Be it religious iconography, empty words of faceless politicians or even the psychological confines of celebrity culture, the world as we know it is enslaved. As written in the Ten Commandments “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything” a statement that Mask Of Judas have placed at the epicentre of their brand new record, The Mesmerist, their debut full length that will be released on May 11th 2018. Breaking free from the shackles of ignorance, Mask Of Judas reveal humanity’s true nature removing the dystopian wool from our eyes.
Jo Challen, vocals, says this about the album
“The Mesmerist’s ongoing theme is modern day society and how our lives are largely controlled by illusive influencers we are compelled to follow: Politically, socially, religiously, and artistically. It’s a reflection of a reality in which our own free-thinking, beliefs and tastes are largely modelled and modified by a cohort of mesmerists, be they elusive, or starkly visible popular figures. It aims to provoke us to question our blind beliefs and everything we think and feel without questioning.”
“The Conspirator is a great example of Mask of Judas’s core sound. Heavy and melodic technical riffs coupled with aggressive vocals which effortlessly meet with melodic and emotive RnB flavours all wrapped up into a pop structure with buckets of groove. I wrote the original guitar parts when I was messing around with some bebop and funk inspired riffs on the 7 string. Reece re-enforces the melodic lines in the riffs with his tight guitar harmonies. Jo came up with some incredible vocal melodies over the top which I would have never imagined which transformed the song yet again. Jof and George further solidified the song by providing punchy catchy grooves. Oh…and I got to do a guitar solo! (of course!) I am proud of this song!”
The Mesmerist was mixed and mastered by acclaimed producer Jacob Hansen, best known for his work with the likes of Volbeat, Xerath, Epica, Aborted and more.
Formed of luminary instrumentalists throughout the UK, Mask Of Judas bring a new age sensibility to the Progressive Metal genre, fusing together the thunderous eight string grooves with lead acrobatics alongside vocal influences that range from Soul and R’n’B to the outer perimeters of Death Metal, The Mesmerist is a trip through the genre kaleidoscope. Formed of guitarists Sam Bell (renowned for his regular contributions to Guitar Interactive Magazine, Premier Guitar Magazine and LickLibrary) and Reece Fullwood, with Jof Walsh on drums and George Bell on bass rounded up by Jo Challen on vocals, each member’s instruments form unique sentences into the society challenging verse that is The Mesmerist.
Mask of Judas have brought their unique blend of progressive metal to many stages over the years, including Bloodstock and UK Tech-Metal Fest. The great unveil of their debut full length will resonate with new and existing fans, and have this ambitious quintet make their stamp not just in 2018, but for years to come.
Stay tuned for more Mask of Judas.
Mask Of Judas Is :
SAM BELL – Guitar
REECE FULLWOOD – Guitar
JOF WALSH – Drums
GEORGE BELL – Bass
JO CHALLEN – Vocals