Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters

Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters is a Post-Rock band formed in 2016 based out of Utah.

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  • Kate Hoffmeister – Vocals
  • McKay Green – Guitar
  • Kyson Van Dyke – Guitar
  • Dan Ibarra – Bass
  • Samuel Dumont – Drums

Former Members and Contributions:

  • Sean Patrick Murphy – Guitar, Drums, Production (OWK, IOP, NPS)
  • Randy Beasterfield – Drummer (IOP)

McKay, Sean and Dan played together in an indie-rock band until early 2016, but due to a toxic relationship with the vocalist the band decided to part ways. The 3 remained friends and their love of post-rock music made it an easy transition to get back together and start a strictly instrumental rock band. Free from that toxicity, the creative process flowed much more organically for all of them and it didn’t take long to complete their debut album in early 2017.

McKay’s background as a guitarist and bassist is more historically punk and alternative, which is in stark contrast to Sean’s death metal roots both as a drummer and guitarist. Dan’s background was as a guitarist in mostly alternative rock and folk bands, but he has fully loved his transition to bass, as well as still contributing in production with synth and guitar parts.

2019 brought several changes. Sean had to move away, so the band brought on a very talented guitarist and shortly after a new drummer as well. The band met fellow post-rocker Kyson Van Dyke in 2018 when they played a show along with his prior band. They were very impressed with his chops and sound, and are honored that he accepted the invitation to join the group. He’s the kind heart and true joy of the band.

The band has gone through a few drummers over the years while looking for the right fit that aligns with the overall vision, goals, and style of the group. After some ups and downs they finally found the match that was always meant to be when they finally hooked up with Samuel Dumont. His talent, energy, and beautiful personality gave the group new hope and excitement for sharing their music with the world.

There were big plans in effect for 2020 that included a U.S. tour that was going to be capped off by playing at Post.Fest in the Fall. Obviously, the pandemic had other plans for the band. The biggest silver lining for the year had to be when the band decided they’d bring on some extra sound into the group with a synth player and vocalist. Kate Hoffmeister, friend of the band, stepped up to the plate and we’ve all been enamored by her talent and sound. We can’t wait to share with the world what we cooked up. Newest Album set to be released on July 22, 2021.

The Music

Once We Knew The World Well” is an emotional musical journey and a unique historical perspective of human conflict, world war, and personal struggle as seen through the lens of Black Flak’s debut album.

It’s Only Permanent” takes a darker turn from the visible societal conflicts to the much more painful individual struggles within.

Ad Meliora” The band’s 3rd full length album journeys from the darkness towards something more hopeful. Available on July 22, 2021. Stay tuned 🙂

Influences include Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, Pheobe Bridgers, A.A. Williams, Godspeed you! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, The Pirate Ship Quintet, Evpatoria Report, Mogwai, MONO, pg.lost, Daturah, Caspian, Giants, Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut, The Pirate Ship Quintet, If These Trees Could Talk, Oh Hiroshima, The End Of The Ocean, I Hear Sirens and many other great post-rock and prog-rock bands we are continually discovering.


Ad Meliora

Ad Meliora | Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters (

1.Prologue: A Penny To Spare Me Your Thoughts 07:26
2.Chapter 1: Why Do You Live So Hard? 04:37
3.Chapter 2: Crastinus Dies 05:26
4.Chapter 3: Fall Before You Wake (feat. Sara Lloyd) 08:11
5.Chapter 4: Overthinking Oblivion 05:25
6.Chapter 5: Forty-Four Sunsets 03:39
7.Chapter 6: I’ve Grown, I’m Growing, I’m Still Unknowing 06:03
8.Chapter 7: Ad Meliora 06:46
9.Chapter 8: Let’s Not Waste New Tears On Yesterday 10:25
10.Epilogue: We Have Nowhere To Go But Everywhere 06:41

CDs in Europe:

