Title: Die Rückkehr Zum Pfade
Reason for second update: The original self-released demo is finally located!
01. Der Pfad Zum Tor Der Toten 24.52
And a splendid demo it proved to be, with the Chanteloup pressing reissue adding two songs to the original self-released demo, and the Wulfrune reissue adding one further song to that. Why not point your browser at the links above and have a merry trip down memory lane revisiting these two tapes?
The long standing problem, of course, was alluded to in both of those reviews - Nazgul's collection was bereft of the original release of this tape, which Hugin had put out in a typically miniscule quantity of only 7 tapes back in the year 2001. Oh boy, another mission impossible on the cards, it seemed.
And yet ... here it is! Entirely due to the munificence of Herr Wieser, mind you, who made the copy you see here available to Nazgul out of the blue one day and thus completed the reunion of the 3 cassettes that you see pictured below. Happy families!
Rather than get into a lengthy reappraisal of the music, which was covered in Nazgul's two prior posts, let's have a quick look at this rare-as-rocking-horse-shit release that sits before us. Well, it's only listing the single long song on the intro (a 2001 re-recording, states the inlay) for a start, which rather flies in the face of the 5 per the information in Nazgul's previous posts. This is presumably either due to it being a portmanteau song of sorts, or previous online information being incorrect!
We learn that recordings of this release were in the January of 2001, so the release date must also have been in that year and no earlier, which makes it the same year as the Chanteloup reissue and not the preceding year as I thought.
The 'usual suspects' from back then get a credit on the inlay, next to an early photo of our Austrian hero with broadsword (as featured on this blog!). And finally, also contrary to received wisdom, there were evidently 7 copies of this tape in circulation (this being numbered 1 of 7) rather than the 5 as believed.
A cracking cover adorns the inlay, with an intrepid warrior battling an enormous dragon atop a waterfall. That would be quite something in colour, as it's pretty striking in black and white!
Another fabulous find for the Castle collection, and though there (surely?!) can't be many such rarities yet to be tracked down, it does make you pause for thought that in the nigh on 14 years Nazgul has been at this collecting lark there are still things out there to be found...