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Judas Iscariot was an American black metal band. It began in 1992 as the solo-project of Andrew Harris, who performed under the pseudonym Akhenaten (after the Egyptian Pharaoh of the same name).

With the release of Heaven in Flames (1999), Duane Timlin (aka Cryptic Winter) joined the band as a session drummer. During 1999 and 2000, Akhenaten twice performed live with a line-up featuring members from Nargaroth, Krieg, Absu and Maniac Butcher.

After relocating to Germany, Akhenaten announced the demise of Judas Iscariot on August 25, 2002.

Ideology

As the band's name implied, Akhenaten's stated goal was to spread anti-Christian philosophy through music. The emotion was particularly directed toward Christian views of morality and compassion, which he believed promoted human weakness instead of individuality and personal development. Akhenaten considered the story of the band Judas Iscariot as documentation of one individual's struggle against the moral boundaries set by Christianity. Furthermore, he expressed contempt towards capitalism, which he dismissed as inextricably linked to materialism. Akhenaten stated that his music was intended to give others strength to live in a world compromised by materialism and irrational religious ideology. Ironically, however, a number of lyrics on early Judas Iscariot albums are borrowed from the works of English poet and Christian mystic William Blake, as well as from English poet Percy Bysshe Shelly.

Akhenaten repeatedly denied holding any extreme right-wing or racist views. In an interview he stated "Judas Iscariot is no Nazi band. I myself am no Nazi either ... If other bands think they have to include politics into their music, it's their business, but this has nothing to do with my band."

Line-up

Akhenaten (Andrew Harris) - vocals, guitar, bass and drums,

Cryptic Winter (Duane Timlin) - Session drums (1999-2001),

Kanwulf (René Wagner) - Live guitar,

Lord Imperial (Neill Jameson) - Live bass (1999-2000),

Proscriptor (Russley Randel Givens) - Live drums (1999),

Butcher (real name unknown) - Live drums (2000)


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