Tuesday, 22 December 2015


Title: Across The Misty Mountains
Format: This was a proposed piece of artwork for the Uruk Hai release, ultimately never used.
Edition: Not applicable

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

Yes, this is a short post and yes, this is the second brief Vaults Of W.A.R. update you've had this month.  Hell, it's been a busy month to say the least, so it's either this or you're getting nothing for Christmas and that's all there is to say on the matter!

What you see here is an early draft for the cover art of "Across The Misty Mountains...", which Nazgul reviewed in both CD and tape formats way back when dinosaurs ruled the earth (well, February 2009 certainly feels a long time ago to me).  Different labels released those two respective pieces, the CD coming out on the Estonian Stuka Sound label, whilst crazy Keegan Irvine's Skullfucking Records based in the US of A did the honours with the tape version, both in 2006. Which helps to date this design, of course.

Nazgul rather likes the rugged mood created by those angular mountain peaks and the somewhat psychedelic cloud patterns in the sky.  We don't know song details, but the likelihood is that the CD version of the track listing might well have been the one that would have graced this particular release (the tape having a slightly different selection of music on it, losing the intro and outro songs but adding an older demo).

Hugin had the following recollection about this artwork: "Hmmm ... not too much to say about that cover, it was just the first idea for the Misty Mountains album... at first the French label Music & Tradition had planed to release it but than they cancelled it, so Stuka Sound did it instead..."

And not a thing can I find to tell you about that French label, hence the brevity of this post!

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