Blake Judd of Chicago-based extremists NACHTMYSTIUM has shot down reports that the band is on the verge of a breakup, claiming that a new studio album from the group will arrive before the end of the year.NACHTMYSTIUM recently canceled all of its previously announced live activities after parting ways with its longtime lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski and recording engineer/synth player Sanford Parker. In a posting on the Facebook page of Belgian festival Metal Méan, it was further claimed that the remaining three bandmembers of NACHTMYSTIUM had decided to "bring the band to a state of hiatus." In a recent article on Stereogum, Judd revealed that he was taking a break from NACHTMYSTIUM to focus on new act HATE MEDITATION. "HATE MEDITATION is my main focus currently as NACHTMYSTIUM is on somewhat of a hiatus for the time being," Judd said. After several sites reported earlier today that NACHTMYSTIUM was on the verge of calling it quits, Judd made an online posting on his personal Facebook page in which he said: "Apparently, some metal news sites have reported today that NACHTMYSTIUM has either 'broken up' or is on 'indefinite hiatus'. Neither of these things are true. The band has gone through some personnel changes in the last few months and I've made the decision to cancel all of our summer tour / festival plans while the band regroups. Instead of touring, we will be writing and recording our next full-length album in the coming months, to be released on Century Media worldwide sometime in late 2013. Also, we have pulled our Facebook page offline to revise and update it (giving it a full overhaul with new photos from the past and the present, scans of interviews from magazines throughout the band's 13 years of existence, etc.) … For the last time and for the record, NACHTMYSTIUM has NOT disbanded and is only on a hiatus in regards to playing shows." NACHTMYSTIUM's sixth album, "Silencing Machine", was released in July 2012 via Century Media Records. The CD, which is described by Judd as "a fuckin' black metal record," was recorded at Engine Studios with the band's own synths/electronics specialist Sanford Parker (YOB, PELICAN) handling production duties.