|Nazgul's horde: it could be yours....|
Once in a blue moon (the last time being March 2011) Castle Nazgul throws open its doors through the ever-so slightly seedy world of online auctions, to pass on duplicates or spare copies of these rare releases, which have been carefully selected to be amongst the most collectible of items that any fan of Hugin's work could hope to own!
Today's post gives you an overview of the auctions currently live on that old warhorse, eBay, in order for you - the handsome, intelligent reader of this Blog - to be able to lay your hands on some collectibles that, quite frankly, you may well not see again for many a year.
Some of the items up for grabs are genuinely rare: not in the content of eBay sellers usual over-use of the word (where 'rare' items are available in multiples of dozens, if not hundreds, at a time from as many sellers), but genuinely hard to find in a 'scratch-my-head-when-did-I-last-see-one-of those?' sort of way.
Money-wise, I grant you they're not exactly priced to give them away, but do bear in mind that I've had to find and purchase them myself over time and in most cases I'm not seeking to profit from them but simply recoup what I've spent, plus cover postage costs. Think of it as a service to you, my most favoured of readers.
Incidentally, if you buy multiple items (of these release, or indeed any of the other wonderful things I'm selling currently on eBay!) then we can work out some form of postal discount for sure.
For convenience, there are 2 links given per item: the yellow link takes you to the auction page, the orange link takes you to the relevant Honour and Darkness review.
So, let's dive straight into the goodies on offer:
ELISABETHA - Renfield CDr
Whilst you might imagine the early tape demos are the hardest things to find from Elisabetha's glorious history it's not the case: they are relatively common to find. This CDr on the Schwarzdorn label is an entirely different kettle of fish!
In nearly 15 years of collecting Alex's music I've only come across 2 copies of this demo, which includes the one I am selling here. Only 100 were ever pressed, and it's never been reissued (nor I suspect is it likely to be) so I'd say this is the chance to own a copy of this if you are still looking for it....
ELISABETHA - Eternal Deathvastation 3CD
Something of a cracker, is this! 3CD's that bring together the highlights of a number of past Elisabetha demos whilst sprinkling a few unreleased songs amongst them. 26 tracks in total, culled from the "Nosferat", "Isten Szek", "Blutrausch" and "Renfield" demos, the problem with this limited to 50 release is that few copies ever emerge and when they do they are fearfully expensive.
Fear not, this one is priced to find an appreciative new owner...
A veritable smorgasbord of goodness in this tiny but perfectly formed split CDr between Uruk Hai and Black Metal horde Moloch. And in a equally tiny release edition of only 50 copies too.
Your noble purchase comes in a special 'ancient sackcloth' package with 4 mini inlay cards, 1 colour postcard featuring both bands, 4 photos of Ukrainian and Austrian forests and mushrooms, and actual parts from Ukrainian and Austrian forests! That's got to be better than a 'download card'!
B-MACHINA - Burn Down Psychosis 3" mini-CDR
Arguably one of the hardest of the early Bonemachine CDr's to find, this is a little gem and was one of the earliest posts on a fledgling Honour and Darkness back in 2009! With only 15 numbered copies made I think it's fair to say you will find it nigh on impossible to find another once this has sold.
Without lapsing into my 'old fart' persona, as a long-time collector of this stuff this is only the second copy I've ever seen of this release so - as long-time Kerrang! journalist Xavier Russell used to put it - BUY-OR-DIE!
BONEMACHINE vs. MYSTIFIED split CDr
Yet another hyper rare outing from back in the day, this 2007 release on W.A.R. Productions came in a handmade felt bag (closed with wire) with a hand-painted CDr inside a round metal tin, and included a triangular-shaped inlay with the edition number and track details. A red tag tells that only 19 copies of this particular release exist, so when will you ever find another...?
WACH - The Fear
Much like buses (in the sense you never see any, then they all come along at once), here are no less than 3 of the 4 parts in the WACH release "The Fear", missing only the Blue seal version.
You'll read in Nazgul's original post that they each came in a slightly different limitation, with the same core tracks but a bonus track unique to each colour version. Very, very scarce to find these now as the edition numbers were so tiny, and you may even recall the difficultly Nazgul had back in 2009 in trying to get a copy of the silver seal pressing - and that's when they were new and available.
So you can choose between (or purchase all of) the following:
Silver Seal (21 copies only)
Orange Seal (22 copies only)
Green Seal (23 copies only)
URUK HAI - Legacy Of The Tyrant t-shirt
There were only 10 of these rather snazzy t-shirts made exactly one decade ago, in 2007. For reasons lost to history Nazgul ended up with 2 of them, and let's be honest you can only wear one at a time can't you.
Hence the exceedingly uncommon chance to own the other one - size XL - for yourself! It's not been worn, incidentally, should you be pondering the noxious effect of Ringwraith armpit fumes on your health and wellbeing, though will be given a good launder as it's a bit dusty from storage....
B-MACHINA - Promotional "Vogelfrei" Ceramic Mug
As the link to the post reveals, 5 of these promotional items were made and Nazgul ended up with a pair, one via Hugin and one via The Eastern Front in Israel. Neither have ever been unwrapped from new, so mint is the word you're looking for to describe the one being sold here!
PROMOTIONAL FLYERS, CARD, BITS & BOBS
Well here's a treat for you. Over the years Nazgul has amassed quite a lot of flyers, promo cards, postcards and other ephemera based around Hugin's many and varied projects. So here I've selected a good mix of different items from a cross-section of his bands for you. Expect to find something you don't have!
Contents may have the odd crease or fold as they are paper mostly, which is prone to that sort of thing of course, but as you can see there are items from Uruk-Hai, Bonemachine, WACH, Ravenclaw, Hrossharsgrani, Ceremony of Innocence and more besides!
Loosen your purse strings, have fun, and good luck should you choose to bid...