[photo credit: VDPictures / Jan Season]

Shortly after the release of their most successful album to date, JUDAS (#2 in the German album charts), LORD OF THE LOST deliver their next highlight with the BluRay/DVD/CD release of their almost two-hour Sinister Summer livestreaming concert under the name The Sacrament of Judas on December 10, 2021. Now, the Hamburg based band has yet another highlight to offer – the TRVE WESTERN VERSION of “Viva Vendetta”.
Backed by the most elaborately produced music video in the band’s history so far, LORD OF THE LOST go one better and release “Viva Vendetta” as an authentic soundtrack to the completely Western-style video. A musical recreation of the famous Ennio Morricone soundtrack style, the band creates an unmistakably honest western flick that couldn’t have hit the mark more precisely, proving that they are quite capable of venturing into new territories without losing their personal trademarks!
 Chris Harms on the new version:
“As we are confronted with more and more hate on the internet that comes with our increasing success, we see more often that we are ‘too dark’ for the rock scene, ‘too colorful’ for the gothic scene and ‘not hard enough’ for the metal scene. We’re told we look way ‘too gay’ and are ‘not true’, whatever that means. We love to dance between the chairs, and will never voluntarily sit in just one of them, ergo that’s perfectly fine for us. As is so often the case, things get rolling for us spontaneously through crazy ideas. During an extremely entertaining discussion about the dusty meaning of ‘trueness’, we realized that there is nothing ‘truer’ for a western video than an authentic-sounding western soundtrack variant of the song. And so, we spared no expense or effort, and with extreme attention to detail, created the TRVE WESTERN VERSION of “Viva Vendetta“.“

On their new offering JUDASLORD OF THE LOST draw the listener into a conflict that has lasted for thousands of centuries and is as old as mankind itself: The conflict between good and evil. On JUDASLORD OF THE LOST tell of this conflict from the perception of the character of Judas Iskarioth, known as highly diverse, and the so-called Gospel of Judas, a paper that’s said to consist of conversations between Jesus Christ and Judas Iskarioth and casts a different light on religious history as it’s told in the Bible’s New Testament.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover. This sentence could hardly apply any better to someone in theological history than to the figure of Judas Iskarioth, who represents only one thing at first glance: Betrayal. If you take a closer look, almost endless possibilities of interpretation open up here: from “Judas the murderer” to “Judas the redeemer” and “Judas the actual martyr”, who, if you believe in it, could only find room in hell for his salvific betrayal after dying for what he did, in complete contrast to Jesus Christ. This field of tension and the apocryphal writings of the “Gospel of Judas” are the basis for a double album that not only illuminates the dark and light side of history, but above all the grey areas in between, in which we move emotionally and ideologically throughout our lives and try to find our place.”

Order Your Copy of JUDAS  HERE

international press quotes on JUDAS:
Spark, Czech Republic
“Judas digs to the lowest depths of human morality, lyrically touching, musically overwhelming record“
La Heavy, Spain
“The German masters of gothic metal offer us a new magnum opus that will definitely establish them as a force to be reckoned with in the international rock scene”
Metallian, France
” JUDAS is undeniably their most accomplished work to date… The album of the summer?“
Sweden Rock
“Atmospheric, massive and incredibly powerful”
Fireworks, UK
“Dark and dramatic, JUDAS could very well go on to set the gold standard for like-minded bands for years to come.”
Metal Hammer, Germany
“An ambitious large-scale project with strong moments. LORD OF THE LOST have created their own musical niche.”
Blast!, Germany
“An Absolute milestone”
Classic Rock, Germany
“The biblical Judas would surely have had his heavenly joy with JUDAS.”
Rock It, Germany
JUDAS is haunting, atmospheric, mostly melancholic, often incendiary dark rock cinema that really pulls out all the stops.”
Hardline, Germany
“It’s not only the most comprehensive work in the band’s history, but also the most perfect album mastermind/vocalist Chris Harms and his colleagues have ever released.”, Germany
LORD OF THE LOST continue to show their headlining potential on their seventh album.”

LORD OF THE LOST blur the lines between good and evil with their magnum
opus JUDAS

JUDAS sets off with atmospheric “Priest”, followed by “For They Know Not What They Do”, making clear right from the beginning that all the songs can be experienced the most organic and vivid way: A genuine, unique choir accompanies singer Chris Harms, whose multi-dimensional voice delivers the haunting lyrics straight into the listener’s mind more strongly than ever. Songs like “Your Star Has Led You Astray” or “Born With a Broken Heart” easily manage to keep the balance between harsh vocals, the distorted sound of fuzz guitars and an overall dark atmosphere that LORD OF THE LOST is known for, whilst “Death Is Just a Kiss Away”“My Constellation” and closing “Work of Salvation”, for example, put grand piano tunes, authentic strings and the sound of a massive organ recorded in a church in the most suitable focus.
JUDAS marks the successor of chart-breaking Thornstar (2018, #6 GER), and again breathes the innovative spirit of five musicians who are far away from setting boundaries into their very own unique art. LORD OF THE LOST has never been that type of creative force that’s pinned to any specific genre and has succeeded in surprising fans and critics with their nonconformism repeatedly over the years. With their new album, JUDASLORD OF THE LOST manage to thematically blur the lines between good and evil and put the so called “salvific treason” into a harmonious soundscape unlike ever heard before – truly an magnum opus!

12.11.22 DE – Leipzig / Gothic Meets Klassik
03.12.22 UK – North London / Nightclub Kolis
04.12.22 UK – North London / Nightclub Kolis
20.04.22 DE – Hamburg / Friedrich Ebert Halle
21.04.22 DE – Mainz / Kurfürstliches Schloss
22.04.22 DE – Munich / Alte Kongresshalle
23.04.22 DE – Wuppertal / Historische Stadthalle

Chris Harms – vocals, guitar, cello
Pi Stoffers – guitar
Class Grenayde – bass
Gared Dirge – piano, synthesizer, percussion, guitar
Niklas Kahl – drums


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