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Destroy Judas is a local band from Long Beach, California. They play a mix of sludge metal, doom metal, and post metal, which is not a common music style for an area that is known for its beaches and downtown nightlife as well as its influence on West Coast rap/hip hop and ska music. Destroy Judas, however, has the ability to make you think that they come from a much colder area, and shows that true isolation and depression of the mind can strike anyone, despite having sand and sunsets as your backdrop.
Their debut album Wake was an instant classic for me, and the cassette tape has never left my car. Their second album is even more ambitious than their 4-song 50-minute debut. Forever Like Stars is just 1 song clocking in at 38 minutes. The build up is something to be reveled at, as its slow hypnotic phrasing lasts for a full 18 minutes before the vocals finally come in. From there it is a complete assault of growled/melodic vocals, beautiful melody lines on the guitar, powerful drumming, and equally powerful lyrics.
Destroy Judas is definitely for fans of Neurosis, Cult of Luna, and Isis, but continues to retain their own style as to never get confused for one of those bands. In addition, the band continues to incorporate the best elements of Wake while pushing forward and trying to cover new ground. The album starts strong, ends strong, and never gets boring in between. The 38-minute experience just seems to fly by, and leaves you ready for more Destroy Judas in the future. This is an extremely impressive and powerful album, and even though it was released in 2015 is one of my favorite albums of 2016 so far.
– Jordan Salfity