Iscariot, "Lifeless Design"
Iscariot played their first show in 2004 and recorded a demo EP that same year that has since sold 2,000 copies with very little promotion outside of the band's own hard work. This strong work ethic has helped to build them a respectable following in the midwestern underground. And while that DIY attitude is certainly respectable, I can't imagine this band having much impact outside of their devoted regional following.
Iscariot is 5 younger dudes with short hair that play something that sounds like the middle-ground of Darkest Hour and Hatebreed. Sound familiar? Lack of originality aside, the band does a competent job with no shortage of burly chugging riffs alongside melodic, harmonized riffing. Their performance could be tightened up and it wouldn't hurt if the recording had a little more clarity, but the energy on this release makes it easy to overlook those details. When listening to Lifeless Design you can tell these guys are really enjoying what they are doing.
Keeping in mind Iscariot hasn't been around all that long and the youth of musicians themselves, there is a lot of energy and potential talent present in this band that could certainly manifest itself in the future. If these guys stick with playing as much as possible and take in a broader spectrum of influences, there is no reason they can't do something a little more impressive in the future.Tyler