Nachtmystium has released “Tear You Down,” the first single from what was being billed as their final record The World We Left Behind. Listen to “Tear You Down” here below.
Well, it turns out that the whole “final record” thing may have been a bit premature. On November 13, 2013, shortly after being arrested on charges of misdemeanor theft by unauthorized control of property, singer/guitarist Blake Judd issued a statement that he would be disbanding Nachtmystium after completion of the band’s seventh studio album, The World We Left Behind, which will be released on August 5, 2014. The singer/guitarist, who had always had a penchant for drug use, injured his leg back in 2009 and was prescribed Oxycodone for the pain. As a result, he developed a violent dependency to the drug and moved on up to a full-blown heroin addiction. It is alleged that the theft charges were a direct result of his habit. His stated reason for dissolving the band was to get away from the music business and work on getting his life back on track.
So here we are, almost nine months later, and despite all of the press releases still billing this as the final Nachtmystium record, it seems that Blake Judd has had a change of heart. In an interview with Metal Mayhem Underground from last week that somehow managed to slip under everyone’s radar until now, Judd announced that he will not be disbanding Nachtmystium after all. Judd is quoted as saying the following:
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.”
This is all very good news to Nachtmystium fans and black metal fans in general. I have heard The World We Left Behind and it is pretty great. Watch for my review this coming Monday right here on GoD. Meanwhile, check out the first single “Tear You Down.” Crank it up and rejoice that we aren’t leaving the world of Nachtmystium behind after all.
Nachtmystium “Tear You Down”