Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Initial Impressions: Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine
This album has been hailed as a return to form for Nachtmystium, even the old black metal logo has returned. That is not entirely correct. There are still elements lingering from the Black Meddle albums. For the most part the black metal sound has returned, though only superficially. The band utilizes more tremolo riffs, blast beats, and harsh vocals, but underneath it all, it is clear that Nachtmystium has progressed beyond typical black metal. Many of the songs feature some or all of these elements but also possess a distinctive post-rock or psychedelic sound as well. Blake Judd maintains the harsher vocal style throughout the release however.
If anything, this album represents a coming-together of the sounds that Nachtmystium has put out over the years. The black metal is present but so is the progressive rock, post-rock, and psychedelia. The one constant is the cold atmosphere.
I really did enjoy this album. I have liked prior Nachtmystium albums, but none as much as this one.