Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine by Jo Blackened

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Century Media Records

Band line-up:
Blake Judd – guitars, vocals
Drew Markuszewski – guitars, vocals
Will Lindsay – bass guitar
Sanford Parker – synths & electronics
Charlie Fell – drums

1. Dawn Over the Ruins of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope and Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced to Ashes
9. Give Me the Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep

Nachtmystium first formed in 1999 by Blake Judd and started off as a raw black metal band with Norsk black metal influences. They soon released a number of records before 2004 when they changed towards a new musical direction, but till keeping to their black metal roots.

In the last few years Nachtmystium have gone from strength to strength and have toured with bands such as,
1349, Boris, Goatwhore, Sunno))), Angelcorpse and Watain, among others. They have also co-headlined the Overcast Music and Arts Festival in June in 2006 and most recently performed on the main stages at New England Metal and Hardcore festivals.

I loved this album straight from the start, but I do prefer the raw sound of the black metal genre, whereas Nachtmystium do have a modern feel to them and show influences of other metal genres, but there is no doubt they are a great metal band.

They seem to lack the darkness and evil streak that classic black metal bands show and some tracks are too modern for me personally and lack the atmosphere, which is normally created in this genre, but I feel this is more open in genre and will appeal to metallers who wouldn’t normally listen to black metal.

It is no doubt this is a unique band and have put their own twist into this genre and there were some tracks I really loved, and had to play afew times and some where I didn’t get the feel for too much, but it’s always good to see a band being individual and following their own path.

After being asked how Blake Judd feels regarding recently being signed to Century Media Records [North America] & Candlelight Records [Europe], he quoted:

“We are very excited and honoured to be working with Century Media, a label whom over the years has showcased a ferocious dedication to extreme music. Grave, Tiamat, Samael and countless other bands active in the early 90’s were some of the first bands to inspire us endlessly to create our own metal music. We anticipate a great working relationship and hope to embark on a joint ascension to metal superiority together!”

“I did a two record deal, the idea was to put them out and let them stand apart on someone else’s label and then I’d
just go back to doing everything from there on my own.” Black Meddle Pt.1: Assassins and Black
Meddle Pt. 2: Addicts released in 2008 and 2010, respectively, were two of the best hailed albums
of the past few years. Decibel magazine declared “Nachtmystium are all about confrontation,
daring people to have enough of an open mind to look past what they perceive to be ‘true’ heavy
music and accept the fact that a little experimenting never hurt anybody.”

It is without doubt these guys have produced a great album and despite what genre they fall into, or even if Black Metal isn’t your thing…with the bands sound quality and guitar riffs thrown in there, they should be heard, cause you may just like it?!