Since returning from their extensive North American tour as direct support for CRADLE OF FILTH in March, bastard sons of black metal NACHTMYSTIUM have been devising their next studio effort. The current band lineup consists of a majority of the recent touring formation, including Andrew Markuszewski (AVICHI, LORD MANTIS), Charlie Fell (LORD MANTIS, AVICHI), and Sanford Parker (MINSK, CIRCLE OF ANIMALS), and founding guitarist/vocalist Blake Judd. As of now, little more about the album is being released, but according to Judd, "The new record will have a very strong industrial influence in the vein of latter-era MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS and NINE INCH NAILS, but also a strong, depressive, old-school black metal influence."
More details, including a full-time bassist and more on the upcoming album, will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, Judd and NACHTMYSTIUM have confirmed several collaborations with infamous USBM horde VON! Two separate projects are currently underway which involve members of both bands. First up, Judd has been confirmed as one of a dozen notable artists set to collaborate with VON bassist Venien, on a project entitled VON VENIEN. The unit will release a 12-inch single entitled "Empire" via VON's own label Von Music Group. Following that, VMG will also unleash a split between Von and NACHTMYSTIUM via 12-inch MLP and CD, which will include both a new track as well as some VON homage from NACHTMYSTIUM. Full details on releases will be unveiled shortly.
NACHTMYSTIUM has announced a string of random live attacks for the coming months. The latest plague of concerts begins with a hometown headlining gig, with support from LORD MANTIS (containing two members of NACHTMYSTIUM), this Friday, May 6 in Chicago. Next up, NACHTMYSTIUM will co-headline 2011's installment of the annual Alehorn Of Power festival on June 11 in Chicago where they'll perform directly before headlining stoner gods ORANGE GOBLIN, and will also be joined by BIBLE OF THE DEVIL, ZUUL, SOLACE and BURIED AT SEA. July will see NACHTMYSTIUM terrorizing the Central Illinois Metalfest, where they're confirmed as direct support for MACABRE. In August, they've been invited to perform at the Party.San Open Air festival in Schlotheim, Germany, as part of an incredible fest lineup including MORBID ANGEL, AT THE GATES, ABSU, TRYPTIKON, ENSLAVED, NEGURA BUNGET and more. The band has constructed a longer set than usual for many of these headlining and festival appearances, mostly comprised of tracks it has not performed live before.
"Superskum" (web site) conducted an interview with Blake Judd of NACHTMYSTIUM on February 18, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is performance footage from the Englewood show.