith and Dave Murray where their technical styles are different from one another, yet compliment each other excellently.In closing, this is an amazing album that is the next artistic step for a group that is poised to be one of the leading lights of the American heavy metal scene. This would be the album that truly defines Judicator’s sound as an exquisite combination of power metal and thrash metal. For fans of Blind Guardian that are waiting impatiently for their next album, they will find much that pleases on this album (it even has Hansi dropping by for a visit). And yes, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

Line-Up:

John Yelland - Vocals (2012-present) - See also: Dire Peril, Principium, Disforia, ex-Shadowseer
Tony Cordisco - Bass, Drum programming (2012-2013), Guitars (2012-present), Vocals (2013-present) - See also: Project: Roenwolfe, ex-Apophenia, ex-Atresia, ex-Grimaced, ex-Sedulity, ex-Tony C, ex-Xoteric, ex-Bubonic Wrath, ex-Vermiform, ex-The Penetrators
Michael Sanchez - Bass, Guitars (lead) (2016-present) - See also: Pain Patterns
Jordan Elcess - Drums (2014-present) - See also: ex-Apophenia, ex-Atresia, ex-Grimaced, ex-Sedulity, ex-Vermiform, ex-Ethereal

Tracklist:

01. The Last Emperor
02. Take Up Your Cross
03. Raining Gold
04. The Queen of All Cities
05. Spiritual Treason
06. Antioch
07. Nothing But Blood
08. It Falls to Jerusalem
09. King of Rome (Bonus Track)

+ Video "King of Rome" (Official Video)

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Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 22 Nov 2022, 11:35

Judicator - Let There Be Nothing (2020)

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Year : 2020
Style : Power Metal , Heavy Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 115 mb


Bio:

Judicator is a US Power Metal band formed by Tony Cordisco and John Yelland in 2012 after the two met at a Blind Guardian concert. Sharing a love of Blind Guardian and old school power metal, the two recorded a quick cover of Helloween’s classic song ‘Ride the Sky’ for fun one day, and quickly realized doing a full on album of original material in that vein would be a great homage to their heroes and fun for any of their friends to listen to. The debut album “King of Rome” was then crafted over the course of a few weeks in 2012, utilizing home recording and drum machines, as Judicator did not have any plans to be a ‘real band’ as it were, and simply just wanted to put the album up on bandcamp for whoever might find it enjoyable to listen to. Subsequently, the album was released on October 30th, 2012, showcasing Tony and John’s shared love of old school power metal and Blind Guardian vocal stylings. The album’s concept followed the final days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last campaign, leading up to his eventual defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.After a number of affirming underground reviews and unexpected, humbling fan and friend reactions, John and Tony decided the band would be more than just a one album ‘fire and forget’ recording project set on paying homage to their favorite bands, and quickly began working on the follow up “Sleepy Plessow” — this time focusing on developing more of their own heavy/power metal sound and incorporating a wider range of their influences, and also putting a little more into the production side of things without going outside the means of what they had available to them. The album was released less than 7 months later in June of 2013. The sophomore effort showed a departure from the speed and riff obsessed nature of ‘King of Rome” and focused more heavily on atmosphere, melody, slower tempos, more complex vocal arrangements, and bigger overall narrative concept. The