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 is out now. 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, recently went to Kenya to volunteer in a Masai community where she learnt a lot about an alternative culture’s values and belief system, particularly the positioning of women in their society and how they are valued – which tie in with some of Jo’s lyrical themes.
Jo had this to say 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 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.
STREAM “THE MESMERIST” ON:
PURCHASE THE MESMERIST ON:
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 recently revealed a crushingly heavy yet soulful track ‘The Conspirator’ with accompanying music video, which you can view below:
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.
“If complicated rhythms, breathtaking solos and stunning vocal deliveries tickle your fancy, ‘The Mesmerist’ will certainly be a welcome addition to your music library.”
– Distorted Sound Magazine
“The Mesmerist is also a beast of an album, with a ferocious sound that runs the gamut from original eighties shred to the most modern of progressive metal. And it never ceases to surprise: you’ll hear growls-aplenty, but Challen can also hold her own against any number of R&B belters, and founder Sam Bell’s influences veer wildly, from the Mahavishnu Orchestra to Protest The Hero and George Michael.”
– Metal Hammer Magazine
Mask Of Judas is:
SAM BELL – Guitar
REECE FULLWOOD – Guitar
JOF WALSH – Drums
GEORGE BELL – Bass
JO CHALLEN – Vocals
3. The Conspirator
7. Brand New Conquest