The concept of growth towards something better, to move on from past mistakes, tragedy or darkness is a path fraught with continued struggle. But in retrospect, as a tree cycles through the seasons, each with its respective challenges, the subtle growth over time is monumental.
released July 22, 2021

McKay Green – Guitar, Rhodes
Kyson Van Dyke – Guitar
Samuel DuMont – Drums
Kate Hoffmeister – Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Dan Ibarra – Bass, Synth, Production

Recorded at Archive Recordings, SLC
Mixed by Wes Johnson
Mastered by Marc Felish

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Genre: Post-Rock, Shoegaze
Artist: Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters
Album: Ad Meliora (July 22, 2021)
Country: Salt Lake City, Utah
Album released via Post. Recordings
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Negative Paradigm Shift

Negative Paradigm Shift | Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters (

released March 19, 2020
Recorded at Leaden Echo.
Mix and Mastered by Sean Patrick Murphy.

It’s Only Permanent

It’s Only Permanent | Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters (

1.It’s Only Permanent, Part 1 05:42
2.Burning at Both Ends 04:33
3.Clustercuss 05:52
4.On a Good Day We Can See The End From Here 03:18
5.Sunny Day Anhedonia 03:38
6.F41.0 03:06
7.Bird Without Feathers 03:50
8.Wilt 04:06
9.It’s Only Permanent, Part 2 04:12
10.You’re Gonna Carry That Weight 03:19
This second full-length album takes a dark turn from the visible societal conflicts to the much more painful individual struggles within, and tackles intense issues affecting millions of lives throughout the world.
released January 10, 2019

Drums – Randy Beasterfield
Guitar – Sean Patrick Murphy
Guitar – McKay Green
Bass – Dan Ibarra

Recorded at Beasterfield Studios, SLC, UT
Mastered by Andy VanDette, Evolve Mastering, NYC, NY

Once We Knew the World Well

Once We Knew the World Well | Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters (

1.Once We Knew the World Well 06:40
2.Live On Your Knees or Die On Your Feet 06:23
3.Avro Lancaster 03:05
4.The Difference Between Surviving and Living 07:05
5.From an Infinite Multitue of Individual Wills 10:22
6.Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori 04:32
7.And There Was a Great Calm 08:09
An emotional musical journey and historical perspective of human conflict, world war, and personal struggle as seen through the lens of a post-rock band’s debut album.
released June 13, 2017

Sean Patrick Murphy – Guitar, Drums
McKay Green – Guitar
Dan Ibarra – Bass

Recorded at Leaden Echo.
Mix and Mastered by Sean Patrick Murphy.

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Local Review: Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters – Once We Knew the World Well – SLUG Magazine

Bright post rock band from Salt Lake City, Utah.
They use layered textures of experimental, progressive, dark, alternative, neo classic, indie, on a cinematic background.

Its melodies are long, complex, immersive, multifaceted, with an exquisite refinement and refinement in chords and arpeggios, with beautiful fingerings in counterpoint with an enveloping, whispering and creepy voice, full of sliding riffs, high, precise, distorted, marked by a jutting bass with intense and powerful drums on both beats and a cinematic dark ambient keyboard.

His latest release “Ad Meliora” is a masterpiece intertwined in creativity and ambiguous feelings that show a soundscape full of details that border on brilliance, surpassing his stupendous debut concept album “Once We Knew the World Well”.

Without a doubt, it is the best album of the year, an explosion of feelings reflected in arrangements with an amazing mastery and resourcefulness, capable of absorbing our attention from the first note uttered.

Aryon Maiden

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6 comentários em “Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters

      1. You are most welcome!!! Your blog is a goldmine regarding bands unknown to me! A real labour of love!
        Thank you, that is very kind of you to say so. I have had the blog for about 20 months and try to put something up every week or so 😉
        Wishing you happy blogging! 🙂

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      2. Jewish T’NaCH and Talmudic scholarship prizes חדושים. Rote learning merits about as much respect as a five year old who still wets his pants.

