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Album Review: Nachtmystium – “Addicts: Black Meddle, Pt. II”

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM (PST)
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Risky. Revolutionary. Evolutionary. Sell-out. These are but a few words that have been used to describe the last few years of the music created by Nachtmystium. Risky? Yes. Revolutionary and evolutionary? Definitely. Sell-out? Never. Nachtmystium’s latest endeavor continues the transcendental march from their black metal roots as their sound opens your mind like a thorny black rose blooming in the darkness and takes you to a psychedelic world of electronic new-wave infused metal. Blake Judd retains his raspy voice as he croaks his way through all ten tracks and each one takes a step into a different realm of influence – industrial, new-wave, 80’s metal, classic black metal…

The opening ‘Cry For Help’ starts with an echoing rhythm and haunts you with its harsh whispering chant and then pushes you into a blast-beat and distorted guitar laden tomb of darkness of ‘High On Hate.’ You’ll traverse the hallowed halls of Nine Inch Nails laced ‘No Funeral’ and the Joy Division and The Cure imbibed sound of ‘Ruined Life Continuum.’ As the sound winds its way through the various shadowed forests of each track, ‘Addicts’ never loses its black metal foundation and the lyrics hold steadfastly grim and ominous. The more times you pass down this midnight road, the more realize the genius that is encompassed therein and that it is one of the top metal albums of the year.

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