Lord of The Lost released their new album Judas, on July 2nd, subsequently securing the band’s highest-ever charting position at #2 on the German album charts. Even after this success, the Hamburg-based band isn’t taking a break – following up with their most elaborate music video ever.
Viva Vendetta forms the basis of the double bonus album, LOTL+, which was included with some already sold-out physical album formats. LOTL+ consists of 32 versions by befriended bands and artists based on the instrumental tracks from Viva Vendetta. None of the artists were privy to the album concept or any further info on Judas, resulting in 32 fundamentally different versions.
The video for the album version of Viva Vendetta is set in a dark western scenario, in which the band members take on different roles; a blacksmith, a priest, a sheriff, a bartender, and a hermit. They are all haunted by a dark entity, already known from the videos for Priest and For They Know Not What They Do. No matter where we stand in society, we are all equal before higher powers – this message is conveyed in a music video that is over seven minutes long and meets the highest cinematic standards.
Whether the five lonely cowboys in Viva Vendetta are cursed and damned by the protagonist or saved and redeemed, can be interpreted either way in the end. Thus, even a Wild West music short film creates the actually absurd connection to the album concept of the Damnation and Salvation of Judas Iscariot.
On their new offering Judas, Lord of The Lost draw the listener into a conflict that has lasted for thousands of centuries and is as old as mankind itself: The conflict between good and evil. On Judas, Lord of The Lost tell of this conflict from the perception of the character of Judas Iskarioth, known as highly diverse, and the so-called Gospel of Judas, a paper that’s said to consist of conversations between Jesus Christ and Judas Iskarioth and casts a different light on religious history as it’s told in the Bible’s New Testament.