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Now Hear This | Judicator | Let There Be Nothing

The U.S. rockers fuse power metal, prog and a historical morality play.

I ran out of time and words before I ran out of music to write about this week. So strictly speaking, this isn’t a review — but it’s definitely a recommendation. Check out the press release, watch some videos and hear for yourself.



THE PRESS RELEASE: “With a new record deal under their bullet belts, Judicator are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Let There Be Nothing. The geographically disparate group are united by the mighty force of true power metal — coming to a stereo near you this year! As with past releases Let There Be Nothing is a concept album, steeped in historical references and tales of the past. However, the blood pumping through the veins of the music is — as ever — rich with human emotion and rooted in universal experience, regardless of what era your fortune has dictated you dwell within. The album follows Belisarius, a humble and renowned Byzantine general, on his campaigns to reconquer former Roman territories. While Belisarius is a master on the battlefield, his greatest struggle will be within. Political forces continually undermine his authority, and his wife’s infidelity will put both his faith and morals to the test. Let There be Nothing is a morality play framed within a sweeping, historical epic. Join Belisarius on his quest to reunite Rome and tame the human heart! The serendipitous origins of the band have bound them together through time zones, seasons, and line up changes. Founding members Tony Cordisco and John Yelland met eight years ago when they both turned up early to a Blind Guardian concert; they hit it off and the rest is — quite literally — history. Through the course of four earlier albums, Judicator have embellished traditional power metal with progressive elements and captured imaginations across the globe. The eight tracks that comprise Let There Be Nothing are unforgettable – historically epic and commanding attention through their intricate white-knuckle storytelling and pervasive, melancholic atmosphere.