Thursday, 6 March 2014

5 JAHRE SKULLLINE [V/A] metal-box edition

Bands: HREFNESHOLT and B-MACHINA 
Title: 5 Jahre SkullLine (5th Anniversary SkullLine)
Format: This limited edition was released in 2010 on the SkullLine label (Germany), cat ref SLDVDR100-10.  It comes with a DVDr with 46 audio tracks in DVD case with paper-insert, one badge, a stamp, a bonus CDr in card sleeve, "TT - Opfer / Einheit " (SLCDR001-06), and a 1GB memory stick with 100 further bonus tracks!  The whole set is housed in a metal box with a double-sided colour SkullLine label t-shirt.  A sticker in the base of the tin lists the 100 bonus songs from the memory stick, as does a special insert in the DVDr case.
Edition: This version of the release is limited to 50 hand-numbered copies.

Track Listing:

DVDr disc
01  Angry Young Formation –  Masters Of Silence  
02  Argheid –  Innocent Eyes  
03  Barbarossa Umtrunk Feat. Schattenspiel –  Vive Le Quebec Libre  
04  Droefheid –  Alarm  
05  Durch Herr Und Kraft –  Câteau De Trianon (French Version)  
06  Gabe-Unruh –  Heimat Guben  
07  Heiliges Licht –  Am Ende Des Tages...  
08  Hrefnesholt –  Hexnfeia  
09  Hybryds –  Never Trust An Angel (Vocal Mix)  
10  In Scherben –  Sachsenland  
11  J Orphic –  Scisma  
12  Kazeria [KZ] –  Marching Solstice  
13  L' Effet C'Est Moi –  Rite Nacht  
14  Primeval Existence –  Roar Of The Warchiefs  
15  Rose Rovine E Amanti –  My Blacky Europa (Early Demo Version)  
16  Shattered Hand –  Dreaming Of Prypiat  
17  Sinweldi –  Jeunesse Nationaliste Révolutionnaire  
18  Stormfagel –  Ve Er!  
19  Strydwolf –  Frii Es De Festsang (Mantra)  
20  Truart –  Panzertanz (Tribunal Version)  
21  Zr19.84 –  Beautiful Lies  
22  Nocturne (2) –  Un Dimanche Dans La Gorge (Avec Jule Á La Guitare)  
23  Svart1 –  Display Of Hate  
24  Area Bombardment –  Baile Átha Cliath 1916  
25  Bleiburg –  Concept Of Reality  
26  Brandkommando –  Cops  
27  Camisole –  Clitoridian Temple  
28  Disciplina Urbana –  Industrias Tóxicas  
29  Eldar –  Silence In The Wind  
30  Electric Uranus –  3 Min  
31  Erntegang –  Parker Barrow Memorial  
32  Escuadron De La Muerte –  Cruz De Hierro  
33  Forests And Communism –  Raindrops  
34  Founiersches Gangraen –  Total War  
35  Front Sonore –  Skeleton Dance  
36  Grabstein –  V2 (44)  
37  Irikarah –  I Will  
38  Kaelteeinbruch –  Grey Ships  
39  Kenji Siratori –  Ground Scream  
40  Kristus Kut –  Disco Fever  
41  Life's Decay –  Feythium  
42  Nuevo Ideal Nacional –  Hvetramannaland  
43  Siege –  A Honorable End  
44  Zyankali –  Gefahr Im Verzug  
45  Melek-Tha –  8,42 Good  
46  Lerophania –  Ritual Of Rising Child  

Bonus CDr disc
01  TT –  Blutsauger (Intro)  
02  TT –  Abschreckung  
03  TT –  Leichenliebe  
04  TT –  Unter Beschuß  
05  TT –  Automat  
06  TT –  Dreamwave  
07  TT –  Aufmarsch  
08  TT –  Krieg  
09  TT –  Höllenlicht  
10  TT –  Stechschritt  
11  TT –  Gott Wo Bist Du?  
12  TT –  Fanfaren  
13  TT –  Krachversion  
14  TT –  Schlaflied  

