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Here's a challenge for the extremely brave out there — try and decipher any of the lyrics on Nachtmystium's self-titled EP from 2002. Unless you have an extremely sharp ear (or a lyric sheet in front of you), this would be quite a daunting challenge. It's impossible to determine if vocalist Zmij is actually uttering words or just offering guttural belches, screams, and groans throughout. Originally released on the Regimental label, this six-track EP was out of print for a few years, before the fine folks at Battle Kommand Records remastered it and put it back in print. The end result sounds like one extended black metal nightmare, as evidenced by such tracks as "Cold Tormentor (I've Become)," "Come Forth, Devastation," and "Gaze Upon Heaven in Flames." The production is not what you'd expect from a "black metal album," though (the guitars are pushed more toward the back than usual), but Nachtmystium's self-titled EP should definitely appeal to fans of underground black metal — that is, about as underground as you can get.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Wheaton, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although he's employed a number of sidemen over the years, Nachtmystium is essentially the work of Chicago native Blake Judd (aka Azentrius), who began recording demos in 1998. The band was also home to members of Nile, Goatwhore, Dimmu Borgir, Usurper, Vital Remains, Forest of Impaled, Novembers Doom, and many other notable extreme metal musicians. Over time, Nachtmystium's sound evolved from raw, traditional black metal to experimental, neo-progressive dark metal — all while retaining its...
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