Nachtmystium
Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (84 Reviews)
June 20th, 2010 | 98 replies | 15,162 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: N-O-T-H-I-N-G H-U-R-T-S M-O-R-E T-H-A-N B-E-I-N-G B-O-R-N

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Nachtmystium’s 2010 release Addicts: Black Meddle Pt II opens up with a cryptic spell-off that should be an indication of what the listener is in store for. You see, if you were a fan of the bands past efforts such as Reign of Malicious and Demise, you were most likely disappointed with the bands sudden change of under-produced black metal in favour of a more subdued black metal approach mixed with psychedelic excursions. If you were a fan of Instinct: Decay, chances are you were very put-off by the over-excess of genre mashing and more streamlined approach to black metal that Assassins: Black Meddle Pt. I did ever so well. And here we are with Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II and my whole point with the opening words “Nothing Hurts More Than Being Born” couldn’t be anymore relevant as the band finds themselves once again being reborn and further alienating most of their fan base that had a glimmer of hope the band may divert back into their black metal roots. (Un)Fortunately (depending on how you view the bands current state of sound) Nachtmystium don’t give a fly *** about how black metal ‘should be done’ and continue to race down the same road that Assassins took, all the while further blurring the lines between genres.

One thing that should be mentioned before stepping into this album is that the album will come across as a mish-mash of songs piled together that might seem out of place when lined up next to each other. Whether this is a good thing or not, it very much does form a solid album that is equally bleak as it is fun to listen. Sure the albums first proper song opens up in a Krallice/ Drudkh-ish black metal fashion, but really and truly, the band is only teasing the listener as to what’s in store next. By the time ‘Nightfall’ rolls around, we are left wondering whether we’re listening to rock record straight out of the 70s with its rolling riffs, flowing post-punk leads and a solo that is beautifully incorporated in. While this may throw the listener off a touch, a more careful approach to the song will reveal that the band has never lost it’s black metal aesthetic and this is where the cohesion comes into play throughout the rest of the songs on the album. ‘No Funeral’ may just be the catchiest song this side of 2010, mixing a large dose of danceable electronics into the mix while still retaining a frigid feel that good black metal should convey. This continues for the remainder of the album as the band continues to wrap the nuances of black metal around electronica, 70s rock, post-punk and psychedelic excursions. While the theme throughout the album discusses the ugly lifestyle of drug addiction, it’s the music that really relays the subject to perfection. This should be credited to Sandford Parker; über producer of many notable bands and a constant fixture of sludge/ tribal masters Minsk who joined the band as a full time member in 2008, controlling all synthesizers and effects. Parker’s keyboard touches fill out each track and also add a large does of psychedelic noises to the mix, adding a more textural palette to the fuzzy riffs and thumping beats. This is where Nachtmystium shine, giving the songs a polished feel and opening up the bands sound to more possibilities in the future of where to take the black metal genre.

Nachtmystium’s sound has criss-crossed so many genres over the years that it’s no wonder they’ve pretty much pissed off most of their fan base. Addicts will not help them gain back their original fanbase, instead attracting new ones who don’t know where to start with the genre and for people who just want to hear something different within the black metal scene. Fans of Assassins will most likely be pleased with where Nachtmystium have gone with Addicts and I feel that in continuing with their three part concept album theme, Addicts fits snug within the context of their running musical theme; a band who is not afraid to take chances and is pushing the black metal genre to unimaginable heights of musical exploration.



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Wizard
June 20th 2010



19223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awaiting all purist black metal fans to start complaining...

Constructive criticism is always welcome.

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theartofdoom
June 20th 2010



254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, great album, even though i like the first one better.

LG
June 20th 2010



3049 Comments


What is this black metal?

Ponton
Emeritus
June 20th 2010



5784 Comments


Awesome, review is great and it's always good to see you still at it. "has never lost its black..." votes positive

I saw another positive review on this from another site, and with yours i'm pretty interested. I need to try the first one though.

alsid
June 20th 2010



24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Although I'm no black metal purist, I have a lot of complaints. Their electronic flirtations look out of place, and the whole album is rather boring and repetitive. Feels to me like they've lost all of their power that made Instinct: Decay and Assassins so compelling.

ConsiderPhlebas
June 20th 2010



6157 Comments


Great review, man

Dryden
June 20th 2010



12928 Comments


wont be checking this out

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2010



18043 Comments


I heard No Funeral and it was unbelievably catchy. I'm pretty interested in this.

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TheSpawnOfDeth
June 20th 2010



39 Comments


This alubum really takes song getting used to, but once you do it's worth it. It just takes a few spins to take it all in.

scissorlocked
June 20th 2010



3508 Comments


I've heard Assasins and was fantastic.

Is this similar too??

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jingledeath
June 20th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never listened to this band before so I don't really know what all the hate is about but I'll definitely give this a listen. Review rules man.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2010



17197 Comments


good review but I totally disagree.

ShadowRemains
June 20th 2010



20243 Comments


good review, pos'd

Relinquished
June 20th 2010



24443 Comments


I don't like this band.

Dryden
June 20th 2010



12928 Comments


band is poo

Mclovin
June 20th 2010



293 Comments


A Wizard review, oh shiiiiiii-

Great review, man. I've never heard Nachtmystium, but I've been meaning to. Where's a good place to start?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2010



17197 Comments


Instinct: Decay is the only album by Nachtmystium i can stand, so that one would be a good starting point.

Dryden
June 20th 2010



12928 Comments


much better bm out there

kount
June 20th 2010



1279 Comments


here come the purists

Wizard
June 20th 2010



19223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review but I totally disagree.

I don't blame people for hating this. I just like rather eccentric pieces of music sometimes and this hits the spot.

Great review, man. I've never heard Nachtmystium, but I've been meaning to. Where's a good place to start?

Redsky has it right even though you can't go wrong with this or Assassins. Their albums previous to Instinct: Decay are raw black metal if that tickles your fancy.

Just one thing, why haven't you or Crysis got contributor yet?

I don't know about Crysis but I'm perfectly happy without the tag. It doesn't really signify anything anyways (might be naive to the special privileges that come with the status though).

Thank you for the nice comments people. I try to pump out a review once in a while when I have the time. I want to see more of the Profound Lore releases for 2010 reviewed if anyone's interested?



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