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Twilight – “Lungs”

The third album from black metal supergroup Twilight would have been noteworthy even if it didn’t feature the contributions of new member Thurston Moore. In every incarnation, the band’s ever-shifting lineup routinely includes some of America’s most prominent metal luminaries, including Malefic from Xasthur, Aaron Turner from Isis, and Blake Judd from Nachtmystium. None of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 15, 2014 - 11:43 am

Nachtmystium – “Voyager” (Stereogum Premiere)

Early last month, Nachtmystium frontman/mastermind Blake Judd was arrested for theft. It was, perhaps, a long time coming, but just the same, for fans of the band, it was sad, upsetting news, putting a spotlight on Judd’s longtime struggles with addiction, as well as the widespread Internet rumors alleging Judd had failed to deliver o… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 4, 2013 - 3:20 pm

How Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd Betrayed The Black Metal Community And Wound Up In Jail

My friend Justin was the one who told me Blake from Nachtmystium had been arrested on Saturday night, via text on Sunday morning: “Blake Judd in the slammer,” wrote Justin.

“Possession?” I texted back.

“Theft.”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 10, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd Arrested For Theft

Blake Judd — the man behind Nachtmystium, Twilight, and Hate Meditation — is one of American black metal’s foremost innovators. The third and fourth Nacht albums, 2006’s Instinct: Decay, and 2008’s Assassins: Black Meddle, Part 1, are pretty comfortably in the list of the 10 best USBM albums ever, if not the top 5. Heck,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 7, 2013 - 11:27 am

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2013

Last night, Black Market bro Doug Moore and I — and about 800 other people — squeezed into the 500-capacity Gramercy Theatre to see Carcass. It was the second-to-last show of the UK band’s extremely limited North American “tour” (five shows total) in support of the magnificent Surgical Steel, Carcass’s first new album in 17… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Wrekmeister Harmonies – “You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I was editor at Invisible Oranges, we covered the inaugural performance of something called Wrekmeister Harmonies — an ambitious and artsy project that combined avant-garde film with live music by a black metal/doom ensemble made up of some of Chicago’s most notable experimental/metal musicians. For us, the primary draw was Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 10, 2013 - 11:45 am

Hate Meditation (Blake Judd From Nachtmystium) – “The Genocide March”

Last year, following three albums and two EPs that increasingly and relentlessly strained against the boundaries of black metal, Blake Judd’s ongoing project Nachtmystium delivered Silencing Machine, a work that returned, somewhat, to the genre’s roots. At the time of the album’s release, Judd did an interview with Brandon that suggested the artist was both… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 7, 2013 - 11:48 am

Album Of The Week: Nachtmystium Silencing Machine

I’ve already written in this space that black metal, by and large, is just a thing that I don’t get. The tinny guitar tones, the hummingbird-fast drum assault, the total abandonment of recognizable song-form — none of it makes a whole lot of sense to me. But the one straight-up black metal album that grabbed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Nachtmystium – “I Wait In Hell”

Chicago’s Nachtmystium initially started pushing outward on the boundaries of black metal in 2006, with the expansive, psychedelic Instinct: Decay. Their sonic explorations were intensified on 2008’s magnificent and unclassifiable Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1, and exponentially more so on 2010’s Addicts: Black Meddle Part 2, which drifted so far from the genre as to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 17, 2012 - 3:59 pm

The 12 Best Videos Of The Week

There area few extra videos from this week and last, since I was out of town last Friday and missed doing the roundup. This time there are new clips from Shit Robot, Chromeo, Nachtmystium, and of Montreal. One thing I noticed: Many of the videos have female protagonists. Three of them are entirely female worlds,… More »

By: jessica / November 12, 2010 - 5:16 pm

Nachtmystium – “Every Last Drop” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When we premiered “Every Last Drop,” Addicts’s slow-burn melancholic 8-minute closer, I mentioned that the band was shooting a video for the full/unedited track with the assistance of HTC pal Seldon Hunt and Jimmy Hubbard, the guys who did the album’s cover art. At the time, all I was told was that the treatment wa… More »

By: brandon / November 9, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Dawnbringer – “Like An Earthquake” (Stereogum Premiere)

Four years ago I suggested Dawnbringer’s third album In Sickness and In Dreams had the best sounding guitars of 2006. (Can you think of any that sounded better?) Chicago multi-instrumentalist Chris Black, aka Professor Black, the man behind Dawnbringer, is also the main force in traditional metal crews Superchrist (“Fuck With Your Boots On”!) and… More »

By: brandon / September 10, 2010 - 11:22 am

Stream The High Confessions Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions

The High Confessions is a collaboration between Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, Ministry/Revolting Cocks vocal maestro Chris Connelly, Chicago metal multi-tasker/producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, Twilight), and another Chicago producer, Jeremy Lemos of White/Light. The quartet’s signed with Relapse to release Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions, a title that promises some sort of… More »

By: brandon / July 16, 2010 - 11:34 am

Nachtmystium – “Blood Trance Fusion” & Headlining Tour Presented By Haunting The Chapel

People like arguing about Nachtmystium. (They’re sort of M.I.A. for metal kids.) So far I’ve posted Addicts’s “No Funeral” — aka “Burzum On The Dance Floor” — and the melancholic Yakuza-assisted 8-minute closer “Every Last Drop.” “Blood Trance Fusion” is one of the more concise blasts on the collection. Like everything on Addicts, though, it… More »

By: brandon / July 15, 2010 - 11:12 am

Nachtmystium – “Every Last Drop” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s hard to believe Nachtmystium’s Addicts isn’t out officially until next week. At this point, it feels like it’s been debated and praised and derided endlessly. Thing is, as many listens as I’ve given it, and as many arguments I’ve gotten in over it, the thing keeps on giving. When I posted “No Funeral” o… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Twilight – “8,000 Years” (Stereogum Premiere)

A lot’s changed since the last Twilight album. For starters, there are those pesky teenage vampire movies of the same name. I asked new Twilight member Stavros about them a few months ago: “This is a hilarious question, and one I have contemplated as well. I personally am not one to make that call. I… More »

By: brandon / April 30, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Nachtmystium – “No Funeral” (Stereogum Premiere)

In January I posted about Nachtmystium’s new rhythm section — Wrest (Leviathan) on drums, Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room, Middian) on bass — and wondered where mainman Black Judd would take the band on the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. The new collection, the band’s fifth full-length, follows Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. More »

By: brandon / April 20, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Locrian – “The Columnless Arcade”

Locrian’s Territories ends with the torrentially uplifting “The Columnless Arcade.” The Chicago duo of André Foisy and Terence Hannum still create plenty of dark, crumbling, murky washes and spacious Prurient-on-Loren Mazzacane Connors noisescapes, but since their last collection Drenched Lands (and a handful of shorter 2009 releases), they’ve added a rock layer to the bleak… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 4

I included the longstanding occult black metal group Nightbringer’s Apocalypse Sun on the list of my 10 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010 (scroll all the way to the end). I’ve heard a few complex, intense, buzzing tracks from it. Judging from those, the new collection, which follows 2008’s Death And The Black Work, will blow… More »

By: brandon / January 8, 2010 - 11:18 am

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm