Friday, 23 October 2009


Title: Von Blinkenden Schwertern Im Reiche Des Nordens ("Of Gleaming Swords In The Land Of The North")
Format: Split release with US band Arkillery, produced in both tape and CDr version, released in 2004. Tape copy released by Eclipse Of Live Promulgation (Germany), catalogue reference EoLP019. CDr version presumed self-released.
Edition: Tape copy limited to 250 hand-numbered copies. CDr pressing unknown

Track Listing:

Uruk Hai
01. Gondolin Falls (Parts 1-3)
02. Nebelberge (Part 1 & 2)
03. Odin's Wolves
04. Horns To The Sky

The second of Uruk Hai's split releases with Krom's Arkillery project, the two tracks on offer here will be familiar to fans of the band through their appearance on the "Honour" demo of 2004. The two Arkillery tracks are different ones to those recorded on the self-titled "Uruk Hai / Arkillery" split CDr reviewed elsewhere in this Blog (also released 2004).

Well, there's not much to say about "Gondolin Falls" or "Nebelberge" that Nazgul hasn't said already - they are both immensely tranquil and relaxing pieces of ambient art, perfect for drifting off to sleep to (and Nazgul intends this in a positive fashion, rather than implying it's music that will put you to sleep!) or to have playing in the background. Really, restful and mellow would be an understatement, so it's always good to have them to hand at the end of a stressful week.

The CDr version is a pretty rare beast - Nazgul's came direct from Alex himself, hence the dedication on the cover, and in point of fact it's still mint and sealed (the same tracks being present on the tape version the need to actually open the CD wallet was avoided in a classic case of collector-mania!). The tape copy, by the way, is #133 of the 250 made by EoLP. I must get around to checking with Alex the actual copies pressed of the CDr version - Nazgul would imagine it's a fairly small number though....

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