Nachtmystium To Perform “Eulogy IV” & “Instinct: Decay” Live At Carnis Festum Open Air Festival

Nachtmystium previously announced that they would be returning to the stage at the Louisville Deathfest, and now they have another show booked. The band will be performing “Eulogy IV” and “Instinct: Decay” in full at the Carnis Festum Open Air Festival at the Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilsneyville, CA on July 8. The group’s new EP “Resilient” will be released later this year.

Alright everyone – another big announcement today! After announcing our headlining slot at Louisville Death Fest in September, 2017 the other day, I was approached by a festival promoter in the Bay Area (California) asking if we would like to headline a night of the Carnis Festum Open Air Festival on Saturday, July 8th! Although the Louisville Death Fest appearance was promoted as our 'only U.S. show' this year, I received an offer for the fest in July here in California and us doing it will generate enough funding to cover all the flights for our band mates / crew to Louisville. After speaking to the promoter of Louisville Death Fest and explaining the situation to him, he agreed that we should do the festival and is OK with it, especially considering that it won't effect the draw in September whatsoever due to the massive geographical distance between the two shows. SO – with that being said, I am proud to announce this exclusive one-time-only performance where we will play our 2004 EP "Eulogy IV" and 2005 LP "Instinct: Decay" both in their entirety! We have never performed "Eulogy IV" (the entire mini album) live before ever, and only did "Instinct: Decay" live one time (@ Roadburn Festival 2012 in Tilburg, Holland as part of Voivod's curated day) So, this is an exclusive performance for the fans here in the States. This festival is INVITE ONLY / not entirely open to the public, as it is way out in the middle of nowhere up in the mountains / woods. Bands and fans will all be camping out under the stars at this unique location. I and my band mates are all very excited about this performance. We will also be receiving a sound-board, multi-track recording of the entire performance.. We will most certainly take the recording to our home studio for post-gig mixing / editing / mastering and will release the show as a limited edition release of some form or another later this year. For more info on the festival, visit festumcarnis.com A final line up / announcement from them detailing our performance and the rest of the finalized line up should be posted in the next week. Hope to see some of you there! Success and serenity to you all. -Blake Judd /

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Nachtmystium Set For Louisville Deathfest, Stream “Voidless” Instrumental Demo From Upcoming “Resilient” EP

It looks like Blake Judd will be resurrecting Nachtmystium following their break-up. The band is set to perform at the Louisville Deathfest at The Cure Lounge in Louisville, KY alongside Brutality, Dehumanized, Artificial Brain, and more. That event will take place on September 29-30. Nachtmystium are also working on a new EP titled “Resilient,” which will be released later this year. For now, you can check out an instrumental demo called “Voidless” below:

Judd commented:

“Alright everyone….what I (and I’m sure many or all of you) thought you’d never see again. Nachtmystium is doing a one-off exclusive set for the metal heads of the city I ran to and got sober in. We are headlining night 1 of the annual LOUISVILLE DEATHFEST, Friday, September 29th, 2017. We will be flying in from LA for this special show, and also bringing a full crew of sound and light techs with us to ensure the performance is above and beyond what one would expect from a band in a small, intimate club.

This city and the great friends I made there during my year living in half way houses / sober living residencies while I tried to put my shattered life back together is a place that will forever be very special to me. I am thrilled to be making my first trip back since moving to California late last year to be for this special event. We will be playing material spanning our entire catalog, focusing on albums / tracks that were never played live (primarily from the “Silencing Machine” and “The World We Left Behind” albums, along with the new material from the upcoming “Resilient” EP, which should be out on Earache Records in time for this show!) along with some staple songs for long time supporters. Expect a full 60+ minute set.

Thanks to AJ Lucas for having us. Can’t wait to see everyone and to put on the best show we can for you guys.
ALSO – in support of this unlikely event being announced, I have uploaded our new (now finished!) instrumental demo for a brand new track called “Voidless“. A link to the SoundCloud page where the track is streaming can be found below. This demo will be a free download track all weekend in support of the announcement of our appearance at Louisville Deathfest 2017!”

Earache Records Acquire Nachtmystium’s Back Catalog

Earache Records have announced that they have acquired Nachtmystium’s back catalog, and that they are planning to reissue a lot of it. The labek is also planning an official release for the band’s “Retox” rarities compilation. You can read more about all that in the below press release.

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“Long-standing British independent record label Earache Records has acquired the majority of back-catalogue titles from American psychedelic black metal band NACHTMYSTIUM.

Formed by notorious frontman Blake Judd in Illinois in 2000, NACHTMYSTIUM stormed onto the scene with their raw, true-to-the-roots black metal sound, releasing their debut full-length ‘Reign of the Malicious‘ in 2002. Following the band’s second studio album, 2004’s ‘Demise‘, NACHTMYSTIUM expanded their style to incorporate more psychedelic elements, drawing influence from groups such as BLACK SABBATH and leading to comparisons as a darker, heavier PINK FLOYD.

