Saturday, 20 March 2010

BOUNDED BY BLOOD


Band: HUGIN
Title: Bounded By Blood
Format: Cassette-only release on the Wulfrune Worxx (France) label in 2010, catalogue reference WW115. Black and white copied inlays, part of the Split Series of releases (backed with Uruk Hai "Gil-Galad"). These recordings date from January 2008.
Edition: Hand-numbered edition of 66 copies

Track Listing:

01. Yggdrasil 3.28

02. Asgard 4.10

In the interests of fair and proportionate coverage, Nazgul has decided to cover the Split Series of releases from Wulfrune Worxx one side at a time. This pair of tracks falls under the name Hugin and - in a rather nice touch - is dedicated on the inlay to Erik Wieser, son of Alex, on the occasion of his baptism. Hugin - barbarian warrior and proud father....

Both tracks are musically similar to past recordings under other project guises, notably Uruk Hai, both are purely instrumental and in the mix there is a distinct focus upon the treble and high-end notes on the keyboards/synthesisers that traditionally you might expect to find on children's nursery music: not to suggest that the music is childish, dear me no, merely that -given the context of their creation - you could actually imagine playing this tape whilst a young baby lay in its crib, which isn't something you would necessarily try with, say, Hrossharsgrani!

Nazgul discovers that 'Yggdrasil' is not a creation of H.P.Lovecraft as it initially sounds, but instead is found in the Edda and is is an immense ash tree that is central and considered very holy. The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to hold their courts. The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other locations; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil, including the wyrm (dragon) Níðhöggr, an unnamed eagle, and the stags Dáinn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Duraþrór.

Likewise, 'Asgard', as we have touched on previously in the Blog, is mentioned in Norse mythology and is the country or capital city of the Norse Gods in which lies Valhalla.

Of the few Hugin releases thus far to come onto the market this is a particularly charming one and whilst not your average blow-yer-ears-off sort of release is a great listen when you're in the mood for something tranquil and relaxing. Nazgul's copy is #10 of 66.

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