Congrats to Reid Raley of Rwake/Deadbird fame, who has been fully integrated into the ranks of American black metal masters Nachtmystium as their full-time bassist. The band, founded by guitarist-vocalist Blake Judd ten years ago, has had a revolving-door lineup both on record and on tour. All the while, the group has been met with rising acclaim in the underground metal scene.

Along with Raley, Judd has also recruited several other full-time members including lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski (Avichi, Lord Mantis), drummer Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, Avichi), and keyboardist Sanford Parker (Minsk, Circle Of Animals). This is the first-ever official and somewhat permanent roster for the band. While a revolving cast can lend excitement and unpredictability to a band's live show, a more permanent line-up could further stabilize Nachtmystium's foothold in the scene.

"Nachtmystium, for the first time in the band's history as a full-time touring band, has a solid live lineup that matches the studio lineup," Judd said in a prepared statement. "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."

With this new lineup firmly in place, Judd and his crew of black metal bandits will embark on a handful of live assaults this summer, including the Alehorn of Power Festival in Chicago June 11th, a co-headlining spot at the Central Illinois Metalfest on July 23rd, and an appearance at Party San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany on August 12th.

Nachtmystium tour dates:

6/11/2011 Alehorn Of Power Festival - Chicago, IL

7/23/2011 Central Illinois Metalfest - Urbana, IL

8/12/2011 Flugplatz Obermehler - Schlotheim, Germany @ Party San Festival

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