Judiciary – Flesh + Blood (crossover metalcore)
The hot tip for 2023 seems to be to keep an eye on all the thrash bands Pete was hyped on back in 2019. First it was Necropanther, now it's Texas crossover upstarts Judiciary. Where as Necropanther's Betrayal was more of a refinement on an already established template, Flesh+ Blood is a completely different and far more volatile beast than it's already promising predecessor.
Immediately noticeable is the bolstered presentation, which comes courtesy of crossover/trad producer extraordinaire Arthur Rizk by way of modern metal/deathcore heavyweight's Will Putney's hard hitting mix. Flesh + Blood hits harder than an avalanche of Mack trucks, bringing to mind outspoken beatdown bands like First Blood and Sworn Enemy, mixed with the likes of Sepultura, Slayer, Machine Head and everything else that's great about the more groove-driven end of thrash metal. There is a time for diplomacy and a time for action, and if diplomacy's not dead already, it will be once Judiciary are done with it.