Nachtmystium is dead, and it ain’t coming back. That you know. Nachtmystium creative force Blake Judd’s heroin addiction in the early ’10s led to some seriously shady business practices and prolific scamming, resulting in Judd being blacklisted from many corners of the underground metal scene. You know that, too.
What you might not know—or perhaps have conveniently forgotten—is that there were several other talented musicians who contributed to Nachtmystium over the years, propelling the band to forefront of the USBM movement in the mid-2000s. Which is partially why 2006’s psych black metal game-changer Instinct: Decay is the latest Decibel Hall of Fame inductee. Just look at all the fun stuff you’re learning today!
But what you also might not know is that there was one track recorded during the Instinct: Decay sessions that was shelved and never released… until now. Some 15 years after the track’s recording, the Decibel Flexi Series has unearthed “Chemical Catharsis.” You can hear this lost piece of USBM below history and then grab a copy of our August 2021 issue, which features the aforementioned flexi and Hall of Fame story as well as a cover story on current USBM leading lights Wolves in the Throne Room.