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. Earache will also be releasing a brand new compilation LP of unreleased studio tracks, covers and remixes, titled ‘Retox‘.

Some of the back catalog titles will also feature brand new artwork, never-before-seen photographs, and all albums will feature extensive liner notes I have written specifically for each release. These specific reissues will stand as the final versions of these recordings to be released, so I have worked closely with each artist featured on these releases and am currently working closely with Earache‘s production department to ensure that these reissues will honor each record appropriately and that we have created something special for the fans who choose to purchase these new (and final) versions of these albums and EPs.”

Regarding the musician’s previous and widely-publicised personal issues, Judd adds: “Many people on the internet, understandably due to some issues that occurred in the past that I am very ashamed of, will be quick to jump on me personally and most likely Earache as well for announcing new releases without having directly addressed and taken action regarding the past issues mentioned above.

Of course, what is being referred to here, is the issue of unfulfilled orders. When these releases have been actually scheduled and given proper release dates, another press release will go out and within this will be an e-mail address created specifically for this project and detailed instructions on how to receive records/CDs from me directly if you, at any point in time, ordered a record, t-shirt, etc. and did not receive the item(s). More information concerning this will be in the press release announcing the official release dates for these recordings.

“Thank you all for your patience and I do hope to make things right with everyone I can who fell victim to my addiction issues by not receiving orders for music or merchandise. I intend on giving away every single record and CD I receive of these reissues if that’s what it takes to make things right with the fans whom I wronged and did not fulfil orders for.”

The full list of NACHTMYSTIUM titles acquired by Earache is as follows:

Reign of the Malicious
Nachtmystium (EP)
The First Attacks – Demos 2000-2001
Demise
Eulogy IV (EP)
Instinct: Decay
Worldfall (EP)
Assassins: Black Meddle, Pt. I
Doomsday Derelicts (EP)
Addicst: Black Meddle, Pt. II
Retox: Remixes and Rarities“

Blake Judd Streams Nachtmystium Rarities & Remix Collection

Blake Judd is streaming a new Nachtmystium remixes and rarities compilation, titled “Retox: Remixes And Rarities.” You can check that out below. In other news, he recently chatted with Metal Sucks, and said he is still going to try to “make things right with the people [he] burned.”

Nachtmystium Not Calling It Quits?

The World We Left Behind, which comes out August 5, was supposed to be Nachtmystium’s last album, but now that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to Metal Sucks, Blake Judd was interviewed by Metal Mayhem Underground and said that he “decided not to end the band”.

Here’s Judd’s full statement:

“I have actually decided not to end the band. The time I announced that Nachtmystium was no more came after a series of really difficult issues and situations, and I decided it was time for a major change in my personal life. Nachtmystium has dominated just about every aspect of my life and has been extremely consuming of my time. With the touring band lifestyle being what it is, it caused me to get very involved with drugs. I am an addict and have struggled with substance abuse issues for years, but in the last four years or so, it got way out of control and began to ruin my life. I decided that after all the shit hit the fan, I needed to get out of the spotlight for a while, get myself some help, and start a new and more normal life. At the time, I really felt like Nachtmystium needed to end for that to happen. Now that I have had a good nine months to clean myself up as far as my drug problem goes, and have regrouped mentally and made a new life for myself, I’ve been able to really think about what I’m doing and where I’m going with music. Due to the immense amount of feedback I have received from fans on our Facebook page telling me how sad they were that I was bringing the band to an end, I decided that ending the band was not what needed to happen in order to live a new life. I just reprioritized how the band is going to be present in my life, and I have also decided that I will no longer be touring at all. But just hanging up the name, all the momentum and success I’ve had with the band doesn’t seem logical to me now that I have had time to do everything I’ve mentioned. I don’t really care what people say or think about my decision to continue on with the band after announcing that it was coming to an end. I’m sure some people will talk shit, but that is nothing new for me or this band. I’m looking at The World We Left Behind as the end of a chapter in Nachtmystium’s history. What I do next will be something new, theme-wise and musically. I’m not sure what direction I will take, but it’s definitely going to be something new and different.”

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Nachtmystium Premiere New Song “Tear You Down”

According to The PRP, Nachtmystium have premiered a new track, titled “Tear You Down.” The song is from the band’s final album, The World We Left Behind, which will be out August 5, via Century Media.

Blake Judd said the following about the track:

” ‘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 sight 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.”

Nachtmystium To Release Final Album In August

Nachtmystium will be releasing their new album, The World We Left Behind, on August 5 via Century Media. The band officially disbanded in 2013, making this their final album.

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Track Listing:

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”