Wednesday, 19 April 2017
THE ASHES OF BATTLE - update
Band: URUK HAI
Title: The Ashes Of Battle
Reason for Update: This is the tape version of the split album between Uruk Hai and Balrog, previously reviewed in CDr format in September 2016.
Format: Professionally produced tape with full colour j-card cover on the Out Of Season (USA) label, released on 6 November 2016 catalogue reference oos25.
Edition: 100 hand numbered-copies
03. Spirit Of Fire
04. Wild Warriors
05. Eye Of Smaug
06. Grey Heavens
07. Outgoing Of Flames
Nazgul jumped the gun a little back in September when he reviewed the CDr of "Ashes Of Battle" as the tape release for that particular release had not yet appeared. A couple of months later, however, out it popped from the Out Of Season label with the same track listing and artwork (somewhat truncated, by necessity) but in loveable cassette format.
And of course, for reasons of obsessive completeness, here it is featured in Honour and Darkness so that you can set your own personal collecting radar in its general direction and press the 'seek' button accordingly.
Nazgul stands by his previous comments on this album, especially regarding the excellent of opening song 'Eagles'. This release did prompt me to rush out and buy a range of other demo releases from Balrog too, which proved most invigorating and excellent in their own right.
Indeed, there's a common misconception that the crenelated vaults of Castle Nazgul house only the world renowned 'Hugin' collection. But that would be far from the truth, as various other lesser compendiums and collections litter the various dusty castle rooms, all quite varied and remarkable in their own right.
As a treat, Nazgul will share you one of these side collections in a future post (coming soon, I promise!), which has a tenuous connection with a recently reviewed release in this very blog, but which is something a little different that even our Austrian master himself won't have seen...