Review of Judicator - "Let There Be Nothing"

Prosthetic Records has been fully on-point with their new signings over the past couple years. From the progressive leanings of Chicago’s Without Waves to the blackened thrash/horror punk of North Carolina’s All Hell and the impending melodic death releases from acts such as Fires in the Distance and Foretoken, Prosthetic have proven themselves to be one of the most varied and forward-thinking metal labels of the 21st century; and with the additional recent signing of the Southwestern power metal quintet, Judicator, this proof has only been hammered home with even further emphasis and certainty.

Sporting members from Utah, Arizona, and beyond, Judicator have been plying their independent power metal wares for almost a decade now. But a few months ago, the fine folks at Prosthetic decided to sign the otherwise obscure group and to aid them in the distribution of their fifth official full-length, Let There Be Nothing (due out Friday, July 24th, 2020), and thank the gods for that!

Conceptually based in the historical account of the Byzantine general Flavius Belisarius, who was responsible for reconquering many of the lands of the Western Roman Empire that had been lost to the barbarian hordes less than a century before his time, Let There Be Nothing is eight impressively monumental tracks of goosebump-inducing, spine-tingling, progressive power metal that slay unfailingly, from stem to stern and soup to nuts.

Sincerely, not one moment of the fifty-nine breathtaking minutes that make up this astonishing release are wasted or unused. Every second of Let There Be Nothing, from the beginning of the colossal opener “Let There Be Light” to the denouement of the closing title-track, “Let There Be Nothing”, is solely dedicated to the dissemination of high-quality, no-holds-barred conceptual power metal that is profuse with the conspicuously mighty, multilayered vocals provided by John Yelland and his backers and guests.

Abrim and overflowing with incredible music, Judicator’s Let There Be Nothing is easily the finest power metal album released so far this year, so check out the official lyric video for the single “Gloria” by mashing that play button below, and be sure to pick up your own copy of Let There Be Nothing if you agree with Hated One that this is some fantastic, epic shit! \m/

Rating: 97 / 100 (A+)

Release Info: Friday, July 24th, 2020 (Prosthetic Records)

Genre: Progressive Power Metal

FFO: Blind Guardian, Holy Grail, Visigoth, Grave Digger, Burning Witches, Powerwolf, Scars of Armageddon

Judicator Links: Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp


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