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The World We Left Behind

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cool album 14 Aug 2014
By r350 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The World We Left Behind is primarily an album of mournful, melodramatic rock sagas, encased in blackened-as-burned-nails sonic packaging that will give weary metal adherents an opportunity to revel in sentimental and occasionally transcendent songcraft, all in a safe, guilt-free environment--that is, one containing absolutely no clean singing.

The musicianship and production here are competent but hesitant; the band's evident ambitions could only have been truly fulfilled with help from the likes of David Gilmour, Pat Metheny, and Danny Carey--or better yet, the esteemed members of the U.S. black metal scene who contributed such confident flourishes to Nachtmystium's earlier work, earning themselves some degree of renown in the process. In their absence, Nachtmystium's music lives or dies by the quality of the writing.

As it happens, the new songs work. They're long and drawn-out, but peppered with enough hooks and twists to make for a rewarding listen. You won't find much here resembling the overt experiments in genre hopping characteristic of Addicts: Black Meddle Pt II, or the skillfully calibrated harshness of its successor Silencing Machine--at least not until the final few tracks, when the stylistic changes start stacking up more rapidly. Instead we're treated to the airy cadences of "Voyager", a document of years spent forging fatefully ahead through a patently unsustainable existence; and the title track, in which we plummet past the discarded trappings of a decent and honorable life, downward towards whatever terrors await one who has so thoroughly repudiated convention. All of this is delivered via self-obsessed lyricism, spiced with the thinnest of metaphors.

Those who empathize with Nachtmystium founder Blake Judd's personal struggles will find the album's penultimate song unexpectedly delightful: "On The Other Side" is a chronicle of triumph in the wake of drug withdrawal, with its karaoke-ready bridge ("No more sickness / No more struggle / I can't believe I did this / But today it's gone!") leading into an exuberant, Stonesy guitar solo that has to be the most joyful thing I've heard all summer--even if was too good to last. Which brings us to the album's downcast yet resplendent finale: "Epitaph For A Dying Star" repurposes a trope of late-stage Pink Floyd, extracting relevance from heretofore dismissible stadium rock extravagance, before churning relentlessly on into the beyond.

Sonically, The World We Left Behind is a soupier cousin to the Assassins installment of Nachtmystium's Black Meddle series. And if that album opened with a worthy homage to Floyd's original Meddle, then this one ends with a nod to its successor; so it's a shame the title Dark Side of the Spoon was already taken. On the other hand, this latest incarnation of Nachtmystium lacks the engineering prowess and artistic sensibilities to produce metal's first true answer to progressive rock's magnum opus. But if the band's failure to hit that particular mark is disappointing, it's only because even in its present compromised state, it aims higher than most.

Lingering on the topic of unrealized hopes, this is a band that should by all rights be headlining those euphoria-laden 3-day outdoor music festivals that you tend to find nestled amidst green hills under starlit skies--the kind which instead attract smiling second rate jam bands, which if there was any justice in the world would be swiftly eradicated and replaced with something that could bridge the chasm between what currently passes for bucolic psychedelia and Darkthrone's charred valley of ashes. No chance Nachtmystium will be fulfilling that wish, but I'm certain that their superficially blackened new suites would be welcomed by an audience of expanded minds--provided of course that the package came replete with female backup singers, laser light shows, and a fog machine.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another Amazing Release 20 Aug 2014
By DARK APPARITION - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Another stellar release from an amazing black metal band! Nachtmystium is not scared of straying from the traditional black metal path. A non-traditional black metal album, with a tinge of doom and psychedelic metal! Hope this is not truly their last album. These guys are a breath of fresh air!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
American Black Metal CAN be taken seriously! 22 Aug 2014
By L Salisbury - Published on
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A while ago I read a bad review of some US black metal unit- I don't remember their name (doesn't really matter) but the crittic dismissed that American Dimmu Borger/Cradle of Filth wannabe as why "American black metal will NEVER be taken seriously!" That was four years ago. Since that the US seems to be catching up with the Norway scene. (NOT burning Churches and fatally stabbing band member helps!) And NACHTMYSTIUM's newest proves this! An excellent creative sence of melody and atmospheric music "The World We Left Behind" does borrow from the Scandinavian sound. It's so intence I was surprised to learn these guys were Yanks! With more bands (and albums) this cleaver we can successfully compete with Norway and Sweden!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
No long review,just a great album,enjoying it very much.I recommend it. 20 Aug 2014
By John - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Amazing album.
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