Tony Cordisco began playing guitar at the age of 13 after being exposed to bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Opeth, DragonForce, and Overkill. He became deeply invested in collecting albums and studying heavy metal, exploring the depths of underground thrash, death, progressive, and power metal in particular. At 16, he joined his first real band Grimaced with then guitar player Jordan Elcess. The two quickly became friends and went through a variety of local bands in Tucson, AZ recording a multitude of demos together and playing shows several times a month throughout the rest of their high school years. In 2009, after Jordan switched over to the drums, the two started a progressive death/thrash metal band called ‘Sedulity’ with guitarist Tyler Oulton, and bassist Joseph Palomares, the latter of which who would also be part of Judicator for a time. The band recorded a single EP together, “Integral Spirits”, before Tony moved away for college and had to suspend musical activities for the time being.
During college, Tony started participating in a variety of home-studio recording projects to keep up his musical activities. He continued Sedulity in limited capacity, formed Project: Roenwolfe with Patrick Parris formerly of Theocracy, and created Vermiform with Bryan Edwards formerly of Seven Kingdoms. He also did guest and production work for bands like Napalm Strike, Dire Peril, Steamforged, Lascialle’s Shroud and more. Tony, Patrick, Bryan, along with their long time friend Andrew Bennett, joined forces with Brett Windnagle of Lascaille’s Shroud and ran a small indie record label called “Masters of Metal Productions” for the next few years. Masters of Metal Productions focused on collaboration across many small recording projects and bands, featuring many of the same musicians across multiple bands and helping each other in different capacities. The bands would then in turn put their music up on bandcamp for free release to hopefully be exposed to each others listening circles. Eventually, individual projects like Judicator, Lascaille’s Shroud, Soulmass, and Project: Roenwolfe became self sufficient enough to launch into full on bands, and Masters of Metal Productions closed its doors, as the group felt it had served its purpose, and everyone was better off to invest their time and resources into their own bands, while still maintaining the close friendship and sense of community in supporting each other that had started MOMP to begin with.
In 2010, Tony was attending a Blind Guardian concert in Phoenix, AZ, and arrived early to go see his friends Seven Kingdoms back stage, as they were on tour with Blind Guardian at the time. He met John Yelland outside the front of the venue. John had driven down from Salt Lake City to see Blind Guardian and arrived early. Tony invited John to come back stage with him and watch Blind Guardian sound check, and the two quickly began talking about their respective bands Sedulity and Disforia. After the concert, they two exchanged contact information, and would eventually collaborate on a cover of Helloween’s “Ride The Sky” together. It was at this point Tony and John formed Judicator, eventually bringing Jordan Elcess into the fold, and the rest is Judy history.
In addition to Judicator and his other bands/projects, Tony has maintained a very active relationship to music. He has recorded and helped produced several bands, especially at the local level, and taken part in many session work opportunities, as well as occasionally filled in live for jam/improv bands, and even helped teach Rock Band classes to high school students for a time. He enjoys record collecting and exploring the history of heavy metal and progressive rock above all, and spends most of his free time sharing music with others and being a proponent for new, underground heavy metal.
Outside of music, Tony lives happily with his fiancé, two dogs, and two cats in Tucson, AZ, where he works in supply chain management, and enjoys Lord of the Rings, coffee, and being real friggin’ cozy.