album also brought in numerous guest vocalist from friends and underground bands alike in order to portray the various characters and soundscapes needed for the album. The story of Frederick the Great of Prussia showed the band progressing into a more mature and developed territory as a band, but Judicator still remained a homemade recording project with only Tony and John at the helm.Feeling that ‘Sleepy Plessow’ had demonstrated the improvement they wanted over the first album, and feeling encouraged by the exponential increase of listener and reviewer engagement, John and Tony decided it was time to begin work on a third, and change the nature of the band to reflect a more a traditional setup and help progress the band’s material to a more professional level. The band added drummer Jordan Elcess in late 2013–whom Tony had worked with previously in Sedulity, Vermiform, Grimaced, and other bands–and began work on the third album ‘At the Expense of Humanity’. This album took the band to new heights and finally saw Judicator transition from a homemade recording project into an actual band–leaving behind the days of home laptop recording, and quickly released albums. The band played their first two live appearances at the Deland Rock and Metal Festival in Fall 2014 leading up to the release of ‘At the Expense of Humanity’ in March of 2015. The album showed an even further expansion of the band’s sound, both musically and production wise. The album pushed the band in a more progressive and personal direction, as the concept revolved around John’s retelling of the story of how he lost his brother to cancer when he was 18 years old. The album’s tragic and personal concept was illustrated by a more diverse and progressive approach to power metal. The band was able to partner with Dirty Viking Audio (Shadowdance, Noble Beast, Helion Prime, etc) and Tower Studios (Ayreon, Noble Beast, etc) to have their first truly professionally produced album, and with the help of fan support, was able to crowd fund the production for the album. Additionally, ‘At the Expense of Humanity’ saw the band partner with Divebomb Records, which Tony had previously worked with in Project: Roenwolfe, for a widespread release of the album and beyond. The album was met with enthusiastic underground/online critical praise, noting the professional and mature change of direction for the band, and that Judicator had finally come into their own. The band was able to also embark on their first small regional tours throughout the Southwest and West Coast of the United States in Spring 2015 and Summer 2016 in support of ‘At the Expense of Humanity’.Currently, the band is hard at work promoting the release of their fourth album, “The Last Emperor”. The album shows a full swing return to their germanic influenced power metal and features a re-recording of the title track of the debut album “King of Rome” with an accompanying music video.“The Last Emperor” is a historical power metal concept album covering several events and figures from the first Crusades and the People’s crusades, including Pope Urban II, Godfrey of Bouillon, Alexios I Komnenos, Raynald Porchet, and Bohemond I of Antioch. The album was recorded in 2017 and reamped, edited, and mixed by Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio. The album was once again mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima of Tower Studio. Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian appears for additional lead and backing vocals on the song ‘Spiritual Treason’. David Brown of Chaos Frame returns once again for support with choir and backing vocals, as well as featuring on guest lead vocals on “Antioch”, playing the part of the martyred knight Raynald Porchet.

