Holocaust Records 2004
I had never heard Nachtmystium before this release and didn't know really what to expect. I figured they would be primitive based on what little word of mouth I had heard and also by their cover art. But I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this was not necessarily the case. Don't get me wrong, I love primitive black metal a lot. But it is cool to kind of expect one thing and then hear something better. This is still underground black metal of the primitive variety but it has a level of class and musicianship not normally associated with this style and the production though stripped down has a certain feeling to it that rises above the normal stereotypes for underground black metal. The tracks are for the most part mid-tempo to fast without being blasting. The thing I think that makes Nachtmystium stand out form the rest of their peers it the sad and well toned leads. There is a sound quality about them that makes my hairs stand on end and they have a sliver of sorrow in them. Just listen to the lead at the end of Bleed for Thee and you will understand what I mean. My favorite track though is also the most derivative. There is a lot of Darkthrone and VON influence to be found on You Get Nothing, but it is also the most engaging of the songs with it trance-like flowing riffs. I feel I must go back and explore their back catalogue to see what other gems I might have missed. There is quality black metal coming out of America and Nachtmystium is a perfect example of this.