Origin: Dekalb, Illinois, USA  
Genres: Black Metal
Page online: October 1, 2016
Last update/review: February 21, 2022


The American black metal scene came into its own in the late 1990's and early 2000's (albeit in a very underground manner), with bands like Absu, Xasthur, Leviathan, and Nachtmystium frequently named as among the most influential. These bands were often either true one-man shows or at least led by one man, and here that man was Blake Judd, who went by the name Azentrius for much of his career. Like many underground bands, the discography here consists of splits and EPs and rarities scattered around several full-length albums. The earlier efforts such as 2004's Demise stick closer to the old early Norwegian style of black metal, but Judd took an interesting turn later, adopting a more laid-back, psychedelic edge on albums such as the pair of Black Meddle releases. It didn't always work, but there were moments of greatness, ultimately placing Nachtmystium in a rather unique place among black metal bands. The band endured an unstable life, due to Judd's well-publicized personal problems and long-running drug addiction issues, and it appeared that the band was done by 2014, following two albums that seemed to generate little interest. Judd apparently cleaned himself up and emerged with a new lineup and renewed vigor in 2017, but he finally decided to pull the plug on the band once and for all in 2020.

Last Lineup

Blake Judd


Martin van Valkenstijn


Nolan Jenkins


Former Members/Guests

Zmij (Peter Kenar)


Chris Black

guitars/keyboards (Aktor, ex-Dawnbringer, High Spirits, Pharaoh, Superchrist)

Mike LeGros

guitars (ex-Jungle Rot, ex-Novembers Doom)

Jeff Wilson

rhythm guitar (Abigail Williams, Sludgehammer)

Ron Van Herpen (guest)


Andrew Markuszewski

guitars (ex-Lord Mantis)

Tim Preciado


Joel Witte


Marcus Kolar


Neil Jameson

bass (ex-Judas Iscariot)

Zion Meagher


Jon Woodring


Will Lindsay

bass (Abigail Williams, ex-Indian, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Middian, guest for Wolves In The Throne Room)

Jon Porada


Sanford Parker

keyboards (ex-Buried At Sea, Black Cross Hotel, ex-Minsk)

Teun Van Der Velden (guest)


Dustin Drenk


Job Bos

keyboards (ex-Dark Fortress)

Grave (David Swanson)

drums (ex-Enforsaken)

Pat McCormick


Wargoat Obscurum


Jean Graffio


Tony Laureano

drums (ex-Acheron, ex-Angelcorpse, Aurora Borealis, guest for God Dethroned, Insidious Disease, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Nile)

Zack Simmons

drums (Goatwhore)

Jeff Whitehead (guest)


Charlie Fell

drums (Abigail Williams, Cobalt, ex-Lord Mantis)

Sam Shroyer



Live Onslaught  LIVE
  1. Intro
  2. Infernal Fury
  3. Under the Horns of Darkness
  4. May Darkness Consume the Earth
  5. Black Metal ist Krieg (Nargaroth cover)
  • Zmij
  • Blake Judd
  • Marcus Kolar
  • Grave

Reign Of The Malicious  
  1. Intro
  2. Reign of the Malicious
  3. Hateful Descent
  4. Call of the Ancient
  5. Ritual Sacrifice
  6. May Darkness Consume the Earth
  7. Lost Wisdom (Burzum cover)
  8. Under the Horns of Darkness (Live)
  • Blake Judd
  • Pat McCormick

Nachtmystium  EP
  1. The Glorious Moment
  2. Cold Tormentor (I've Become)
  3. Come Forth, Devastation
  4. Embrace Red Horizon
  5. Call of the Ancient
  6. Gaze upon Heaven in Flames (Judas Iscariot cover)
  • Zmij
  • Blake Judd
  • Andrew Markuszewski
  • Wargoat Obscurum

Live Blitzkrieg  LIVE
  1. Reign of the Malicious
  2. Cold Tormentor (I've Become)
  3. The Glorious Moment
  4. Charioteer (Temple Song) (Earth cover)
  5. Ashes to Ashes
  6. Come Forth, Devastation
  7. Ashes to Ashes (Unreleased Rehearsal Version)

The First Attacks - Demos 2000-2001  COMPILATION

  1. Intro
  2. Solitary Voyage
  3. Scorpio Incarnate
  4. Ashes to Ashes
  5. The Glorious Moment
  6. Rise and Fall
  7. Transmission Postmortem (Outro)
  • Blake Judd
  • Wargoat Obscurum

Reign Of The Malicious + Nachtmystium  COMPILATION

Eulogy IV  EP
  1. My Vengeance
  2. Eulogy IV
  3. Bleed for Thee
  4. The Wound Which Cannot Heal
  5. You Get Nothing
  6. Kronet (Ildjarn cover)
  7. Bak to Lysemde Oyne (Ildjarn cover)
  8. Satanic Blood (Von cover)
  • Blake Judd
  • Chris Black
  • Wargoat Obscurum

