Nachtmystium
Resilient


4.0
excellent

Review

by dragoth USER (35 Reviews)
November 30th, 2018 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Silver Lanterns Guide Me Home

Nachtmystium. A name once synonymous with quality, experimental, border pushing and genre bending music within black metal. Now associated with the acts of one man, Blake Judd. Now I am not going to go into all the controversies surrounding this man, after all this is a review of the music, and not of the man or his actions. Resilient is the comeback EP of Nachtmystium after a 4 year silence, with a new lineup pasted together Blake hit the studio and released this 25 minute monolith of psychedelic black metal, simultaneously familiar and yet untreated territory.

From the opening ambient dirges of 'Conversion' featuring eerie synth and sampling 'Requiem for a Dream' to great effect you know you are in for a dark experience. Conversion succeeds in its endeavor to pull you in, preparing you for the assaulting triumvirate that is to follow.

What this EP does very well is explore a slower style than previous Nachtmystium, with every song spending a lot of time with the brakes firmly on, the title track for example spends a lot of time at a steady pace in the verses, with a beautifully eerie clean guitar riff, before speeding a little up for the choruses and then going right back to that wonderful little lick. The slowing down on each track allows for the riffs and atmosphere to really build up, drawing you in and keeping you there. Nachtmystium this time around are less about warping your mind with psychedelic soundscapes and twisting compositions, but more about building an atmosphere, a dark atmosphere that worms throughout this EP and you cannot help but be drawn in by. The final two tracks really exemplify this, both have repetitive sections that serve to hypnotise the listener and bring them into Blake Judds wretched visions and world that he is conveying through these tracks.

The guitar work is fantastic, whilst we don't get to hear any of the soloing that was all over previous Nachtmystium work, it does not detract from the experience, and personally I think it would actually take away from the experience, atmosphere and message of the work if they were present. What we get instead are well thought out and executed riffs that all work together to create fantastic, melancholic and wonderfully melodic songs. The opening riff to 'Silver Lanterns' serves as an example, the simple yet effective lead riff, that then works so well with that melodic single note tremolo line that joins over the top when the verse starts. Whilst no single riffs are complex, they all serve a purpose, and all work in each song to evolve the tracks and progress them, never feeling forced together or out of place.

The extra elements added also help improve the experience, from the sampling that takes place in a couple of tracks, the choir elements that appear, such as at the end of the title track, also help bring a helpless atmosphere to that track. The bongos during the final track 'Desert Illumination' work surprisingly well, never thought I'd hear bongos in black metal. Vocally, Blake Judd sounds as great as usual, his distinct rasping bark hasn't lost any of its power or emotion during the hiatus and is employed to great effect across all tracks. 'Desert Illumination' also features spoken word and crazy laughter in the background which comes together well.

All in all, this is a great comeback effort from Nachtmystium, all the tracks come together to show that these guys still have more to offer and contribute to the genre, and that they haven't lost any of the spark that made them so unique in the past. My only qualms are that this feels like it's over before it even really begins been so short (a common complaint with any EP) and that the final track does drag on a little too much. Other than that, this is a fantastic release and serves as a statement of intent for the band. Lets hope they stay that way.

Originally posted here:
https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Nachtmystium/Resilient/741046/



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bigguytoo9
November 30th 2018


1394 Comments


Does anyone still support Fake Judd?

zaruyache
November 30th 2018


27200 Comments


nah, but i'll jam his shit on spotify.

Coast
November 30th 2018


1621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great read and EP.

dragoth
December 1st 2018


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't necessarily suggest supporting Blake, news surrounding him is sketchy as all hell but I can't deny the quality of this EP. It is an epic listen and if the next album is along the lines if the music from this release it will be at least a 4.5 from me

dragoth
December 1st 2018


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't necessarily suggest supporting Blake, news surrounding him is sketchy as all hell but I can't deny the quality of this EP. It is an epic listen and if the next album is along the lines if the music from this release it will be at least a 4.5 from me

Hawks
December 1st 2018


84429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Blake might be a fuck but I’m still gonna jam this ahrd. m/

Hypochondria
December 1st 2018


173 Comments


Band slays, always had a soft spot for them

Hawks
December 1st 2018


84429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah they’ve always slayed tbh. Blake is just a piece of shit lol.

MetalMarcJK
December 2nd 2018


964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's no Addicts, but it still rocks. It's a great comeback and worth your time.

zaruyache
December 2nd 2018


27200 Comments


is it tho really

zaruyache
December 2nd 2018


27200 Comments


is it tho really

zaruyache
December 2nd 2018


27200 Comments


IS IT THO REALLY

spam filter you piece of shit

naughtcturnal
December 2nd 2018


2677 Comments


dude scammed me out of a shit ton. will never ever support this piece of trash ever again

PsychicChris
December 3rd 2018


407 Comments


I hate that I don't hate this.

Hypochondria
December 4th 2018


173 Comments


Last track should be about 2 min shorter. Otherwise, solid EP, gives me hope for their next LP (if there is one that is, considering all that happened with Blake)

DarkNoctus
December 5th 2018


12170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it felt good pirating this, dude's not getting a penny out of me and the label should have known better than to support the endeavours of this guy

DungeonBoy
December 5th 2018


9659 Comments


Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1 is the only Nachtmystium album I've ever enjoyed but I'll give this a listen cause y'all seem to maybe like it? I can't tell, but i'm gonna give it a spin.

DungeonBoy
December 5th 2018


9659 Comments


Oof the title track is a heroine addict's anthem of struggling with addiction. Really sad. Regardless of this dude's actions there is a certain level of empathy I feel towards him and anyone else who has to live a life like that.

Nazzadan
December 5th 2018


2363 Comments


Yeah Blake owes me in the area of 400 bucks, but might still jam this if it's actually good.

DarkNoctus
December 5th 2018


12170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was a 3 until that last track, there was absolutely no need for it to be 9 minutes long.



i have a complicated relationship with blake's vocals too - on one hand i find them annoying because of how wooden the delivery is, but on the other the last track proved there isn't really a lot going on without them there. perhaps i'm being a bit harsh. but then, it's really, really distracting that the lyrical content still goes for the whole "dark, disturbed resilient character who's overcome so much" yet in the public face he's still doing the exact same shit he was before. it's distracting as fuck how he's trying to turn something that he hasn't overcome yet into a personal triumph.



you could argue that i shouldn't take his personal shit into account but that's literally what this ep is about and the lyrics are really decipherable for black metal vocals so it's really difficult not to.



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