Wednesday, 7 June 2017

NEVER BOWED, NEVER BROKEN - A REMEMBRANCE [V/A]


Band: URUK HAI
Title: Never Bowed, Never Broken - A Remembrance [V/A]
Format: An online compilation on Facebook to raise funds for the victims of the Manchester terror attack of 22 May 2017
Edition: Unlimited

Track Listing:
01. Appalachian Winter  *  Miri It Is  4.29
02. Jaron Evil  *  Starfall  3.42
03. VOND  *  Alene I Stillhet  8.27
04. Nam-Khar  *  Sangchod  6.26
05. Ringbearer  *  Men Of Gondor  5.52
06. Caroline Jago  *  Submergence  7.28
07. Mortiis  *  Sins Of Mine (feat. Raison D'Etre)  6.51
08. Anndra  *  She Mourns Amidst The Ruins  6.14
09. Randal Collier-Ford  *  Childhood  2.12
10. Caine Rose  *  All The Leaves  3.20
11. Hoyland  *  Within My Heart  6.53
12. Thaumiel Sonozaki  *  Fear Will Be Your Enemy  4.55
13. Randal Collier-Ford  *  Thinking  3.24
14. Eloheim  *  Du'Wintre  12.38
15. Embers Below Zero  *  Limbo  4.31
16. Gorthorn  *  Days Of Rain  4.56
17. Randal Collier-Ford  *  Resolve  4.24
18. Uruk Hai  *  Far Away  6.00
19. The Dead Soul Communion  *  For You  4.00

Permit me to 'break character' for the duration of this post, and put the persona of Nazgul to one side for just a moment.

Honour and Darkness has never been a platform for discussions or opinions about politics and 'real world' issues, though the occasional passing reference to current affairs has been known to crop up. The reason for this is simply that the primary focus of this blog is on music, specifically the music of our favourite Austrian, Alex 'Hugin' Wieser, and having a bit of escapism away from the nonsense and horrors that the world actually contains is sometimes quite a nice thing to do.

And yet sometimes events out in the real world are difficult to ignore, and occasionally have a very personal resonance too.

Such is the case with the subject of this commendable fund raising project, designed to raise funds for the 22 victims and 116 injured by the suicide bombing during a concert by Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on 22 May this year by passporting your donations to the British Red Cross and local victim advocacy groups.

My brother-in-law was in the Arena with his daughter that night: thankfully not in the foyer when the bomb was detonated, but in the auditorium nonetheless but - mercifully - safe.  They witnessed the aftermath as did many others that night though on their way out of the building, and you put yourself in the shoes of a father having to explain the scenes of horror that they saw to a young, innocent child.  Yet they were among the lucky ones.

Last weekend we celebrated my birthday, and my good lady wife treated me and our 5 year old son to a weekend in London.  We stayed overnight in the city, and on Saturday had been walking down from our hotel in the evening towards London Bridge area, taking photos of the city skyline as the skies darkened.  The fact that it was getting a bit late for the little lad to be out of his bed, and that it was starting to rain, were pretty much the only reasons we never walked down as far as London Bridge, instead deciding to go back to our hotel.  And there, by the grace of God, we went, given the events that followed only an hour or two later in that part of the city.

And so it goes on.  Back in 1988, my sister had a close friend who had family in Scotland.  Two of them were unlucky enough to be on the ground in the wrong place at the wrong time and were killed by the debris of bombed Pam Am flight 103, wherein another bunch of barbaric terrorists murdered 270 passengers, crew and civilians that night over the town of Lockerbie.

Normal people, doing normal things, but having their lives ended or put at risk through no fault of their own by those who would kill and harm innocent civilians in pursuit of their own warped delusions.

There is simply no place for such demented extremists (irrespective of what agenda they follow) in modern society.  And that's all that I want to say on the matter.

Just for the (musical) record, there's much to commend this collection of songs and not just from a charitable perspective; we can see some excellent contributions here from old favourites Jaron Evil/Ringbearer, together with interesting material from a number of other established and emerging bands.

The Uruk Hai track you may be familiar with already, being taken as it has been from the "...And All The Magic And Might He Brought" album of 2013, and featured as it was on another online compilation "Crossing The Borders" from 2014.

Dig deep, and enjoy the music despite the sad events that has led to its existence.

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