Live Onslaught #2  LIVE
  1. Antichrist Messiah / My Vengeance
  2. Cold Tormentor (I've Become)
  3. Solitary Voyage
  4. Bleed for Thee
  5. Keep Them Open

Visual Propaganda  VIDEO

Instinct: Decay  
  1. Instinct
  2. A Seed for Suffering
  3. Keep Them Open
  4. Chosen by No One
  5. Circumvention
  6. Eternal Ground
  7. Antichrist Messiah
  8. Here's to Hoping
  9. Abstract Nihilism
  10. Decay
  • Blake Judd
  • Mike LeGros
  • Neil Jameson
  • Wargoat Obscurum

Worldfall  EP
2008 Century Media
  1. Worldfall
  2. Depravity
  3. Solitary Voyage (re-recording)
  4. Rose Clouds of Holocaust (Death in June cover)
  5. IV (Goatsnake cover)
  • Blake Judd
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Zion Meagher
  • Jean Graffio

Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1  
2008 Century Media
  1. One of These Nights
  2. Assassins
  3. Ghosts of Grace
  4. Away from the Light
  5. Your True Enemy
  6. Code Negative
  7. Omnivore
  8. Seasick (Part 1: Drowned at Dusk)
  9. Seasick (Part 2: Oceanborne)
  10. Seasick (Part 3: Silent Sunrise)
  • Blake Judd
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Zion Meagher
  • Tony Laureano
2008 Readers' Album #72

Doomsday Derelicts  EP
  1. Bones
  2. Life of Fire
  3. Hellish Overdose
  4. Pitch Black Cadence
  • Blake Judd
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Jon Woodring
  • Sanford Parker
  • Zack Simmons

Addicts: Black Meddle Part 2  
2010 Century Media
  1. Cry for Help
  2. High on Hate
  3. Nightfall
  4. No Funeral
  5. Then Fires
  6. Addicts
  7. The End Is Eternal
  8. Blood Trance Fusion
  9. Ruined Life Continuum
  10. Every Last Drop
  • Blake Judd
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Will Lindsay
  • Jeff Whitehead
2010 Readers' Album #55

Live At Roadburn MMX  LIVE
2011 Roadburn
  1. Away from Light
  2. Your True Enemy
  3. Ghosts of Grace
  4. Life of Fire
  5. A Seed for Suffering
  6. Chosen by No One
  7. Hellish Overdose
  8. Cry for Help
  9. High on Hate
  10. One of These Nights
  11. Assassins
  • Blake Judd
  • Ron Van Herpen
  • Andrew Markuszewski
  • Teun Van Der Velden
  • Charlie Fell
2011 Readers' Album #88

Silencing Machine  
2012 Century Media
  1. Dawn over the Ruins of Jerusalem
  2. Silencing Machine
  3. And I Control You
  4. The Lepers of Destitution
  5. Borrowed Hope and Broken Dreams
  6. I Wait in Hell
  7. Decimation, Annihilation
  8. Reduced to Ashes
  9. Give Me the Grave
  10. These Rooms in Which We Weep
  11. Ashes to Ashes
  • Blake Judd
  • Andrew Markuszewski
  • Will Lindsay
  • Sanford Parker
  • Charlie Fell
2012 Readers' Album #74

The World We Left Behind  
2014 Century Media
  1. Intrusion
  2. Fireheart
  3. Voyager
  4. Into the Endless Abyss
  5. In the Abscense of Existence
  6. The World We Left Behind
  7. Tear You Down
  8. On the Other Side
  9. Epitaph for a Dying Star
  • Blake Judd
  • Tim Preciado
  • Jon Porada
  • Dustin Drenk
  • Sam Shroyer

Live Decay: Roadburn Rites 2012  LIVE
  1. Instinct / A Seed for Suffering
  2. Keep Them Open
  3. Chosen by No One
  4. Circumvention
  5. Eternal Ground
  6. Antichrist Messiah
  7. Here's to Hoping
  8. Abstract Nihilism / Decay
  9. Ashes to Ashes
  10. Addicts
  11. Ghosts of Grace
  12. One of These Nights
  13. Assassins

Ancient Howls Of Dawning Fury  
  1. Infernal Fury
  2. Reign of the Malicious
  3. Ritual Sacrifice
  4. Under the Horns of Darkness
  5. May Darkness Consume the Earth
  6. Ashes to Ashes (2003 original demo version)
  7. Keep Them Open (2005 EP version)
  • Blake Judd
  • Pat McCormick

Premonitions of Imminent Disaster: The World We Left Behin  EP
2018 independent
  1. Into the Endless Abyss (Revisited 2017)
  2. Fireheart (Unreleased 2013 demo)
  3. Voyager (Original demo, June 2013)
  4. Epitaph for a Dying Star (Alternative studio mix / - August, 2013)
  5. The World We Left Behind (Instrumental alternative recording - August, 2013)

Resilient  EP
2018 Lupus Lounge
  1. Conversion
  2. Resilient
  3. Silver Lanterns
  4. Desert Illumination
  • Blake Judd
  • Joel Witte
  • Martin van Valkenstijn
  • Job Bos
  • Nolan Jenkins

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