"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 2000
From: Saint Charles, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Nachtmystium News

Below is our complete Nachtmystium news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Twilight Premiere New Song "This Road South"

Chicago black metal outfit Twilight premiere a new song entitled "This Road South", taken from their upcoming new EP "Trident Death Rattle", which will be out in stores May 1st via Ascension Monuments Media. Trident Death Rattle will contain three unreleased tracks from the 2012 album III:Beneath Trident’s Tomb.

Check out now "This Road South" below.

Explains guitarist Blake Judd also (Nachtmystium): More...

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Nachtmystium Signs With Prophecy

Well, it finally happened. A label with an apparent total lack of pattern recognition has signed the reactivated Nachtmystium. Good luck Prophecy Productions -- you're going to need it. Prophecy issued this statement:

"The group has completed work on a new EP titled 'Resilient,' which was recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin with engineer Chris Djuric. Additional recording sessions also occurred in Norway, Germany, and the band's home base of California before tracking from all contributing members was complete. 'Resilient' is slated for an early 2018 release date via Prophecy.

"Now sober, Judd continues to rebuild his life, both personally and professionally. As part of Nachtmystium joining the Prophecy Productions family of artists, the band will release future recordings through the label, who will also reissue much of the group's extensive back catalog. The new union supersedes the band's previously-announced deal with Earache Records."

Guitarist / vocalist Blake Judd comments: "Nachtmystium is extremely honored to be working with Prophecy Productions. It is a true pleasure for me to have been able to develop a personal relationship with the Prophecy label staff in Southern California. We are able to meet face-to-face regularly and work together at creating the best possible environment for Nachtmystium to begin to rebuild it's way back into the metal community after some very dark years and times that I have spent the majority of the last two years cleaning up the debris from.

"With past misdoings being corrected, new bridges built (and some old bridges rebuilt), and a few exclusive 2017 live performances under our belts, we feel as though the band has taken massive strides forward in recovering from its damaged state after my seven year run with severe heroin addiction. Those dark days are now behind me, the band and all whose lives we effect in one way or another. Onward and upward is the attitude and goal here, as Nachtmystium's ascension returns to its past form. Expect to hear a lot of new music and news from our camp in 2018." More...

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Nachtmystium Returns To The Stage, Offers Refunds

Its been a long, winding path for Nachtmystium from "Reign of the Malicious" back in '02 to the hey day of the "Black Meddle" albums around 2010, and onto a very public fall from grace due to addiction and fleecing fans out of cash that resulted in Century Media booting the band.

It looks like the group is finally ready to return to the scene, and efforts are in place to make amends for those who got screwed over on ordering merch and albums that never showed up.

After several years of being on hiatus, Nachtmystium returned to the stage in L.A. on July 7th, where the band offered refunds to anyone who was previously ripped off. Footage from the show can be seen below, and the group also posted on Facebook:

"Its happening....now. Nachtmystium's first show in nearly five years. The band goes on at midnight. Nice big crowd here....we are thrilled to be back and to see all of you that are here tonight. Merchandise is available AND we are issuing cash refunds / merchandise for anyone whom may have ordered between 2012 - 2014 and didn't receive an order. Just come see us at the merch table, we will get you sorted out and also refund you for the fee you were charged at the door...the show tonight is on us of you were victimized in the past." More...

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Earache Acquires Rights To Nachtmystium Catalog

After getting the boot from Century Media back in 2014 over Blake Judd bilking fans, you will now have the chance to acquire Nachtmystium material again. British independent record label Earache Records has acquired the majority of back-catalogue titles from the American psychedelic black metal band.

Formed by notorious frontman Blake Judd in Illinois in 2000, Nachtmystium stormed onto the scene with a raw, true-to-the-roots black metal sound, releasing debut full-length "Reign of the Malicious" in 2002. Following the band's second studio album (2004's "Demise"), Nachtmystium expanded the style to incorporate more psychedelic elements.

Earache's new deal with Nachtmystium includes the rights to five of the band's studio albums, four EPs, a demos collection, and a remixes and rarities album which was previously only released on YouTube.

Earache's Al Dawson comments: "We've been fans of Blake's music for a long time now and I am excited in the fact that we are now the official home of his extensive catalog of some of the finest American black metal ever."

Nachtmystium frontman and founding member Blake Judd comments: "I am proud to announce a new cooperation in the lengthy release history of Nachtmystium. I have teamed up with the folks at the legendary, UK-based metal label, Earache Records, to reissue the majority of Nachtmystium's back catalog recordings. More...

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Century Media Gives Blake Judd The Boot

The recurring issue of fans not receiving albums or merchandise ordered directly through Nachtmystium's Blake Judd apparently continues on with "The World We Left Behind" - which was to be the band's "final" album before a no-duh reversal occurred just before the album's release.

However, it appears Century Media has tired of the antics, and is stepping in to resolve the issue for fans who have been bilked out of their money. The label apparently will also no longer be working with Nachtmystium, commenting:

"Century Media Records understands that many people have not received their copies of 'The World We Left Behind' even though they pre-ordered the album directly from front-man, Blake Judd. We know that this is not only frustrating but also a let down to the fans of the band. So, we'd like to help out in this situation and deliver the fans their pre-ordered copies on the format that they ordered.

