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'The World We Left Behind'

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Jools Green


Nachtmystium were formed in 2000 by Blake Judd and Pat 'Noctis' McCormick, as a primitive 4-tracker black Metal band and over the last fourteen years, they have seen a fair few line-up changes, as a consequence developing way beyond that original format, expanding their sound away from the commonplace by subtly incorporating a broad range of other influences into their ever developing sound but still keeping that raw harsh blackened core.

'The World We Left Behind', studio full length number seven, is to be their final release, the last chapter in a tumultuous, controversial and provoking history and is an album full of desperation and gloom that oozes depravity, written by once again by the warped and talented hand of Blake Judd.

The album consists of nine tracks that are superbly crafted, varied in mood and atmosphere and a thought challenging, engaging and highly enjoyable listen.

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For this release Blake, who covers lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, synthesiser and percussion, is assisted by the musical talents of Scare Crow on lead guitars, John Porada (Terminate) on bass, Dustin Drenk on synthesisers and electronics and his band mate from Hate Meditation, Sam Shroyer on drums.

Opening with 'Intrusion', an atmospheric instrumental where haunting distorted guitars exude a hypnotic wave of rising and falling riffs that switch to a pounding rhythm, building the atmosphere. The complete change of mood and rise in tempo comes as a real surprise as 'Fireheart' opens, a perfectly balanced contrast between uplifting repeat riffs and Blake's superb harsh blackened vocals.

Slower in tempo, 'Voyager' has more haunting guitar work and powerful lyrics. This track would qualify as my favourite if the rest were not all equally superb. 'Into The Endless Abyss' is wonderfully intense, bleak and dark and a very strong sense of despair surrounds this track with the addition of some superb psychedelic synthesiser, something you don't necessarily expect from black Metal, a superb boundary pushing track.

The mood and atmosphere changes again on the 'In The Absence Of Existence', a bleak mournful and questioning track. The tempo picks up after an extended intro on 'The World We Left Behind' becoming reflective midway. I loved the classic styled black Metal riffs that make up the backbone of this track.

'Tear You Down', is simply haunting and sinister while the tempo changes completely for 'On The Other Side' up tempo yet deliberate, with simple, haunting repeat riffs, a dark and beautiful track with a superb guitar segment to the close. There is something poignant about the final track the slower 'Epitaph For A Dying Star' a very fitting finale for the final track ever from Nachtmystium. The haunting, clean female backing vocals add a surprising and interesting edge.

What I love about this release is that the guitars have been kept cleverly unfussy, yet still managing to be catchy, aiming for and achieving a strong, very moving and memorable effect and allowing the lyrics, which are incredibly powerful, often dark, bleak and sinister to be fully appreciated and to have the maximum impact possible.

It's not about egos, just about good music, the drum work mostly keeps an unobtrusive pace breaking out when necessary, altogether making this a superb release from Nachtmystium. I can't fault any aspect of it and it could quite possibly their best but it is hard to say when their last three or four releases have been equally as superb.

It's sad that this is their swansong, but they are going out on a high note and I am certain this is not the last we will hear of the boundless talents of Blake Judd.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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