Besides founding guitarist/vocalist Blake Judd, NACHTMYSTIUM have forced their way from the depths of the American black metal scene to international popularity over the past decade incorporating temporary lineups from release to release, and presenting a new set of musicians for nearly every tour the band has embarked on. Over recent months, Judd has recruited several other full-time members including lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski (Avichi, Lord Mantis), drummer Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, Avichi), and keyboard/synth engineer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Circle Of Animals), now solidifying the crew with the addition of Reid Raley on bass, making this the first “official lineup” for the band, ever.
Stated Judd and NACHTMYSTIUM on Raley joining the band: “Nachtmystium, for the first time in the band’s history as a full-time touring band, has a solid live lineup that matches the studio lineup. We intend to move forward and keep this group together indefinitely. It’s taken 10 years to put together the perfect band, and now we’ve got it. So watch for us on the road starting in June and throughout the rest of the year! We anticipate that Reid’s presence will not only bring a thunderous low-end onslaught on the live stage, but also will hopefully bring in some new elements into the writing of future Nachtmystium recordings.”
Read the full statement at NACHTMYSTIUM‘s Facebook page.
Catch the full new NACHTMYSTIUM wrecking crew live over the Summer months at the band’s confirmed upcoming live attacks, including a co-headlining spot at this year’s Alehorn of Power Festival in Chicago June 11, a co-headlining spot at the Central Illinois Metalfest on July 23, and an appearance at Party.San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany on August 12. The band have constructed a longer set than usual for these performances, mostly comprised of tracks they’ve not performed live before.
NACHTMYSTIUM Confirmed Performances:
6/11/2011 Alehorn Of Power Festival – Chicago, IL [info]
7/23/2011 Central Illinois Metalfest – Urbana, IL [info]
8/12/2011 Flugplatz Obermehler – Schlotheim, Germany @ Party San Festival [info]
Further details on all ongoing endeavors of NACHTMYSTIUM will be unveiled over the coming weeks.