Judas Iscariot (band)
|Also known as||Heidegger|
|Origin||DeKalb, Illinois, United States|
|Labels||End All Life Productions, Moribund Records, No Colours Records, Elegy Records|
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.
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. Furthermore, he expressed contempt towards capitalism, which he dismissed as inextricably linked to materialism. 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, 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.".
- Akhenaten (Andrew Harris) – vocals, guitar, bass and drums
- Cryptic Winter (Duane Timlin) – Session drums (1999–2001)
- Kanwulf (René Wagner) – Live guitar
- Lord Imperial (Neill Jameson) – Live bass (1999–2000)
- Proscriptor (Russley Randel Givens) – Live drums (1999)
- Butcher (real name unknown) – Live drums (2000)
- 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)
- Arise, My Lord (1996)
- Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten (2000)
- March of the Apocalypse (2002)
- Moonlight Butchery (2002)
- Midnight Frost (To Rest with Eternity) (2003)
- Judas Iscariot/Weltmacht (with Weltmacht) (1999)
- None Shall Escape the Wrath (with Krieg, Eternal Majesty and Macabre Omen) (2000)
- To the Coming Age of Intolerance (with Krieg) (2001)
- Under the Black Sun (2000)
- From Hateful Visions (2000)
- Midnight Frost (To Rest with Eternity) (2002)
- Heidegger (1992)
- Judas Iscariot (1993)