Album:

Belisarius was a Byzantine General whose exploits in battle and the drama of his personal life cemented him as one of the most interesting and underknown figures of antiquity. He was an imperfect man, but certainly seemed destined for greatness. Ironic that the same can be said of Arizona power metal quintet JUDICATOR. After listening to their newest record, Let There Be Nothing, the band’s fifth which is a concept record that captures the life story of the aforementioned Belisarius, it’s abundantly clear that if the band can work to tighten up aspects of their sound and lyricism, they can easily go on to be the next juggernauts of the power metal world.Right from the first track, Let There Be Light, the standout across the board is vocalist John Yelland. His voice is extremely clear, piercing, and powerful. The vocal harmony and melody work he and the band put into this record is excellent and his range is something that puts him in the upper echelon of power metal vocalists. The flip side of this coin is the lyrical delivery and cadence of a great deal of the record. The lyrics take a very novelistic approach in the way they’re written, so the flow is often a bit choppy, and is definitely an aspect the band could improve. However, the opening track also demonstrates the musical talent of the other band members quite well. Guitarists Tony Cordisco and Balmore Lemus craft a nice galloping riff and emotive solo, and they consistently keep it up from song to song, but second coin flipside is the lack of instrumental power due to the mixing. The record tackles battles and warfare quite often, and more power in the mix could have gone a long way to creating an even more immersive atmosphere and the better sound they deserve.Tomorrow’s Sun has a great opening riff reminiscent of METALLICA’s No Remorse, and as the song goes on there are hints of Creeping Death in here as well. It certainly helps that the song takes on a thrash beat courtesy of drummer Ulises Hernandez, who also puts in nice work on this record. Even the solos on this track are very classic thrash and sound great, but the gang vocals in this song come off as a bit weak. More power is needed to really capture the energy and urgency the song is reflecting.On Strange to the World, Yelland’s voice again takes centre stage at first, but it’s the guitar work about a third of the way in with a great staccato riff that ramps up the energy. There’s some monster high notes from Yelland before another great riff halfway through. But again, the lyrical cadence and flow come off a bit shaky here. The bones and muscle are there, but they need to be refined a bit more. But melodically, there’s no issues here. The melodies are triumphant and uplifting and the vocals and riffs at the end of this track brings it home with a fist pumping attack. Autumn of Souls, keeps this up this bombardment with a blitzing opening of guitars, but brings back the gang vocals that just don’t bring what’s needed to the table. There’s a great galloping riff and more great harmonies, including a nice chorus with a solid hook, but power, power, power is what’s needed. If the band could have really added more punch to the mix and to their gang vocals, this track would have been a standout.That being said, Gloria, is a superb song. Lingering lyrical flow issues aside, this track has some incredible melodic construction and a truly magnificent power metal chorus. Yelland is firing on all cylinders, and the way the band is right in the pocket with him and matches him so airtight on the chorus is goosebump inducing. Some more heft in this track and it would be monstrously good. It’s a track that truly demonstrates what this band is capable of crafting, and it stands among any of the best and most catchy power metal tracks of the last decade.Moving on to Amber Dusk, the crisp acoustic picked opening blends nicely with the vocals before moving to a slow, dirge-like crunch, and this is a track that shows the range and talent of each member of the band nicely. The guitars follow Yelland’s melody perfectly, and the transition to the acoustic chorus sounds great and adds some new textures into the mix. Also worth noting is the guitar tone on this record. Despite the mix issues, it has a Jake E. Lee-era OZZY OSBOURNE quality to it that adds a vintage quality to the songs and enhances the attack and punch on each track. Three and a half minutes in there’s some great vocal work before a blistering solo that really captures that sense of urgency and pace of a battlefield, and as the song closes, the tempo drops to show the coming of night, ending the track quite nicely.The Way of a Pilgrim, unfortunately is the one track that doesn’t stand out as much. There’s some more great riff work and attack in the song’s opening which brings high drama early on, but the lack of power and memorable melodic passages make this the weakest track on the record. But once again, the band strikes back with as hot an iron as can be forged with Let There Be Nothing. The emotional labour and passion felt in every minute of this track is palpable, it’s perhaps the best track of the whole record. The vocal power and melodies from Yelland during the chorus are stirring, and his voice roars like an earthquake at the chorus’ finish. The guitar chugs like the marching of a weary army and the song just raises the bar and the stakes completely for JUDICATOR. It’s an absolutely awesome showing from them and is representative of the band at their full powers. Even the lyrical flow comes together completely, making this one of the most lyrically memorable and singable songs. The riffing will get heads banging and raise the blood of any audience lucky enough to hear it live. Enough can’t be said about it. The solos work perfectly, the harmonies are phenomenal and the dynamics of Yelland’s softness before the crashing thunder of the chorus almost bring a tear to the eye. This song is destined to be felt deep in the bones of any metalhead.JUDICATOR have some work to do. When a band emerges like this on their fifth record, the pieces start to fit together and a clear picture of the future starts to emerge. With every component of a massive path set before them, the steps to reach the next level are these: amp up the mixing power, simplify the lyrical process, and work on flow and cadence. That’s it. If they can do that, the sky is the limit for this band. It is absolutely a possibility this group can not only tour with the likes of SABATON, but reach the same heights. That is the impression they make with Let There Be Nothing. Destiny isn’t quite in their hands yet, but by God it’s theirs for the taking if they want it. What happens next will be exciting to watch.

