Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd Resurfaces, Claims Sobriety, is “Done with Music”
Nachtmystium frontman Blake Judd’s struggle with heroin addiction has been long, painful and costly, not just to himself but to the Nachtmystium fans he defrauded by selling merchandise that may or may not have actually existed (but was certainly never delivered). At one point a Facebook page called Blakecrush gained steam as a gathering place for those who had been ripped off by Judd, and his Metal Archives page was updated to classify him as “a prolific scammer who collects money for merchandise and does not send it.” Judd has since been quiet online for over a year, with reports of his whereabouts limited to hearsay and alleged sightings on Chicago streets.
Now Judd has returned; he’s back on Facebook, claims to have been sober for 90 days after a stint in rehab and alleges he’s finished making music.
The Blakecrush page posted a link to Judd’s new personal Facebook profile early Saturday morning (Friday night), leading to an extensive back and forth between Judd and members of Blakecrush who’d been ripped off by him in the past. Judd comes off as remorseful and balanced in his comments in the face of extreme hate, even offering to pay back fans he ripped off when he’s able to do so. Of course we have no way of knowing if any of his claims are true — we’ve all been lied to by Judd so many times in the past — but only time will tell, and as long as he isn’t trying to sell Nachtmystium merch online or harming people in other ways, we can give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
You can read the entire exchange here, but here are a few highlights:
At one point Blake asks the FB page’s creator — Jeremy Littleton — to talk on the phone. An hour and a half later Blake posted again to say that Littleton hadn’t responded to his message, but this was at the ripe hour of 2:46am and two days have since gone by, so we’re not sure whether or not the phone call ever came to pass.