Judicator - At the Expense of Humanity

Help US Power Metal act JUDICATOR produce and print our third album 'At the Expense of Humanity'!
Tony Cordisco
Tucson, Arizona
United States
1 Team Member


Judicator is a US Power Metal band split between Tucson, AZ and SLC, Utah.  We put out our first album 'King of Rome' in 2012, and our second album 'Sleepy Plessow' in 2013.  Both albums generated a bit of buzz in the underground power metal scene, and distributed over 1000 digital copies each, and a fair amount of physical copies as well.  In 2014, we are showing no signs of slowing down.  For the first time, we have a full band lineup and are no longer a simple recording project.  Our third album 'At the Expense of Humanity' is our biggest production to date and we need your help to make it happen!  This album will also be followed up by our first live performance ever at the Deland Rock and Metal Festival.  It shows a drastic change in style and a drastic change in the very nature of the band--things our fans have been asking for since day 1.  With your help, we can achieve this power metal metamorphosis.  

'At the Expense of Humanity' is a power metal album unlike our previous two.  Gone are the themes of history, and the thundering speed metal.  In its place are more intricate vocal and musical arrangements than previously offered, and a much heavier focus on melodic complexity.  This is executed through the use of bombastic keyboard arrangements on top of moving, progressive song structures.  We have also include our first songs to deal with complex time signature arrangements.  The story itself is a devastating story of loss, existential anguish, and the breaking of family bonds.  Singer John Yelland tells the autobiographical tale of a young boy who loses his brother to cancer.  His family is anything but helpful to him in this time of loss and offer him cliches instead of answers.  This begins his journey into the terrifying nature of the universe, and his small place within it.  We know how the story turns out, but the tale woven is both riveting and eye opening.  How do you see yourself in the great unknown?  How does one properly deal with death?  How does one cope?  Is there an answer beyond the stars?  Or are we just wraiths floating endless through space?  How long can you live forever?  

'At the Expense of Humanity' will be released September 5th, 2014.  The tracklisting is as follows:

1. A Picture of Fading Light
2. God’s Failures
3. Cannibalistic Mind
4. Coping Mechanism
5. My Fantasy Destroyed
6. Lucid Nightmare
7. The Rain in the Meadow
8. Nemesis/Fratricide
9. Autophagia
10. Life Support
11. At the Expense of Humanity
12. How Long Can You Live Forever?
13. Enantiodromia
14. At the Gallows End (Candlemass Cover) — Physical Release Bonus Track

John Yelland – Vocals
Tony Cordisco – Rhythm/Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Joshua Payne – Lead Guitar
Jordan Elcess – Bass Guitar
Chris Kelly – Drums
Tyler Sherrill - Keyboards

What We Need & What You Get:

We are well into the recording process of this album, but there are a few things extra we need help with!

1. Producing the album.  This album features more complex vocal, keyboard and guitar arrangements than we have ever used previously, and will require a pro-level Mix/Master.  We must raise the money to pay for this.  It will be the difference between a home-quality product, and a full, bombastic final product.  We are hoping to have Carlos Alvarez (Shadowdance, Noble Beast, etc) of Dirty Viking Audio mix the album, and Brett Caldas-Lima (Ayreon, Noble Beast, Shadowdance, etc) of Tower Records master the album.  The campaign will not cover all the cost for us, so it is very important for it to succeed because we will still be pouring our own money into this.

2. Printing the album.  We firmly believe in having the physical product available for the die-hard record collector fans, and making sure that product is as pristine as possible.  The success of this campaign will allow us to reward contributors with physical copies of the album, and also make available the physical product to the general public.

What will you get from this?

1. A fully realized Judicator band, with an album that pushes our sound to new compositional heights, and relies on the strength of 6 diverse band members, with real drums and keys for the first time in the band's history.  And without having to expend your humanity to achieve it.  

2. An opportunity to receive a wide range of Judicator merch including all three of our physical full length albums, posters, guitar picks, and possibly T-shirts.  The posters, picks, stickers, and first two albums are EXCLUSIVE to this kickstarter and will NOT be available anywhere else now or in the future!  

3. Access to exclusive preview content.  Want to be in on the machinations of Judicator before everyone else?  Contributing to this campaign will let you get material well ahead of everyone else... and even some exclusive looks here or there!

4. All contributions of $50 will put your name in a raffle to win a SIGNED ELECTRIC GUITAR.  Donations after $50 will put your name in an additional time for every subsequent $25--no limit!  The raffle will be held at the conclusion of the campaign.  You do NOT need to select a $50 perk to contribute $50 and be entered in the raffle.

