Title: United By Heathen Blood
Reason for update: Alternative artwork and an intriguing little story...
The three-way split release "United By Heathen Blood" was originally reviewed on Honour and Darkness back on 1 May 2009, and was positively received by Nazgul. This AMF Productions tape featured contributions from Hrefnesholt, Italian project Symbiosis (since interviewed on the Blog of course) and Bulgarian band Bagatur, brainchild of Alexander Ivanov - owner of AMF Productions.
Nazgul was fortunate to renew correspondence with Alexander recently, and a number of interesting items came into the possession of Castle Nazgul. Sharing those with you will be Nazgul's pleasure in the coming months, so let us begin with the fascinating tale of how this particular release came to be.
The image you see at the head of this post - of an advancing body of warriors with the fallen body of an enemy ahead of them (presumably a foe, as he's facing the other way to the advance!) - was the original design for what was proposed to be a split 7" vinyl release just between Bagatur and Hrefnesholt. However, it proved impossible to find a suitable label to release this single, and so it was back to the drawing board. The artwork shown above was the intended cover, hence the inclusion of just the Bagtur and Hrefnesholt band names.
The second plan was to expand the split into a CDr release, at which stage the services of the excellent Italian ambient band Symbiosis were engaged to make the package a better balanced one for a longer compact disc format. The intended label for the release was the Mistress Dance label from Portugal, and a rear CD inlay mock-up shown below illustrates the intended track listing from the three bands (which stayed the same throughout from this point) and shows the Mistress Dance label logo to the left.