As the years have passed the odd email still pops into Nazgul's inbox asking about the ever-growing Castle collection, mostly variations on a theme: how many tapes/CD's/box-sets do you have, how many items are there in the collection now, why don't you put up more pictures, et al.
Now, it's been quite some time since a general overview of the vast library of Hugin-based releases was posted up on Honour and Darkness. In fact, looking back over past entries, the last time any sort of notable coverage took place was as part of the 'An Interview with Nazgul' post in December 2010, which is an awfully long time ago when you consider how prolific Hugin is at releasing stuff!
That post made reference to an approximate total of 350 items in the collection at that date, which included tapes, CD's, t-shirts and everything else. I think it's safe to say the number has grown a little since then...
And so - an opportunity for yet another mini-series! Given the apparent interest expressed by you, my honoured readership, Nazgul thought it might be fun / interesting / a good chance to show-off (delete as appropriate) to re-document elements of the Castle Nazgul collection and the result is "Nazgul's Horde".
Taking it in bite-size chunks seemed like the sensible way to manage the project, so we begin today just with cassette tapes. Indeed, the entire collection began with the purchase of a humble C60 tape in the shape of the "Honour" demo, and since then a positive avalanche of the things have found their way into the Castle coffers. Almost all in fiendishly limited editions, some come in bags, some have things stuck on the outside of their boxes, some are unique one-offs and many have bonus tracks never released on other formats.
There are demos here from the very earliest days of all of Hugin's manifold projects and bands, and yet there are tapes so new they sit pristine on the shelves and have yet to be reviewed in these virtual pages.
What you see below is the entirety of the tape collection as exist in standard cassette cases: to explain that caveat further, some tapes do pop up within box-sets alongside compact discs, and those sort of crossover releases will be scooped up under a general 'box-set' edition of this Series, at a future date. So - to recap - we're purely looking at the standard C30-C90 style tape in a plastic hinged case in this post that were released in that specific format.
By the way, these are physically released items too, of course: you'll appreciate that the 'From The Vaults Of W.A.R.' series had identified a number of pieces of inlay art that never were formally released, but that could be printed off with a decent printer and made into a mock-up of what an actual tape release could have looked like.
Yes, Nazgul has been sad/keen enough to do that on a few occasions, but those are not included in the pictures below!
|The tapes that don't exist....|
|Holy Hell - Smaug eat your heart out|
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