Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Format: The item is described as a limited edition lathe cut 12" record 'made by hand on a rare Japanese Hara record lathe' and released by Beasst Productions (USA) in 2017 (no catalogue reference number). However, does the item actually exist...?
Edition: Reported to be 100 copies only
01. Uruk Hai 7.29
02. Nordhimmelstag 3.19
03. Moria 5.56
04. Kortirion 5.56
05. In Durins Halls 4.49
These advertisements for this 2017 release looked to be a really enticing prospect: a limited edition lathe-cut vinyl 12" of the original Hrossharsgrani demo recording that ultimately spawned the Uruk Hai project.
Indeed, the blurb for the release created by our friend Hugin for the label quoted none other than yours truly directly off Honour and Darkness: "The original "Uruk-Hai" demo tape was of course, intended as a Hrossharsgrani release and made in a tiny quantity of only 6 tapes. However, the story goes that back in 1999 when Hugin played his for his friends the general consensus was that it was so far removed from the battle-machine that was Hrossharsgani, and so ambient and ethereal by comparison, it shouldn't be issued under that band's name. So it was that the original six demo tapes were retained by this close-knit circle."
And before you write in to complain that the release is categorized on Discogs as an Uruk Hai release, not a Hrossharsgrani release, let me reassure you that this is actually incorrect, as the narrative above makes abundantly clear. The project led to the creation of Uruk Hai (the band), but was recorded as a Hrossharsgrani demo under that banner.
All of which is very interesting, but skirts around the main reason for this post: it all looks like a rip-off in progress!
Nazgul received a direct email from Beasst Productions about this release, and - inevitably - placed his order swiftly. Some 6 weeks later, no goods received, no response from the label to questions, nothing.
Eventually a lengthy Paypal claim was necessary to secure a refund, during which RPM Shop (the online shop for the label) lied about having sent the parcel, stating that they would provide the tracking number for it. That they didn't came as no surprise to Nazgul, as I have my doubts that these items physically exist let alone that it was ever posted.
Scouting around online, Nazgul found a customer on eBay.ca who has had exactly the same experience with RPM shop: 30 days of no contact and non-fulfilment of order, leading to negative feedback being left and a refund being forcibly obtained.
Relaying this incidents to Hugin also uncovered the fact that the label had gone quiet on him too, despite some extensive chasing up in the last week or so, meaning that we're all in the dark about whether these lathe-cut records actually even exist.
Without a physical copy in hand, all Nazgul would suggest to you is that you treat this release/company with extreme caution at the moment, and if you really feel the need to put money their way do so via a service/card provider that you can claw back a refund on if it all goes pear-shaped. Which, on current form, it really looks like it might do.
Just for completeness sake, if you want to understand more about what a lathe cut record is and how to produce one, check out this useful site.