JUDICATOR are today premiering their new album, The Majesty of Decay, in full via Distorted Sound. The Majesty of Decay is the US power metal band’s sixth studio album and is set for release this Friday (November 25) via Prosthetic Records. In celebration of the album release, JUDICATOR will also be appearing at Gimme Metal for a special guest DJ slot on Wednesday, November 30 - more details below.
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The Majesty of Decay will be available on all streaming platforms this Friday (November 25).
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Speaking on the premiere, the band comments: "This album is the product of immeasurable blood, sweat, and tears. We are incredibly happy with how it turned out, and so grateful to everyone involved for pouring their hearts and souls into this album to make it what it is -- not just the band members, but Prosthetic Records, Dirty Viking Audio, Tower Studio, all our talented guests, and everyone else who had a hand in making this work of art what it is."
Bassist John Dolan adds: "It is a true honor to have worked with the many talented people involved with this album. A wild ride from start to finish that doesn't let up! So much effort went into making it and we can't wait for you all to hear it!"
As with past releases, The Majesty of Decay is a concept album. But while most JUDICATOR albums have been based on history, this one takes an entirely different direction. The album’s story connects with At the Expense of Humanity, the band’s third album, which recounts singer John Yelland’s experiences watching his older brother die after a long, drawn out battle with cancer.
Whilst the album’s story remains somewhat shrouded in mystery, JUDICATOR utilizes compelling plot devices as a means to encourage fans to piece together the album’s meta-contextual threads. What we do know, however, is that The Majesty of Decay explores the subjects of love, family, and the transformation of suffering into something meaningful. JUDICATOR invites you to step into this world and contemplate how the story might relate to you. The album is a carefully constructed puzzle of mirrors and metaphor that cries out for JUDICATOR fans everywhere to solve it.
What began as a humble homage to their mutual love of Blind Guardian, JUDICATOR have quickly grown into something that has continually had fans begging for more, with JUDICATOR more happy to oblige. With this latest offering, JUDICATOR have delivered yet another thought provoking album that fits nicely into their discography.
With members spread across the United States, recording for The Majesty of Decay was certainly unique. Drums were engineered and recorded by Alex Bosson (Helion Prime, Lunar, Planeswalker). Brass was engineered and recorded by Michael Sasich at Man vs. Music. The album was edited by Will Salazar at Revenant Sound Studios. Reamping and mixing was completed by Carlos Alvarez at Dirty Viking Audio Production. Mastering and sequencing was completed by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio. In addition, the album features Angel Chatzitheodorou (Angel Wolf-Black, ex-Bare Infinity), whose elegant, powerful voice soars through much of the song Judgment. The beautiful, eerie artwork by Marc Whisnant completes the package.
The ten tracks that comprise The Majesty of Decay are haunting, progressive, and command attention through their adventurous, emotionally cathartic storytelling and pervasive, dynamic atmosphere.