Saturday, 20 February 2010

Nazgul's Top 10: Hrefnesholt rarities

Hrefnesholt: Nazgul's top 10 rarities

Following a few questions on the subject, Nazgul has decided to compile some 'top ten' lists of his most precious items - those rare and hard to come by releases from Alex's bands - that currently exist in his collection in the library at Castle Nazgul. For the purpose of retaining Nazgul's sanity, he is excluding t-shirts, badges, posters etc from this list and is focusing solely on the music! Feel free to disagree with these lists - Hrefnesholt being the second in the series - as they are purely personal observations based on my experiences since 2001 trying to find this stuff! By necessity this list is out of date as soon as it's written, as other items that Nazgul is yet to track down will eventually overtake some of these entries...not least in this case when he receives his "Woid und Geist" tape from Depressive Illusions..!

10. United By Heathen Blood
Split release with Bagatur and dark ambient Italian band Symbiosis, this tape is still very freely available from distros around the world and well worth finding a copy of. The Hrefnesholt material is excellent, as is Symbiosis, who are greatly under-appreciated in Nazgul's opinion...

9. Hrefnesholt / Firinghuman
Split release from 2010, yet to be covered in the Blog but only literally arriving this week! Yet to be played, and in an edition of 66 copies.

8. Dunklmoos
Also arriving this week at Castle Nazgul, it's a split release between Uruk Hai and Hrefnesholt in an edition of 66 copies on Wulfrune Worxx. Good news - this means you can all buy a copy from Alex or Skogen, there should be enough to go around! Awesome news - Nazgul has been playing this for the first time whilst doing this Blog piece, and first impressions suggest it could well be the best Hrefesholt album yet released....

7. Hrefnesvinter
Limited to 1000 tape copies only, this was the very first Hrefnesholt demo dating all the way back to 2001. Given the number of tapes produced, and the fact that it was released via an established label, it's somewhat surprising that this tape isn't seen for sale more often. That said, some diligent research around European tape distros should find you one easily enough. The 'Hrefnesvinter' track itself was also released via Smell The Stench on the unlimited "Rabentanz" CDr.

6. Flusterwald
Great packaging for this CDr in a 7" sleeve, and rather a good EP as well. This came in an unusual limitation (19 copies) and as recently as January Nazgul noticed Alex had a few for sale via eBay. Consequently it's rare...but still available, and Nazgul wonders why you haven't already been making a bee-line to email Alex and sell your granny to buy a copy of your own?

5. Furchtelmandl
Possibly the item most likely to move up the rankings in the next revision to this series (due circa 2012!) Only 6 of these original colour-cover tapes were pressed, although as that was in Autumn of 2009 there may be a slim possibility that one may yet remain unsold back at W.A.R Productions. For this reason, and given the reissue of the tracks on an upcoming split release with Uruk Hai, this currently sits mid-table in Nazgul's top 10.

4. Wolfsnacht
Only 30 copies of this tape were made by Australian label Smell The Stench, which makes it a pretty tough find now let's be honest! Nazgul has managed to track down two of these, however, in the past years so it is perhaps not the hardest of all the Hrefnesholt releases to find despite this limitation. Advancing senility notwithstanding, Nazgul's spare copy of this will soon be finding a new home in Germany, with a fellow Huginophile...

3. Heidensturm
This is the original 2004 demo tape from Werwolf Productions in Italy, in a numbered edition of only 50 copies. Frankly, impossible to find anywhere now, and Nazgul has long been grateful that this particular copy turned up in an obscure distro listing a few years ago! Now reissued by Wulfrune Worxx in an edition of 44 copies, which makes it arguably more difficult to find...or at least, makes it a future collectible in its own right!

2. Wolf
Very hard to find now, to the extent that the copy you see here is the sole copy Nazgul has ever come across for sale. Great artwork, including the picture disc CDr itself, and long overdue a reissue I would think...?

1. Rehearsal 2001
Recently covered in this Blog, this is a one-off piece and came with an array of goodies, not least the battle-axe pendant shown above and a signed photo of Hugin. A very special item in Nazgul's collection, and without question the rarest - and most personal - Hrefnesholt item he owns.

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