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Nachtmystium, The World We Left Behind

Nachtmystium, The World We Left Behind

By Brad Sanders, ContributorLaying bare one's addiction for the sake of art is a thin line to walk. Nachtmystium's Blake Judd has learned that firsthand. After writing much of the acclaimed Black Meddle diptych about his struggles with heroin, he became a pariah for ripping off his merch-buying fans, inviting speculation that the payments he stole were for drugs. The World We Left Behind is the first Nachtmystium record since that PR firestorm, and while Judd would like it to put the focus back on his music, its numerous failures make that impossible. It's difficult to tell if Judd is no longer interested in black metal or if he has simply forgotten how to write it. The guitar tone here is unmistakably Nachtmystium's, but it's too often forced into clumsy pop-metal structures, as on the limp "Fireheart" and the nü-metal-tinged "Tear You Down." The electronic flourishes that many found inviting on the Black Meddle… more »

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SXSW Photos: The Twilight Sad, Nachtmystium, Crocodiles and More

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By Andrew Parks, ContributorAs you're about to see in the following photo set, the first official day of South by Southwest's music portion was a scatter-brained affair, a showcase-hopping survey of whoever was worth enduring endless sound checks… more »