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
and Maniac Butcher.
After relocating to Germany, Akhenaten announced the demise of Judas Iscariot on August 25, 2002.
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. from the inlay of Judas Iscariot's final release, Midnight Frost (To Rest with Eternity)
. 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.
Akhenaten repeatedly denied holding any extreme right-wing
or racist views. In an interview he stated... Read More