"Please e-mail us at: nachtmystiumorders@centurymedia.com with proof of your order and we will get you your copy of the album on the format(s) that you ordered them on. We just ask that this e-mail address be used for issues with 'The World We Left Behind' band direct pre-order issues only. Blake will not be reading any of the e-mails and we will not be forwarding any e-mails about other items that Blake sold through his personal pages or the Nachtmystium Facebook page.

"'The World We Left Behind' also marks the last album Nachtmystium has with Century Media Records. We wish Blake Judd the best of luck with all future endeavors, both musically and personally."

And for those who don't care about the drama and just want the music, check out our review of "The World We Left Behind" here and stream a track off the album below. More...

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Nachtmystium Releases Song From Final Album

"The World We Left Behind" is the final chapter in a tumultuous and controversial history of Nachtmystium.

Today you can hear a song off the forthcoming final opus, titled "Tear You Down," in the player below thanks to Pitchfork.com. Nachtmystium's Blake Judd comments:

"Tear You Down is, by far, the most vicious track both musically and lyrically on The World We Left Behind. Musically, its influences range from traditional eastern music (the primary opening riffs scale being derived from the more traditional 'middle eastern' style of music, which I have always felt had a unique and creepy vibe to it).

"I can also cite Black Sabbath and more modern black metal bands such as Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist as all being influential in the riffing throughout the track. Lyrically it deals with the relationship between an all-controlling addiction and its relationship with its user, but from the persepctive of the substance itself rather than the users relationship with the substance.

"It is very telling of my ongoing relationship with heroin that I struggled with for over four years and viciousness that the drug unleashes mercilessly upon its user. The song tells the story of that dark world from an angle that I feel is different than the way other songs written on the topic by other artists generally approach the subject. I feel the music herein accurately encapsulates the chaos and true darkness of that sad and lonely world." More...

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Nachtmystium Reveals Final Album Cover

Originally slated for release back in June, Nachtmystium today reveals the album artwork for the band's final output "The World We Left Behind."

Release dates have now been set as August 5th in North America and August 4th in Europe/Australia and New Zealand via Century Media Records. This final album as the band has now broken up will follow the 2012 release "Silencing Machine" (reviewed here). The new album's track listing will be:

1. Intrusion
2. Fireheart
3. Voyager
4. Into The Endless Abyss
5. In The Absence Of Existence
6. The World We Left Behind
7. Tear You Down
8. On The Other Side
9. Epitaph For A Dying Star

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Blake Judd Restarting Hate Meditation

Nachtmystium has officially come to an end and is gearing up to release final album "The World We Left Behind" on June 10th, 2014. The band has now issued the following update about other projects:

"Although Nachtmystium is no more, Blake Judd is continuing his musical voyage via his long-time side project and now main band, Hate Meditation.

"For those of you who are not familiar with Hate Meditation but are Nachtmystium fans, Hate Meditation was originally started in 2003 by Judd as a side project from Nachtmystium. The 2003 three song demo 'Condemned to Death' was recorded and released in very small numbers on cassette and distributed within the black metal underground. The project then lie dormant for nearly ten years.

"In 2012, Judd revived the project and recorded the bands debut album 'Scars,' which was released on Indie Recordings, Norway. 'Scars' is a piece of ugly, filthy black metal that pays homage to the early 90's Scandinavian sound heavily. Below you will find a video via youtube of the albums opening track 'The Deceiver and the Believer.' Have a listen and add the Hate Meditation facebook page to your 'likes' to keep up on the project.

"Musically, Hate Meditation's future recordings will pick up where Nachtmystium left off. The first live assaults are being planned for summer 2014 in the United States and their are plans to hopefully be in Europe in early 2015." More...

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Nachtmystium Issues Final Album Update

Nachtmystium recently wrapped up work on "The World We Left Behind," which the group has stated will be its final album, due for release via Century Media on June 10th, 2014. The band has also now checked in with the following update about releasing a compilation:

"Nachtmystium has confirmed another new release that is being compiled and designed at the current time. We are pleased to announce that our longtime friends at the Australian label Katzenjammer Records will be releasing a compilation of all the cover songs Nachtmystium recorded during their 14 year span of existence that will be simply called 'Under Cover.'

"The compilation will include cover versions of songs by Burzum (including the recently recorded version of 'Det Som Engang Var' that Nachtmystium recorded during the sessions for the yet-to-be-released 'The World We Left Behind' LP sessions. This cover will be totally exclusive to this release!) Joy Division, Motorhead, Ildjarn, Earth, Darkthrone, Judas Iscariot, Goatsnake, Death In June and GG Allin! More...

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Nachtmystium To Release Final Album

Nachtmystium will be returning to Belle City Sound in Racine, WI early next month to put the finishing touches on what the band is billing as its final full-length album, "The World We Left Behind," which is scheduled for release on Century Media Records worldwide in late spring, 2014. Nachtmystium comments:

"The album was recorded in July and August, 2013, but the band was not completely satisfied with the end result and has decided to revisit the recording and add some additional guitar tracks, synths, etc.

