Last night when I was just about to go to sleep I checked the NCS e-mail, and the most recent message sitting there was from an Argentinian magazine named Jedbangers telling me about a 3-hour interview of Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd they had conducted by phone in June, with a link to an excerpt of the interview they’ve recently uploaded to YouTube. Figuring that I would regret the decision, I chose to put off sleep long enough to start listening to it.
Having read so many despicable stories about the guy (including some from his former friends that weren’t intended for public consumption), I wondered why I would be bothering with it — but anyway, I started the YouTube clip, expecting to hear some self-serving bullshit. But before the interview started, these words appeared on the screen:
In October 2013, Nachtmystium’s frontman Blake Judd was arrested in Chicago on misdemeanor theft charges and spent a month in jail. It was the last straw in a series of events that included his departure from black metal supergroup Twilight, dozens (if not hundreds) of ripped-off fans and a long and well documented heroin addiction.
After his stay in prison, Judd resurfaced with ‘The World We Left Behind’, Nachtmystium’s final album, only to put the band to rest and disappear again soon after a new scam regarding an album bundle pre-order was exposed.
What you are about to hear is part of a 3 hour interview Jedbangers Magazine conducted with Blake Judd on the last week of June 2016. During the interview, Judd claimed he’s been sober for a little over a year, and this time for good. He also discussed everything that happened to him since he went under the radar, including his addiction, the scams to his fans, his life as a homeless person and the death of his girlfriend.
This was the first time he spoke with anyone in the press in almost two years.
After reading that, I began to think that maybe the interview wouldn’t be all that sympathetic, and so I let it run. In this 21-minute excerpt, which seems to be the first of a 3-part series, you don’t hear the interviewer, merely Judd’s edited responses. And he’s certainly not very sympathetic to himself. I found what he said articulate and cold-eyed enough that I stayed with it to the end.
Even Judd’s confessions in this interview may be gilding the lily — only those people who were closest to him during the times he’s talking about would probably know for sure just how much of what Judd says is the truth — but he doesn’t paint a very pretty picture of himself. At the same time, he doesn’t come off as feeling sorry for himself or looking for sympathy either. Regardless, I doubt he’s going to get any sympathy, or forgiveness either. But I could be wrong; people in our country have a peculiar history of forgetting and forgiving the sins of some of the worst people.
I know that some people who’ve been deceived and mistreated by Judd think that any publicity he receives is itself a crock of shit, and just plays into his hands; this interview may well indeed be part of a “comeback” strategy by Judd designed to clean up his image. On top of that, our site doesn’t usually spend time on scandal, gossip, or titillating news items. But I’m still going to leave the interview here, because I confess that I found it interesting, and others might as well. Just make sure to take it with a grain of salt (or a whole shaker).