Friday, 6 January 2017

THE LONG GREY ROAD - update III


Band: HROSSHARSGRANI
Title: The Long Grey Road
Reason for third update: Another version of the artwork for this release has been uncovered!

Something of an oddity, this one, and whilst it could happily sit in the ongoing Vaults of W.A.R. series Nazgul thought he'd add it in as an entry in its own right, given past updates to this particular release.

The back story to this little cluster of two tapes and a 3-inch CD can be traced from the last update, in May 2014, but in brief there are two cassette versions of this Hrossharsgrani demo issued by Wulfrune Worxx, which sandwich the 3" mini CD version issued by Australian nutcase (and I mean that as a term of endearment) Leigh Stench at Smell The Stench.

And that was pretty much that, or so we thought.  However, in rummaging around in a box of promotional flyers and other assorted goodies this morning, Nazgul came across the item pictured above: it exists in physical paper form, rather than just a Jpeg file, and is a promotional version of the artwork for the 3" CD release.  As you'll plainly see, it is very different from the vibrant colour version of the actual release, and is far more redolent of ... well ... a grey and murky field.  Of course, lurking under the mist and murk could well be a long and grey road, but you'll have to use your imagination for that.

We know it's a promotional copy as it says as much under the colour photo of Hugin inside, where is written, "Promo CD - limited to 20 copies only".  For additional clarity, where the edition number box is it reads '#promo/20', just to reinforce the point.

What isn't clear is whether any actual copies including discs were ever issued as actual promo releases, or if this was just a possible cover amongst other designs that never made the final cut.  The text on the actual CD release for this itself states that the 2 songs were "promotional versions and unmastered": perhaps therefore the promo blurb on this black and white version may just be a different way of expressing this same fact.  We may never know for sure....

Also slightly different on this promotional version is the text on the inside flap, which doesn't appear on the final CD sleeve.  Nazgul suspects it is a Tolkien quotation, though he can't immediately attribute it, but the words read as follows:

"...the three companions turned away and never again looking back they rode slowly homewards and they spoke no word to one another until they came back to the Shire, but each had great comfort in his friends on the long grey road."

The picture of Hugin is different between the versions, but evidently from the same photo session in deepest Austrian woods.

The extended family of "The Long Grey Road"

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