Chicago’s Nachtmystium initially started pushing outward on the boundaries of black metal in 2006, with the expansive, psychedelic Instinct: Decay. Their sonic explorations were intensified on 2008′s magnificent and unclassifiable Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1, and exponentially more so on 2010′s Addicts: Black Meddle Part 2, which drifted so far from the genre as to be something else entirely. The follow-up to Addicts, Silencing Machine, is being loudly heralded as the band’s return to capital-B-capital-M Black Metal. The lo-fi cover art, which bears no small resemblance to Burzum’s Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, provides at least some evidence of the band’s intentions in this regard. “I Wait In Hell” — the fourth track to be released prior to the album itself — is further evidence still. Check it out.
Silencing Machine is out 7/31 via Century Media.
Nachtmystium tour dates (with Krieg):
07/25 – Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
07/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
07/29 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
07/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club