Line-Up:

John Yelland - Vocals (2012-present) - See also: Dire Peril, Principium, Disforia, ex-Shadowseer
Tony Cordisco - Bass, Drum programming (2012-2013), Guitars (2012-present), Vocals (2013-present) - See also: Project: Roenwolfe, ex-Apophenia, ex-Atresia, ex-Grimaced, ex-Sedulity, ex-Tony C, ex-Xoteric, ex-Bubonic Wrath, ex-Vermiform, ex-The Penetrators
Jordan Elcess - Drums (2014-present) - See also: ex-Apophenia, ex-Atresia, ex-Grimaced, ex-Sedulity, ex-Vermiform, ex-Ethereal
Michael Sanchez - Bass, Guitars (lead) (2016-present) - See also: Pain Patterns

+ Guests:

Austin Bentley - Vocals (track 6)
Balmore Lemus - Guitar solos (track 4, 8)
Mercedes Victoria - Vocals (track 5)
Chris Carland - Keyboards, Orchestration (track 3)
Christian M?nzner - Guitar solo (track 6)
Chad Bill Anderson - Guitars (lead) (additional) (track 6)

Tracklist:

01. Let There Be Light
02. Tomorrow’s Sun
03. Strange to the World
04. Autumn of Souls
05. Gloria
06. Amber Dusk
07. The Way of a Pilgrim
08. Let There Be Nothing

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Re: Judicator (USA)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 22 Nov 2022, 11:35

Judicator - The Majesty Of Decay (2022)

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Year : 2022
Style : Power Metal , Heavy Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + front
Size : 120 mb


Bio:

Judicator is a US Power Metal band formed by Tony Cordisco and John Yelland in 2012 after the two met at a Blind Guardian concert. Sharing a love of Blind Guardian and old school power metal, the two recorded a quick cover of Helloween’s classic song ‘Ride the Sky’ for fun one day, and quickly realized doing a full on album of original material in that vein would be a great homage to their heroes and fun for any of their friends to listen to. The debut album “King of Rome” was then crafted over the course of a few weeks in 2012, utilizing home recording and drum machines, as Judicator did not have any plans to be a ‘real band’ as it were, and simply just wanted to put the album up on bandcamp for whoever might find it enjoyable to listen to. Subsequently, the album was released on October 30th, 2012, showcasing Tony and John’s shared love of old school power metal and Blind Guardian vocal stylings. The album’s concept followed the final days of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last campaign, leading up to his eventual defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.After a number of affirming underground reviews and unexpected, humbling fan and friend reactions, John and Tony decided the band would be more than just a one album ‘fire and forget’ recording project set on paying homage to their favorite bands, and quickly began working on the follow up “Sleepy Plessow” — this time focusing on developing more of their own heavy/power metal sound and incorporating a wider range of their influences, and also putting a little more into the production side of things without going outside the means of what they had available to them. The album was released less than 7 months later in June of 2013. The sophomore effort showed a departure from the speed and riff obsessed nature of ‘King of Rome” and focused more heavily on atmosphere, melody, slower tempos, more complex vocal arrangements, and bigger overall narrative concept. The album also brought in numerous guest vocalist from friends and underground bands alike in order to portray the various characters and soundscapes needed for the album. The story of Frederick the Great of Prussia showed the band progressing into a more mature and developed territory as a band, but Judicator still remained a homemade recording project with only Tony and John at the helm.Feeling that ‘Sleepy Plessow’ had demonstrated the improvement they wanted over the first album, and feeling encouraged by the exponential increase of listener and reviewer engagement, John and Tony decided it was time to begin work on a third, and change the nature of the band to reflect a more a traditional setup and help progress the band’s material to a more professional level. The band added drummer Jordan Elcess in late 2013–whom Tony had worked with previously in Sedulity, Vermiform, Grimaced, and other bands–and began work on the third album ‘At the Expense of Humanity’. This album took the band to new heights and finally saw Judicator transition from a homemade recording project into an actual band–leaving behind the days of home laptop recording, and quickly released albums. The band played their first two live appearances at the Deland Rock and Metal Festival in Fall 2014 leading up to the release of ‘At the Expense of Humanity’ in March of 2015. The album showed an even further expansion of the band’s sound, both musically and production wise. The album pushed the band in a more progressive and personal direction, as the concept revolved around John’s retelling of the story of how he lost his brother to cancer when he was 18 years old. The album’s tragic and personal concept was illustrated by a more diverse and progressive approach to power metal. The band was able to partner with Dirty Viking Audio (Shadowdance, Noble Beast, Helion Prime, etc) and Tower Studios (Ayreon, Noble Beast, etc) to have their first truly professionally produced album, and with the help of fan support, was able to crowd fund the production for the album. Additionally, ‘At the Expense of Humanity’ saw the band partner with Divebomb Records, which Tony had previously worked with in Project: Roenwolfe, for a widespread release of the album and beyond. The album was met with enthusiastic underground/online critical praise, noting the professional and mature change of direction for the band, and that Judicator had finally come into their own. The band was able to also embark on their first small regional tours throughout the Southwest and West Coast of the United States in Spring 2015 and Summer 2016 in support of ‘At the Expense of Humanity’.Currently, the band is hard at work promoting the release of their fourth album, “The Last Emperor”. The album shows a full swing return to their germanic influenced power metal and features a re-recording of the title track of the debut album “King of Rome” with an accompanying music video.“The Last Emperor” is a historical power metal concept album covering several events and figures from the first Crusades and the People’s crusades, including Pope Urban II, Godfrey of Bouillon, Alexios I Komnenos, Raynald Porchet, and Bohemond I of Antioch. The album was recorded in 2017 and reamped, edited, and mixed by Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio. The album was once again mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima of Tower Studio. Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian appears for additional lead and backing vocals on the song ‘Spiritual Treason’. David Brown of Chaos Frame returns once again for support with choir and backing vocals, as well as featuring on guest lead vocals on “Antioch”, playing the part of the martyred knight Raynald Porchet.

