Judas Iscariot - _Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten_
(Red Stream, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (6.5 out of 10)
No _Heaven in Flames_, that's for certain. When I reviewed that effort just a few months ago in issue #47, I became unhinged with the raw conviction concerning Akhenaten's dream. This one man black metal drill is truly as far-sighted as a clairvoyant with an astrologer's map and fortuneteller's crystal. That vision, however, has apparently become somewhat blurred with this, the newest Judas Iscariot release. _Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten_ is not some lost, disassociated metal effort searching for meaning like a worldly nomad; not at all. I keep reminding myself that this is an MCD only totaling some nearly twenty-one minutes of music. This being the case, _DCaF_ is nowhere near all that bad as MCDs go, just maybe a bit inopportune. It does still suffer from the same unavoidable question of what was wrong with waiting and releasing a full (hopefully more groomed) effort at a later date. Without belaboring the point, Judas Iscariot's sound hasn't been altered significantly on this release, although I will say _Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten_ has a newer, blast-grittiness I didn't pick up on _HiF_. To be perfectly frank, my favorite piece is the harsh abrasive instrumental, "March Upon a Mighty Throne", which is the track before final bonus cut, "Spill the Blood of the Lamb". If I might suggest something: try the full CD _Heaven in Flames_ first and if it is to your liking, then _Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten_ will surely see some spins in your disc-player too. Fair?

(article published 20/11/2000)

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