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Nachtmystium
Doomsday Derelicts

Company: Battle Kommand Records
Release: 2009
Genre: Heavy
Reviewer: Raising Iron

  • For those repulsed with the band's latter efforts, this may be right up your alley



  • For regular readers of Maximum Metal, you no doubt know how enthralled I was with Nachtmystium's "Assassins" from 2008. For those who aren't aware, it made number two on my top ten of '08 bested only by Opeth's Watershed. Now, in the middle of 2009, the band has given us a new, four-song EP to sate those of us thirsting for more of the same, or is it?

    Of note, Nachtmystium have quickly found themselves in the love 'em or hate 'em camp; having significantly diverged from their black metal beginnings into an amalgam of psychedelic, black, and crustily dark, traditional metal. This latest EP, entitled Doomsday Derelicts, is actually a throwback of sorts to styles that influenced the guys to begin with, so for those repulsed with the band's latter efforts at stretching into prismatic and multi-textured territories, this may be right up your alley.

    Opening up with "Bones", the brash boys give you a quick, thrash-based thrashing that's somewhat along the lines of early Celtic Frost or Venom, yet with more of a mid-ranged virulence and a little less heaviness. Following up is "Life of Fire", a bit more epic and mid-paced in scope, recalling budding Mercyful Fate, but as crusty and blackened as ever. The best track comes next, entitled "Hellish Overdose", which will have you reminiscing bands like Omen, Manilla Road, Armored Saint, et al, with its riffs and compositional approach rooted in all things traditional heavy metal. Finally, the disc ends with "Pitch Black Cadence", a song that with its ringing, dissonant guitar layered above the driving riff brings back a bit of the psychedelia the band is now known for, ending with a speeded out bang.

    So there you have it, Nachtmystium turn in a quick dose of pestilent poison for the posers, leaving them lying for the rest of us to feast upon their decrepit and dissolved remains.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: NACHTMYSTIUM
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Assassins: Black Meddle Pt 1Nachtmystium
    2008
    Raising Iron8/22/2008
    Doomsday DerelictsNachtmystium
    2009
    Raising Iron7/2/2009
    Instinct: DecayNachtmystium
    2006
    Etiam10/3/2006
    NachtmystiumNachtmystium
    2003
    Etiam4/15/2007


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