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  STEVE GÖLDBY'S METAL CHRONICLES

JUDAS
Roy Bright
(Whiteley Publishing)


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'Judas' is the debut novel by Roy Bright, the frontman of hard rocking Metal band Exit State and it's an absolutely gripping read.

It's a passionate religious epic, a horror story drawing inspiration from the classic confrontation between light and dark forces, it's simultaneously brutal, frightening and heart warming and it will leave you gasping for breath.

Judas Iscariot has been condemned to walk the earth for all eternity as a punishment for betraying Jesus Christ and 1,979 years after his 'sentence', he gets a chance to put things right but he's going to have to fight and win the mother of all battles to get his redemption.

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Judas is a very likeable guy. He plays Metallica very loudly on his car stereo, his arms are covered in kickass tattoos and he uses the word "fuck" in nearly every other sentence he speaks.

That could well be because he is mighty pissed off that while he has been wandering the earth for over two thousand years, he has been condemned to live an existance where he cannot love or be loved and cannot use any material wealth he may gain on his solitary, everlasting journey.

Hardly surprising he got into Metal music then.

He's also a super-skilful swordsman and he possesses two weapons that have been fashioned from a very special artefact but you'll have to read the book to find out more about this and his ultra complex character.

Throughout the ages and during the course of his desolate existence, Judas has been handed various tasks by the big guy upstairs and one rainy day in New York City he is visited again and told that if he can look after a certain six-year-old girl for three days and protect her from the evil forces who seek to take her soul, then all will be forgiven.

The action starts almost as soon as Judas accepts the task and the cast of main characters are thrown into a nightmare scenario where their lives are at risk from the worst demons from the pits of Hell and from Lucifer himself.

Characters such as Gabriel the Archangel, Abaddon, The Destructor and Annas of the Sanhedrin are all portrayed expertly and with a flair that leaves you with an intimate knowledge of their personalities.

There are revelations in this book will make your jaw drop and you may even find yourself questioning the very fundamentals of the Christian religion. Yes, it is a work of fiction but it definitely feels real and certainly gets you thinking.

Clcik here to buy 'Judas' from Amazon...

Here's a few of my favourite quotes from the book by Judas himself:

"Right, now that your lives are pretty much turned upside down, any questions?"

"I am just a man who made a terrible mistake once, but now I must leave those whom I love, as once again, that mistake returns to haunt me."

"I don't dance, demon, but I fight pretty fucking well."

"Well, Gary, my man, after every last shred of clothing I was wearing was incinerated; I had to find a clothing store to fit myself out in. Unfortunately for me, the first one I came across was a goddamn golf store."

"Well, you see, every religion on the planet has it wrong and every religion on the planet has it right."

"Sorry Sweetness. I was too busy chopping bits off huge demons."

"That you, Masaki? Thought I'd killed you centuries ago?" Annoyed, the creature responds, "Fuck you Iscariot. Do you know how long I had to wait until I could come back, you fucking prick."

"For all your power, you are still as dumb as a box of rocks."

"Well, Mr Policeman, this is nothing your skills can help with, neither you nor any of your colleagues, so just let it be and let me do my job. If I am allowed to do so unhindered, this will all be like a bad dream in two days."

"Look. The voice inside that little girl's head told her that you have to come with us, so that is what you will have to do. That voice is most likely that of an angel, those creatures were demons from Hell, she is carrying the light of God within herself and I'm the guy who murdered Jesus Christ by betraying him. Explanation rendered, what the fuck is your problem? Get in the fucking car!"

"I could tell you all the information that you are dying to hear, but fatso over there would probably get all excited and want to order twelve burgers or something to celebrate."

Clcik here to buy 'Judas' from Amazon...

I approached author Roy Bright with some burning questions I had about 'Judas'.

As mentioned above, Roy was the frontman of Exit State who have now sadly disbanded. They released three albums, 'Death Of A Rockstar' in 2010, 'Black Veins' in 2011 and 2013s 'Let's See It All'. In February 2013 Exit State were immensely proud to be appointed Official Patron of chART - Children's Hospice Arts, a charity that aims to enrich the lives of children with life limiting conditions and severe disabilities through music and the arts.

The band also shared stages with big names such as Michael Schenker, Blaze Bayley and Dave Evans (AC/DC) and toured extensively throughout Europe.

Roy also has a famous half-brother, ex-Premier League Footballer Mark Bright who is now a regular BBC Sports commentator for Match Of The Day.

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Author Roy Bright

I asked Roy where he got the inspiration for 'Judas' from?

"The idea for the story came from an amalgamation of two ideas, years apart in truth.

"I was once watching the movie Dracula 2000 and interestingly at the end, the film suggested that the vampire Dracula had actually been Judas Iscariot cursed by God for what he had done. I thought that was really interesting and put it to the back of my mind.

"In early 2012 I got really into Within Temptation and their track with Keith Caputo, 'What Have You Done', really spoke to me. I think the song is about the fact one of them has cheated on the other, but with most songs, multiple meanings can be derived from lyrics to fit what the listener actually feels is happening, and it was at that point that I started to think about Judas again.

"I then asked myself a very Stan Lee type question... what if? What if he was unable to die, cursed by God? What if he was an exceptional swordsman and his talent could be used by the almighty? What if he had a mission? What if? What if? What if?

"And that's how it all started..."



You couldn't have produced this work without an in-depth knowledge of biblical matters and the characters involved. Have you always possessed this knowledge or did you need to go on a journey of discovery especially for this project?

"Well in truth I was raised in a very religious family - I was actually an alter server until age 14 would you believe haha, and attended church every Sunday plus all of the events asociated with such an upbringing.

"My own interpretation of faith, as I have gotten older, and of course from my time spent in the military, is something I guard to myself but all in all I had a massive foundation in religion to begin with, not to mention the fact I went to a CofE High School.

"That's not to say I didn't have to do a serious amount of research, I did and I learned a hell of a lot of things about the times, and the real life characters - was great fun to study up on it all.""

How relevant do you think religion, especially Christianity, still is in this day and age?

"I think religion will always be relevant to those whose faith is very important to them. Perhaps the leaps in science that we have taken in the last ffity years has meant a decline in what people believe in outright, but in the end I am sure people still look to the heavens when they need some good fortune, or healing in their lives."

And after the unfortunate split of Exit State, what musical plans do you have for the future?

"Well, Exit State has been such a big part of my life for the last nine years that it is going to be good to just chill out during the summer and spend time with my family.

"I do have plans to start a new musical project later in the year/2015 but for now, just enjoying peace, quiet and lots of time to myself haha!"

And a final note, a movie of this book could potentially be a big smash. Let's hope that somehow it happens.




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19.8.14

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The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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