Memory Stick bonus tracks (limited edition only)
01  Oneiric Imperium –  Guided By Internal Vision  
02  Oneiric Imperium –  Catacomb Hieroglyph Portals  
03  Oneiric Imperium –  49th Street  
04  Oneiric Imperium –  The Devil Was In Your Heart  
05  Oneiric Imperium –  The Imprinting Of Total Control  
06  Oneiric Imperium –  Your White Liberal Shit  
07  Oneiric Imperium –  Where Their Type Of Kingdom Awaits  
08  Oneiric Imperium –  Kiss The Girl With Dirt In Her Mouth  
09  Oneiric Imperium –  Hijacked Imperatives  
10  Oneiric Imperium –  Made Of Dream Flesh  
11  Oneiric Imperium –  The Wolves Of Lhasa  
12  B-Machina –  1  
13  Chaoticum –  And Then There Was One  
14  Chaoticum –  Harmonious Dirge  
15  Dismal Woe –  Part I  
16  Dismal Woe –  Part II  
17  Forest Funeral –  Mist  
18  Forest Funeral –  Grief  
19  Forest Funeral –  The Wraith  
20  Fournisches Gangraen –  Ekel Teil 1  
21  Fournisches Gangraen –  Ekel Teil 2  
22  Geheimestadtspolitik –  Threads I - The Inexorable March To War-  
23  Grabstein –  Intro    
24  Hrefnesholt featuring Dead Man's Hill –  Untitled  
25  Kalt See –  Mereth Undulosë  
26  Kalt See –  Au Pied Du Phare  
27  Kalt See –  Feäloth  
28  Kalt See –  Flocons De Nuit  
29  Kalt See –  Gorgond  
30  Kalt See –  Kalte Nacht  
31  Kalt See –  La Fin Du Voyage  
32  Kalt See –  La Naissance D'Un Clan  
33  Kalt See –  L'Antre Des Loups  
34  Kalt See –  Melancolie Ethylique  
35  Kalt See –  Menelgǔl  
36  Kalt See –  Mystic Forest (FFVI)  
37  Kalt See –  Neiges Éternelles  
38  Kalt See –  Orothalion  
39  Kalt See –  Summorning The Night  
40  Kalt See –  Une Plainte Dans L'Oubli  
41  Kalt See –  Vision Deseperee  
42  Maelifell –  La Danse  
43  Maelifell –  La Paix  
44  Maelifell –  Le Depart  
45  Maelifell –  Le Dernier Hiver  
46  Maelifell –  L'Empire Interieur  
47  Maelifell –  Le Soir  
48  Maelifell –  Priere  
49  Maelifell –  The Summerlands  
50  Maelifell –  Un Noveau Royaume  
51  Maelifell –  Un Noveau Soleil  
52  Maelifell –  Untitled  
53  Maelifell –  Waffenbruder  
54  Manifesto  –  Beneath  
55  Manifesto  –  Brimstone  
56  Manifesto  –  Cancer  
57  Manifesto  –  Colony  
58  Manifesto  –  Elder  
59  Manifesto  –  Leech  
60  Manifesto  –  Singularity  
61  MDMA  –  Purevil  
62  MDMA  –  Synergic Antagonsim  
63  MDMA  –  Requiem For A Dying Culture  
64  MDMA  –  Dogfix  
65  MDMA  –  Natural Born Serial Thriller  
66  MDMA  –  Removal  
67  MDMA  –  Devastated  
68  MDMA  –  Broken Memories  
69  MDMA  –  Nada!  
70  MDMA  –  Disappointment  
71  MDMA  –  Step Forward  
72  MDMA  –  Rush  
73  MDMA  –  Vengeance  
74  MDMA  –  Divide And Conquer  
75  MDMA  –  The Last Salute  
76  Miräkemen –  Glinatur  
77  Naudhiz – Untitled I  
78  Naudhiz - Der Erschöpfte Wille  
79  Naudhiz – Untitled II  
80  Naudhiz – Echo Der Vergangenheit  
81  Naudhiz – Schneetreiben  
82  Naudhiz – Das Erstnachkommen  
83  Naudhiz – Offenb. 19,21  
84  Naudhiz – In Tiefem Heimweh  
85  Naudhiz – Gratitude  
86  Naudhiz – The Final One  
87  Naudhiz – Ewigkeitspfad  
88  Naudhiz –  Heimreise  
89  Opus Finis –  White Chrysanthemum  
90  Schattenspiel –  5 Years (We Salute You)  
91  Secret Druid Society –  Deserted World  
92  Secret Druid Society –  Lonely Moon  
93  Secret Druid Society –  Phobia  
94  Secret Druid Society –  Restless I (Foreboding)  
95  Secret Druid Society –  Restless II (Night Is Here)  
96  Secret Druid Society –  Tell Me Why  
97  Shattered Hand –  The Sun And The Shadow_Master Mix  
98  Strydwolf –  Natur Und Krieg  
99  Strydwolf –  Aus Der Jugendzeit  
100 Zex Muzak –  Right There  

Yes, you have seen a version of this before, but it turns out that there are two versions of the 5th anniversary celebration release from Germany label SkullLine: the standard DVDr edition, reviewed back on 5 July 2011, and this far more limited edition metal box set deluxe pressing with bonus goodies and one hefty metal tin to house them all in.  

