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Album Review

There was a time when if you dared to merge an Iron Maiden-esque dual guitar harmony with barking hardcore vocals, you'd be severely scolded from the nearest mosh pit. But the tides had certainly turned by the early 21st century, when bands that grew up on both musical styles (which back in the '80s, were about as polar opposite worlds as you could get) began making waves. Case in point, Iscariot, and their 2006 debut effort, Lifeless Design. Singer Derrick Harding has obviously studied both Phil Anselmo and also the leading death metal growlers, as he alternates between both throughout the album's ten tracks (especially on the album opener, "The Gates of the Flames"). On the other hand, Iscariot's music is equal parts death metal and prog metal — tricky tempos and technically complex bits abound throughout. While there are indeed other outfits that mine similar terrain (Lamb of God, Unearth, etc.), it's not like this style is aiming for the top of the album charts. It's obviously all about the love of metal for the members of Iscariot, and for that, we salute you!

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i cant believe nobody has review this

its an amazing album buy its an amazing album. Theres nothing more to say, buy it now.


ive always loved iscariot. living a stones throw from valpo in laporte ive been there since the beginning. small shows around the area and whatnot. and they never let you down at a show. its always an F****in awesome, sweaty, aggressive show. love it


This is pure death! If putrefaction had a sound, here it is!!!!! The best metal vocals I have ever heard! Backed up by some serious timing changes and dirty grinding riffs. Without a doubt my favorite metal album ever! Of you are a fan of serious death metal, you need this album! Just buy it right now!!!!


Formed: 2004 in Valparaiso, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from Valparaiso, IN, where they formed in 2004, Iscariot performs relentless metalcore infused with death metal brutality, and is comprised of vocalist Derrick Harding, guitarists Adam Higgins and Justin Taylor, bassist Ian McConnell, and drummer Alex Quiles. With sonic comparisons including Unearth, the Red Chord, and Lamb of God, the quintet debuted with a self-produced EP that went on to sell over 2,000 copies...
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