Heroin is something I’ve never tried. I did my fair share of experimenting in college, but heroin, I passed on. I was offered a line at this party; a bunch of cats were snorting that shit.
I knew if I did that line, I’d irrevocably alter the course of my life. I would have become a junkie. My personality is addictive, at best.
The following song from Nachmystium, “Tear Me Down,” deals with kicking the dragon and getting that monkey off your back, according to the band’s leader, Blake Judd.
He say it 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 perspective 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.”
The final album from the band, The World We Left Behind, comes out August 5 on Century Media.
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