U.S. power metal act Judicator formally announced the official release date for the fourth studio album “The Last Emperor.” The album drops on March 30th. The date will also see the CD re-releases of the 2012 debut album “King of Rome” and the 2013 sophomore album “Sleepy Plessow”!
Pre-orders for all merchandise are available right now at this location or through Bandcamp over here. Bandcamp pre-orders will unlock the new song "Spiritual Treason," which features Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) on guest vocals. The song is available for streaming in the player above.
“The Last Emperor” is a historical power metal concept album covering several events and figures from the first Crusades and the People’s crusades, including Pope Urban II, Godfrey of Bouillon, Alexios I Komnenos, Raynald Porchet, and Bohemond I of Antioch.
The album was recorded in 2017 and reamped, edited, and mixed by Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio. The album was once again mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima of Tower Studio. Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian appears for additional lead and backing vocals on the song "Spiritual Treason." David Brown of Chaos Frame returns once again for support with choir and backing vocals, as well as featuring on guest lead vocals on “Antioch," playing the part of the martyred knight Raynald Porchet.
Pre-orders for all merchandise are available right now at this location or through Bandcamp over here. Bandcamp pre-orders will unlock the new song "Spiritual Treason."
The band commented: "Blind Guardian [has] continually been a major influence of the band, as Judicator began not long after when John and Tony met at a Blind Guardian concert in 2010. Hansi’s gracious appearance on the album is a full circle moment for us and we are incredibly thankful to Hansi and the Blind Guardian family not just for this collaboration, but also to their hospitality and kindness towards us over the last couple of years."
"The Last Emperor" also features a fully re-recorded version of the title track of the band's debut album "King of Rome" as a bonus track. In addition, a music video was shot in March of 2017 with the assistance of Judy Alumni Austin Bentley (Machines of Man, Disforia, formally Judicator and longtime friend and collaborator of the band) and will be released on March 9th, 2018 via Youtube and the band's website.
The band added: "‘King of Rome’ has become our signature song over the years, closing out the concerts we’ve played with some of our favorite moments singing along to the chorus with you all. With this recording and video, we hoped to capture the spirit of the band--which started as a no-budget bedroom recording project--and bring it to life in a professional and fully updated format. Ultimately, Judicator is a band that started from two friends that shared a love of power metal and recorded a handful of quick songs for fun, and everything we’ve done from there has been built on that as well as our family, friends, and fans shared love of heavy metal. 'King of Rome' is the song we feel from our catalog most embodies these ideas and we hope you enjoy the final product!"
The track listing and album artwork can be found here:
1. The Last Emperor
2. Take Up Your Cross
3. Raining Gold
4. The Queen of All Cities
5. Spiritual Treason (ft. Hansi Kürsch)
7. Nothing But Blood
8. It Falls to Jerusalem
9. King of Rome (Bonus Track CD)