Friday, 3 June 2011

MELANCHOLIE EINES HERBSTES IN DREI AKTEN - update




Band: URUK HAI
Title: Melancholie Eines Herbstes In Drei Akten
Reason for update: alternative format for this 2004 split release
Format: Same compilation CDr but in first edition pressing of DVD sized case with printed inlays and labelled CDr disc.
Edition: unlimited

Track Listing:
Svarrogh
01. Samota
02. Slunce Moe, Kum Tebe E Moyata Molitva
Uruk Hai
03. Nebelland 03:33
04. Barbarians 04:15
05. Hügel der Tränen 03:16
06. Mit dem Schwerte 04:01
07. Sagenreich 03:00
08. Tyrannentod 10:34
Rubixx! Project
09. So Many Tears (instrumental
10. Angel & Demons
11. Archetypal (instrumental)
12. Perceiving Subject
13. D.I.V. (dem Irdischen Verfallen)
14. Flowing Tears (instrumental Outro)
Uruk Hai (with Arkillery)
15. Minas Morgul 04:50

Mention of Dimo Dimov in the last B-Machina post put Nazgul in mind of this CDr, which has been nestling in the Castle library for quite some time now but for one reason or other has never led to an update of the original post of 9 May 2009 covering this 3-way split between Uruk Hai, Svarrogh and Rubixx!Project.

Given that original review was over two years ago (how time flies) it seems like a timely moment to take stock of this particular release in this revised format. The first thing to note is how much better the DVD case format suits the album. Nazgul's original copy of the CDr in standard jewel-case has a decidedly d-i-y feel to it, exemplified by the hand-written stickers that adorn the sides of the jewel-case to identify the album title. Nothing wrong with that, but compared to the properly printed inlays and inside contents sticker of this bigger version, together with a properly finished disc, you can't help but be impressed by the latter edition.

This was, if Nazgul's recollection of what Hugin told him holds true, the work of Svarrogh's Dimo Dimov himself, and although an unlimited number of copies in this format were produced they are still impossible to find! Therein lies one of the underlying snags with this release, actually, in that the Uruk Hai compositions are some of the best of this period (circa 2004) that the band recorded. That the vast majority of the songs are unique to this release, which is so obscure as to be totally impossible to find no matter what format you're looking for, is a crying shame. If ever an enterprising label wanted to put out a quality Uruk Hai EP then they could do far, far worse than securing a deal with Hugin to use this material, as it really should have a wider audience amongst his faithful fan-base.

Some additional information has come to light about the third band on this split, the enigmatic Rubixx!Project. Since the 2009 review the band seem to have developed something of a web presence, and have their own MySpace page now. The overall theme for this German group seems to be one of a fusion of ambient sensibilities with Gothic overtures, through a keyboard driven sound. They have a couple of releases out in their own name now too, so if that sounds like your thing then worth checking out. Svarrogh are still plugging away too, with their last release being the "South European Folk Compendium" of 2009. Nazgul also came across a Spanish review of this demo at www.extremeambient.net dating from 2007 that he'd missed first time around, which might be worth a glance too.

Sadly, for the reasons outlined above, you're no more likely to find a copy of this demo than before without some pretty diligent searching and a hefty slice of luck. In more years of combing the internet for Hugin's material than I care to remember, Nazgul has still only come across the original jewel-cased version of this release on open sale. This alternate version was totally unknown to me until Hugin kindly made it available out of the blue.

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