Nachtmystium CD reviewed by Brett Horn

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Nachtmystium CD reviewed by Brett Horn
Sep 8, 2008, 04:16

Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle, Pt. 1

NACHTMYSTIUM Assassins: Black Meddle, Part 1 CD

With their second disc, Chicago black metallers Nachtmystium are starting to get interesting. As the title implies, the album is an experiment of sorts, with the band using the prototypical black metal sound as a base to add various sonic curveballs. As might be expected, it's a mixed bag, but the highs outweigh the lows, in my opinion. One track, in particular, stands out, “Ghosts of Grace.” The song takes the harshness of black metal and adds a strong, driving melody running through its core. The end result is a rather neat trick, a song that's both brutal and beautiful. Add some repetitive zen mantra lyrics (“The storm took nothing/The storm took all”), and I smell a masterwork cooking. Elsewhere, the band occasionally hews a bit too closely to genre formula, but most of the tracks add enough of an unexpected zing to keep things interesting. The album ends on a bit of a sour note, with a three-song trilogy that has its moments, but ultimately sounds a bit limp and undirected. All in all, though, this disc showcases a band fooling around in interesting waters, and I hope there's a part two. [Century Media]   Â

-Brett Horn


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