HistoryIllinois-born Judas Iscariot was the band of Akhenaten, a former member of underground death metal band Sarcophagus. The black metal band’s only member was also the proprietor of Breath Of Night Records and a political activist. The band existed from 1992 until 2002. Akhenaten apparently permanent relocated to Europe before the act’s demise. The band’s final MCD, 2002’s Moonlight Butchery, was issued through Germany’s racist label called No Colours. Akhenaten operated Weltmacht with Krieg’s Lord Imperial. ISO666 issued a covers CD of the band called To The Triumph Of Evil Tribute featuring band like Xasthur, Leviathan, Krieg, Nachtmystium, Merrimack and Frostmoon Eclipse.
JUDAS ISCARIOT - HEAVEN IN FLAMES - RED STREAM
Judas Iscariot, the solo project of one Akhenaten, is back with release number five (I believe) and I am glad to report that nothing, or very little, has changed. The band which professes allegiance to Nietzsche's philosophically is still engaged in the composition of true, simply raw black metal as delivered by Darkthrone. There are very few frills or fancy moments, as Judas Iscariot plays grim and dark black metal with little instrumental capability, but lots of evil inspiration. I am disappointed by the presence of keyboards here and there, but for the most part JI is loyal to the true concept of black metal. - Ali "The Metallian"
JUDAS ISCARIOT - DETHRONED, CONQUERED AND FORGOTTEN - RED STREAM
Hot on the heels of the Heaven In Flames album, solo project Judas Iscariot is back with a MCD that has developed to become even better than its predecessor. For those unfamiliar with the art of JI, the American unit pays allegiance to true - and for once you better believe the qualifier - black metal. The music is delivered without any surplus frills and extraneous influence. Sorry kiddies for this may neither be Emperor, Dummy Burger or English gothic rock, but instead tracks like Descent to the Abyss, Benevolent Whore, Dethroned for Eternity and Journey Through Visions of War are pure single-minded malicious darkness; all grim, all dark, all the time. The art once popularized by Darkthrone, Profanatica, Masacre and early Mayhem yet lives and not in the over-hyped marketing fjords of Norway but in America of all places. Behold the strength of purity! - Ali "The Metallian"