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Read that headline again. You may have felt a knot in your stomach, you may have groaned or sighed. But for the duration of this post I want you to suspend that "here we go again" sensation and approach this situation with just a pinch of optimism.

Nachtmystium, the genre blurring black metal project of Blake Judd, have announced two shows. The first in Wilseyville, California at Festum Carnis on July 8th, where the band will play the Eulogy IV EP and their album Instinct: Decay in full. The second show will be at Louisville Deathfest in Kentucky on September 29th & 30th, the exact details of which have yet to be announced.

On top of this, the band plan to release a new EP called Resilent and a b-sides collection titled Retox through Earache sometime this fall. These will be the first samples of new music from the project since The World We Left Behind in 2014, and the first since Judd sobered up after a long and ugly battle with addiction. That struggle happened concurrently with a disastrous pre-order scandal that resulted in the band's relationship with Century Media dissolving and a complete detonation of their fan's trust. The fallout from that incident makes it hard to look at the prospect of new Nachtmystium without at least some hesitation. That skepticism is warranted, but you shouldn't write Nachtmystium, or by extension Judd, off. After all, heavy metal is filled to the brim with musicians who have wrestled with their demons on the public stage. Hopefully these shows and new releases are proof that Judd is in a healthier and more stable place.

We will announce more info about both Nachtmystium's live performances and new releases as we receive them.

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