ALBUM REVIEW: Lord Of The Lost – Judas

Release Date: July 2nd 2021
Label: Napalm Records
Website: www.lordofthelost.de
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Rating:

Grown from a single side-project, Hamburg’s Lord Of The Lost quickly exploded to full a entourage of instruments and voices with their own stage names included to keep the theatrical theme intact. Are they presenting a new mask or the same old tatters in their latest release, ‘Judas’?

Opener ‘Priest’ is a light hearted gothic opera that has a dramatic build-up of choirs and synths that lead to Chris “The Lord” Harms‘ narrative lyrics of self-righteousness and inner torment but there is little to invoke any inspiration.

Pushing gothic to its limit, ‘Death Is Just A Kiss Away’ retracts to deepening organs and synths that, with a tragic love story, make for a great change from the interchanging sections of opera meets metal that has dominated thus far.

Through to the record’s latter half, the mood doesn’t change much in ‘The Gospel Of Judas’, apart from an increase of distortion and eighties backing synths, but they do give an extra edge of impact to drill home.

‘Argent’ initially has connotations of been picked out of a film like 300 or Gladiator, with a single voice echoing in a field or dream, which is quickly spoilt by a belt of bland chords and padded beats. This could have been a welcome change of pace in an otherwise unilateral procedural pattern of instrumentation and tone.

There are fleeting moments of variety, from down blasts of blaring guitars and a few interjected screams, as we find in ‘Iskarioth’, but as soon as Harms‘ vocals come in everything is dialled back to tell his story rather than developing an interesting journey.

While not terrible or unlistenable, ‘Judas’ drags on for so, so long, and normally progression means that you are going somewhere or exploring interesting territory. Here, you might as well be blindfolded in a field walking in circles for two hours.