Thursday, 21 May 2009

FIMBULWINTER

Band: HROSSHARSGRANI
Title: Fimbulwinter
Format: Credit-card style blue CDr self-released by Alex in unique art with lyrics to the reverse side.
Edition: 1 only

Track Listing:
01. Fimbulwinter (edit) 7.14

Now it's not in Nazgul's nature to be smug, but I have to confess I do sometimes lapse into smugness when I peruse my collection and some of the choice morsels which lie within it.

This particular one is something very special, not least because I think I may well be the only person outside of Alex who has this particular track on CDr, let alone with bespoke artwork (and damn fine art too) plus a personal dedication signed on the back!

You may recall that back on 5 March 2009 I posted a Blog concerning the Hrossharsgrani re-released and extended EP "Of Battles, Ravens and Fire..." and noted in that posting that Alex had mentioned that an edited version of the 15 minute plus track 'Fimbulwinter' existed, which originally had been intended to be a 7" vinyl release through CCP Records.

Now, this track had never been released formally despite the plans with CCP. Learning of Nazgul's interest in the project Alex took the time and trouble to burn a copy of this edited version (clocking in at about half the length) onto a nice blue-coloured CDr and design some unique artwork to accompany it in a tidy 3" package. What a gesture - I keep saying this (and some will doubtless accuse me of merely being a mouthpiece and propagandist for Alex, but let me assure you this is not true) but what an incredibly thoughtful and kind thing to do for a humble fan. I can't think of many artists who would take such time and care to produce a one-off piece like this, and I thank him once again for it.

It's a belter too - the edited version trips along in a more spirited way than the epic original and what it loses in depth of samples and length of music it gains in pace and vitality. There is certainly a reworking within some of the spoken parts and samples, giving them better clarity, whilst the epic nature of the original track is not lost.

I learn from Wikipedia that in Norse mythology Fimbulvetr (or fimbulvinter/fimbulwinter) is the immediate prelude to the events of Ragnarok. Fimbulvetr is three successive winters where snow comes in from all directions, without any intervening summer. During this time, there will be innumerable wars and brothers will kill brothers The prefix 'fimbul' means "the great/big" so the correct interpretation of the word is "the great winter".

If the end is nigh, and all things are coming to an end, the bonds of friendship between England and Austria will endure....

P.S. Nazgul is happy if the image from this post is used elsewhere online, particularly for updating discographies at webpages such as www.metal-Archives.com. However, if you do copy my images (as has already been the case from images on this Blog - 'Elbennacht' and 'In Durins Halls' have appeared on the Metal Archives site in the Uruk Hai discography) then a credit would be appreciated :o)

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