"Upon completion of this session, the album will be mastered and then immediately submitted to Century Media for release. More news and another track premier will come at the end of this pending session.

"Stay tuned for more news. In the meantime, see earlier posts on our Facebook profile here to check out a rough mix of the song 'Voyager,' the first track the band has released online from the new and final Nachtmystium album."

This final album will follow previous full-length "Silencing Machine" (reviewed here).

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Nachtmystium Vocalist Arrested On Theft Charges

According to the Cook County sheriff website, Nachtmystium vocalist/guitarist Blake Judd has been arrested on theft charges.

MetalInsider.net has now reported Judd will remain in jail until early November, which means Nachtmystium is likely to miss the band's scheduled appearance at the Metal Insider CMJ Showcase on October 16th.

The Brooklyn showcase will still feature the bands Vattnet Viskar, Ramming Speed, Byzantine, and Black Anvil. More...

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Nachtmystium Drops Off Summer Breeze Lineup

This year's edition of the German Summer Breeze festival will take place from August 15th - 17th, 2013. The organizers of the festival have now issued the following announcement about two bands dropping off the bill and being replaced by other groups:

"Unfortunately we have to inform you that Emmure and Nachtmystium have cancelled their appearance at Summer Breeze 2013. Our apologies to all those who were looking forward to seeing them. We will not rest until we can book the bands again for Summer Breeze in the years to come. The good news: We have already managed to find a replacement.

"Family reunion at Summer Breeze: Freddy Cricien, half brother of Agnostic Front singer and hardcore legend Roger Miret, will appear in Dinkelsbühl with his brutal troop Madball. The New York hardcore stalwarts are bringing loads of stage action and the heaviest of hardcore, so all you divers and moshpit enthusiasts out there better get ready! In top form – only recently they headlined the successful Rebellion Tour 2013 – Cricien and company will (hopefully!) deliver a selection of their discography's best songs. Although Madball always kill, no matter what they play! D'accord?!

"People like to call them avantgarde black metal, but the Mainz band isn't really comfortable with that label. Whatever you want to call them though, fact is Nocte Abdcuta will present their brand new album 'Umbriel (Das Schweigen zwischen den Sternen)' live at Summer Breeze 2013. All disciples of gloom can look forward to an uncompromising experimental show with a dense armosphere and a whole load of melancholy, but (hopefully) also an excursion into the German's brutal past. However, no matter which songs get played, no one will crawl back into their tents disappointed after the Nocte Abducta show in Dinkelsbühl."

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Corrections House Announces Tour Dates

Corrections House describes itself as "experimental/spoken word/acoustic + end times collaboration" and is the new collective featuring Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). The group today confirms a string a rare live shows.

The 19-date trek will commence on January 21st, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York and wind its way through much of the of the East Coast before concluding in Denver, Colorado.

Special solo sets by Parker, Lamont, Kelly and Williams will be performed prior to closing each night as Correctiosn House. Dates are available below. More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Century Media Offering Compilation Download

Century Media Records is currently offering a free download of the "Carnival of Sounds II" compilation, which can be found at this location. The digital sampler includes tracks from:

In Flames
Devin Townsend
Stealing Axion
7 Horns 7 Eyes
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Jeff Loomis
Destiny Potato
3 Inches of Blood
Iced Earth
Geoff Tate More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Nachtmystium Comments On Upcoming Shows

Having recently released new album "Silencing Machine" (reviewed here), Nachtmystium is now ready to bring the band's unique brand of black metal to fans on the Barge To Hell. In regards to upcoming appearances (as well as the group's cancelled North American tour with Jarbo), the band comments:

"Nachtmsytium fans on the east coast: we ARE coming out for three shows in a little over a week and finish with a fourth one in Chicago! Then we will be appearing on the Barge To Hell metal cruise ship going from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and back. Playing alongside Sodom, At The Gates, Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Moonspell, Morgoth, Napalm Death, and many, many many more awesome bands!

"A full U.S. tour WILL be happening sometime between January and April, 2013. Sorry to any of you hoping to catch us on this run. The tour was doomed from the get go in a lot of ways due to things unrelated to the band or our ability to tour. Just poor timing, nothing more, nothing less. We will be doing a thorough US tour early in 2013, so look for us coming to your city soon...And anyone out in the areas we're playing in a week or so, we look forward to seeing you at the shows!"

11/18--Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/19--Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
11/20--Pittsburgh, PA @ Ironworks
11/21--Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
12/3-7--Barge To Hell

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Nachtmystium Announces North American Shows

Having recently released new album "Silencing Machine" (reviewed here), the Chicago-based black metal outfit Nachtmystium is now ready to tour across North America in support of the album.

Presented by BrooklynVegan, Nachtmystium's headlining run, "Dawn Over The Ruins Of America 2012," sees Jarboe (featuring Baleyyg) and Weapon as support. The first string of dates is available below, with more dates to be added soon.

If you still haven't heard Nachtmystium's 6th full-length album, "Silencing Machine," be sure to visit Spin.com here for the exclusive album stream. More...

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