With the release of his new album The Judas Tree, the busy Swiss artist LUKE GASSER is not only sticking to his usual release schedule of putting out a new album every 13 to 14 months; this time he has even increased the pace and comes forward with an album containing 18 songs. The Judas Tree is another proof of Luke Gasser's seemingly endless creativity. Contrary to his predecessor album Mercy On Me, which was loaden of intoxicating rock songs, the new album shows the thoughtful side of Luke Gasser, as it also proves the fact that the degree of hardness of a rock song isn't really dependent on electric guitars and amplifiers. Though The Judas Tree is an album which is mainly characterized by acoustic guitars, you are in for a surprise if you expect a collection of ballads now. This album is definitely more Rock'n'Roll than many other releases in the rock music genre, because rock music in its pure form is one thing above all: honest and made by hand, traditional and profound. On this album, Luke Gasser moves close to his musical roots; with meaningful lyrics and his heart filled with Rock, he reflects his adventures of a turbulent last year, and he skillfully melts folk music notes with hard rock guitars, once in a while getting very close to his influences like The Alarm, the early Rolling Stones and in parts Bob Dylan, without being a copycat. It is especially this straightforwardly produced music that hits you right into your heart like the unvarnished truth spoken. In its essential purety, this music has more magnitude, poetry and intensity in it than any sound effect. Sometimes loud and sometimes lower, but always with the heart and soul of a rocker.With this album, Luke Gasser does not only follow on from the unexpected success of his english-speaking album Retribution from 2013, but also he turns back to his beginnings as a Swiss dialect rock musician, who was celebrated as ""Alpine Dylan"" by the Helvetian press throughout the 90's. Only that the Swiss musician has gone the extra mile of Rock'n Roll on The Judas Tree, this time with English lyrics and certainly with a flawless production, as usual.For some, The Judas Tree might be a surprise, but one can never tell what Luke Gasser comes up with next. Luke, the Swiss bundle of energy, does what he wants and what he burns for. Over and over again and straight from the heart. And damn good. Typically Luke Gasser, so to speak.