Tuesday, 9 February 2016

ELBENKLANG

 

Band: URUK HAI
Title: Elbenklang
Format: This is a cassette tape only release, on Hugin's own W.A.R. Productions label (Austria) released in 2015, cat ref WAR083.  It comes with a red copied paper cover, and is standard C60 style tape stock with red banner.
Edition: 9 hand-numbered copies

Track Listing:
01. Elbenklang (Part One)  14.23
02. Elbenklang (Part Two)  13.42

Presumed to have been released as something of a hybrid item - part promotional tape, part fan-special package - this is a two-song cassette featuring both parts of the song 'Elbenklang'.  Part One appears on Uruk Hai's split release "From The Ashes Of Battle" with Balrog (yet to be featured in Honour and Darkness), whilst Part Two is on Uruk Hai's epic new Twilight album, also currently to be reviewed.

Hand numbered and bearing all the hallmarks of a lovingly created small volume release, there are but 9 copies of this little gem out there in the world at large so treasure your copy should you be one of the fortunate few to have one.

And it's ambient adventures all the way here, with both songs being the sort of longer, experimental songs cut from classic Uruk Hai cloth that will have Hugin's fan-base frothing at the mouth in seconds.  On a day like today - where tendrils of passing storms send gusts of wind groaning and moaning their way through the crumbling Castle architecture, almost drowning out the screams of tortured souls imprisoned in the dungeons below - it's a nigh on perfect listen.

Of course, as with many of these highly limited editions, the odds of finding one for sale at any given time are surely negligible at best, so it might be a question of investing  your time and money in the parent CD's from whence these songs come if you are keen to explore their hidden depths ... and quite frankly, you should be interested! 

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