Album:

In the two years since their last full length outing, Let There Be Nothing, JUDICATOR have returned from collective and personal turmoil brought on by both the Covid-19 pandemic and foundational lineup changes. The US power metal group are now primed and proud to release their triumphant sixth studio album, The Majesty of Decay, via Prosthetic Records. Refreshed and revitalized, JUDICATOR are eager to let this beastly album out of the gate and into your stereos.Whilst the album’s story remains somewhat shrouded in mystery, JUDICATOR utilizes compelling plot devices as a means to encourage fans to piece together the album’s meta-contextual threads. What we do know, however, is that The Majesty of Decay explores the subjects of love, family, and the transformation of suffering into something meaningful. JUDICATOR invites you to step into this world and contemplate how the story might relate to you. The album is a carefully constructed puzzle of mirrors and metaphor that cries out for Judicator fans everywhere to solve it.What began as a humble homage to their favorite band quickly grew into something that hads fans begging for more, and JUDICATOR is happy to oblige. The band has produced a catalog of music that spans multiple sub-genres and breaks conceptual boundaries. With this latest offering, The Majesty of Decay, JUDICATOR have delivered yet another thought provoking album that fits nicely into their discography.

Line-Up:

John Yelland - Vocals (2012-present) - See also: Principium, ex-Dire Peril, ex-Disforia, ex-Shadowseer
John Dolan - Bass (2020-present) - See also: Trapmaker
Balmore - Guitars (lead) (2020-present) - See also: NovaReign, ex-Dire Peril (live), ex-Exmortus, ex-Warbringer (live)
Jordan Elcess - Bass (2014), Drums (2014-present) - See also: ex-Apophenia, ex-Atresia, ex-Grimaced, ex-Sedulity, ex-Vermiform, ex-Ethereal

Tracklist:

01. Euphoric Parasitism
02. The Majesty of Decay
03. From the Belly of the Whale
04. Daughter of Swords
05. Ursa Minor
06. Ursa Major
07. The High Priestess
08. The Black Elk
09. Judgment
10. Metamorphosis

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