For the past ten years, Nachtmystium has been gaining acclaim in the black metal world with a rotating lineup. But now with the addition of bassist Reid Raley, guitarist/vocalist Blake Judd (the only remaining original member) and the band has their first permanent touring and recording lineup in a long time.
Announcing the new addition of Raley, the band said the following:
“Nachtmystium is proud to announce that we’ve finalized our permanent line up for both the studio and the live fronts. Will Lindsay has left the band (drama and animosity-free, might we add) as he has committed his available touring time to his other band (and our good friends) INDIAN in the wake of their new Relapse Records debut (and the bands third full-length), “Guiltless” being released, as the band has a busy touring schedule for the rest of 2011 and into 2012. The Indian dates were going to conflict with the Nachtmystium dates that we’d planned, so we all talked about what the best course of action from here was, and to not stifle the progress of either band, Will Lindsay offered to resign and let us find a permanent replacement that will be able to be a part of all the planned live events / touring that we have prepared for the rest of the year and into 2012.
As of June 11th at our gig with Orange Goblin, Buried At Sea, Solace, etc. at Double Door here in Chicago, Nachtmystium will be joined by our good friend Reid Raley of Arkansas heavy-hitters RWAKE on bass guitar! Reid will be a permanent touring and studio member of Nachtmystium from now on. Nachtmystium, for the first time in the bands history as a full-time touring band, has a solid live line up that matches the studio line up. We intend to move forward and keep this group together indefinitely. It’s taken 10 years to put together the perfect band, and now we’ve got it. So watch for us on the road starting in June and throughout the rest of the year! We anticipate that Reid’s presence will not only bring a thunderous low-end onslaught on the live stage, but also will hopefully bring in some new elements into the writing of future Nachtmystium recordings.”
As of May 2011, Nachtmystium’s lineup is as follows:
Blake Judd: Lead guitars, vocals
Andrew Markuszewski: Lead guitars, vocals
Sanford Parker: Synths
Reid Raley: Bass guitar
Charlie Fell: Drums
Fell and Markuszekski have been performing with Judd in the band since February of 2010, while Parker has been recording with the band since 2008 but joined the live lineup recently this year. We’ll keep you posted if more develops or more dates are confirmed.