        All the classic Reshonim commentaries to the Talmud emphasize in their Title commentaries this key concept of Jewish respect and awe – חדושים. Something like the early Bolsheviks did not really respect Stalin as a political leader, till he, at least so he claimed, originated the political theory of ‘Socialism in One Country’. This socialist ‘political science’, challenged the, so to speak, first born heir of Lenin, Troskii – author of “the Permanent Revolution”; that once the Socialist revolution erupted in one country that it would “infect” the surrounding countries as well. The Corona virus serves as a Prime example of Troskii’s political theory.

        After Rav Ashi and Rav Ravina sealed the Shas Bavli, based upon the precedent that Ezra and the Men of the Great Assembly sealed the T’NaCH, followed by Rabbi Yechudah Ha’Nasi who sealed his 6 Orders of the Mishna (Sha’s), all Talmudic scholarship their after searched to understand the depths of the Talmud.

        The Gaonim scholars merit admiration and praise for their excellent works which produce the great Midrashim compilations. Yes perhaps a very early Reshon compiled the ילקוט שמיוני, but its roots sink right into the fertile soil of Gaonim scholarship. As mentioned previously, Rav Nemuraskii introduced me to original sh’itta of learning that none of my peers in any Yeshiva across Israel learned. Learning through the discipline of this novel sh’itta, it gave me a trump card over all other rabbis and talmidim across Israel.

        Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv, clearly based upon Rav Nemuraskii’s recommendation, chose me to clean his shul prior to Shabbot and Yom Tov. He had all the Yeshivot bochorim in Yerushalem to chose from; something akin to the King choosing a wife, as told in the Book of Esther. Traditionally the best learner in a Yeshiva, the Rosh Yashiva would request that he clean the beit knesset prior to Shabbot. For some 7 years, till my marriage, had the great honor to clean the beit knesset of Rabbi Elyashiv. This brought me into contact with the sons and grandchildren of the great Posek Ha’Dor. Moshe and Benyomin Elyashiv danced at my wedding.

        The חדוש sh’itta of learning, immediately advanced me to a position of eye to eye with all rabbinic authorities. Rabbi Nemuraskii favored learning the Talmud with Midrashic sources – based upon the פרדס logic format explanation of the Oral Torah revealed to Moshe the prophet @ Horev. This permitted me the ability to, so to speak, spin circles around all my peers and rabbinic authorities whomever and whenever they crossed my path. How could an assimilated socialist Yid from Texas, who came to Israel totally illiterate in Hebrew, master all T’NaCH, Talmud, Midrashim and Siddur in only a few years?! Naturally this possibility did not exactly please all my rabbinic peers.

        Rav Nemuraskii felt that had he not served to fight in the 1948 War of Independence, that he could have become a ‘great Rav’. His death brings tears to my eyes some 22 years after his passing. Rav Nemuraskii, he permanently changed the course of my life destiny. I love Aaron Nemuraskii, hands down the most influential person in my life, except for Karen my wife, and HaDas my blaggart(not blaggard) only daughter. Rav Nemuraskii repeatedly said: טוב מיעט ממיעט טוב\\better a little well that a lot not so well. In my life, the sh’itta of learning which Rav Nemuraskii introduced to me, defines the word חדוש\original.

        Remember sitting together with him in the back of the beit midrash, while some ‘great’ Rav gave over a shiur of learning. Rav Nemuraskii immediately recognized any outside source precedent which that ‘great’ Rav introduced to strengthen his argument. We sat in the back, and no one paid us any mind. Rav Nemuraskii painted houses for a living, many his peers in Jerusalem they did not know anything about his tremendous grasp of all Talmudic and T’NaCH subjects. He quietly lived his life as a no-body, wrote no famous commentaries, but taught ‘fear of heaven’ to his talmidim. ‘Fear of heaven’, the knowledge that the Yatzir Ha’Rah cause destroy the Good Name and reputation of a man in the blink of an eye. Never had a son, but perhaps should HaDas birth a boy, maybe she would name the child Aaron in the honor of my Rav.

