Wednesday, 14 November 2012

EWIG WINTER - update

Title: Ewig Winter
Format: Cassette tape release on the Fallen Angel Productions label (South Korea) in 2012, catalogue reference FAP020. This is a reissue of the band's 2000 demo. Tape comes with a full colour cover.
Edition: 44 hand-numbered copies

Track Listing:
01. Der Pfad Zum Tor Der Toten
02. Wald
03. Fimbul Winter
04. Engel

With the current spate of reissues from Hugin's early demos continuing apace, it came as no surprise to see the return of the "Ewig Winter" demo - originally issued at the dawn of the last Millennium - landing on the Castle drawbridge one wet and wild autumnal day.

The CDr version of this demo was featured on 8 May 2010 and came in a 'black as hell' cover, quite literally. Hell to photograph, hell to read, and a hell of a thing to find in the first place. The tape version is thankfully rather less hellish, and all the better for it: the icicle artwork is very striking, and suits the frozen winter element of the demo nicely. The Fallen Angel Productions label are rapidly becoming the label to watch in terms of new releases of Hugin's music, and in a change from their usual expansive CD box releases this tape is full of old school looks but re-mastered 2012 sound, courtesy of some knob-twiddling back at W.A.R. Productions.

The crisp sound really hits hard, particularly in segments such as samples of battle scenes, where the clearer audio puts the protagonists right in your face: Nazgul had to look twice to make sure thay the ring wraiths weren't squabbling outside again.

'Wald' and 'Engel' remain short if interesting instrumental pieces, unique to this demo, whilst the two longer songs have both appeared on a variety of releases and reissues over the years. Yet with the loving attention lavished on them here, all four songs have been given a new lease of life and are thoroughly worth your time and investment.

We'll have further items from Fallen Angel Productions in the coming months, but why not pay them a visit and tell them Nazgul sent you?

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