Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Title: Unruahnocht
Format: Previously unseen cover artwork for an unreleased split album with Lousberg, proposed for 2010.
Edition: None - unreleased

#12 From the Vaults of W.A.R.

Do you remember the Uruk Hai / Lousberg split release, reviewed back on Honour and Darkness on 23 December last?  That made reference to this very item, noting:

"It's not the first time that Lousberg have come to the attention of Honour and Darkness.  The band were supposed to have been on the other side of a split release with Hrefnesholt about 4 or 5 years ago - the split tape "Unruahnocht / Lousberg" - which never actually came to fruition." 

Well, this is the cover artwork for the demo that never was.  As you can see as plainly as Nazgul can, it was clearly advanced to the point that the Wulfrune Worxx label had allocated it a catalogue reference (WW116) and was supposed to be part of that label's Split Series in an edition of 66 copies.  Beyond that, not much is known, significantly about what the proposed track listing was to have been.  It may be that the Lousberg songs were the same ones as appeared subsequently with Uruk Hai.

It's also reasonable to suppose that the Hrefnesholt tracks would have been of the period around their "Uraungst", as the song 'Unruanocht' was the sixth song on that release, later to be found on the "Trostlos" box-set.

Nazgul rather likes the artwork for the Hrefnesholt side of the split, simplistic as it is: you can't beat the sight of the moon part covered by scudding clouds to quicken the pulse.

Oh - and about that odd title?  Apparently, according to our source of knowledge in deepest Austria, 'Unruanocht' broadly translates as 'Unsilent Night / Night where something evil will happen'.

File under: 'what might have been'.

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