If you’re a Nachtmystium fan then you are most likely aware that the band’s upcoming release, The World We Left Behind, will be their last. Well, the first single from the offering, due out August 5th through Century Media, began streaming today.
The track is titled “Tear You Down” and it is very much what you would expect from the psychedelic black metal group. It’s eerie and quiet yet heavy in own respect. Never mind what I have to say, here’s what Nachtmystium main man Blake Judd had to say about the track:
“Tear You Down” is, by far, the most vicious track both musically and lyrically on “The World We Left Behind“. Musically, its influences range from traditional eastern music (the primary opening riffs scale being derived from the more traditional “middle eastern” style of music, which I have always felt had a unique and creepy vibe to it.) I can also sight Black Sabbath and more modern black metal bands such as Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist as all being influential in the riffing throughout the track.
Lyrically it deals with the relationship between an all-controlling addiction and its relationship with its user, but from the persepctive of the substance itself rather than the users relationship with the substance. It is very telling of my ongoing relationship with heroin that I struggled with for over four years and viciousness that the drug unleashes mercilessly upon its user. The song tells the story of that dark world from an angle that I feel is different than the way other songs written on the topic by other artists generally approach the subject. I feel the music herein accurately encapsulates the chaos and true darkness of that sad and lonely world.”
Check out the track below and pre-order the album here