Posted in metal | music on October 7, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

Blake Judd's mugshot

As reported on BV Chicago, Nachtmystium singer and guitarist Blake Judd was arrested this past Saturday (10/5) on a charge of theft, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department of Corrections. The charge (720 ILCS 5/16-1) is described as theft by unauthorized control of property not exceeding $500. Judd's bail was set at $25,000, and he has a court date set for Friday (10/11). The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, according to the Illinois General Assembly.

Judd's a well known figure in the US black metal scene, and in addition to fronting Nachtmystium, he performs with the black metal supergroup Twilight (with new member Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth) and his new band Hate Meditation. Unfortunately, Judd has often found himself at the center of attention in less than favorable light. Judd has been accused by fans of ripping them off -- specifically, failing to deliver merchandise paid for by fans. In his defense, Judd offered an explanation for at least some of the allegations. Judd has also publicly discussed his struggles with substance abuse.

Nachtmystium is currently scheduled to play a few shows in the immediate future, including a Metal Insider CMJ showcase on October 16 at Europa with Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed and Vattnet Viskar. It remains to be seen if Judd will make it to the shows, but tickets are still available. Stay tuned.

Nachtmystium's upcoming dates are below...


Nachtmystium -- 2013 Tour Dates
10-15 Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
10-16 Europa - Brooklyn, NY (CMJ)
11-30 Metro - Chicago, IL



Comments (19)

this guy is total scumbag, ripped me off for $60 and then wrote me an email calling me an asshole for asking after 4months where my order, let him stay in jail, fucking douche bag

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013 6:00 PM

Yum, I'd pay 3 packs of cigs for some of that fine white meat

Posted by Inmate # 546839021465389 | October 7, 2013 6:00 PM

substance abuse=he would rip his own mother off.

If you need a lesson watch Eyhategod's video for 'Southern Discomfort'.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013 6:32 PM

he was probably stealing the latest expansion of WoW

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013 6:37 PM

He is not a role model.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013 8:52 PM

you can't get much lower on the Douche Totem Pole than being a musician that rips off your own fans. I'd love to know what he was trying to lift when he got pinched. I wonder if he's gonna steal T-Moore's guitars?

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013 11:39 PM

institutionalized sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2013 10:28 AM

Garbage man garbage band

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2013 12:18 PM

He owes tons of money to tons of people.
Damn shame.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2013 3:49 PM

Palmer is like 'fuckin amateur'

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2013 4:30 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2013 4:42 PM

Everyone in Chicago has known for almost a year that Blake is really, truly strung out. You cannot expect mailorder to happen when people are so deep in their disease. Black metal scene is known for it's whole code of silence--a lot of people are invested in protecting the truth from coming out, even though it was coming out in the form of him funnelling your 7" order into his getting high.

Posted by chi | October 9, 2013 10:40 PM

the look on his face in that picture can do so much more than any negative seller rating for warding off those not entirely gullible

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2013 12:09 AM


Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2013 12:23 AM

Hey - cancelled tour with Jarboe. Only thing I remember

Posted by olan | October 12, 2013 1:32 AM

too bad this hack broke himself up, he could have done a pt. III album called Thieves; and its themes could've been about his self-hatred and how he stole from his friends and fans.´╗┐

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