[UPDATE: In reaction to this post and similar reports elsewhere, Blake Judd has stated that Nachtmystium is NOT kaput and is in fact re-grouping to record a new album for release in 2013. Details here.]
Over the weekend, the news made the rounds on the interwebz (e.g., here) that Chicago’s Nachtmystium is no more (although, as you’ll see in a minute, this news actually broke in March). The following “official statement” was re-published by various sources:
“We are sorry to inform you that NACHTMYSTIUM have decided to cancel all their live activities in the foreseeable future. The band has parted ways with their long time lead guitarist, Andrew Markuszewski, and their recording engineer/synth player, Sanford Parker. The remaining three bandmembers of NACHTMYSTIUM as of today are going to bring the band to a state of hiatus.”
Although I didn’t see it at the time, the handwriting appeared on the wall via a March 7 article on Stereogum, in which writer Michael Nelson reported the following message he received from Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd: “Hate Meditation is my main focus currently as Nachtmystium is on somewhat of a hiatus for the time being.”
I guess it’s now more than “somewhat of a hiatus”. Among other things, Nachtmystium’s official Facebook page has disappeared.
I’ve been spamming the hell out of Hate Meditation at NCS (most recently here) since discovering their existence in early January, but I obviously didn’t do quite enough homework before writing my most recent piece last week or I would have picked up on that Nachmystium hiatus thing.
Anyway, I’m going to miss Nachtmystium — but I have high hopes for Hate Meditation’s debut album Scars based on what I’ve heard so far. To learn more about the new band and their forthcoming debut, check out last week’s post, or just listen to this: