Blake Judd and his Nachtmystium are a strange breed within the black metal community. Once influenced by bands like Darkthrone and Burzum, Blake Judd and Co discovered their profound love for 60’s psychedelics and other musical influences, eventually culminating in a black metal salute to Pink Floyd in the form of the Black Meddle diptych. The second instalment is on display here, so let’s have a closer look to what experimental heights Black Judd has gone on Addicts: Black Meddle Part II.
Compared to Assassins: Black Meddle Part I the psychedelic angle on this album has diminished somewhat in favour of a more straightforward rock and roll approach. Judd’s preference for 80’s New Wave and Industrial shines through. Especially The Cure, Killing Joke and Ministry come to mind. Also Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age seem to be major influences, especially on tracks like Nightfall and Addicts.
High On Hate, Then Fires and the aforementioned Addicts feature some brilliant guitar solos, which add a nice and gritty bluesy feel to the amalgamut of different influences that is Addicts: Black Meddle Part II. Killing Joke roars its ugly head in The End Is Eternal, No Funeral and Blood Trans Fusion, while Ruined Life Continuum features some slight references to The Cure. Every Last Drop is the album’s grand finale in which all the previously mentioned influences come together as one in truly stunning fashion.
The big question remains whether this album still has something in common with black metal in general. It certainly shares the genre’s aesthetics, such as a raw and gritty production, the negative outlook on mankind and life in general and the traditional shrieks and screams. That being said, Addicts: Black Meddle Part II is such a unique hybrid of New Wave, industrial, Pink Floydian psychedelics, rock and roll/stoner rock and some hints of black metal, it would be an insult to describe it as a mere black metal release.
Nachtmystium have clearly carved a niche of their own with both Black Meddle albums. Blake Judd clearly defies all genre rules and regulations with his uncompromising musical vision on Addicts: Black Meddle Part II. As a reviewer I’m happy that such musicians exist, because they keep our beloved metal genre from becoming dull and stagnant. To cut a long story short, this album is experimental metal at its finest!
written by Raymond Westland