Judas Iscariot (band)

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Judas Iscariot
Also known asHeidegger
OriginDeKalb, Illinois, United States
GenresBlack metal
Years active1992–2002
LabelsEnd All Life Productions, Moribund Records, No Colours Records, Elegy Records
Past membersAkhenaten

Judas Iscariot was an American black metal band. It began in 1992 as the solo-project of Andrew Harris, who performed under the pseudonym Akhenaten (after the Egyptian Pharaoh of the same name).

With the release of Heaven in Flames (1999), Duane Timlin (aka Cryptic Winter) joined the band as a session drummer. During 1999 and 2000, Akhenaten twice performed live with a line-up featuring members from Nargaroth, Krieg, Absu and Maniac Butcher.

After relocating to Germany, Akhenaten announced the demise of Judas Iscariot on August 25, 2002.[1]


As the band's name implied, Akhenaten considered the story of the band Judas Iscariot as documentation of one individual's struggle against the moral boundaries set by Christianity.[1] Furthermore, he expressed contempt towards capitalism, which he dismissed as inextricably linked to materialism.[2] Akhenaten stated that his music was intended to give others strength to live in a world compromised by materialism and irrational religious ideology.

Some of the lyrics on early Judas Iscariot albums are borrowed from the works of English poet and Christian mystic William Blake,[3] as well as from English poet Percy Bysshe Shelly, fundamental for understanding the connection between Dark Romanticism, the esoteric and their connection to heavy metal lyrics.

Akhenaten repeatedly denied holding any extreme right-wing or racist views. In an interview he stated "Judas Iscariot is no Nazi band. I myself am no Nazi either [...] If other bands think they have to include politics into their music, it's their business, but this has nothing to do with my band."[4].



Full-length Albums[edit]

  • The Cold Earth Slept Below (1996)
  • Thy Dying Light (1996)
  • Of Great Eternity (1997)
  • Distant in Solitary Night (1999)
  • Heaven in Flames (2000)
  • To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding (2002)

EP Releases[edit]

  • Arise, My Lord (1996)
  • Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten (2000)
  • March of the Apocalypse (2002)
  • Moonlight Butchery (2002)
  • Midnight Frost (To Rest with Eternity) (2003)

Split Albums[edit]

Live Releases[edit]

  • Under the Black Sun (2000)

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • From Hateful Visions (2000)
  • Midnight Frost (To Rest with Eternity) (2002)


  • Heidegger (1992)
  • Judas Iscariot (1993)


  1. ^ a b Statement from the inlay of Judas Iscariot's final release. Judas Iscariot: Midnight Frost (To Rest with Eternity), Sombre Records 2002.
  2. ^ Interview on Tartarean Desire.
  3. ^ ROB: Secrets of the Tune: Unholy Blake Metal.
  4. ^ Interview on Art of Malice (in German), accessed on 31 December 2012.

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