Judicator - At The Expense Of Humanity (2015)

(Arthur would like to note that while he won the Judicator guitar contest, he still feels that he can give a completely objective review without any undue influence by that sweet axe.  Also, he's thinking of starting a band, so if you're interested in chew toy themed power metal, give him a shout.)

Guinny says:
Hello, hello, HELLO!

What do I wake up to this morning but these five fine hunks of manhood?  And most of them with glorious beards, no less!  Excuse me while I cut myself off a couple of slices!

Are you guys in a band or something? I like musicians.

Arthur says:
Really?!  We sit down to get to work our first review in months, and that's all you bring to the table?  Did you even listen to the CD? *sigh*

For everyone who isn't a complete chowderhead:  At The Expense Of Humanity is the third album from Judicator.  While their first two albums were historical concept discs, this new offering is an autobiographical telling of the story of vocalist John Yelland's loss of his brother to cancer.

The songwriting on this one is top notch.  The guitar, bass, and drums are tight, and the lyrics are very well-written. This is one of those albums that hits you right in the feels, over and over and over.
Guinny says:
Like you have feels to get hit in..  Don't you remember when you went to the vet and got tutored?

I have no idea what that means, but I thought you would have learned something from that.

John sings?  I wonder if he would write a song for me.  I shall commence stalki-- I mean, getting to know him in a manner COMPLETELY CONSISTENT WITH ANY COURT ORDERS THAT MAY EXIST and see what happens.

The album cover is scary, but it looks like that dude works out.  That's not how you do Pilates, though.
Arthur says:
As usual, I'm doing all of the heavy lifting on this one.  Shut up and let me work.

Tony Cordisco writes the music and plays guitar and bass on this one, and the man can riff.  When I opened my copy, at least 3 or 4 spare riffs dropped out of the case and ran across the floor, scaring the heck out of Guinny, who was watching a scary movie.  Anyone know how to get stains out of a distressed wood floor?

Tyler Sherrill is the master of the keys, and really augments Tony's guitar melodies with his sick skills. He's no Keyboard Cat, but who is, right?  He's pretty amazing, though.  

Jordan Elcess completes the recording lineup for this release on the drums, and he's really good.  The pace is kept quite ably, and he's very consistent.  I approve heartily.

Guinny says:
He hits things with sticks?  I approve as well.  I like hitting things with sticks.  And chasing sticks.  And sticks in general.

Also, he''s got mad beard skills.  I wish I could grow a beard.  Maybe the next Judicator contest could involve winning his beard.  That would be sweet!  Plus, the beard would comfort me when the album cover scares me.

I really liked the album. It reminded me of growing up as a puppy in Wales.  Good times.


Arthur says:
You've never been to Wales, and you weren't listening to music.  You fell asleep with your ear on the cat. 

So, to wrap it up - this is a great album.  I'm a fan of Judicator, and this release was completely worth the wait.  Vocal contributions by Mercedes Victoria and Paul Black, as well as guitar solos from Carlos Alvarez, Jeff Teets, and Joshua Payne and strings by Austin Bentley really round out this album and make it into something special.  I look forward to the next album with great anticipation.

Consensus:
Guinny and Arthur really love At The Expense Of Humanity, and it's probably earned a place in their top albums for the year, early as it is.

Judicator's At The Expense Of Humanity gets a well-earned 9.52 Derps out of 10.
Guinny and Arthur really love At The Expense Of Humanity, and it's probably earned a place in their top albums for the year, early as it is.

Judicator's At The Expense Of Humanity gets a well-earned 9.52 Derps out of 10.
Guinny and Arthur really love At The Expense Of Humanity, and it's probably earned a place in their top albums for the year, early as it is.

Judicator's At The Expense Of Humanity gets a well-earned 9.52 Derps out of 10.
Guinny and Arthur really love At The Expense Of Humanity, and it's probably earned a place in their top albums for the year, early as it is.

Judicator's At The Expense Of Humanity gets a well-earned 9.52 Derps out of 10.