Iscariot was formed after the respective band members found themselves on the streets and without affiliation following the death of their previous bands. A debut performance was given in September of 2004 two months before release of the band’s demo.
Florida’s 567 Records issued the band’s debut in the summer of 2006. The band toured the USA.
ISCARIOT - LIFELESS DESIGN - 567
Iscariot is a new and young band on the scene, which according to its label will appeal to fans of Lamb Of God, The Red Chord and Unearth. The analogy is largely correct, and the band won’t betray the comparison, but whether promoting a band by comparing to others right off the bat is a good strategy is another matter. Lifeless Design begins with an outright doomy melody, but is soon off to a frantic and complex course featuring a myriad of riffs, growls, grunts and speeds. The band traverses crossover, grindcore and thrash metal, uses two voices - the scratchy screams are less interesting than the deeper growls - and certainly mixes up speeds. The band has an incredibly aggressive and busy set of songs, albeit suffers slightly in the originality and sound departments. The lead guitar parts, in particular, have a weaker than average sound. Song-wise, Reinventing The Ghost, Hollowed Eyes with its Ion Dissonance influence and odd melodic parts are probably the album’s better moments. Hardly lifeless, one should say. - Ali “The Metallian”