Title: Behind The Moon We Are Looking Into The Distance
Format: CDr disc in blue DVD-style case, with colour flyer inside advertising both Eismond and Uruk Hai releases on the label. This was a 2012 release on the Kristallblut Records label (Germany), cat ref KBR001.
Edition: 200 unnumbered copies
01. The Other Side Is Calling Me 11:43
02. Eismond 32:23
03. Trying Not To Breathe 12:48
66. Space Death 1.00
There's a certain perverse logic in the fact that whilst you can scour the Internet looking for reviews of Hugin's more well-known projects and find absolutely nothing besides the excellent prose on Honour and Darkness (*cough*) , this relatively obscure Eismond release attracts quite a bit of online attention. Maybe the genre of 'Deep Atmospheric Ambient Space Black Metal' is the style to be playing, at the moment, or something? Most odd....
Described by the Kristallblut label as "deep soundscapes filled with hypnotic guitars and drums take the listener to a cosmically journey to the stars" this demo is recommended to fans of Elffor, Summoning, Paysage D'hiver, Lustre, and Sieghetnar, all of which have vaguely related sounds. Eismond play a lot more melody and - frankly - make a more fulfilling noise than really out there space-ambient projects like I Am Esper or Saturn Form Essence, so comparison to projects such as Paysage D'hiver does make some sense.
It's also worth mentioning that whilst this may appear to be the first fully-fledged album from the project it is in fact the re-mastered first demo tape on CD with three bonus tracks, including 'hidden' fourth song 'Space Death' at track 66 on the disc! Nazgul's coverage of the original tape "Demo 1/2010" can be found in the post of 16 April 2011, later updated on 17 August 2011. There's a giveaway on the rear of the cover if you look closely enough, as the text in the sash to the top left of the rear cover states "Demo 1.2". You may also recall that there was a review of a split CDr with Dysonsphere written on 20 July 2012, which becomes relevant as this is where the song 'Space Death' first appeared.
Background now established, what does the wider Internet community make of this release? Well, let's start the ball rolling at Metal Soundscapes:
Equally positive is the review at German site www.amboss-mag.de
Yes, you can't beat a good, dark hum.
And last but not least the Dutch have arrived, with Lords of Metal giving the demo 68/100 with the following comments:
A veritable outpouring of support for this demo, it has to be said.
The mention of Pink Floyd in that last review is actually quite interesting as the same thought fleetingly passed through Nazgul's tiny mind during a recent listen to the demo. There is some excellent sparse guitar work throughout the tracks, but particularly on 'Trying Not To Breathe', and it gives an added element to the sound to bolster the otherworldliness of the synthesisers. Who knows, maybe Hugin will go down a progressive-rock route later in his storied career...?!