As a courtesy, please add $10 USD for international pledges. 

IMPORTANT NOTE -- Delivery dates are subject to change based on production time of the album.  Those are estimates, not guarantees!  We will try to have everything done ASAP, but real life does happen and the release date may have to be pushed back.

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTE -- IF you would like your album(s) signed, please specify!  We do not all live in the same state, so having the whole band sign an album costs extra.  We did not include it as a default option for that reason.  However, if this is something you want, please let us know so we can make that happen. 

The Impact:

The success of this campaign will turn Judicator from a long distance recording project with decent home recording quality and a modest online fanbase, into a competitive, fully realized band, that will leave the realms of the internet and join their contemporaries on stage for the first time.  This is the next step in our evolution as a US Power Metal band, and as it is our third album, it is really our creative 'make or break' point.  We are prepared to put the work in to make the band fully realized and contribute to the growing new wave of Power Metal in the US for years to come.  We would not have made it this far without the support of our fans, and now we are asking for one last push to the next level!  

Other Ways You Can Help:

Sometimes, it just isn't possible to contribute financially, and we understand that perhaps like no other.  However, that doesn't mean you still can't contribute.  Share this campaign around!  Show your friend a Judicator album--our first two are free on our bandcamp!  Spread the word about the new album.  Help us reach as many ears and eyes as possible!

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raised by 59 people in 2 months
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This campaign ended on July 2, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $2USD
    I Can't Cope!

    You can't cope without some new Judicator to hold you over until the new album. You receive a download code for a digital copy of the 'Coping Mechanism' EP to tie you over.

    0 claimed
  • $5USD
    Patient Sign In

    You have entered the hospital and signed in. Your name is logged in the "At the Expense of Humanity" booklet, and you receive an advanced digital single of 'How Long Can You Live Forever' to entertain you while you wait + all 'I Can't Cope!" rewards.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $8USD
    Impatient Sign In

    You sign in, but you can't wait nearly that long for the treatment. You receive a digital copy of the album one week prior to the official release date + all 'Patient Sign In' and 'I Can't Cope!" rewards.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $10USD
    Support System

    SPECIAL OFFER-- We are working with Carlos Alvarez from Shadowdance to produce this album. In support of the US Power Metal scene working together, you receive a free download code for the excellent album 'Future Negative Fantasy' by Shadowdance in addition to all 'I Can't Cope!' 'Patient Sign In' and 'Impatient Sign In' rewards.

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $15USD
    Your Elan

    You receive an 11x17 poster of beautiful artwork from our first album 'King of Rome' with the lyrics to our epic song 'Elan' overlaid in order to commemorate your fighting spirit. You are also given a custom 'Judicator - US POWER METAL' guitar pick and a 4x4 'At the Expense of Humanity' album art sticker. You receive all 'Impatient Sign In' 'Patient Sign In' and 'I Can't Cope!" rewards.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $15USD
    Give it to me Straight

    You don't want to be fooled by formalities and bedside manner... you came for one thing and one thing only, the album. You receive a physical copy of 'At the Expense of Humanity' and no other rewards.

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $25USD
    Give Me All the Details

    You want the album, but you also want all the details of the operation. You receive a physical copy of 'At the Expense of Humanity' + all 'Your Elan' 'Impatient Sign In' 'Patient Sign In' and 'I Can't Cope!" rewards.

    11 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    Complete Medical History

    You want the complete medical history of the band. You won't go into treatment for a new album without knowing what you are getting into. For your diligence, you receive a physical copy of both our first two albums 'King of Rome' and 'Sleepy Plessow' plus all 'Give Me All the Details' 'Your Elan' 'Impatient Sign In' 'Patient Sign In' and 'I Can't Cope!' rewards. Contributing 50 dollars automatically enters you in the raffle to win a SIGNED ELECTRIC GUITAR.

    22 out of 24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014

    Pre-Existing Condition

    You love the first two albums, but you want to know what they sound like with a full band. Pick two Judicator songs from 'King of Rome' 'Heroes and Villains' or 'Sleepy Plessow' and we will re-record them with the full band like we did for 'Tu N'es Pas Mort, Coquin?*' and 'The Iron Duke*'. You also receive an Executive Producer credit on the album. *These two songs are not eligible as we have already re-recorded them. This perk enters your name into the guitar raffle three times.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014

    Executive of Art

    Now that we have reached our goal... we have added a stretch goal! If we raised another $200 dollars, we will be able to commission better custom artwork to further fit the theme of the album and replace the current licensed version. If someone decides to buy out the stretch goal, they will officially be credit as the Executive Art Producer.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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