Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Infernal War zine #12

Band: URUK HAI
Item of interest: Infernal War zine #12 (2010) featuring Uruk Hai song on compilation CD.

Track Listing:
01. Artep * Eye of the Srpent 5.42
02. Astral Silence * HydrA 8.37
03. Uruk Hai * Durin's Hall (unmastered version) 8.13
04. Black Altar * The Void 5.47
05. Pestis * Lost in the Width of the Eternal Ice 4.00
06. Atritas * Blasphemic Madness 5.52
07. Profanus Nathrakh * Rigor Infinitatis Mors 6.24
08. Mal Etre * Son Ame Saigne 9.25
09. Leere * The Mystical Gate to Oblivion 8.25
10. Goatfukk * Kvltsatte 5.26
11. Atrium Noctis * In Memoriam Moriendi 7.20

Coverage of any of Hugin's projects in the printed media is pretty uncommon in Nazgul's experience, so it's with some pleasure that this copy of the German(?) metal zine Infernal War #12 came across my desk in Castle Nazgul, complete with sampler disc featuring Uruk Hai.

The song in question is "Durin's Halls", which features on the very first Uruk Hai demo from way back when in 1999. More recently - 2010 to be exact - Hugin has re-mastered this original demo and re-released it on both tape and CD as "In Durin's Halls (Return To The Mines Of Moria)". You, as a loyal and stalwart reader of this Blog, will be well aware that we have yet to cover that particular release in these pages. This sampler therefore acts as a suitable lead-in to that particular review, which Nazgul really ought to get on with.

Now, in truth it's been a fair while the "In Durin's Halls" tape has been given a whirl on the Castle death-deck. Nazgul's recollection of the demo in question was that it made a clear statement of intent to differentiate itself from the Hrossharsgrani demos of the same period by being a largely ambient and ultimately gentle canter through mystic rhythms and eldrich legend associated with Middle-Earth.

This new version of the title track - albeit in un-mastered format - starts off precisely in that sort of instrumental vein, but before long there is an attack of what can only be deemed 'aggressive vocals" from Hugin that gives the listener quite the wake-up call. It's certainly a different take on what I recall from the original piece, but whether that's a function of the updated recording technology or a different take on the song remains to be seen: perhaps, in truth, Nazgul's increasing age and senility is clouding his memory of the original song.

Hmmm - methinks a revist to the original demo tape is called for, followed by a more detailed consideration of the re-mastered version of this release. Watch this space!

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