Posted in metal | music on October 14, 2013

by Doug Moore

Hells Headbangers's Blake Judd shirt
Blake Judd shirt

If you're following metal news at all right now, you've no doubt heard about Blake Judd of Nachtmystium's recent legal problems. Judd was arrested on October 5 on theft charges; though he's only being charged with misdemeanor theft of less than $500 worth of property, his bail has been set for $25,000. Not exactly chump change for the black metal milieu.

This development was no doubt troubling for Metal Insider, whose CMJ showcase at Europa on 10/16 featured Nachtmystium as the headlining band. Earlier today, Metal Insider announced that Judd's court date has been moved to November 1, thereby ensuring that he will not be out of jail in time to play the showcase. (Nachtmystium's 10/15 date in Columbus, OH is no doubt canceled as well.) Condolences, guys.

The Metal Insider showcase is going down regardless, and the lineup remains strong; Byzantine are now headlining, with Black Anvil, Ramming Speed, and Vatnett Viskar in support. Both Black Anvil and Ramming Speed made CMJ's rundown of must-see metal bands at this year's festivities, as did Pelican, who are headlining both nights of the Invisible Oranges's CMJ showcase. You can get tickets to the Metal Insider show here and the IO showcases here.

In the meantime, Judd's public stock continues to plummet. His reputation of stiffing people on merch orders and playing fast and loose with other people's money in general has become a subject of popular discussion. Worse (better?) yet, one of the many folks he has crossed over the years has taken it upon himself to print a limited run of anti-Judd t-shirts, which you can see above. In case you're not enough of a metal nerd to catch it, these shirts are parodies of the slain Mayhem guitarist Euronymous's logo for his own Deathlike Silence label. Seriously, buy one; these things will sell for a major mark-up on Ebay in a few years.



Comments (13)

Actually, Judd is being charged with Theft and Control of Stolen Property Exceeding $500. The courtroom he was arraigned in was strictly a felony court room. Either Cook County's inmate website has a typo or they are just lazy and haven't changed it.

Posted by Fake Pudd | October 14, 2013 12:24 PM

Haha Blake Crud. That's some highbrow humor right there. Does the shirt come with B.O. Already installed?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 12:45 PM

12:45 it is Blake Crush, as in Death Crush. The shirt is a parody of Deathlike Silence's original T-shirts so yeah, in some ways it is a bit high concept.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 12:56 PM

good riddance to bad trash

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 2:35 PM

Yes, in some ways

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 2:43 PM

Power bands are armed!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 3:08 PM

8:00 pm – Vattnet Viskar
9:00 pm – Ramming Speed
10:00 pm – Black Anvil
11:00 pm – Byzantine

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 6:15 PM

Rumor is that he stole a case of roasted red pepper hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2013 9:13 PM

^Rumor has it, you're mad played out bro.

Last year called, year before wants to talk to you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 5:05 PM

Some faces of the people are very well discriminated and misunderstood with the generations behind.

Posted by YOR Health | January 20, 2014 4:41 AM

I really wish the composers of Nachtmystium would create more music this is killer. I like this is only way I can get The Devil to stop taking to me.

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