The standard was of interest as it contained the Hrefnesholt track, 'Hexnfeia', culled from their 2010 release "Uraungst".  For some time after this review, Nazgul had tried to find out some details about this limited edition pressing, as although the SkullLine site listed it as available and with 100 bonus MP3 tracks, there was no detail about what the bands or songs were that comprised the bonus element.  Last year - finally - Nazgul found a detailed track listing and lo and behold two more Hugin related songs appear: the enigmatically titled '1' from B-machina, and a second Hrefnesholt song (in collaboration with Dead Mans Hill) called, errrm, 'Untitled'.

So the hunt was one to procure one of the 50 copies of this limited edition to see what these additional two songs offered.  Yes, once again madness reigns at Castle Nazgul as a significant financial outlay was incurred for the sake of just 2 additional songs.  The things I do for you lot, honestly...  This proved to be somewhat more of a difficult task that it would have been about a year ago, as SkullLine had by this stage sold the only remaining copy of the box-set.  Some frantic online research eventually dredged up a couple of copies for sale though, and the one you see pictured here now resides amongst the many other box-sets in the Castle Nazgul library.  

Strangely, however, in the drafting of this post Nazgul noticed that SkullLine are now re-selling the set on their web-page and have - at the date of writing - no less than 8 for sale at €34.50 a go (plus shipping).  Most odd - maybe they found another crate of them under the couch, or something?

A quick dissection of the box contents reveals that along with a black t-shirt emblazoned with the SkullLine logo, you get a small sticker, a small round pin/badge of the label logo, the standard 2-disc DVDr compilation (with new inlays showing full track listing), a bonus CDr from a project entitled "TT - Opfer / Einheit ", described as 'first releases', and a natty little logo'd USB stick with all of the extra songs.  The whole thing is housed in a galvanised metal box with cover sticker, and it's a fair old weight too: about 1.5kg to be precise, more than enough to hike up the shipping costs!

The standard item we've dealt with already, so let's have a look at the additional bits and bobs.  You may reasonably ask if Nazgul has listened to all 100 songs on the memory stick?  "No," would be the answer to that question.  Has Nazgul listened to the TT tracks on the CDr disc.  "Errr, no," once again.  Is he ever likely to - well, possibly, but don't hold your breath: as usual the collecting madness tends to limit itself to a consideration of Hugin's music only, so let's press on and see what the two pieces of music have to offer in that regard.

What Nazgul did do, however, was to plug in the USB stick when Hugin was over visiting from darkest Austria, so we could see what SkullLine had been up to, as news of the inclusion of these two projects was news to Hugin.  Seemingly, it turns out that whilst Hugin had submitted tracks to the label in the past as part of older promotional work or efforts to get a particular demo/album released, they'd not sought permission to use these two specific song on this release.  Nor had the label sent Hugin any promotional or retail artist copies of the final product.  This is what's called 'being a bit naughty' in the trade, though sadly it's far from uncommon with smaller labels as past Blog posts attest.

So what do we have here?  Well, the Bonemachine track '1' is a mighty 20 minute epic, and fits right into the style of song prevalent around the "Right Now!" release.  The second song is an untitled track credited to Hrefnesholt featuring Dead Man's Hill.  Now, you'll recall that Hrossharsgrani did a split release with Dead Man's Hill back in the day ("Dead:Meat") but no formal split or collaboration between DMH and Hrefnesholt was released, so what's the story here you ask?  Well, more label shenanigans, as it turns out - Hugin explains: "The Hrefnesholt/DMH track is Solid Grey from debut album, it was the first song we had recorded together for this project, back in time when we had no name for it - strange that [SkullLine] used it for this compilation without asking - aaaaarrrggghhhhh!"

It would be interesting to learn whether any of the other bands on the memory stick knew of their participation in this release....?

So, the bottom line: is it worth tracking down a copy of this set and shelling out a likely €45+ for it, as opposed to sticking with the far less costly standard edition?  To be honest, no, and for one principal reason: the label's actions of released product without the permission or benefit of the contributing artists (if the experience of Hugin is common across the board, and it seems likely) is reprehensible.  Irrespective of the quality of the packaging or the music on offer, the apparent underhand nature of the enterprise means that no one should really support the label by buying the item.  Too late for old Uncle Nazgul, but not for you, honoured reader.  As Hugin himself put it, "it would be nice if the label would contact the artist before it releases his stuff :-)"  

Rather an understatement, but then Hugin's very polite!

Edition number stamped on base of tin - 17/50

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