        The next sh’lov\מדרגה/level of Torah scholars, the Reshonim followed after the Gaonim schools fell into decay. Most Yeshiva talmidim, they study the חדושי הרמב”ן חדושי הרשב”א etc etc. The Ramban’s Talmudic commentary, to cryptic and terse for me. The Walls had begun to fall in upon Western European Jewry. Far prefer his מלחמת השם, written at about the age of 18 years. Moshe ben Nachman 1194–1270, lived during the disaster of the burning of all the Talmuds in Paris. He, like Ezra and Rambam came from assimilated Spain. Assimilation – the first face of avodah zarah and the basis for the term t’shuvah.

        Early in the 1990s the baali t’shuva movement had awaken like the flower children of the anti Vietnam Hippies. Found it quite humorous that Yidden, they don’t understand the Torah basis of mitza, by which t’shuvah and חדושים learn. When encountering a Yeshiva student, often would ask them, ‘from what mitzv does the Torah define the term חדוש? Never met a student or rabbi who ever gave me a clear answer.

        It so reminded me of my youth in Dallas, and my job of peddling kitchen wares which filled the trunk of my car. Direct sales, very difficult, at least in my experience. My boss would hold pep rallies before sending us off to sale our goods. We could challenge one another. This motivational risk appealed to me. Over and again, challenged my peers to a sales contest, and lost every time. “Pie in the sky, Pie in your eye”, my peers would yell and laugh, as my competitor smashed a cream pie into my face, at the end of a long day without any sales.

        Asked a Yeshiva Bochurim, repeated over and again for years, “do you have a חדוש in learning? There standard response: there are many חדושים. To which I responded, but I only asked for one. Invariably, the only answer ever given – silence. Why? What makes חדושים so completely out of touch with Yeshiva students who learn all day in Yeshivot across Israel?

        Alas most Yeshiva students learn with a טפש פשט dogmatism. No rabbi ever instructed them that they have an obligation … to learn mitzvot from other mitzvot. This places them on par with Xtians who literally believe that 40 days after the revelation of the Torah at Sinai – that Israel worshiped a golden calf! Or the טפש פשט that the T’NaCH teaches ancient history!

        That said, the rebuke of my mother rings in my ears: “Easier to be a critic than a playwright”. What mitzva דאורייתא serves as the יסוד of all Torah חדושים? Answer: Pe’ah. The second tractate of Seder Zeraim of the Mishnah and Talmud. This tractate addresses the negative commandment not to harvest the corners of the field, to give tzedakah to the poor, widows and orphans. It takes virtually no skill to pick the low hanging fruits from off a tree. But to get the 4 or 5 olives at the top boughs of the tree, far more risky and dangerous.

        The Book of Ruth addresses the tzedakah of Pe’ah. Hungry folk who glean fields in search of food, their empty stomachs cherish any food found. Most Yeshiva bochurim which crossed my path, they lacked this hunger to grasp original depth understands of the Torah. Learning for them compares to a job, they do their time in Yeshiva, they study their competitive commentaries ie pilpul, and then thereafter, they pursue their real life interests. This basic complaint, causes me to favor the argument that Yeshiva bochurim should serve in the Army like as did Rav Nemuraskii.

        Remember when first introduced myself to Rav Nemuraskii and asked him if he would teach me how to learn Talmud. His response totally shocked me. “Why did i want to learn Talmud?” He then added: “Have taught in this Yeshiva for some 25 years, and have met many talmidim, some of whom learn better than I do. Yet come shabbot, these brilliant talmidim do forbidden melachot on shabbot! Come. Sit and learn hilchot Shabbot of the Mishnah Berurah, and afterwards, we’ll discuss how to learn the Talmud.” That’s how Rav Nemuraskii introduced himself to me.

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